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In this issue:

FTE Small - 2.9
FTE Small - check engine light
Re: FTE Small - check engine light
FTE Small - Re: cleaning injectors
RE: FTE Small - cleaning injectors
FTE Small - Switched 12 V outlet - Ranger
FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
Re: FTE Small - Re: cleaning injectors
RE: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
RE: FTE Small - Engine rebuild books
Re: FTE Small - Re: cleaning injectors
Re: FTE Small - Re: cleaning injectors
[none]
Re: FTE Small - check engine light
Re: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
FTE Small - RE:
RE: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
FTE Small - Re: sst headers
RE: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
Re: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
Re: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle

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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 08:00:01 -0400 (EDT)
From: philkatie webtv.net (Phil Katie)
Subject: FTE Small - 2.9

Hi, been lurking for awhile. My 91 Ranger has about 60K of well taken
care of miles on it and it needs a rear main seal. I was wondering if
the 2.9 is prone to this. I want to put a 2.9 in another vehicle where
it will not be treated so well. TIA

Philip MacLaren
Father
Fourwheeler
Forever

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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 06:29:13 -0700
From: IDPTV
Subject: FTE Small - check engine light

The check engine light on our 92 Explorer comes on occasionally when I
am
towing our boat up hills. It only comes on after an
exceptionally long hill, and it
goes off after I get up the hill, any ideas what this
might be?
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 14:07:09 +0100
From: "Neil Brownlee"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - check engine light

A sensor has gone *way off* and the engine is telling you!!! Something may
be overheating under the strain and giving false readings. Although in my
experience, the ONLY way to get the light to go off after this situation (I
tore all the cables off the back of the G/Box on a tree.....), was to remove
the battery, wait 30 mins and then it all reset (after reconnecting all
wires!!!) - I suspect my problem was the computer sensing wheel movement,
but no speedo reading!!!!

Neil

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From: IDPTV
To:
Sent: 29 June 1999 14:29
Subject: FTE Small - check engine light


> The check engine light on our 92 Explorer comes on occasionally when I
> am
> towing our boat up hills. It only comes on after an
> exceptionally long hill, and it
> goes off after I get up the hill, any ideas what this
> might be?
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 08:20:56 -0500
From: John Winkler
Subject: FTE Small - Re: cleaning injectors

>Check out NAPA autoparts. They sell several kits with a hose and adapters
>to hook to almost any fuel rail and cans of pressurized injector cleaner.
>You disconnect the power to the Fuel pump, hook this kit up, open the valve
>to the can and start the car. Let it run until the can runs dry and the
>engine stalls, shut off the key and let it sit for an hour, re-connect the
>fuel pump and start it up.
>Really makes a huge difference in how it runs!

Thanks for the reply - is it easy to disconnect the fuel pump? Is it as
simple as pulling a fuse?

JLW
(On his way to an auto parts store this afternoon)

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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 08:29:07 -0500
From: Mike Harms
Subject: RE: FTE Small - cleaning injectors

That's a good one. I guess those guys must work on commission. I know
that's the first thing I think of when an engine is shaking. "Must be them
dang injectors needing a $45.00 cleaning?"

Not all, but some of the auto part stores sell cleaning kits that actually
hook up to the fuel rail and pressure clean the injectors. It usually
consists of a tool you rent plus a can of cleaning solution. Red Rooster
has this available in MN. If you can, this is the best way to clean them as
the solution is concentrated and is much more effective than just sticking a
can of something in the gas tank.


>Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 10:14:27 -0500
>From: John Winkler
>Subject: FTE Small - cleaning injectors
>
>Just got my oil changed at a $19.99 place, and they told me
>that I needed to "clean my injectors" because they saw the
>engine shaking excessively. I naturally told them "maybe
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 10:47:05 -0400
From: Edwin B Yohe
Subject: FTE Small - Switched 12 V outlet - Ranger

I just bought a radar detector for my 98 Ranger XLT extra cab.
Then I discovered that neither the lighter or the extra 12 volt outlet
are switched. Anybody try rewiring either of these to the accesory
or ignition? Did you have any problems identifying the correct wires?
It's not like you can go down to the dealer and by a wiring diagram anymore
the way they price the manuals now.
Thanks

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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 08:33:09 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle

Hi,
My 1994 Ranger 4x4 (4.0, 5 speed) extended cab has recently developed a
rattle somewhere behind the dashboard, near or behind the instrument panel.
My dash is all stock, except for the stereo (in-dash CD player/radio). The
rattle occurs when driving over rough road or over bumps. The 4x4
push-button control panel section is a bit loose in its place, but I have
held it down when going over rough road, and have determined that this is
not the culprit. The stereo is secure in its place, so that's not the
cause, either.
Does anyone know if there is anything in particular behind a Ranger dash
that is notorious for coming loose?
What should I look for?
Are there any panels that are easy to remove to access the areas behind the
dash with ease?
Any help would be appreciated - this rattle is starting to annoy!!

