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small-list-digest Sunday, September 5 1999 Volume 03 : Number 228



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In this issue:

FTE Small - re: Tire Rack disappointment
FTE Small - Radius Arm Bushings
FTE Small - Ranger shocks
Re: [FTE Small - Radius Arm Bushings]
[none]
FTE Small - Re:
FTE Small - Re:

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Date: Sat, 04 Sep 1999 08:12:00 -0400
From: Dwight Varnes
Subject: FTE Small - re: Tire Rack disappointment

Wow, that is surprising!
My experiences with Tire Rack have been nothing short of wonderful, and
I buy all my car tires from them.
They did only get into the truck line a year or two ago, but still
should be expected to be better at it than that. I assume they are not
making you pay the return postage on these wrong wheels. The comments
from the customer service folks aren't impressive. I'd advise you to
send a similiar letter to Tire Rack as I'm sure it would reach someone
significant.
Give them opportunity to fix the problem and let us know what happens. I
CAN tell you Discount Tire isn't any better, as they managed to ship
someone else's order to my brother-in-law and vice-versa.
No financial stake, just a satisfied customer...
- --
"Your SUV is neither sporty nor utilitarian."

Dwight Varnes, insurance appraiser and car nut
1970 124 Spider (restored, mostly)
1986 Audi Coupe GT (bigger engine STILL at machine shop)
1989 VW Jetta GLI 16v (the wife's ride, tired but loyal)
1984 Nissan 4x4 Pickup (rust never sleeps)
1965 Buick Skylark conv. (unrestored, for sale)
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Date: Sat, 04 Sep 1999 11:26:20 PDT
From: "Michael Krause"
Subject: FTE Small - Radius Arm Bushings

Mary-
I just had my bushings replaced on my '91 Explorer and I'd highly recommend
getting the job done by a mechanic, unless that's what your husband is. I
was thinking of doing them myself, but I figured the time, cost of tools,
and the pain of the job, would be better left to someone who's done it
before. Also, buy polyurthane(sp?) bushings at any auto store, they'll
extend the life of the bushings themselves. Hope this helps.
Mike

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Date: Sat, 4 Sep 1999 18:03:08 -0400
From: "Craig Rabin"
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger shocks

I am looking to replace the rear shocks on my 98 Ranger 2wd EXT cab. I wish
to replace these becouse of wheel hopping on bumps in the road, and the lack
of damping when loaded. I do not wish to make the ride harsher than it is
now. What shocks would stick to the road the best. I've been told that
Rancho shocks are VERY firm, and that Gabriel VST shocks are no good (and
these are the ones I was interested in) as compaired to Monroe shocks.
Another problem, is that very few catalogs list the 98's, and it appears
that the application is different for 97 and down. Any info you can provide
would be of great help. Thanks

crabin email.msn.com


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Date: 4 Sep 99 17:52:46 EDT
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: [FTE Small - Radius Arm Bushings]

"Michael Krause" wrote:

> Mary- I just had my bushings replaced on my '91 Explorer and I'd highly=

recommend getting the job done by a mechanic, unless that's what your hus=
band
is. =



AS a mechanic and (almost) husband I'd suggest having it done at a shop
anyway! :-) Trust me.. it'll keep peace in the household. (Ugh.. remin=
ds me
that I need to replace the timing belt and clutch on Kims Capri soon.)

> I was thinking of doing them myself, but I figured the time, cost of to=
ols,
and the pain of the job, would be better left to someone who's done it be=
fore.
=


Or one of the masochists that actually *likes* doing them.

>Also, buy polyurthane(sp?) bushings at any auto store, they'll extend th=
e
life of the bushings themselves. Hope this helps.

Differing opinions on that regarding ride quality etc. But I'd agree.

