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small-list-digest Thursday, September 16 1999 Volume 03 : Number 239



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Catalytic Converter
RE: FTE Small - 88 bii overheating update
Re: FTE Small - Catalytic Converter
FTE Small - '92 Ford Ranger XLT
Re: FTE Small - 88 bii overheating!!
FTE Small - 83 Ranger broken timing belt
Re: FTE Small - 88 bii overheating update
RE: FTE Small - 83 Ranger broken timing belt
RE: FTE Small - 83 Ranger broken timing belt
Re: FTE Small - 88 bii overheating update
FTE Small - Please take me off list

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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 08:22:07 -0500
From: curtish webtechnology.com (Curtis Hartung)
Subject: FTE Small - Catalytic Converter

I have recently purchased a 1994 Mazda B3000 truck (Built by Ford). It =
has 166000 miles on a 3.0L V6. It doesn't seem to accelerate like it =
should and I suspect the catalytic converter maybe used up. Does anyone =
know how to check this? I'm pretty sure if I take it Midas or another a =
shop they will definitely say it needs to be replaced. I have checked =
compression (OK) and installed new spark plugs.

Thanks for any help

Curtis

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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 14:42:42 -0500
From: Mike Harms
Subject: RE: FTE Small - 88 bii overheating update

White smoke is from water. Blueish gray smoke or black smoke is from oil.

I wouldn't worry about it if it just happens at startup. Could just be the
condensation vaporizing. Just keep your eye on your Anti-freeze level to
make sure it isn't dropping. It could be a crack in the head, or a weeping
head gasket that when it warms up closes and thus only leaks when it's cold.

>Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 22:25:08 -0400
>From: "Stephen Bozzone"
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - 88 bii overheating update
...
>The mechanic scared me with talk of a possible blown head gasket. He said
>white smoke may be a precursor. I do have white smoke from the exhaust..
>but only at startup, and after that it doesn't appear again. Sounds like
my
>good 'ol 2.9 burnin' oil. (I hope!!)
...
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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 17:51:36 EDT
From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Catalytic Converter

does the catalyctic glow red when the truck idles for a while? Does the
exhaust seem super hot when it comes out the tailpipe?
Those are the really simple checks
I believe there is a code for a bad cat if you have a scanner
Bob
ROlson1039 aol.com
99 Ranger 2WD
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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 18:54:59 -0400
From: "Nate Snell"
Subject: FTE Small - '92 Ford Ranger XLT

anyone know any tricks of the trade to supe up my truck, it's an automatic,
and my tailgate rattles got any advice?
Please Help me,
Nate

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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 19:28:55 -0400
From: "Stephen Bozzone"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 88 bii overheating!!

>>It needs to be running to circulate the water and mix it with what hot
water is still in the system... Pouring cold water into a hot engine with
no circulation will crack the block and/or heads.

I let the engine cool to a reasonable level before adding fluid.
That certainly is scary though... I'll keep that in mind next time.

Thanks,

Steve Bozzone
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- ----- Original Message -----
From: David Cooley
To:
Sent: 14/9/99 10:40 PM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 88 bii overheating!!


>At 10:10 PM 9/14/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>> >You re-filled the radiator with straight
>> >water( I hope the engine was running at the time)
>>
>>I've heard this from a few people.. why does it need to be running?
>
>It needs to be running to circulate the water and mix it with what hot
>water is still in the system... Pouring cold water into a hot engine with
>no circulation will crack the block and/or heads.
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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 16:31:28 PDT
From: "Joey Ramsey"
Subject: FTE Small - 83 Ranger broken timing belt

Hey,
I broke my timing belt going down the road the other day, and was wodering
if theres enough clearance in an 83 2.3 liter to were the pistons wouldnt
hit the valves.
-Thanks,
Joe

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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 17:35:33 -0700
From: "Kenneth St.John"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 88 bii overheating update

I have a '91 Explorer that has the smell of anti-freeze only at startup,
also. Does this mean it's only a head gasket problem? I don't have any
problem with power and the engine doesn't skip. Also, my anti-freeze level
has been dropping. I filled up the anti-freeze over-spill container(to the
cold mark) in April and now it's half full from that. I've had this problem
for a long time and would like to know, if the head gasket could fail by not
starting the vehicle for 6 to 12 months for 6 years (is this a case of "dry
rot")???
By the time I took it out of storage, I only had 4K miles on it.
Does this still sound like a head - gasket problem?

Ken


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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 16:49:39 -0700
From: Eric Sneed
Subject: RE: FTE Small - 83 Ranger broken timing belt

Might as well go ahead and replace the belt(10.00-30.00 Dollars), beats
having to tear the head off(a lot more!). If that motor is anything like
the 1.9L they put into the escorts there is a good chance that you did
not have any piston to valve contact. Once you do replace the belt turn
the motor by hand(breaker bar on the crank bolt)in a clockwise direction
and you can usually tell by the amount of compression or lack there of.

I base this on personal experiences

-----Original Message-----
From: Joey Ramsey [SMTP:joepr hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 1999 4:31 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE Small - 83 Ranger broken timing belt

Hey,
I broke my timing belt going down the road the other day, and
was wodering
if theres enough clearance in an 83 2.3 liter to were the
pistons wouldnt
hit the valves.
-Thanks,
Joe

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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 20:09:16 -0400
From: "Joe Merchak"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - 83 Ranger broken timing belt

I have had a number of these engines break the belt. None of them ever had
any problems with piston to valve clearance problems. Have fun getting it
all timed up, sometime it can be a pain.



- -----Original Message-----
From: owner-small-list ford-trucks.com
[mailto:owner-small-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Joey Ramsey
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 1999 7:31 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE Small - 83 Ranger broken timing belt

Hey,
I broke my timing belt going down the road the other day, and was wodering
if theres enough clearance in an 83 2.3 liter to were the pistons wouldnt
hit the valves.
-Thanks,
Joe

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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 21:25:10 EDT
From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 88 bii overheating update

well before i went checking into head gaskets, i had a similar problem with
my 1989 F 250 I just got rid of. On that truck there were two small hoses
that attached by the waterpump and the water ( antifreeze) began to leak
from there from time to time where i couldnt actually see where the leak was
coming from and then would burn off on the hot motor. Finally i discovered a
small slit on the hose by the hose clamp. After replacing the hose and clamps
the problem went away.
I would also check the weep hole on the waterpump. These have a tendency to
leak after sitting for years.. And when you check make sure you feel and look
at every part of that motor..and the cooling system. sometimes leaks are real
hard to find, but thats all they are.. and an unscrupulouos mechanic loves to
prey on unsuspecting people like that..trust me one of my buddies was told a
head gasket for a repair to the flange of the radiator cause he didnt know
what he was doin around trucks.
Bob
ROlson1039 aol.com
99 Ranger 2WD
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Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 21:54:21 EDT
From: WCirbus aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Please take me off list

Please take me off list. I don't want anymore small list. Thank you RLCirbus....


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