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small-list-digest Tuesday, September 21 1999 Volume 03 : Number 244



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Non functioning heater
FTE Small - 93 2WD Ranger Owners Please Help
Re: FTE Small - 99 Ranger Problems
Re: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust (sorry for late reply)
Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT
Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT
Re: FTE Small - 93 2WD Ranger Owners Please Help
AW: FTE Small - Non functioning heater

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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 10:26:28 -0700
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Non functioning heater

The one thing that I haven't noticed anyone mentioning is the
possibility of air trapped in the cooling system. I've noticed that
coolant bleed nipples, like so many other vital maintenance fittings,
have been discontinued from our latter-day vehicles (sneaky industry
cost-cutting).

Trapped air is an issue for Aerostars, and it comes up whenever a
thermostat or that dreaded heater core are replaced, when you change a
hose, etc. I've discovered a nifty solution for my Aerostar. All I
need do is to park the vehicle at a steep upward angle overnight two or
three times, topping off the coolant each morning. The air works its
way toward the highest point in the system, which now is the radiator.

Since my driveway slopes steeply down from the road, bleeding my cooling
system becomes almost automatic. You may want to try this, if you
haven't already. It may work, it may not.

Richard

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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 13:49:56 EDT
From: PRODRVR11 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - 93 2WD Ranger Owners Please Help

I need some information from anyone owning a 93 2WD Ranger with manual
5-speed. Does the slip yoke (front piece of the driveshaft that slips into
transmission) have a harmonic balancer attached?

Thanks

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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 14:19:13 -0400
From: "william.hickey"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 Ranger Problems

To whom ever posted this .... did you ever ge the flange fixed on your transfer
case ?
Bill




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Subject: FTE Small - 99 Ranger Problems

As many of you know I have had two on going problems with my 99 Ranger XLT
4X4 3.0L auto. One was I had a spark knock if I used any fuel below 93
octane. The second was a problem that a lot of you guys are having and that
is the drive train would clunk when switching from forward to reverse or
when you accelerate. Well I like to report another dealer has figured out
both problems. The spark knock was caused by the computer being programmed
wrong at the factory. It took sever days and the manufacture dialed into
the trucks computer to figure this one out. The dealer has to reprogram the
computer with the correct spark curves and thresholds. The second is a
flange that was manufactured to thin that is in the transfer case. There is
no TSBs on this nor is it something all dealers know about. Once I get the
truck back (the flange is on backorder) I will post the part number and any
other info about this. I did ride in the mechanics truck after he did the
switch and the cluck does go away.

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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 12:19:05 -0700
From: "Hans Luckoff"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust (sorry for late reply)

Tony, Have you made up your mind yet about how you feel about your Gibson
cat-back, I am thinking of buying one for my 99 Ranger 3.0. Someone is
trying to talk me out of it and to go with the Flowmaster cat-back, it's
cheaper $185 the Gibson is $229 but I think it might be better. Let us know
what you think of your Gibson. TIA Hans
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Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 1999 7:35 PM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Gibson Exhaust (sorry for late reply)


>
> I hope the topic is still active, I moved a week ago and just unpacked
> the computer (78 new FTE messages).
> I just put a Gibson cat-back on my '94 Ranger 4.0L. It is a 2.5"
> mandrel bent, single exit. The difference between the size of the Gibson
> and the stock pipe is staggering. It looks like a sewer pipe next to it.
> As far as sound goes, it is very very deep and throaty, especially between
> idle and 3000 RPM. Beyond 3000, it doesn't sound much different than
stock
> (in the truck, outside is another story). Unfortunately our trucks spend
> alot of time in the 2-3000 RPM range (freeway driving) and that is where
the
> low frequency content is most noticeable. I am not sure how I feel about
it
> yet, however I hear that most performance exhaust systems exhibit the same
> characteristics.
> Performance is noticeably better, but not drastic. I was suprised to
> find that most of the improvement seems to be at the low end. I expected
> the opposite. That may have something to do with the fact that I still
have
> the very restrictive stock air intake (soon to be replaced).
> It is still too early for me to recommend or not recommend the system.
> A few more miles will tell.
>
> Good Luck,
> Tony
> 94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed
>
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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 15:53:59 -0400
From: "william.hickey"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT

I have a 99 Ranger SC 4x4 with the Off-road package. It has the new 5 speed
automatic transmission. I have noticed that when I'm cruising in 5th gear (OD)
and take my foot off the pedal, it appears to freewheel ( I think) but when I
press on the gas again it ALWAYS drops down to 4th and THEN shifts back to
5th. In my mind, this would cause an excessive amount of wear on it I don't
remember any passenger cars that I have driven with 4 spd. ATs doing this. Is
this typical of this transmission ? ...... Thanks,
Bill
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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 17:17:39 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 99 Range 5 spd AT

At 03:53 PM 9/20/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I have a 99 Ranger SC 4x4 with the Off-road package. It has the new 5 speed
>automatic transmission. I have noticed that when I'm cruising in 5th gear
>(OD)
>and take my foot off the pedal, it appears to freewheel ( I think) but when I
>press on the gas again it ALWAYS drops down to 4th and THEN shifts back to
>5th. In my mind, this would cause an excessive amount of wear on it I don't
>remember any passenger cars that I have driven with 4 spd. ATs doing this. Is
>this typical of this transmission ? ...... Thanks,


Actually it's not dropping down a gear, it's just the torque converter
clutch unlocking then locking again

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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 21:01:10 -0700
From: "Tom Ewing"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 93 2WD Ranger Owners Please Help

I have a 92Ranger 5spd 2WD and yes there is something at the front
of the tube that pretty much does look like a harmonic balancer, but
I've never before thought much about it. Don't know what it is. I don't
see anything about it in my Chilton book.
Tom
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Date: Monday, September 20, 1999 11:05 AM
Subject: FTE Small - 93 2WD Ranger Owners Please Help


>I need some information from anyone owning a 93 2WD Ranger with manual
>5-speed. Does the slip yoke (front piece of the driveshaft that slips into
>transmission) have a harmonic balancer attached?
>
>Thanks
>
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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 09:22:03 +0200
From: "Ucen, Thomas, PRE"
Subject: AW: FTE Small - Non functioning heater

That's a really smart solution! I'll soon be changing my coolant and =
now I
know where to park my Aerostar the first two nights.

Tom
1993 Aerostar 3.0L

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Von: rgstein pacbell.net [mailto:rgstein pacbell.net]
Gesendet am: Montag, 20. September 1999 19:26
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Betreff: FTE Small - Non functioning heater

The one thing that I haven't noticed anyone mentioning is the
possibility of air trapped in the cooling system. I've noticed that
coolant bleed nipples, like so many other vital maintenance fittings,
have been discontinued from our latter-day vehicles (sneaky industry
cost-cutting).

Trapped air is an issue for Aerostars, and it comes up whenever a
thermostat or that dreaded heater core are replaced, when you change a
hose, etc. I've discovered a nifty solution for my Aerostar. All I
need do is to park the vehicle at a steep upward angle overnight two or
three times, topping off the coolant each morning. The air works its
way toward the highest point in the system, which now is the radiator.

Since my driveway slopes steeply down from the road, bleeding my =
cooling
system becomes almost automatic. You may want to try this, if you
haven't already. It may work, it may not.

Richard

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