small-list-digest Tuesday, April 20 1999 Volume 03 : Number 091



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Clutch going bad?
Re: FTE Small - Clutch going bad?
Re: FTE Small - Clutch going bad?
FTE Small - ADMIN: Ford Motorsports Enthusiasts gathering
FTE Small - B II Shocks (thanks for all the advice) Results and Stuff..
[none]
FTE Small - Coolant leak
Re: FTE Small - Coolant leak
[none]
FTE Small - hyperchip for explorers...

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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 09:35:21 -0400
From: Jeff Masse
Subject: FTE Small - Clutch going bad?

Could anyone please give some symptoms of a clutch going bad. The clutch on
my '96 Ranger STX 4x4 (4.0) is starting to shudder a little when I let out
the pedal in first gear from a stop. It seems to grab fine, but is this the
beginning of the end? With only 43,000 miles I'm kind of concerned because
my last clutch in a Ranger lasted 90,000 miles, and gave no warning sign. I
also have the dreaded clutch pedal squeak discussed recently.

Thanks!
Jeff Masse
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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 08:06:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: John C
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Clutch going bad?

You may want to have the trans fluid chcked and also is there any
broken or loose motor or trans mounts? Has this truck been driven
hard?
JohnC

- --- Jeff Masse wrote:
> Could anyone please give some symptoms of a clutch
> going bad. The clutch on
> my '96 Ranger STX 4x4 (4.0) is starting to shudder a
> little when I let out
> the pedal in first gear from a stop. It seems to
> grab fine, but is this the
> beginning of the end? With only 43,000 miles I'm
> kind of concerned because
> my last clutch in a Ranger lasted 90,000 miles, and
> gave no warning sign. I
> also have the dreaded clutch pedal squeak discussed
> recently.
>
> Thanks!
> Jeff Masse
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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 12:49:25 -0500 (CDT)
From: Sandman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Clutch going bad?

The way I check to see if my clutch is going bad is to floor it in a
higher gear(say 4th) at about 35 where it will not have much pickup, and
watch the tach. If it jumps way up...thats when I know its slipping.


On Mon, 19 Apr 1999, Jeff Masse wrote:

> Could anyone please give some symptoms of a clutch going bad. The clutch on
> my '96 Ranger STX 4x4 (4.0) is starting to shudder a little when I let out
> the pedal in first gear from a stop. It seems to grab fine, but is this the
> beginning of the end? With only 43,000 miles I'm kind of concerned because
> my last clutch in a Ranger lasted 90,000 miles, and gave no warning sign. I
> also have the dreaded clutch pedal squeak discussed recently.

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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 15:41:28 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Ford Motorsports Enthusiasts gathering

This is a reminder to those who said they plan on attending the
Ford Motorsports Enthusiasts event at Ford's world headquarters
(Dearborn).

The event will be this Thursday. If you lost the directions and
schedule (or never had them), email me privately
(kpayne ford-trucks.com) and I'll send them. Wear your Ford
Truck Enthusiasts t-shirt to show everyone who you represent. There
should be several clubs there and its a great chance to meet others
and see what Ford has planned.

I'll be flying there for the day (Peggy can't make it) and I
look forward to meeting some of you!

Ken Payne
Ford Truck Enthusiasts
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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 17:23:31 -0700
From: "Keith Christensen"
Subject: FTE Small - B II Shocks (thanks for all the advice) Results and Stuff..

I did get shocks, but I didn't go QUITE as expensive as I thought
originally..

Sears had(maybe still has) a sale on their LT Gas shocks with the VST
valving for $21 each.

I almost ended taking them back as they were so stiff that I actually got
the tires off the ground on a drain cut.. but I gave it about another 300
miles and intentionally hit everything I could.. HARD !!

It appears that these need break-in, and the counterguy at Sears said
they've had a lot of them that have been extremely stiff on initial install.
Some folks have been even getting refunds..

Anyway, these are loosening up now and feel decent. I'm probably gonna find
some good (bad?) rutted logging road this weekend and see how they act
after they heat up.

I've had seen "shock break-in" before, but this is strange! Anybody else
seen this?