Tim

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Date: Sat, 4 Sep 1999 17:34:12 -0500
From: wagert us.ibm.com
Subject: [none]

i have a 95 ranger xlt.. the problem i'm having is with the door ajar alarm
remaining on after the car has been sitting in the sun for a period of time..
several other anomolies along the same lines.. i found a tsb at the nhtsa web
site:

Service Bulletin Number: 2526
Bulletin Sequence Number: 357
Date of Bulletin: 9804
NHTSA Item Number: SB603550
Make: FORD TRUCK
Model: RANGER
Year: 1995
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY
Summary: SOME VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE VARIOUS CONCERNS SUCH AS INTERMITTENT
WIPER OPERATION WITHOUT
COMMAND, DOME LIGHTS REMAINING ON, AND/OR THE DOOR CHIMES REMAING ON. *YC

this seems to fit my problem.. does anybody know how to get further info on this
tsb.. can't seem to find any other sources on the web (with the hour or so i've
been looking).. or has anybody had similiar problems? a friend of mine with a
95 ranger had similiar problems with his truck.

thanks...

Scott Wagert


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Date: Sat, 04 Sep 1999 19:21:31 -0700
From: Clayton Nichols
Subject: FTE Small - Re:

They purposely don't give you too much info about that because the sights that
provide the info want you to purchase a subscription. (ie. alldata.com)

wagert us.ibm.com wrote:

> i have a 95 ranger xlt.. the problem i'm having is with the door ajar alarm
> remaining on after the car has been sitting in the sun for a period of time..
> several other anomolies along the same lines.. i found a tsb at the nhtsa web
> site:
>
> Service Bulletin Number: 2526
> Bulletin Sequence Number: 357
> Date of Bulletin: 9804
> NHTSA Item Number: SB603550
> Make: FORD TRUCK
> Model: RANGER
> Year: 1995
> Component: STRUCTURE:BODY
> Summary: SOME VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE VARIOUS CONCERNS SUCH AS INTERMITTENT
> WIPER OPERATION WITHOUT
> COMMAND, DOME LIGHTS REMAINING ON, AND/OR THE DOOR CHIMES REMAING ON. *YC
>
> this seems to fit my problem.. does anybody know how to get further info on this
> tsb.. can't seem to find any other sources on the web (with the hour or so i've
> been looking).. or has anybody had similiar problems? a friend of mine with a
> 95 ranger had similiar problems with his truck.
>
> thanks...
>
> Scott Wagert
>
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Date: Sat, 4 Sep 1999 13:42:08 -0500
From: "Jose A. Castillo"
Subject: FTE Small - Re:

Try squirting a generous supply of wd40 or some other lubricant into the
latch mechanism several times. I mean generous, as in squirt until its
dripping out the bottom of the door. I did it for about a week and have not
had any problems since, I carry a can of lubricant and ocassionally give it
a hit.

I had been having the same problem for well over a year until I came
across this solution. I was getting out of the right side door just to
avoid the door ajar chime.

Best of luck,

Ranger XLT, SuperCab 1995

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From: wagert us.ibm.com
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Saturday, September 04, 1999 5:37 PM


>
>
>i have a 95 ranger xlt.. the problem i'm having is with the door ajar alarm
>remaining on after the car has been sitting in the sun for a period of
time..
>several other anomolies along the same lines.. i found a tsb at the nhtsa
web
>site:
>
>Service Bulletin Number: 2526
>Bulletin Sequence Number: 357
>Date of Bulletin: 9804
>NHTSA Item Number: SB603550
>Make: FORD TRUCK
>Model: RANGER
>Year: 1995
>Component: STRUCTURE:BODY
>Summary: SOME VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE VARIOUS CONCERNS SUCH AS INTERMITTENT
>WIPER OPERATION WITHOUT
>COMMAND, DOME LIGHTS REMAINING ON, AND/OR THE DOOR CHIMES REMAING ON. *YC
>
>this seems to fit my problem.. does anybody know how to get further info on
this
>tsb.. can't seem to find any other sources on the web (with the hour or so
i've
>been looking).. or has anybody had similiar problems? a friend of mine
with a
>95 ranger had similiar problems with his truck.
>
>thanks...
>
>Scott Wagert
>
>
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>

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