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small-list-digest Saturday, July 24 1999 Volume 03 : Number 185



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FTE Small - Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 18:21:10 GMT
Re: FTE Small - Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 18:21:10 GMT
FTE Small - Creaking Explorer
Re: FTE Small - Creaking Explorer
FTE Small - recall info
RE: FTE Small - Creaking Explorer
RE: FTE Small - Creaking Explorer
Re: FTE Small - 5 Spd Auto Woes...

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Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 08:17:15 -0500
From: NRA
Subject: FTE Small - Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 18:21:10 GMT

The '95 4x4 has the Select-Trac system, so I don't really know what
happens to the front driveshaft, etc. when in the 2WD mode. I do know
that the 5.0L really loafs compared to the 4.0L, and spends alot more
time in the OD mode, due both to the higher torque and lower gear
ratio. It also has a different A/T than the 4.0, so probably the ratios
are different gear for gear. Bottom line is that I expected worse
mileage than the V-6, based upon the EPA estimates, and was pleasantly
suprised.

Neal
Austin, TX
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Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 09:25:10 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 18:21:10 GMT

At 08:17 AM 7/23/99 -0500, you wrote:
>The '95 4x4 has the Select-Trac system, so I don't really know what
>happens to the front driveshaft, etc. when in the 2WD mode. I do know
>that the 5.0L really loafs compared to the 4.0L, and spends alot more
>time in the OD mode, due both to the higher torque and lower gear
>ratio. It also has a different A/T than the 4.0, so probably the ratios
>are different gear for gear. Bottom line is that I expected worse
>mileage than the V-6, based upon the EPA estimates, and was pleasantly
>suprised.

Select-Trac is a form of AWD... front hubs are locked all the time. In 4WD
AUTO, it controls the amount of torque applied to the front/rear by the
amount of slip it see's in the rear... I believe it is as low as 5% front,
95% rear and can go to 95% front, 5% rear in severe slippage, so the front
driveshaft etc is always engaged and turning. There isn't a 2WD mode for
the Select Trac.
The trans in the 97 up V6's is a 5 speed auto... they took the A4OD and
split the 1-2 shift into 1-2 and 1-3... 3rd gear is the old A4OD 2nd. OD
is the same, and 4th is 1:1 in the 5 speed, like 3rd was in the A4OD. The
V8's come with the heavy 4 speed auto, and I'm not sure how the individual
ratios differ from the A4OD on 96 and older v6 Explorers.
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Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 09:58:40 -0500
From: "Tony Rio (Chicago)"
Subject: FTE Small - Creaking Explorer

Anyone have any ideas? I have a 95 Eddie Bauer Explorer V6 that is making
creaking sound from the front end. Not squeaking, not popping, but creaking.
My wife first noticed it about 2 months ago, I my mechanic and I have been
trying to trace t down since. So far we have replace shocks (needed them
anyways), front brakes and rotor (needed them anyways) and had the front
sway bar fixed (drivers side bolt had sheared). It seems like the sound is
coming from the drivers side, and my wife is driving me batty about it ("it
still makes that noise!"). It sounds suspension related, but my neck isn't
long enough to look under the truck while I drive.

TIA

Tony

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Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 11:03:49 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Creaking Explorer

At 09:58 AM 7/23/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Anyone have any ideas? I have a 95 Eddie Bauer Explorer V6 that is making
>creaking sound from the front end. Not squeaking, not popping, but creaking.
>My wife first noticed it about 2 months ago, I my mechanic and I have been
>trying to trace t down since. So far we have replace shocks (needed them
>anyways), front brakes and rotor (needed them anyways) and had the front
>sway bar fixed (drivers side bolt had sheared). It seems like the sound is
>coming from the drivers side, and my wife is driving me batty about it ("it
>still makes that noise!"). It sounds suspension related, but my neck isn't
>long enough to look under the truck while I drive.


That sound usually comes from A arm bushings that are bad.

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Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 16:30:09 EDT
From: MYRLTH aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - recall info

Information regarding mandated recalls and deficiencies in vehicles can be
obtained by search at the following:

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/

Go to Safety Problems & Issues ..... Recalls and Regional Recalls

NOTE: use FORD Truck when specifying make of vehicle

The whole web site contains good information.
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Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 16:09:49 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Creaking Explorer

What are the "A arms?" Are they the front I beams?

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>
> At 09:58 AM 7/23/99 -0500, you wrote:
> >Anyone have any ideas? I have a 95 Eddie Bauer Explorer V6 that is
> making
> >creaking sound from the front end. Not squeaking, not popping, but
> creaking.
> >My wife first noticed it about 2 months ago, I my mechanic and I have
> been
> >trying to trace t down since. So far we have replace shocks (needed them
> >anyways), front brakes and rotor (needed them anyways) and had the front
> >sway bar fixed (drivers side bolt had sheared). It seems like the sound
> is
> >coming from the drivers side, and my wife is driving me batty about it
> ("it
> >still makes that noise!"). It sounds suspension related, but my neck
> isn't
> >long enough to look under the truck while I drive.
>
>
> That sound usually comes from A arm bushings that are bad.
>
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> Packet: N5XMT KQ4LO.#INT.NC.USA.NA T.A.P.R. Member #7068
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Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 01:10:51 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Creaking Explorer

At 04:09 PM 7/23/99 -0700, you wrote:
>What are the "A arms?" Are they the front I beams?

They are the A shaped metal arm that goes from the frame to the top of the
spindle... The top of the shock connects to it. The hinge points at the
frame are the bushings that wear...
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Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 01:13:59 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 5 Spd Auto Woes...

Well,
Don't need to worry about the 5 speed auto problems anymore...
Dealer admitted they couldn't fix it and didn't want to spend anymore time
on it...
They bought it back and put me in a 97 Eddie Bauer V8 AWD 4 door... It
looks like a grape... Light purple with leather interior (tan).
Does seem to run a bit harder than the OHV V6! It has 3.73 Limited slip also.
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