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small-list-digest Wednesday, July 7 1999 Volume 03 : Number 168



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In this issue:

FTE Small - beyond injectors - reviving the 4.0
Re: FTE Small - beyond injectors - reviving the 4.0
FTE Small - touch drive computer
FTE Small - Maybe Problem
Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem
Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem
Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem
RE: FTE Small - Maybe Problem
Re: FTE Small - Goodguys Street Rod Nationals
Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem
Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem
Re: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a MECHANICAL dash
Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem

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Date: Tue, 06 Jul 1999 07:51:07 -0500
From: John Winkler
Subject: FTE Small - beyond injectors - reviving the 4.0

I was talking with a neighbor (while enviously eyeing his new 5.0
explorer) about my 93 and his old 93. He put about 200k on his
before trading up, but he said he knew his motor was going south
when mileage dropped off. He said he went from being able to go
about 300 miles on a tank to around 210, which is really about
where I am now too.

Is there anything that can be done to bring new life back to the
4.0 V6? Mine's got about 94k miles, with the most recent 20k or
so involving some maximum load (or more) towing in central Texas
hills. I replaced the plugs at about 65k, and am going to clean
the injectors this week.

Is the drop in mileage the sound of the death knell for this motor?

JLW

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Date: Tue, 06 Jul 1999 09:17:02 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - beyond injectors - reviving the 4.0

At 07:51 AM 7/6/99 -0500, you wrote:
>I was talking with a neighbor (while enviously eyeing his new 5.0
>explorer) about my 93 and his old 93. He put about 200k on his
>before trading up, but he said he knew his motor was going south
>when mileage dropped off. He said he went from being able to go
>about 300 miles on a tank to around 210, which is really about
>where I am now too.
>
>Is there anything that can be done to bring new life back to the
>4.0 V6? Mine's got about 94k miles, with the most recent 20k or
>so involving some maximum load (or more) towing in central Texas
>hills. I replaced the plugs at about 65k, and am going to clean
>the injectors this week.
>
>Is the drop in mileage the sound of the death knell for this motor?

John,
A drop in mileage doesn't have anything to do with an engine being ready to
blow...
Your neighbor is obviously not mechanically inclined.
A loss in mileage means something isn't right efficiency wise. If the
engine isn't making noise (knocking/clattering etc) and not burning oil,
then it's probably in pretty good shape. Most often, a drop in mileage is
caused by bad plugs/wires/dirty injectors/bad Oxygen sensor or bad
catalytic converter.
With 94 K on yours, the plug wires and a complete tune-up is what I'd do
first... You'd be surprised what a difference that will make!
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Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 08:54:16 -0700
From: malonej sunsix.infi.net
Subject: FTE Small - touch drive computer

The touch drive in my 86 2.9 Ranger 4x4 went stopped working a
few months ago. I have tried tapping the servo motor on the xfer
case with no success. My overhead switch gets power but does
nothing when I try to engage, no lights, no clicking. Is there a way
to definitely tell if it's the electronic control module under the dash
that's roughly the size of a videocassette? Speaking of that module
($300 new) what's the white button and red pilot light for. Is this a
self-test? The red light on mine comes on for about 30 seconds
and then goes out.
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Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 15:08:22 -0400
From: "Eric Davis"
Subject: FTE Small - Maybe Problem

I have a 98 4.0L 4x4 Ranger with the 5spd auto and it has a 19.5 gal gas
tank. My problem is that I only get about 240 (or around there) miles to the
tank if I'm lucky. I think I should be able to go farther than that. Should
I be able to go farther? Also if anyone knows what the RPM should be at
70mph, because on my truck it is about 2500? I don't think it should be that
high. Thanks

Eric Davis
99 4x4 EB Expedition
99 4x4 F-150 Lariat
98 4x4 Ranger,
Custom Exhaust with Edlebrock muffler,
Superchip, K&N.


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Date: Tue, 06 Jul 1999 12:37:51 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem

My 98 3.0 V6 Ranger Supercab has a 19.6 gallon tank and gets about 290-310 miles
per tank. Sometimes a little less.

Eric Davis wrote:

> I have a 98 4.0L 4x4 Ranger with the 5spd auto and it has a 19.5 gal gas
> tank. My problem is that I only get about 240 (or around there) miles to the
> tank if I'm lucky. I think I should be able to go farther than that. Should
> I be able to go farther?

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Date: Tue, 06 Jul 1999 15:39:24 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem

At 03:08 PM 7/6/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I have a 98 4.0L 4x4 Ranger with the 5spd auto and it has a 19.5 gal gas
>tank. My problem is that I only get about 240 (or around there) miles to the
>tank if I'm lucky. I think I should be able to go farther than that. Should
>I be able to go farther? Also if anyone knows what the RPM should be at
>70mph, because on my truck it is about 2500? I don't think it should be that
>high. Thanks

Eric,
You didn't say how many gallons you put in when you fill the tank...
Just because it has a 19.5G tank doesn't mean that's how much you've used
when the guage is on empty.
if you were using the whole 19.5g for that 240 miles that would be about
12.5 MPG...
Around town you will probably see about 15MPG (depending on how you drive)
and on the freeway, about 20.
As to the RPM's, that's dependant on tire size and gear ratio... My 97
Explorer has 3.73 gears and it runs about 2500 at 70 with the 5 speed auto
trans.
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Date: Tue, 06 Jul 1999 13:44:16 -0600
From: Greg Achord
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem

I have the same truck and thats about the same miles (14 mpg) I'm getting,
although it's mostly in-town driving and I'm running the a/c constantly. Not
sure about the RPM's but that seems about the same too.

