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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
FTE Small - Re: Steadfast for Explorer
FTE Small - Check Engine Light: Code Reader
Re: FTE Small - Check Engine Light: Code Reader
FTE Small - Re: Block heater installed?
FTE Small - Answers to Ranger questions
FTE Small - Re: Check engine light
FTE Small - Lowering An Explorer
FTE Small - RE: 91 Explorer
FTE Small - Fan clutches
FTE Small - Driving Lights Recommendation
FTE Small - Ranger Researcher
FTE Small - Cooler??
FTE Small - Transmission
Re: FTE Small - Re: Steadfast for Explorer
AW: FTE Small - Re: Check engine light
FTE Small - tranny cooler
FTE Small - A/C problems

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 03:25:24 PDT
From: "H. Lee Purvis"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Check engine light

Any auto parts store should have them. They're usually about $30 and come
with complete detailed instructions. Honestly, I don't even remember what
brand mine is, but I got it at Advance Auto. Autozone and NAPA sell them as
well.

Lee

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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 B25


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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 03:30:58 PDT
From: "H. Lee Purvis"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Steadfast for Explorer

Lizzy,

Did Pep Boys say why they quit installing it? Was it a lack of business or
was it problems with the installation?

Lee


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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 09:11:07 -0700
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Check Engine Light: Code Reader

Michael D. Sheridan wrote:

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?

My reply:

I bought an Equus code reader from JC Whitney for around $60, and also
bought the optional $20 extension cord, which allows you to run dymanic
tests while sitting in the driver's seat. This is a digital-readout
model that retains a few readings and runs on a pair of AA batteries. I
think that it is worth buying this model over the cheaper one with
flashing lights. I've been satisfied with mine. The owner's manual is
adequate, but there are probably better booklets out there with more
savvy code interpretations.

It will work with the Fords from the '80s and early '90s. I'm not up on
the details. I'd suggest buying one while they are still available.
The product may also be out there under a different brand name.

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 15:46:31 -0400
From: Geoffrey Hoffman
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Check Engine Light: Code Reader

At 9:11 AM -0700 7/11/99, rgstein pacbell.net wrote:
>I bought an Equus code reader from JC Whitney for around $60, and also
>bought the optional $20 extension cord, which allows you to run dymanic
>tests while sitting in the driver's seat. This is a digital-readout
>model that retains a few readings and runs on a pair of AA batteries. I
>think that it is worth buying this model over the cheaper one with
>flashing lights. I've been satisfied with mine. The owner's manual is
>adequate, but there are probably better booklets out there with more
>savvy code interpretations.
>
>It will work with the Fords from the '80s and early '90s. I'm not up on
>the details. I'd suggest buying one while they are still available.
>The product may also be out there under a different brand name.

so, I will assume that since it works with the 93 aerostar (or
whatever you have) it should work with my '93 4.0 explorer, right?

Can these things be hooked up while driving, or do you unplug
something to plug the reader in? I am getting the "check engine"
after an hour of driving, and didn't know if i had to stop when i saw
the light, and hook it up, or just leave it hooked up.

thanks for your time....
+-----------------------------------------------------------+
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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 22:03:49 GMT
From: alannorthstar mindspring.com
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Block heater installed?

On Sun, 11 Jul 1999 13:36:32 -0400, you wrote:

:Hmmm...what is the value of infinity? I thought it was the highest =
number
:of all?

Well, it is. The highest amount of resistance to current flow.=20

Remember we're talking about "resistance" here. That means
resistance to current flowing. More resistance means less current
flow.

So, if the circuit is open -- the two wires not connected to anything,
there will be infinite resistance. No circuit, actually, means the
highest possible resistance. No electricity can flow through it.

If there is SOME kind of circuit -- something like the block heater
element -- measuring the amount of that resistance may tell you
something.

No resistance (zero resistance) means current flows freely, with no
resistance, so that would be the same as having a short -- or the two
wires hooked directly to each other so there is no resistance. If you
plugged that one in you'd blow a fuse, and/or the wires would melt,
because there is no resistance to the flow of electricity, and it
would run rampant if there wasn't a fuse or a circuit breaker in the
circuit to prevent that.

