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small-list-digest Friday, September 10 1999 Volume 03 : Number 233



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In this issue:

FTE Small - SOHC stumbles at idle
FTE Small - Loss of Fuel Mileage
Re: FTE Small - Loss of Fuel Mileage
FTE Small - Help, No 4wheel drive!!
RE: FTE Small - Help, No 4wheel drive!!
Re: FTE Small - Help, No 4wheel drive!!
Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...
FTE Small - To Lock or to Anti-lock
Re: FTE Small - To Lock or to Anti-lock
Re: FTE Small - SOHC stumbles at idle
Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...
Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...
FTE Small - voltmeter
Re: FTE Small - Long Arm Suspension

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Date: Thu, 09 Sep 1999 09:23:15 -0400
From: Chris Hunt
Subject: FTE Small - SOHC stumbles at idle

Fuel filter was changed at 30k. I had the sticky gas pedal and the
throttle body was replaced but it is happening again. I believe it is
covered under some sort of recall as I remember getting a notice.
Thanks
Chris

At 05:31 AM 9/9/99 -0400, you wrote:


>Fuel filter, dirty throttle body, bad plug wire/plugs
>
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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 10:25:04 -0500
From: "Lance Lawrence"
Subject: FTE Small - Loss of Fuel Mileage

I have an 86 ranger, ext cab, 4x4, 2.9L V-6 FI. about a year after I
bought it, my fuel mileage went to hell. from an avarage of approx
24 mpg, to around 10 - 12 mpg. I have had the injectors "pressure"
cleaned, O2 and EGR sensors replaced, timing chain and gears
replaced. Checked the plugs, cap and rotor for excessive wear.

Anybody have any suggestions. I runs really rich, among other
things.

Lance L
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Date: Thu, 09 Sep 1999 12:11:32 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Loss of Fuel Mileage

At 10:25 AM 9/9/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>I have an 86 ranger, ext cab, 4x4, 2.9L V-6 FI. about a year after I
>bought it, my fuel mileage went to hell. from an avarage of approx
>24 mpg, to around 10 - 12 mpg. I have had the injectors "pressure"
>cleaned, O2 and EGR sensors replaced, timing chain and gears
>replaced. Checked the plugs, cap and rotor for excessive wear.
>
>Anybody have any suggestions. I runs really rich, among other
>things.

Pull the vacuum hose off the fuel pressure regulator... They have a habit
of getting a hole in the diaphragm and allowing the gas to be sucked
through the vacuum line into the intake.
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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 12:53:25 EDT
From: Zman959095 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Help, No 4wheel drive!!

Hey guys, my 4wheel drive isn't working on my 93 ranger. I push the button
and the black box clicks a couple of times but it just doesn't want to engage
into 4wheel drive. If anyone has an idea where to start or where the problem
may be please let me know, TWO WHEEL DRIVE SUCKS!!!!! Oh yeah and the
illumination lights for 4wheel and low range aren't working either, not the
orange ones but the lighted words. Thanks in advanced.

93 Ranger Supercab 4.0 power
K-N filter, 2" lift in front Warn 9000lb. winch
WARN brush guard and smittybuilt nerf bars.
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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 10:14:51 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Help, No 4wheel drive!!

Is it the 4 wheel high or 4 wheel low? On my 94 Ranger 4x4, I can use 4W
high by simply pushing the button in. Doesn't matter if I'm moving or
stopped, in gear or in neutral. But, for 4W low, I have to be completely
stopped in neutral and the clutch must be depressed. Then I can push the
button in for 4W low. It takes a moment before I hear the little "click"
and see the light come on. You may already know all of this, but, I
remember a time when I'd forgotten how to use these and I thought something
was wrong. After reviewing the owner's manual, I realized nothing was
wrong, I was just not following the correct procedures. As far as the
lighted words go, I'm not sure what to say since I don't know the electrical
stuff...

