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small-list-digest Sunday, September 12 1999 Volume 03 : Number 235



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In this issue:

FTE Small - RE: Voltmeter and 2wd vs 4wd
Fw: FTE Small - voltmeter
FTE Small - Transmission Mount
FTE Small - Fuel Cut-Off Switch
FTE Small - 4WD
Re: FTE Small - help!!
Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...
Re: FTE Small - 4WD
Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...
FTE Small - Vacuum assist fuel pumps
Re: FTE Small - Vacuum assist fuel pumps
Re: FTE Small - Vacuum assist fuel pumps
Re: FTE Small - Vacuum assist fuel pumps
Re: FTE Small - help!!
FTE Small - Re: FTE Small-MSD Ignition
Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...
Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 06:48:46 EDT
From: "Joe Scott"
Subject: FTE Small - RE: Voltmeter and 2wd vs 4wd

As far as the voltmeter symptoms go, it sounds like the meter itself. The
voltages you posted look great, and the battery looks like it's ok.
2WD vs 4WD
4WD gets you out of the places you shouldn't have put your 2WD, you just
don't need a towtruck.

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 07:41:12 -0400
From: "Jeff"
Subject: Fw: FTE Small - voltmeter

Buck wrote:

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.
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I have a 92 Ranger that did the same thing except it was the temp guage. Really
reafked me out. It turned out the the guage went south. I had to replace the
entire intrument cluster in then dash. I found a used one out of another 92 from
a used part dealer. I think I paid somewhere around $40 for it and installed it
myself.

Hope this helps...Jeff
92 Ranger, 2.3L, Long Bed, Reg cab, 101000 miles and running strong



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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 11:49:02 EDT
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Transmission Mount

I think you should definitely replace the transmission bushing as part of
your repair job.

Ron Trampe

In a message dated 9/7/99 4:39:05 AM, owner-small-list-digest ford-trucks.com
writes:


My 87 aerostar has an oil leak in the real main seal.
This weekend I found that one of the bushings that holds up a beam
that supports the transmission is worn out and is allowing the tranny to
sag down on the right side of the car. Could this worn out bushing be
part of the reason that the oil is leakin? (Perhaps a stress is being put
on the engine-transmission joint and causing the leak?)
Does this make sense? I would like to try changing this bushing
first before I pay to have the transmission pulled out and the seal
replaced.
Also is this bushing something that can be changed by a DYI'er
without causing the leak to get worse?

Thanks.
Victor.
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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 12:08:43 EDT
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Fuel Cut-Off Switch

On my '96 Ranger its under the floormat on the passenger side. Its on the
vertical part up near the dash.

Ron Trampe

In a message dated 9/9/99 4:37:19 AM, owner-small-list-digest ford-trucks.com
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From: "Wayne Signs"
Subject: FTE Small - Inertia Switch

Where is the inertia switch(fuel shutoff)???? I do not have a owner's
manual(there is a sticker that says look in the owners manual) and this
seems to be giving me and others problems...
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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 12:22:15 EDT
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - 4WD

In a message dated 9/11/99 4:38:00 AM,
owner-small-list-digest ford-trucks.com writes:


One thing to keep in mind about 4WD during the winter is it does NOT give
you more traction on ice.
In fact, 4WD on ice is actually more dangerous than 2wd, because if the
wheels start to slide from too much power applied, or your foot comes off
the gas and engine braking makes the tires start slipping, you've totally
lost all control... >>

I have found from experience that the above isn't true. I do have much more
traction on ice in 4WD.

Ron Trampe

P.S. On my last reply of a few minutes ago, I think I said "floorboard", and
what I meant to say was "floorcarpetting".

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 13:16:38 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - help!!

At 12:17 AM 9/11/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Hey, i was driving my 84 B2 V6 4X4 down the road at 40 mph today when all
>of a sudden it backfired twice real loud and then shut off. I pulled
>into a parking lot and tried to restart it. It chugged hard and wouldnt
>start. This truck just rolled 134000 miles. I had a few people say its
>the timing chain. Any ideas? Cost isnt a factor, i have a parts truck.
>thanks


As it cranks does it soiund normal, IE compression on all 6 cyls?
If so, I'd suspect the TFI module in the dist.

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 13:01:36 -0700
From: "Robert Eberhardt"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...

Which again has nothing to do with wether or not a 4x4 can get you to
further places under more control. A 2WD is fastest in the desert racing
scene due to lighter weight and better front-end ground clearance. In the
hands of a profesional driver, it's momentum will carry it through without
it getting stuck. Since very few people are profesional desert race drivers
and even fewer manufacturerers offer a 2WD truck setup for off-road use, the
better choice for most people in the desert is 4WD. Also there aren't too
many people that are willing to blast through the desert at 80+ MPH to get
through. Try it in a factory built truck and you'll be lucky to walk away. A
desert race course is far different than what most of us encounter in our
weekend excursions.

Robert

> Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 00:14:37 EDT
> From: DJ250r aol.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...
>
> The fastest truck in the desert racing scene is ?????????
> 2 wheel drive !!!!!
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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 16:11:48 -0400
From: Christopher J Abele
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 4WD

I've been observing the debate between 4wd and 2wd for a little while and
wanted to share some advice my dad gave me years ago. . .