Late,
Alan


:
: Zero (as in none) resistance would indicate an open circuit; or in =
other
:words, the other end of the plug is connected to nothing.
:
:If there is resistance, how ever much, it would indicate that the other =
end
:of the plug is connected to the heater element. After all, a heater =
element
:is nothing more than a big resistor.
:
:Later
:


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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 15:35:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Troy Reifsnider
Subject: FTE Small - Answers to Ranger questions

I have some answers to ranger/b2 questions posted earlier

First the gentleman with the rear seal:

My 2.9 was covered in oil all over the tranny and block sides. It
turned out to be just valve cover gaskets. The oil runs down the side
and back of the engine. 2.9 valve covers NEVER stop leaking (they just
slow down)


Next the guy with the cold running B2 (I believe thats what it was,
either way a 2.9)

My 2.9 (the left to right gauge) takes forever to get to the M in
normal (which is usaual warm up) In these harsh WI winters the thing
rarely reads above R in normal. The 2.9 is very cold blooded - don't
worry about it.

Finally the man with the Ranger (4.0 I believe) who is concered about
gas mileage (and hey, who isn't with gas being a $1.20 here in South
Central WI)

My Ranger has an approx. 16 gal. tank and I fill up in summer every
300 miles. that makes about 19-21 MPG mixed driving. In winter Thats
a completely different story - I'm lucky if I get 12 mpg with the hubs
locked in and the freaking cold weather!!



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Troy Reifsnider
Fordmantroy yahoo.com
1992 Ford Ranger reg. cab long box
XLT 4x4 2.9L 5 sp.
"Drive it like you stole it"
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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 19:15:52 -0300
From: "Willliam A. Hopkins"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Check engine light

>
Before getting all worked up on if it's complicated or not, go
visit this site:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://dalidesign.com/hbook/eectest.html

Since the '93 Aerostar has EEC-IV technology, it's a safe bet the
procedures on this
page will help out.

> > 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: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 17:04:05 -0700
From: Kenny Paul
Subject: FTE Small - Lowering An Explorer

Howdy!

I've just joined the list and read the FAQ.
Does anyone have any experience lowering a 2wd Explorer?

The only info/kit that I've been able to find is
an 1 3/4" kit that explorer express sells.

Thanks!
- --

Until Next Time, Party Safe!
Kenny Paul, Mini-Truck Mailing List Administrator
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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 20:07:21 -0400
From: "Ralph J. MacKay"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: 91 Explorer

I just picked up a California 91 Explorer with 40K (actual). Beautiful
shape.

It has three problems:

1) No fuel indication. Previous owner said they were told it was the
sending unit. Previous posts on the list state this is a common problem.
Should I pick up a sender/pump at a junk yard or buy new?

2) Door pulls on driver front & rear doors. I have been told this also a
common problem. Is there some place to obtain replacements?

3) Rear door gasket is separating. Can I use rubber glue and fix or do I
need to replace? Can I get an inexpensive replacement?

Looking for responses.

Thanks
RJ MacKay
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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 19:28:03 -0500
From: "Larry Brown"
Subject: FTE Small - Fan clutches

Now that the weather is heating up and the temp gauge is creeping ever
higher, Could someone correct me if I am wrong, but aren't fan clutches
supposed to get stiffer as the engine heats up. It seems to me that if they
spin more freely that they would not work as well and the engine would run
hotter. Trying to solve a run hot problem on my baby Bronco. Also does any
one know if there is a double row radiator that will fit or do I have to
buy something like what Duff sells?

Getting steamed in Louisiana.

Larry



You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline.
It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons,
but at the very least you need a beer.
--Frank Zappa


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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 20:20:16 -0500
From: Guy Anderson
Subject: FTE Small - Driving Lights Recommendation

Recommendations based on experience, please. I am considering 85
watt PIAA or Hella driving lights. The PIAA Dichroic seem to throw
the pattern I want for driving narrow curvaceous roads in rural West
Tennessee. Others I should consider? And are there better lights
which I can install in place of the stock units? The latter would
be ideal, since I'd rather not hang auxiliary units, wiring, switch,
relay, etc.

Vehicle: 94 Explorer XLT

Thanks! I've already learned a lot from lurking on the list.