Greg
98 4x4 Ranger

Eric Davis wrote:

> I have a 98 4.0L 4x4 Ranger with the 5spd auto and it has a 19.5 gal gas
> tank. My problem is that I only get about 240 (or around there) miles to the
> tank if I'm lucky. I think I should be able to go farther than that. Should
> I be able to go farther? Also if anyone knows what the RPM should be at
> 70mph, because on my truck it is about 2500? I don't think it should be that
> high. Thanks
>
> Eric Davis
> 99 4x4 EB Expedition
> 99 4x4 F-150 Lariat
> 98 4x4 Ranger,
> Custom Exhaust with Edlebrock muffler,
> Superchip, K&N.
>
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Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 13:02:34 -0700
From: Brian Pynn
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Maybe Problem

I don't think you have a problem. With the 3.0L supercab, manual tranny, I
get about 275 miles to a full tank, assuming all in-town driving. I get
about 410 on a full tank if all highway. As for my RPM, at 70mph I'm about
2700. I've got about 17,000 miles on my 97 and it's still running like a
charm.

- -----Original Message-----
From: Greg Achord [mailto:grega wic.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 1999 12:44 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem


I have the same truck and thats about the same miles (14 mpg) I'm getting,
although it's mostly in-town driving and I'm running the a/c constantly.
Not
sure about the RPM's but that seems about the same too.

Greg
98 4x4 Ranger

Eric Davis wrote:

> I have a 98 4.0L 4x4 Ranger with the 5spd auto and it has a 19.5 gal gas
> tank. My problem is that I only get about 240 (or around there) miles to
the
> tank if I'm lucky. I think I should be able to go farther than that.
Should
> I be able to go farther? Also if anyone knows what the RPM should be at
> 70mph, because on my truck it is about 2500? I don't think it should be
that
> high. Thanks
>
> Eric Davis
> 99 4x4 EB Expedition
> 99 4x4 F-150 Lariat
> 98 4x4 Ranger,
> Custom Exhaust with Edlebrock muffler,
> Superchip, K&N.
>
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Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 17:49:53 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Goodguys Street Rod Nationals

- -----Original Message-----
From: daner
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Monday, July 05, 1999 3:14 PM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Goodguys Street Rod Nationals


>Is it limited to '72 and earlier ONLY?
>
>Or can I enter my '89 5.0L Ranger?? It is a drag racing event??
>
>
>

It is strictly 1972 and older. Check out www.goodguysgoodtimes.com for
the info.



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Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 17:44:39 -0400
From: "Eric Davis"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem

I have the same setup as your Explorer. 3.73 rear end. So I guess if you
have the same RPM its ok. As for the how many gallons I put in. I would say
about 14 to 16. And If my math is correct I get 16 miles to the gallon.

Eric Davis
99 4x4 EB Expedition
99 4x4 F-150 Lariat
98 4x4 Ranger,
Custom Exhaust with Edlebrock muffler,
Superchip, K&N.
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From: David Cooley
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Tuesday, July 06, 1999 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem


>
>Eric,
>You didn't say how many gallons you put in when you fill the tank...
>Just because it has a 19.5G tank doesn't mean that's how much you've used
>when the guage is on empty.
>if you were using the whole 19.5g for that 240 miles that would be about
>12.5 MPG...
>Around town you will probably see about 15MPG (depending on how you drive)
>and on the freeway, about 20.
>As to the RPM's, that's dependant on tire size and gear ratio... My 97
>Explorer has 3.73 gears and it runs about 2500 at 70 with the 5 speed auto
>trans.



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Date: Tue, 06 Jul 1999 17:53:09 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Maybe Problem

At 05:44 PM 7/6/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I have the same setup as your Explorer. 3.73 rear end. So I guess if you
>have the same RPM its ok. As for the how many gallons I put in. I would say
>about 14 to 16. And If my math is correct I get 16 miles to the gallon.

That's about right for around town driving... Highway you'll probably see 20.
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Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 19:39:34 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Changing the odometer on a MECHANICAL 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?
>


Off the subject, but along the same lines...

Is there anyway this can be done to a "regular" mechanical speedometer?
My current, stock, speedometer sometimes lags behind and then catches up
(too many times over the 85 MPH mark I guess). Anyway, it is happening more
frequently and I would eventually like to replace it and the similarly
inaccurate tach with an Auto Meter set. However, I want the odometer to
read actual mileage. Can this be done?? If it cannot be done with an
aftermarket speedometer, can the original odometer be removed and placed in
a new/used Ford speedometer??

Thanks,
Tony
94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed


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