Ray Scheidnes
International Trade Settlements
Nicholas-Applegate
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 12:02:12 -0400
From: Chris Slaw
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: cleaning injectors

John Winkler wrote:

> Thanks for the reply - is it easy to disconnect the fuel pump? Is it as
> simple as pulling a fuse?

You need to trip the inertia switch to shut off the pump. Its location is
documented in your owner's manual. I've found that a bottle of Techron or STP
total fuel system cleaner in 1/4 tank of gas works as well as the concentrate
in most (but not all) situations. BTW the canned concentrate is mostly gas--
has to be to keep your engine running and your cats healthy! I have used the
fuel rail connector system in the past and they do work quite well, just a
little more hassle.

- --
Chris Slaw
- --
'97 Explorer V8 19k
'93 626ES auto 50k
'90 MustangGT 5spd 60k
- --
"If you find a path with no obstacles,
it probably doesn't lead anywhere."
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 08:56:06 -0700
From: Brian Pynn
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle

I have a '97 4x2 Ranger S/C (3.0 5sd) that has given me the same grief.
I've pulled my hair out trying to figure out what's causing the
noise...people must think I'm crazy as I drive down the road bent over, one
hand on the wheel and the other groping under the dash. It seems to come
and go...but will only happen on rougher roads as in your case. I've
thought it was my e-brake and spent most of my time searching there, but to
no avail. It definitely seems to come from the lower left area under my
instrument panel. Would love to hear if anyone has any solutions. I'm
still on warranty, but because it's so sporadic I can't be sure it will
happen for a service tech...and don't want to waste their time or mine.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Ray Scheidnes [mailto:ray_scheidnes nacm.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 8:33 AM
To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
Subject: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle


Hi,
My 1994 Ranger 4x4 (4.0, 5 speed) extended cab has recently developed a
rattle somewhere behind the dashboard, near or behind the instrument panel.
My dash is all stock, except for the stereo (in-dash CD player/radio). The
rattle occurs when driving over rough road or over bumps. The 4x4
push-button control panel section is a bit loose in its place, but I have
held it down when going over rough road, and have determined that this is
not the culprit. The stereo is secure in its place, so that's not the
cause, either.
Does anyone know if there is anything in particular behind a Ranger dash
that is notorious for coming loose?
What should I look for?
Are there any panels that are easy to remove to access the areas behind the
dash with ease?
Any help would be appreciated - this rattle is starting to annoy!!

Ray Scheidnes
International Trade Settlements
Nicholas-Applegate
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 11:26:43 -0500
From: "Herring, Bobby"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Engine rebuild books

Try the following link:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://racenet.net/books/ford.htm

They have "How to Rebuild Ford Small Block Engines". I bought the one for
the 351C/M, 400, 429, 460 and it is great. Had all the detail you could ever
want.
Bobby Herring

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Behalf Of Larry Brown
Sent: Monday, June 28, 1999 8:30 PM
To: Ford Trucks - 61-79 (E-mail)
Cc: Ford Trucks - Small (E-mail)
Subject: FTE Small - Engine rebuild books


Does anyone know of a book on rebuilding the 302/351W series engines with
the detail that the Steve Christ book has.

Larry

"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is
suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best
friends. If they're okay, then it's you."
-Rita Mae Brown
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 12:43:42 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: cleaning injectors

At 08:20 AM 6/29/99 -0500, you wrote:
>
>Thanks for the reply - is it easy to disconnect the fuel pump? Is it as
>simple as pulling a fuse?
>
It might be, but the fuse may control the injector power as well...Should
be a plug near the gas tank with 3-4 wires in it that you can disconnect to
power off the fuel pump

===========================================================
David Cooley N5XMT Internet: N5XMT bellsouth.net
Packet: N5XMT KQ4LO.#INT.NC.USA.NA T.A.P.R. Member #7068
We are Borg... Prepare to be assimilated!
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 12:46:38 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: cleaning injectors

At 12:02 PM 6/29/99 -0400, you wrote:
>John Winkler wrote:
>
>> Thanks for the reply - is it easy to disconnect the fuel pump? Is it as
>> simple as pulling a fuse?
>
>You need to trip the inertia switch to shut off the pump. Its location is
>documented in your owner's manual. I've found that a bottle of Techron or STP
>total fuel system cleaner in 1/4 tank of gas works as well as the concentrate
>in most (but not all) situations. BTW the canned concentrate is mostly gas--
>has to be to keep your engine running and your cats healthy! I have used the
>fuel rail connector system in the past and they do work quite well, just a
>little more hassle.