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> Subject: FTE Small - Help, No 4wheel drive!!
>
> Hey guys, my 4wheel drive isn't working on my 93 ranger. I push the
> button
> and the black box clicks a couple of times but it just doesn't want to
> engage
> into 4wheel drive. If anyone has an idea where to start or where the
> problem
> may be please let me know, TWO WHEEL DRIVE SUCKS!!!!! Oh yeah and the
> illumination lights for 4wheel and low range aren't working either, not
> the
> orange ones but the lighted words. Thanks in advanced.
>
> 93 Ranger Supercab 4.0 power
> K-N filter, 2" lift in front Warn 9000lb. winch
> WARN brush guard and smittybuilt nerf bars.
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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 13:35:26 -0400
From: "Kenneth J. Nagy"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Help, No 4wheel drive!!

Hopefully this isn't your problem, but my '91 Explorer had the same symptoms
and it turned out to be the electronic motor control that engaged the front
wheels. I don't know if they are similiar systems.Cost was about $300 if I
remember correctly . Maybe it's something simple like a fuse?


Good luck
Ken

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Subject: FTE Small - Help, No 4wheel drive!!


> Hey guys, my 4wheel drive isn't working on my 93 ranger. I push the
button
> and the black box clicks a couple of times but it just doesn't want to
engage
> into 4wheel drive. If anyone has an idea where to start or where the
problem
> may be please let me know, TWO WHEEL DRIVE SUCKS!!!!! Oh yeah and the
> illumination lights for 4wheel and low range aren't working either, not
the
> orange ones but the lighted words. Thanks in advanced.
>
> 93 Ranger Supercab 4.0 power
> K-N filter, 2" lift in front Warn 9000lb. winch
> WARN brush guard and smittybuilt nerf bars.
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Date: Thu, 09 Sep 1999 11:02:40 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...

> ----- Original Message -----
> From:
> To:
> Sent: Thursday, September 09, 1999 12:53
> Subject: FTE Small - Help, No 4wheel drive!!
>
> > If anyone has an idea where to start or where the
> problem
> > may be please let me know, TWO WHEEL DRIVE SUCKS!!!!!

>> 93 Ranger Supercab 4.0 power

2 Wheel Drive does not suck. I love my 2WD 98 Super Cab Ranger Ranger. :)

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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 14:04:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: dixiedoo uky.campuscwix.net
Subject: FTE Small - To Lock or to Anti-lock

Hello everyone,
I had my first Ranger tow since new this past week involving complete front
brake lock-up. I have a 98 3.0 EC 4x4 with only 12k miles. Fortunately the
roadside assistance handled the expense(not the aggravation!). I was
cruising down the interstate when I tapped my brakes to disengage cruise
before a lane change when all of a sudden both front wheels locked up. I
managed to somehow guide the thing off the road, get out and smell the
burning parts.
After getting towed to the nearest Ford service, all I was told was "sounds
like your anti-lock system went south". This brief explanation did little
for my confidence in "state of the art" brakes. Has anyone out there
experienced anything close to this? This is my first 4 wheel anti-lock
vehicle, and I consider myself an average driver. I'm still waiting for a
new 16" alloy wheel to replace the one that was gouged beyond repair when
the caliper mounting bracket broke apart.
Happy motoring y'all!
George from Ky.

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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 18:30:07 -0400
From: "Will Brown"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - To Lock or to Anti-lock

> getting towed to the nearest Ford service, all I was told was
> "sounds like your anti-lock system went south". This brief
> explanation did little for my confidence in "state of the art"
> brakes. Has anyone out there experienced anything close to this?
> This is my first 4 wheel anti-lock vehicle, and I consider myself an
> average driver. I'm still waiting for a new 16" alloy wheel to
> replace the one that was gouged beyond repair when the caliper
> mounting bracket broke apart.

I highly doubt the dealers appraisal is correct. ABS is designed to
"Fail-safe" in that when/if it fails, you simply lose the ABS, not to
lock up the wheels. ABS also only releases the brakes, as I
understand it. It does not apply braking power if its own. On my
4WABS Miata, it acts differently on a fine grit as opposed to dry
clean pavement, and it all depends on *my* pedal pressure. I can
still modulate braking pressure even with the ABS operating. Not all
systems are equal in their prowess, but the fundamental design is the
same. An enhanced braking system that fails by locking up the wheels
is ludicrus. That's why I feel (though with no concrete proof) that
the dealer doesn't know what the problem is, so blames it on
"technology" figuring you know less about it than he does, and will
accept it as fact.... From another mailing list I have heard so many
BS stories from so many dealers that seem to know absolutely nothing
about which they speak I've become very skeptical of most of them.
Some truly good ones exist and I know of a few, while others would do
a total engine rebuild because your car ran out of gas and the engine
wouldn't run.