Guy A.
Ripley, TN
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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 23:01:25 EDT
From: MaDogSiper aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger Researcher

Hi! This if my first post on this list. Anyways, recently Ive been
looking at some Ford Rangers. Ive drove a Nissan Frontier a S10, ect... But
for some reason I chose to stick with the Ranger for personal preference.
Ive narrowed it down to something close to this:

96 or 97 Ford Ranger 2wd
XLT
5 speed
below 30 k miles
$13,000 out the door (is this realisic?)

We (family) have been driving are selfs crazy trying to get the most
bang for my buck. And my parents in this case feel that the AT new Frontier
has more to offer. And feel more comfortable with a nissan than a Ford.
Anyways I was just wondering if I could get some feedback. As it is I dont
know even how reliable a Ford would be... All information would be helpfull.
This will be my first car/truck.. I just want to make sure I make the right
choice.
Thanks!
-Morgan
-Sonoma, CA

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 23:30:00 EDT
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Cooler??

In a message dated 7/6/99 3:27:39 AM, owner-small-list-digest ford-trucks.com
writes:



I just removed the lower air dam from my 1988 BII. The motor now runs
noticeable cooler. If the engine temperature guage does mean anything
besides relativity, the meter used to sit on the high side of M, and now
it runs about the middle of the A in the word "NORMAL".
>>>>>>>

Sounds to me like its running hotter. Or else "Normal" is spelled backwards.

Ron Trampe

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 23:48:10 EDT
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Transmission

In a message dated 7/11/99 3:28:44 AM,
owner-small-list-digest ford-trucks.com writes:


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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
======== >>>>>>>

What year Explorer, and how many miles?

Ron Trampe

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Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 22:48:56 -0700
From: "Lizzy B"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Re: Steadfast for Explorer

I got the impression from Pep Boys that it was lack of interest. Popularity peaked a few years ago apparently and has diminished mainly due to lack of marketing efforts as Steadfast does a great business selling to devices to rental car fleets, etc. and doesn't need to be concerned with the average man on the street type of customer.

On Sun, 11 Jul 1999 03:30:58 H. Lee Purvis wrote:
>Lizzy,
>
>Did Pep Boys say why they quit installing it? Was it a lack of business or
>was it problems with the installation?
>
>Lee
>
>
>------------------------------
>
>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: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 09:44:17 +0200
From: "Ucen, Thomas, PRE"
Subject: AW: FTE Small - Re: Check engine light

Funny thing,
when I bought my Aerostar, I bought a whole series of manuals plus a =
little
booklet from Wells with a whole pack of code descriptions for all "big
three" vehicles. I connect one terminal end at the diag.connector to =
the
connector sitting next to it and read the codes with the flashing =
"check
engine" lamp. Works pretty good, but only with the engine off.=20

Tom
1993 Aerostar Ext. 3.0L

- -----Urspr=FCngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Willliam A. Hopkins [mailto:whopkin1 bellsouth.net]
Gesendet am: Montag, 12. Juli 1999 00:16
An: small-list ford-trucks.com
Betreff: FTE Small - Re: Check engine light

>=20
Before getting all worked up on if it's complicated or not, go
visit this site:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://dalidesign.com/hbook/eectest.html

Since the '93 Aerostar has EEC-IV technology, it's a safe bet the
procedures on this=20
page will help out.

> > 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.
>=20
> Hi Lee:
>=20
> 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?
>=20
> Sincerely,
>=20
> Michael
> 1999 Mazda B2500
> California
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Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 09:49:11 +0200
From: "Ucen, Thomas, PRE"
Subject: FTE Small - tranny cooler

Folks,

I had my '93 Aerostar hoisted up this weekend and I noticed that the
autotranny cooling lines run through the radiator plus through an extra
cooler mounted behind the bumper. Did this come standard with the Aerostars
or is this an option (for towing etc.)??

Tom
1993 Aerostar 3.0L
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Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 10:03:36 +0200
From: "Ucen, Thomas, PRE"
Subject: FTE Small - A/C problems

Last week I lost the A/C on my '93 Aerostar (3 liter engine). Went to the
shop to get the system filled. The mechanic said there's a big leak on the
hose going from the compressor to the condensor. Yesterday I had the car
hoisted up to change the oil and took a good look at it. There's a short
piece of rubber hose that has contact with a metal steering part, right next....


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