Actually, there is no gas in there at all... It's Xylene, Toluene and
Benzene. They are blended to be as close to a "normal" mixture, as far as
A/F ratio goes, as gas. However, all 3 are excellent solvents to clean
injectors etc.

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Packet: N5XMT KQ4LO.#INT.NC.USA.NA T.A.P.R. Member #7068
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 14:22:14 -300
From: iflavio convex.com.br
Subject: [none]

I have a 97 Ranger, ext cab, 4,0 liter 5 manual. It has around 20 k and I=B4ve
been thinking about dropping it slightly, not much 2 inches at most. I=B4ve seen
couple splash around and they seem to be factory dropped ???.

The other will be a new exhaust header - stainless - I=B4ve converted my truck
yesterday to Alcohol - in Brazil we have that choice of fuel and its half the
price, mileage little poor tough since I haven=B4t gone tru all needed mods. Anyway,
this fuels has water in it and normally deteriorates the muffler parts rapidly
- - so I thought about a stainless unit - any experience around with headers ???


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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 13:39:25 -0400
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - check engine light

At 2:07 PM +0100 6/29/99, Neil Brownlee wrote:
>A sensor has gone *way off* and the engine is telling you!!! Something may
>be overheating under the strain and giving false readings. Although in my
>experience, the ONLY way to get the light to go off after this situation (I
>tore all the cables off the back of the G/Box on a tree.....), was to remove
>the battery, wait 30 mins and then it all reset (after reconnecting all
>wires!!!) - I suspect my problem was the computer sensing wheel movement,
>but no speedo reading!!!!
>
>Neil

This is not totally correct. There are *two* ways of resetting your
computer (and check engine light). I have copied this from a prior
post of mine to the list:

Here are the two methods of clearing the stored codes. You only need
to use one of them.

1. After KOEO and KOER tests have been run and all codes have been
received, disconnect your jumper between the Self Test Input (wire
dangling by itself) and the Signal Return pin (before turning key to
OFF position or disconnecting your voltmeter) AND then reconnect that
jumper as it was before.

2. Leave battery disconnected for half an hour. (You may be able to
get away with a shorter interval, but this should be more than
sufficient.)

- -Dave Slotter
- --

ICQ# 16458879 AOL/AIM ID: "Mac XR"
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 13:39:45 -0400
From: "Jerry A. Edwards"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle

Brian and Ray,

Check to see if your fuse box is securely attached.

Brian Pynn wrote:

> I have a '97 4x2 Ranger S/C (3.0 5sd) that has given me the same grief.
> I've pulled my hair out trying to figure out what's causing the
> noise...people must think I'm crazy as I drive down the road bent over, one
> hand on the wheel and the other groping under the dash. It seems to come
> and go...but will only happen on rougher roads as in your case. I've
> thought it was my e-brake and spent most of my time searching there, but to
> no avail. It definitely seems to come from the lower left area under my
> instrument panel. Would love to hear if anyone has any solutions. I'm
> still on warranty, but because it's so sporadic I can't be sure it will
> happen for a service tech...and don't want to waste their time or mine.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ray Scheidnes [mailto:ray_scheidnes nacm.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 8:33 AM
> To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
> Subject: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
>
> Hi,
> My 1994 Ranger 4x4 (4.0, 5 speed) extended cab has recently developed a
> rattle somewhere behind the dashboard, near or behind the instrument panel.
> My dash is all stock, except for the stereo (in-dash CD player/radio). The
> rattle occurs when driving over rough road or over bumps. The 4x4
> push-button control panel section is a bit loose in its place, but I have
> held it down when going over rough road, and have determined that this is
> not the culprit. The stereo is secure in its place, so that's not the
> cause, either.
> Does anyone know if there is anything in particular behind a Ranger dash
> that is notorious for coming loose?
> What should I look for?
> Are there any panels that are easy to remove to access the areas behind the
> dash with ease?
> Any help would be appreciated - this rattle is starting to annoy!!
>
> Ray Scheidnes
> International Trade Settlements
> Nicholas-Applegate
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 10:49:57 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: FTE Small - RE:

I have ceramic-coated headers from JBA on my '94 Ranger. The ceramic
coating is supposed to resist heat and moisture.
Check out JBA at:
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.jbaracing.com/