I would think an obvious culprit would be the broken caliper that
gouged into the wheel. I think that's what stopped your vehicle.

You say both front wheels locked. From one broken caliper, and based
on my guess about the problem, are you sure both locked up? Two skid
marks? Did the truck pull to one side or straight. Those kind of
questions.

$0.02

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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 18:51:49 -0400
From: "Will Brown"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - SOHC stumbles at idle

PCV valve?

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Chris Hunt wrote:

> Fuel filter was changed at 30k. I had the sticky gas pedal and the
> throttle body was replaced but it is happening again. I believe it
> is covered under some sort of recall as I remember getting a notice.
> Thanks Chris
>
> At 05:31 AM 9/9/99 -0400, you wrote:
>
>
> >Fuel filter, dirty throttle body, bad plug wire/plugs
> >
> >===========================================================
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> >Packet: N5XMT KQ4LO.#INT.NC.USA.NA T.A.P.R. Member #7068
> >We are Borg... Prepare to be assimilated!
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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 21:14:18 EDT
From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...

and i love my 99 2WD ranger REGULAR cab
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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 21:22:48 -0400
From: "boyrr"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...

Well put Dude, the only advantage to 4WD is that it allows you to get stuck
in more inaccessible places.

From a very satisfied owner of a 99 Ranger XLT 2WD. (Regular cab)


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Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...


> and i love my 99 2WD ranger REGULAR cab
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Date: Thu, 09 Sep 1999 21:38:18 -0500
From: Buck Shoff
Subject: FTE Small - voltmeter

Hi all. I have a 94 Ranger. Coming home from work today the voltmeter
took a hike. The needle usually stays straight down during engine
operation, which is about midway between 8 and 18 volts on the guage.
The needle swung up to about 10 or 11 o'clock and stayed there, which is
off the scale. Everything else electrical seems to be working fine. The
other guages are all read normal. I ran a voltmeter across the batery.
With the engine off I get 12.5 volts. With it running I get 13.8 or
13.9. This seems ok to me. Can anyone think of anything else besides a
bad guage? The only other thing I can think of is that the truck was
made in October of 93, making the battery almost 6 years old. Could a
shorted or open battery cause this? Any help would be appreciated.
Buck Shoff
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Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 00:20:12 -0400
From: Michael Paul
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Long Arm Suspension

Your TTB (Twin Traction Beam) front end has two beams that the steering knuckles
are attached two. The left tire is attach the front most beam which the
differential is also connected two and this beam attaches to the passenger side
frame rail. The right tire is attached to the rear most beam which is attached
to the driver side frame rail. Obviously these beams over lap. The radius arms
attach to these beams and then to the frame further back and serve to locate the
beams and, of couse, your coil springs attach the the top of the beams. This
design is quite rugged, but saps precious ground clearance, and doesn't allow
the articulation of a solid axle.

P.S. Y our Bronco II will fit 30X9.50/15 tires with no rubbing if you're
interested in knowing. I currently run 30X9.50/15 sidewinder AT's on the factory
rims.

J Cope wrote:

> Call me uneducated, but could someone explain exactly what TTB is and how it
> works?
> Thanks!
>
> JC
> '88 BII XLT
> 235/70R15s
> 10k tow hooks
> 40ch CB
> Removed airbox
> K&N
> Light bar
>
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>
> A '83-97 4x4 Ford Bronco II/Ranger has what Ford called the Twin Traction
> Beam (TTB) suspension. 4x2's had the Twin I beam suspension...basicly the
> same thing.
>
> Bryce
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> > Does my '88 BII have the famed Long Arm Twin I Beam suspension?
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