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small-list-digest Monday, August 23 1999 Volume 03 : Number 216



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Bll/California smog advise
Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools
FTE Small - Will problems never cease??
FTE Small - Diagnostics

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Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 11:38:13 -0400
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Bll/California smog advise

>I am looking into getting a Bll in the '87-'90 range. V6, 5 spd etc. I
>have an '85 2.8 Ranger and the thing is almost impossible to get through
>Cal smog tests. I've put around $400. into it and still no-go. Anyway, I
>want to hear any stories, pro or con, about the FI engines or any other
>problems/fixed with the Bll's in California.
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>TIA
>
>John

Hi John.

What's the last time you ran the computer diagnostics on your BII?

We have a 1986 BII with 2.9 V6 which reports back 1's (all good) on
the computer test and we get 30 mpg (yes, 30) with my wife driving on
the highway at 70-75 mph. If I'm driving, it drops down to 25 mpg (my
driving style).

The BII failed emissions last year, but I believe that the reason is
that happened because the timing was 5 degrees ATDC! When adjusting
timing you have to disconnect the SPOUT, otherwise the computer will
adjust the timing on you and in turn foul up your manual adjustment.
The mechanic whom worked on this before me wasn't aware of this.
(He's more used to carbureted engines and not the newer EFI and
electronic ignition systems.)

If our BII fails emissions again this year, I know that we will have
to replace the CAT, because if the computer is giving us 1's, then
the exhaust before the CAT is as good as it's going to get. Even if
it failed *again* we would be able to get an exemption sticker if we
pay more than a certain amount to fix the problem *or* travel less
than 6,000 miles a year. But I feel confident about passing...

PA's emissions tests are just as difficult as CA's to pass from what I hear.

Good luck!

- -Dave
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ICQ# 16458879 AOL/AIM ID: "Mac XR"
1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 123K Pittsburgh PA

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Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 10:36:58 -0400
From: Dave Slotter
Subject: Re: FTE Small - OBDII tools

>At 07:01 PM 8/14/99 -0400, you wrote:
>>Has anyone purchased any OBDII scanners for their trucks? I was wondering
>>if they allow you to change the adjusts (IE timing fuel curves).
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>None of them allow any changes. They monitor only.

Do you actually need a scanner, or can you hook up to the system
using a jumper wire and a 12V test lamp just like you can with the
EEC-IV system?

If anyone has any info on this (URLs especially) I would like to know.

Thanks.

- -Dave
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ICQ# 16458879 AOL/AIM ID: "Mac XR"
1986 Ford Bronco II Gray Manual 2.9 V6 123K Pittsburgh PA

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Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 21:00:56 PDT
From: "Michael Krause"
Subject: FTE Small - Will problems never cease??

While I thought I'd never say this but I have been thinking of selling my
Explorer lately. The problems MINOR they may be, are endless and I, being
only 22 haven't the money to make the repairs. Of my list the latest is the
fuel gauge is not responding anymore to the capacity of fuel in the tank.
Anyone want to take a crack at this??? While I have enjoyed my time with my
Explorer and working on it these problems are getting my frustrated. I
realize the SUV is almost 10 years old but once again the money factor comes
into play. If anyone is in the Houston, TX area and is looking to buy and I
do make the decision to sell it contact me. I'd rather sell it to a Ford
enthusiast than a dealer. Take care guys.

Mike Krause
sharktooth_76 hotmail.com


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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 01:15:30 -0400
From: "J Cope"
Subject: FTE Small - Diagnostics

>>What's the last time you ran the computer diagnostics on your BII?

What's the procedure for running the diagnostics on BIIs?

JC
'88 BII XLT
235/70R15s
10k tow hooks
40ch CB
Removed airbox
K&N
Light bar
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