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small-list-digest Sunday, July 11 1999 Volume 03 : Number 172



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

FTE Small - Re: Check engine light
Re: FTE Small - Re: Check engine light
FTE Small - Re: Gas gauge
FTE Small - Check Engine Light - intermittant
FTE Small - 5 Spd Auto Woes...
FTE Small - Steadfast for Explorer
Re: FTE Small - Steadfast for Explorer

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Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 06:49:28 PDT
From: "H. Lee Purvis"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Check engine light

>Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 23:02:09 -0700
>From: "meb8100"
>Subject: FTE Small - Check engine light
>
>My friend has a 93 Aerostar 3.0/auto with about 70,000 miles. The >check
>engine light occasionally lights up and then goes off, pretty random. Any
>ideas?
>
>Thanks,
>Mark Biederbeck

Your best bet is to get a code reader. They do not cost much and are well
worth the price. Otherwise, it could be just about anything.

Lee
'88 Aerostar


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Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 09:29:59 -0700
From: "Michael D. Sheridan"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Check engine light

H. Lee Purvis wrote:


> Your best bet is to get a code reader. They do not cost much and are well
> worth the price. Otherwise, it could be just about anything.

Hi Lee:

Where do you get this code reader and will
it take some study to attach it and learn
what the codes mean? Do you have a BRAND
name and model number of one that you
have had experience with?

Sincerely,

Michael
1999 Mazda B2500
California
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Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 15:05:30 -0400
From: "Justin Kraynack"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Gas gauge

>I have a 93 Explorer 4.0 w/115k miles and the gas gauge just recently >quit
working. I'm guessing it's the sending unit. Has anyone else had >to deal
with this yet? If it is the sending unit, should the fuel pump be >replaced
at this time while the tank would be down?

My 90 Bronco II had the same problem at 123k. I replaced the whole pump for
about $125.00. Fixed all problems. With 115k, if you plan to keep it for a
few more miles, I'd replace the pump. One less thing to worry about later.
If you're getting ready for a new vehicle...I would'nt even bother. You
won't get all your money back on a trade with that kind of milage. BTW, my
Bronco II now has 176k and is still going strong! Mine was worth the
investment.

Justin

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Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 11:57:21 -0700
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Check Engine Light - intermittant

Mark Biederbeck wrote:

My friend has a 93 Aerostar 3.0/auto with about 70,000 miles. The check
engine light occasionally lights up and then goes off, pretty random.
Any
ideas?

My reply:

Mark, just last week we had an excellent round of posts right here on
this subject. I recall that the subject vehicle was an Explorer, but I
experienced the very same "check engine light" events with my '92
Aerostar 3.0. Have you read those posts?

Of course, the cause could be something else. But in this case, there
is actually at least one driving condition under which the check engine
light is tripped when everything is _normal_. This condition is when
you are asking the motor for more power than it can deliver. For a
technical explanation, see last week's messages.

Richard

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Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 18:56:39 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: FTE Small - 5 Spd Auto Woes...

Anyone have any history of problems with the 5 speed auto trans in an explorer?
Mine was just fine except for a slight slip at wide open throttle when
passing, right after it shifted into 2nd gear... Took it to the dealership
I bought it from, they "replaced a few things". Nothing was
specified. Now, 500 miles later, it developed a whine in all gears above
3000 RPM, and coming home from the store this afternoon, it would randomly
drop into neutral then slam back into gear at light throttle in 1st, 2nd
and 3rd.
Brought it home, and the trans checked WAY over full... drained some out
from the cooler lines to drop the level to normal, and it looks like
glitter... FULL of metal. Warranty expired 10 days ago, but the dealer
looked at it 3 weeks ago for the problem and blessed it with a fine bill of
health... they are either going to replace it with a crate transmission
direct from the factory come monday morning, Or I'm going to sue the hell
out of them. This will be the *LAST* ford I ever own!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 17:33:42 -0700
From: "Lizzy B"
Subject: FTE Small - Steadfast for Explorer

Hello, I'm new to the list. I just got a '97 XLT, and I would like to put a Steadfast InvisiGUARD armored ignition collar on it. I'm having trouble locating anyone in So. Cal who installs them. I contacted the manufacturer (steadfastcorp.com) and they sent me directions. It appears that it can be installed "if you are mechanically inclined" which I am. However, during certain points of the installation, there are "points of no return" as you permanently install it and "it can't be removed with ordinary tools". Anyone have any advice? I'm nervous about getting in over my head and then not having any way to get myself out of the jam! As I'm learning, this isn't a commercially well-known device, it's more popular with rental fleets, etc. The Pep Boys out here used to install it, but they said they don't anymore. Maybe no one has heard of it, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Thanks!

Lizzy


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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 00:57:13 EDT
From: TMStephen aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Steadfast for Explorer

I found a good site for auto insurance and auto theft. This guys seems to
know it all when it comes to car security. You can ask him questions and he
will answer them usually within about a weeks time.

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