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small-list-digest Saturday, July 31 1999 Volume 03 : Number 192



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In this issue:

RE: FTE Small - ranger question
RE: FTE Small - ranger question
FTE Small - My Explorer..a more detailed account!
FTE Small - Re: ranger question

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Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 08:39:34 -0500
From: "Herring, Bobby"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - ranger question

I have a 93 4.0 auto 2x4 and it does the same thing as you described.
It does feel like it turns a little before it actually engages.
It has 117,000 miles on it and runs and drives great.
Bobby

> -----Original Message-----
> From: alannorthstar mindspring.com
> [mailto:alannorthstar mindspring.com]
> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 1999 5:23 PM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - ranger question
>
> I have a 98 with the 3 liter engine, auto tranny and 4x4 and it has
> started doing a little "bump" when I start out from a stop. It sorta
> acts like the rear axle is rotating a bit under the thrust of the
> acceleration.
>
> Don't know that is the cause, but it sorta feels like that.
>
> Also, if you let up on the gas right away, it will "bump" back, again.
>
> This bump is a fairly solid thing, and it's coming through the
> frame/body of the truck-- it isn't a loose seat or anything.
>
> Anyone else have this thing happening?
>
> And/or know what it is?
>
> Later,
> Alan
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Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 08:48:40 -0500
From: "Cavanaugh, Craig L"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - ranger question

I once had an 80 Dodge D-50 that did that. It turned out the be a bad
U-joint at the rear end. I also have a friend that had an old 80'ish Ranger
with a lot of miles on it. It also, turned out to be a bad U-joint.

Craig

- -----Original Message-----
From: Herring, Bobby [mailto:BHerring txfb-ins.com]
Sent: Friday, July 30, 1999 8:40 AM
To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
Subject: RE: FTE Small - ranger question


I have a 93 4.0 auto 2x4 and it does the same thing as you described.
It does feel like it turns a little before it actually engages.
It has 117,000 miles on it and runs and drives great.
Bobby

> -----Original Message-----
> From: alannorthstar mindspring.com
> [mailto:alannorthstar mindspring.com]
> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 1999 5:23 PM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - ranger question
>
> I have a 98 with the 3 liter engine, auto tranny and 4x4 and it has
> started doing a little "bump" when I start out from a stop. It sorta
> acts like the rear axle is rotating a bit under the thrust of the
> acceleration.
>
> Don't know that is the cause, but it sorta feels like that.
>
> Also, if you let up on the gas right away, it will "bump" back, again.
>
> This bump is a fairly solid thing, and it's coming through the
> frame/body of the truck-- it isn't a loose seat or anything.
>
> Anyone else have this thing happening?
>
> And/or know what it is?
>
> Later,
> Alan
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Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 15:39:27 +0100
From: "Neil Brownlee"
Subject: FTE Small - My Explorer..a more detailed account!

On March 12th 1999, my shiny green not so un-offroaded Exploder was run off
the road in the dark, on a rainy night by some pratt in a Mondeo driving
down the wrong side of the road...upshot was 1 new chassis, new suspension,
new steering rack and new nearside panels.....

March 19th, said Exploder booked into a Ford garage after a lot of wrangling
with the insurance company, because Ford are not a recognised agent of
theirs...it arrived. I had to have it repaired there, because otherwise my
extra cover was invalid. This annoyed said insurance company who washed
their hands of the repair, claiming that they would only pay the bill.

After many many many telephone calls, 2 chassis, several visits to the
service department, 3 test drives, a forced inspection by the AA (which
incidently was rubbish) it was delivered to my house some 21 weeks later,
i.e. Friday 23rd. It had shoddy paint finish, the paint ws the wrong colour
down the nearside, scratched glass, a torn tyre, badly fitted
windscreen...the list was endless. I contact the insurance company and they
don;t want to know. I shout scream kick threaten...I get a call back, a
really friendly guy calms me down and takes on the case. 2 days later they
inspect my vehicle and agree the work is crap.

