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small-list-digest Thursday, July 1 1999 Volume 03 : Number 164

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
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In this issue:

FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle
RE: FTE Small - check engine light
FTE Small - Keyless entry
FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a LCD dash
Re: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a LCD dash



Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 07:11:42 -0500
From: Philip Crooke
Subject: FTE Small - Behind-the-dash rattle

I have a 1998 Ranger 4x4 (4.0L, 5-speed auto) that also has this
rattle--sounds like a knock. It is only present over rought roads and seems
to be more prevalent when the temperature is cooler. It seems to come from
under the steering column. I have taken the panel below the column down,
but I could not find anything loose. I thought that it may be the brake
light switch that is attached to the brake. Another odd thing (although I
haven't provem it) is that when the driver side window is down, the rattle
doesn't seem to be there--could be just the wind noise covering the rattle.

Anyway, from other posts today, it appears to be an inherit Ranger noise.
Except for this slight problem, the truck has been perfect.

>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

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 17:47:54 +0300
From: Bolte Brent
Subject: RE: FTE Small - check engine light

We had the same problem on our '91 Explorer. When towing a trailer up
long hills the check engine light would come on and then after topping the
hill, the light would go out again after a minute or two. My dealer told me

that the check engine light will either come on continuously or
depending upon what problem the engine management computer is seeing
and whether or not it considers it to be a severe or minor problem. When
the light comes on continuously, the computer has seen or is seeing a
that it either cannot compensate for or does not know how to compensate for
( for example when a sensor fails ). This is considered a severe problem
will generally set codes in the system that you can scan to find out what
problem is. When the light comes on intermittently, as you and I were
the computer is seeing or saw a problem that it does not consider normal,
can compensate for. Then once the situation goes away, the light will go
out. This supposedly does not always trigger a code set so if you scan for
codes after this happens, you may not see any. The dealer ( actually the
mechanic who specializes in working on engine computer systems ) told me
that when you are towing and climbing a hill, you normally have your foot on
the pedal pretty hard which of course opens up the throttle plates. This in
delivers more fuel to the engine since the throttle position sensor ( which
attached to the throttle plates ) is telling the computer that the throttle
are open. The problem comes from the fact that because you are towing,
the engine is under a larger load than normal which keeps the engine RPM's
from increasing when you open the throttle. The engine computer is pumping
extra fuel into the engine ( again because the throttle plates are opened up
but since engine RPM's are not going up as they normally would when you
open the throttle, air flow through the engine is less than it should be for
far the throttle plates are open. This results in an air/fuel ratio that is
way off
from what is should be. The air/fuel ratio imbalance causes the O2 sensor
get a reading that is out of the normal range for a long enough time that it
finally trips the check engine light to come on. After you get to the top
of the
hill, the engine is able to get back to the proper air/fuel ratio for the
it is running, the O2 sensor readings go back to normal, and after they are
normal again for a long enough time the check engine light goes back out.
You shouldn't need to worry about this since it is a temporary situation and
the computer is just warning you that it sees something it doesn't consider
normal, but if the light stays on for an extended period after you top the
you may want have things checked out. Hope this helps, sorry it ended up
being so long.

Thanks, Brent

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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

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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 16:54:07 -0700
From: Bob Scola
Subject: FTE Small - Keyless entry

I didn't see if this had been answered. Here's a link to (an old usenet
posting on) the steps req'd.[ST_rn=ps]/getdoc.xp?AN=325657354&CONTEXT=930786507.2635

Good luck
'97 Explorer XLT SOHC

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Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 10:10:08 -0500
From: "Tony Hogan"
Subject: FTE Small - Keyless entry

I have a 97 explorer and an keyless entry transmitter that needs to be
programmed ( I do have one that is programmed).Does anyone know the
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 23:13:24 -0400
From: Daner
Subject: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a LCD dash

My brother just got a used instrument cluster, for his '92 F-150 4x4 5.0L
truck, from the wreckers
(since it has a tach) and would like to change the odoemeter reading on the
used one to match that
what his truck says. (the used one from the wreckers reads 220,000 kms, and
his truck only has
104,000 km)

Is there anyone that knows how to do this, without sending the unit to a
3rd party to set it?

I realize that this information in the wrong hands could cause some
trouble. So if worse comes to worst
I'll take any information on the 3rd party companies that will do it too.

Thanks in advance,

Daner Racing
Home of the Fastest 5.0L EFI Ext-a-cab Ranger in Canada
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 23:33:47 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a LCD dash

At 11:13 PM 6/30/99 -0400, you wrote:
>My brother just got a used instrument cluster, for his '92 F-150 4x4 5.0L
>truck, from the wreckers
>(since it has a tach) and would like to change the odoemeter reading on the
>used one to match that
>what his truck says. (the used one from the wreckers reads 220,000 kms, and
>his truck only has
>104,000 km)

Pull the old one out of his old cluster and put it in the new one.
David Cooley N5XMT Internet: N5XMT
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