> ----------
> From: iflavio convex.com.br[SMTP:iflavio convex.com.br]
> Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 7:22 AM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>=20
> I have a 97 Ranger, ext cab, 4,0 liter 5 manual. It has around 20 k =
and
> I=B4ve
> been thinking about dropping it slightly, not much 2 inches at most. =
I=B4ve
> seen
> couple splash around and they seem to be factory dropped ???.
>=20
> The other will be a new exhaust header - stainless - I=B4ve converted =
my
> truck
> yesterday to Alcohol - in Brazil we have that choice of fuel and its =
half
> the
> price, mileage little poor tough since I haven=B4t gone tru all =
needed mods.
> Anyway,
> this fuels has water in it and normally deteriorates the muffler =
parts
> rapidly
> - so I thought about a stainless unit - any experience around with =
headers
> ???
>=20
>=20
> regards
> =3D=3D FTE: Uns*bscribe and posting info =
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>=20
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 11:09:56 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle

Thanks, I certainly will.

> ----------
> From: Jerry A. Edwards[SMTP:phubby bellsouth.net]
> Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 10:39 AM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
>
> Brian and Ray,
>
> Check to see if your fuse box is securely attached.
>
> Brian Pynn wrote:
>
> > I have a '97 4x2 Ranger S/C (3.0 5sd) that has given me the same grief.
> > I've pulled my hair out trying to figure out what's causing the
> > noise...people must think I'm crazy as I drive down the road bent over,
> one
> > hand on the wheel and the other groping under the dash. It seems to
> come
> > and go...but will only happen on rougher roads as in your case. I've
> > thought it was my e-brake and spent most of my time searching there, but
> to
> > no avail. It definitely seems to come from the lower left area under my
> > instrument panel. Would love to hear if anyone has any solutions. I'm
> > still on warranty, but because it's so sporadic I can't be sure it will
> > happen for a service tech...and don't want to waste their time or mine.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Ray Scheidnes [mailto:ray_scheidnes nacm.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 8:33 AM
> > To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
> > Subject: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
> >
> > Hi,
> > My 1994 Ranger 4x4 (4.0, 5 speed) extended cab has recently developed a
> > rattle somewhere behind the dashboard, near or behind the instrument
> panel.
> > My dash is all stock, except for the stereo (in-dash CD player/radio).
> The
> > rattle occurs when driving over rough road or over bumps. The 4x4
> > push-button control panel section is a bit loose in its place, but I
> have
> > held it down when going over rough road, and have determined that this
> is
> > not the culprit. The stereo is secure in its place, so that's not the
> > cause, either.
> > Does anyone know if there is anything in particular behind a Ranger dash
> > that is notorious for coming loose?
> > What should I look for?
> > Are there any panels that are easy to remove to access the areas behind
> the
> > dash with ease?
> > Any help would be appreciated - this rattle is starting to annoy!!
> >
> > Ray Scheidnes
> > International Trade Settlements
> > Nicholas-Applegate
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 14:33:43 -0400
From: Chris Slaw
Subject: FTE Small - Re: sst headers

iflavio convex.com.br wrote:

> The other will be a new exhaust header - stainless -
Borla makes stainless headers, and the full stainless exhaust for that matter,
but they are expensive parts. An alternative would be to buy regular
headers/exhaust and get the parts ceramic-coated by somebody like Jet-Hot
(tm).

- --
Chris Slaw
- --
'97 Explorer V8 19k
'93 626ES auto 50k
'90 MustangGT 5spd 60k
- --
"If you find a path with no obstacles,
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 11:38:28 -0700
From: Brian Pynn
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle

Ditto for me. Thanks

- -----Original Message-----
From: Ray Scheidnes [mailto:ray_scheidnes nacm.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 11:10 AM
To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle


Thanks, I certainly will.