4wd DOES provide a little bit better traction when accelerating on a
slippery surface, such as snow or ice. The problem is that because of
this fact most people often forget that 4wd and 2wd will BOTH slide
equally when the brakes are applied. Just because you can get your truck
moving faster does NOT mean that it will stop faster. How many accidents
have ever occured because the car did not accelerate fast enough when
compared to the number of accidents when the car did not stop fast
enough?

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 18:01:14 -0400 (EDT)
From: papacat webtv.net
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...

when I want to go fast. I fly.

When I want to take my boat to the lake I take
my 4X4 because 2X4 wan't get me there and ( if it did ) I could not
get the boat in the water.

2X4 is fine for people who drive cars or should
drive then. Stay on paved roads and live in the
South where it do not snow. In other wards,
KEEP YOUR JUNK we in the south don't want
it, we have enought brought in by people that
move here.

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 16:14:03 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: FTE Small - Vacuum assist fuel pumps

What was it posted a few days ago about poor gas milage and the vacuum
link that attaches the fuel line to the engine? Somebody said something
about disconnecting that vacuum line that goes from the intake manifold
to the little black gadget above the high pressure fuel pump.

I am getting about 14 MPG with new plugs, wires, MSD Ignition, Mobile 1
Tri-synthetic, Flowmasters, 31" BFG and an engine that doesn't leak or
burn any oil...

Adam

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 20:22:37 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Vacuum assist fuel pumps

At 04:14 PM 9/11/99 -0700, you wrote:
>What was it posted a few days ago about poor gas milage and the vacuum
>link that attaches the fuel line to the engine? Somebody said something
>about disconnecting that vacuum line that goes from the intake manifold
>to the little black gadget above the high pressure fuel pump.
>
>I am getting about 14 MPG with new plugs, wires, MSD Ignition, Mobile 1
>Tri-synthetic, Flowmasters, 31" BFG and an engine that doesn't leak or
>burn any oil...


There is a vacuum line that goes to the fuel pressure regulator on the fuel
rail. The regulators fail and when they do they usually pump fuel up the
vacuum line into the engine.
Couldn't be the weight of your foot causing the mileage problem?

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 18:34:46 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Vacuum assist fuel pumps

Ha ha, Yeah, it could be that too. I just wanted to mention that I left out that
the computer runs with a code 1-1 (optimal) with new TPS, O2 and MAP sensors....

Now, if the regulator were to fail, what other symtoms might be there?

I think that at best I ever got was like 17 HWY MPG.... I've also always used 92
octane...

Adam

"David A. Cooley" wrote:

> At 04:14 PM 9/11/99 -0700, you wrote:
> >What was it posted a few days ago about poor gas milage and the vacuum
> >link that attaches the fuel line to the engine? Somebody said something
> >about disconnecting that vacuum line that goes from the intake manifold
> >to the little black gadget above the high pressure fuel pump.
> >
> >I am getting about 14 MPG with new plugs, wires, MSD Ignition, Mobile 1
> >Tri-synthetic, Flowmasters, 31" BFG and an engine that doesn't leak or
> >burn any oil...
>
> There is a vacuum line that goes to the fuel pressure regulator on the fuel
> rail. The regulators fail and when they do they usually pump fuel up the
> vacuum line into the engine.
> Couldn't be the weight of your foot causing the mileage problem?
>
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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 23:50:18 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Vacuum assist fuel pumps

At 06:34 PM 9/11/99 -0700, you wrote:
>Ha ha, Yeah, it could be that too. I just wanted to mention that I left
>out that
>the computer runs with a code 1-1 (optimal) with new TPS, O2 and MAP
>sensors....
>
>Now, if the regulator were to fail, what other symtoms might be there?
>
>I think that at best I ever got was like 17 HWY MPG.... I've also always
>used 92
>octane...


Usually just pig rich...

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 20:24:40 -0400
From: Tom Kirkbride
Subject: Re: FTE Small - help!!

i checked the ignition module at autozone; all good. But, when i pulled
the cap off, i noticed a giant hole in it. Somehow, it blew up. I have
never heard of such a thing. Help?

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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 23:30:24 -0700
From: "Tom Ewing"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: FTE Small-MSD Ignition

So Adam I see you're using the MSD ignition. What year is your truck?
I have a 92 Ranger with the distributorless ignition, and I was wondering
if it would work for me. Are you happy with the MSD?
Tom

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From: Adam McLaughlin
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Date: Saturday, September 11, 1999 4:22 PM
Subject: FTE Small - Vacuum assist fuel pumps

>I am getting about 14 MPG with new plugs, wires, MSD Ignition, Mobile 1
>Tri-synthetic, Flowmasters, 31" BFG and an engine that doesn't leak or
>burn any oil...
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Date: Sun, 12 Sep 1999 01:57:54 EDT
From: DJ250r aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2 WD does not suck...

i raced in la rana,in a 7s 4x4 witch is a modified stock truck and we got
our butts kicked by the 2xs all the time i can say that IM a Ivan Stewart
class driver but in all my experience the 2xs kick butt
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