On a sidenote, I decided to go "inexpensive" as I'm thinking of doing the
Duff 3" VST suspension lift next year. I got a chance to drive a Ranger with
this and was pleasantly surprised!





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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 22:05:14 -0400
From: Tom Kirkbride
Subject: [none]

Could anyone give me an idea what I would expect to pay for 2 new front
clips on my 85 B2. I just got into an accident and need them. The left
fender pinched the hood shut and the right fender pinched the door shut.
Thanks.
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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 22:09:39 -0400
From: Tom Kirkbride
Subject: FTE Small - Coolant leak

Listen to this story and see if you can explain it. I have a 1985 Ranger
2.8 V6 5 Speed. The other day after driving it I heard a slight hissing
noise in the passenger compartment. It didnt sound right so i looked
under the hood. Thats when I noticed coolant leaking out of a hole in the
firewall. The hole is also there on my Bronco II. It leaked quite a bit
of coolant. (6 square feet). I drove it to a gas station and filled the
radiator with water. It drove fine afterwards and hasnt acted up since.
Anyone ever have this problem or know anything about it?
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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 21:51:52 -0500
From: "SPECTRE"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Coolant leak

That would be your heater core leaking.
the housing for it channels leaks back through the firewall.
Consider yourself lucky, this is an easy vehicle to do this repair on.
( I even did it )

SPECTRE

IF YOU CANT DAZZLE THEM WITH BRILLIANCE,
RIDDLE THEM WITH BULLETS.
- ----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Kirkbride
To:
Sent: Monday, April 19, 1999 9:09 PM
Subject: FTE Small - Coolant leak


> Listen to this story and see if you can explain it. I have a 1985 Ranger
> 2.8 V6 5 Speed. The other day after driving it I heard a slight hissing
> noise in the passenger compartment. It didnt sound right so i looked
> under the hood. Thats when I noticed coolant leaking out of a hole in the
> firewall. The hole is also there on my Bronco II. It leaked quite a bit
> of coolant. (6 square feet). I drove it to a gas station and filled the
> radiator with water. It drove fine afterwards and hasnt acted up since.
> Anyone ever have this problem or know anything about it?
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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 22:52:04 -0500
From: "SPECTRE"
Subject: [none]

My '84 Bronco II has developed a problem.
99% of the time when you start it and then let go of the key, the starter
keeps running.
I've replaced the starter solenoid and ingnition switch.
Also after starting it, if I pull the wire connected to the "s" terminal on
the solenoid the starter quits and the motor continues running.
One time out of 100 it starts o.k.

The truck has:
2.8 6 - cylinder
Automatic
Dura - spark ignition module

The wiring has been gone over pretty well and much of it re-done.
This was a $600 truck.
It was working fine - then this started ( it maight have started after I
replaced the alternator - not quite sure )
oh, I forgot:
Tried manualy starting with the ignition switch without it being installed,
and it popped back from start position when I let go of it, but the starter
continued to run. had to pull it back to " off " to stop the starter
running
I've unwrapped and inspected most of the wire
( couldn't get to the bit in front of the radiator )
but found nothing.


Any help or suggestions welcomed.
Thanks!



SPECTRE

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Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 00:39:51 EDT
From: Ding060297 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - hyperchip for explorers...

Now that the winter is over i've reinstalled my hyperchip and and
dropped my hermostat to 180 degree's...A little higher than last year when i
had a 160 degree in there, I thought that was a lil to cold for the engine to
obtain a good heat to burn out all condensation and keep all lubricants at a
good operating temp...It'll run ya around $250.00 but it gives ya a nice lil
punch then in stock form...It has a lot more throw ya back in the seat feel
at take off and it raises the stock redline (5,000) to 5,500 rpm's it also
adjusts the shift points of the trans and adjusts air/fuel ratio and ignition
advance for better more effcient running..
The truck runs and feels a lot better and is a lot of fun to drive
especially with the k&n air filter and the stock air box taken out..Also may
4 i get my dynomax 3" cat-back exhaust system custom fitted for my lil 5.0
v8 it should up the horsepower some and give me a real nice exhaust
note..I'll keep in touch and let you know how all
goes......................ding
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