> ----------
> From: Jerry A. Edwards[SMTP:phubby bellsouth.net]
> Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 10:39 AM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
>
> Brian and Ray,
>
> Check to see if your fuse box is securely attached.
>
> Brian Pynn wrote:
>
> > I have a '97 4x2 Ranger S/C (3.0 5sd) that has given me the same grief.
> > I've pulled my hair out trying to figure out what's causing the
> > noise...people must think I'm crazy as I drive down the road bent over,
> one
> > hand on the wheel and the other groping under the dash. It seems to
> come
> > and go...but will only happen on rougher roads as in your case. I've
> > thought it was my e-brake and spent most of my time searching there, but
> to
> > no avail. It definitely seems to come from the lower left area under my
> > instrument panel. Would love to hear if anyone has any solutions. I'm
> > still on warranty, but because it's so sporadic I can't be sure it will
> > happen for a service tech...and don't want to waste their time or mine.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Ray Scheidnes [mailto:ray_scheidnes nacm.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 8:33 AM
> > To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
> > Subject: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
> >
> > Hi,
> > My 1994 Ranger 4x4 (4.0, 5 speed) extended cab has recently developed a
> > rattle somewhere behind the dashboard, near or behind the instrument
> panel.
> > My dash is all stock, except for the stereo (in-dash CD player/radio).
> The
> > rattle occurs when driving over rough road or over bumps. The 4x4
> > push-button control panel section is a bit loose in its place, but I
> have
> > held it down when going over rough road, and have determined that this
> is
> > not the culprit. The stereo is secure in its place, so that's not the
> > cause, either.
> > Does anyone know if there is anything in particular behind a Ranger dash
> > that is notorious for coming loose?
> > What should I look for?
> > Are there any panels that are easy to remove to access the areas behind
> the
> > dash with ease?
> > Any help would be appreciated - this rattle is starting to annoy!!
> >
> > Ray Scheidnes
> > International Trade Settlements
> > Nicholas-Applegate
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 18:15:18 -0400
From: Phil Snider
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle

Brian,

I used to have a '97 4x2 Ranger S/C (4.0 AOD) that rattled in the area under
the steering column. They added some foam padding behind the panel where the
steering column comes out from the dash to correct the problem. I will say,
this one also drove me crazy trying to locate the rattle. Finally put my hand
on the panel under the steering column and the rattle went away. Permanent fix
was the padding installed by the dealer (under warranty).

I have had a noise which sounded like a small squeak or groan emanting from the
gas pedal area. Turned out to by my shoe rubbing on the gas pedal. About
drove me absolutely nuts because there was no pattern to the noise until I
realized it was ME!

Phil Snider



Brian Pynn wrote:

> I have a '97 4x2 Ranger S/C (3.0 5sd) that has given me the same grief.
> I've pulled my hair out trying to figure out what's causing the
> noise...people must think I'm crazy as I drive down the road bent over, one
> hand on the wheel and the other groping under the dash. It seems to come
> and go...but will only happen on rougher roads as in your case. I've
> thought it was my e-brake and spent most of my time searching there, but to
> no avail. It definitely seems to come from the lower left area under my
> instrument panel. Would love to hear if anyone has any solutions. I'm
> still on warranty, but because it's so sporadic I can't be sure it will
> happen for a service tech...and don't want to waste their time or mine.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ray Scheidnes [mailto:ray_scheidnes nacm.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 8:33 AM
> To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
> Subject: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
>
> Hi,
> My 1994 Ranger 4x4 (4.0, 5 speed) extended cab has recently developed a
> rattle somewhere behind the dashboard, near or behind the instrument panel.
> My dash is all stock, except for the stereo (in-dash CD player/radio). The
> rattle occurs when driving over rough road or over bumps. The 4x4
> push-button control panel section is a bit loose in its place, but I have
> held it down when going over rough road, and have determined that this is
> not the culprit. The stereo is secure in its place, so that's not the
> cause, either.
> Does anyone know if there is anything in particular behind a Ranger dash
> that is notorious for coming loose?
> What should I look for?
> Are there any panels that are easy to remove to access the areas behind the
> dash with ease?
> Any help would be appreciated - this rattle is starting to annoy!!
>
> Ray Scheidnes
> International Trade Settlements
> Nicholas-Applegate
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 15:33:04 -0700
From: "Michael D. Sheridan"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle

Jerry A. Edwards wrote:
>
> Brian and Ray,
>
> Check to see if your fuse box is securely attached.
>
> Brian Pynn wrote:
>
> > I have a '97 4x2 Ranger S/C (3.0 5sd) that has given me the same grief.
> > I've pulled my hair out trying to figure out what's causing the
> > noise...people must think I'm crazy as I drive down the road bent over, one
> > hand on the wheel and the other groping under the dash. It seems to come
> > and go...but will only happen on rougher roads as in your case. I've
> > thought it was my e-brake and spent most of my time searching there, but to
> > no avail. It definitely seems to come from the lower left area under my
> > instrument panel. Would love to hear if anyone has any solutions. I'm
> > still on warranty, but because it's so sporadic I can't be sure it will
> > happen for a service tech...and don't want to waste their time or mine.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Ray Scheidnes [mailto:ray_scheidnes nacm.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 8:33 AM
> > To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
> > Subject: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
> >
> > Hi,
> > My 1994 Ranger 4x4 (4.0, 5 speed) extended cab has recently developed a....


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