After their visit, I reverse the Explorer back up the drive. Since delivery
it has down 200 yards..no more, no less - having to tax as yet! Here's what
happened :-

Rumble Rumble....crunch (brakes)...grind (dunno)...hisssssssss...clunk
clunk..*check engine light*

Got out checked the underside, water p*ssing out of the exhaust at the
U-bolt. Next morning complained like hell, RAC recover said Exploder and
it's taken back to the garage. This is where I lost it...

The garage rang Ford Customer Care and claimed that there was no fault..as
they couldn't find one..and they told the insurance company the same thing -
good logic eh?. I rang up, shouted, and learned that the exhausts are
SUPPOSED to leak water all along them, the hissing is a characteristic of my
gearbox NOW (didn;t ever hiss before)..and after 2 days the computer still
could not decode the engine warning....and to top it all...you can't have a
replacement vehicle at the moment Mr Brownlee because your's isn;t
taxed....ARGHHHH!

There is apparently only one Ford garage in the whole of the UK. In
Dagenham, all the others are pretend and don;t count as real Ford repairers.
So I was told. I can't have my vehicle exchanged by Ford because it was
repaired by Polar Ford, and not Ford Motor Company...er logic, what logic?
Garbage in act and trying to profit from it.....we shall see what happens!
And I've reported them to the Data Protection people for hiding behind the
act and trying to profit from it.....we shall see what happens!



Neil

Fuming in Northampton


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Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 15:41:48 -0500
From: "Randy Collins"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: ranger question

The "bump" Alan is talking about is more than likely the driveshaft slip
yoke sticking. My '98 is the same set-up as his and I had the same problem.
I finally got the dealer to tear the driveshaft apart and lube it with a
high quality synthetic lube. Fixed 'er right up! This may be what you are
experiencing too, Don? The service manager told me this is not enough of a
problem for FoMoCo to put out a TSB, but he has seen a few of these.

Before I figured this out, I checked every bolt in the undercarriage, seats,
body mounts, shocks, springs...and everything was fine.

ran

- ----- Original Message -----
> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 16:16:36 -0400
> From: Don Canavan
> Subject: FTE Small - ranger question
>
> I have a 98 ranger 4 liter v-6 with an automatic transmision and four
wheel
> drive. It is only three quarters of a year old. I have noticed that when I
> come to a complete stop(such as at a red light)and start out again there
is
> a very slight ????Quiver???? (not to sure how to explain it) It is fairly
> faint, but noticable. Other than this there seem to be no problem. Is this
> normal, it is my first truck so I have no idea.
> thanks in advance
>
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>
> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 22:23:29 GMT
> From: alannorthstar mindspring.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - ranger question
>
> On Thu, 29 Jul 1999 16:16:36 -0400, you wrote:
>
> :I have a 98 ranger 4 liter v-6 with an automatic transmision and four =
> wheel
> :drive. It is only three quarters of a year old. I have noticed that when=
> I
> :come to a complete stop(such as at a red light)and start out again there=
> is
> :a very slight ????Quiver???? (not to sure how to explain it) It is =
> fairly
> :faint, but noticable. Other than this there seem to be no problem. Is =
> this
> :normal, it is my first truck so I have no idea.=20
> : thanks in advance
> :
> I have a 98 with the 3 liter engine, auto tranny and 4x4 and it has
> started doing a little "bump" when I start out from a stop. It sorta
> acts like the rear axle is rotating a bit under the thrust of the
> acceleration. =20
>
> Don't know that is the cause, but it sorta feels like that. =20
>
> Also, if you let up on the gas right away, it will "bump" back, again.
>
> This bump is a fairly solid thing, and it's coming through the
> frame/body of the truck-- it isn't a loose seat or anything.
>
> Anyone else have this thing happening? =20
>
> And/or know what it is?
>
> Later,
> Alan
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