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small-list-digest Thursday, September 30 1999 Volume 03 : Number 253



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Fuel mileage
FTE Small - Ford Ranger Auto Transmission
FTE Small - Condensor replacement
Re: FTE Small - Ford Ranger Auto Transmission
Re: [FTE Small - Condensor replacement]
Re: FTE Small - Fuel mileage
Re: [FTE Small - MAP Sensor Question]
Re: FTE Small - Fuel mileage

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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 06:40:03 -0400
From: Dwight Varnes
Subject: FTE Small - Fuel mileage

At the risk of starting a repetitive thread...

Can anyone out there with a FI 4cyl 4x4 tell me what they get for
mileage? I'm interested in comparing to the 4x2, which was my original
purchase intent, but I'm having trouble finding one as reported
previously. Due to my commute, mileage is important, but if the hit
isn't too bad I might step up to 4wd...
- --
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 (SOLD, celebrate with me)
1965 Buick Skylark conv. (unrestored, for sale)
insert Ranger here
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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 09:17:52 EDT
From: Usrock aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Ford Ranger Auto Transmission

I purchased new a 95 Ford Ranger XLT. From the beginning i have had trouble
with the transmission not upshifting or downshifting properly, it jerks and
on occasion will hesitate when going down the road. The dealer acknowledged
that i had a problem but told me there was nothing they could do. I was
wondering if anyone else out there has had the same problem and what you did
to resolve this problem. My truck has the 3.0L v6 with automatic overdrive
transmission. If you have an answer please reply to Usrock aol.com Thanks.
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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 07:39:36 PDT
From: "Michael Krause"
Subject: FTE Small - Condensor replacement

OK everyone, here's the deal. Took my '91 Explorer into the shop on Tues to
find out what the H$%L is wrong with it as it's failed to work once again.
I was tolk the condenser needs replaced and the liquid lines have battery
acid on them which may be a problem in the future. Has anyone had any
experience changing this out and can anyone tell me what and where the
liquid lines area. My Haynes manual shows the replacement of the condenser
and it doesn't look too hard, just want to get some ideas before I do it.
Thanks to all in advance.

Michael Krause

PS. Does anyone know of a good, reliable shop to get an overhaul on the
engine done at?? How about the suspension? I live down in Houston, TX if
that helps.

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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 18:11:48 EDT
From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Ranger Auto Transmission

My truck is a Ranger with a 4 banger and the automatic overdrive.. its brand
new and has about 2000 miles . It seems to take a long time to shift into
reverse and sometimes it seems to bang into forward twice. Im not sure what
it is but i figure ill run it a while and when Ford has to fix the tranny
then we will find out the problem for sure
Regards
Bob
Rolson1039 aol.com
99 ranger 2wd
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Date: 29 Sep 99 20:43:19 EDT
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: [FTE Small - Condensor replacement]

"Michael Krause" wrote:

> I was told the condenser needs replaced =


Beware "Black Death" if you've had a compressor failure in the past...

You might also want to post your question at www.aircondition.com for som=
e
good feedback.

> and the liquid lines have battery =

> acid on them which may be a problem in the future. =


Not uncommon there and this would probably be the best time to change it =
while
it's apart anyway.

> Has anyone had any experience changing this out.

It's fairly straightforward other than needing the tools to disengage the=

spring lock connectors. Remember that legally you must have the sytem
reclaimed before opening the lines though.

> and can anyone tell me what and where the =

> liquid lines area.

Freon under high pressure is in a liquid state, hence the high pressure h=
oses
can be referred to as the 'liquid' lines. They'll be the smaller diamete=
r
ones going from the condensor to the evaporator (contains the orifice tub=
e on
some models, others have it at the junction of the line to the evap.) and=
the
condensor to the compressor.


> My Haynes manual shows the replacement of the condenser =

> and it doesn't look too hard, just want to get some ideas before I do i=
t.

Make sure to replace all o-rings involved and you should replace the
accuumulator as well as it'll be sucking moisture out of the air while th=
e
system is open. (H20 + CCL2F2 =3D Hydrochloric acid... not desire=
able in
metal lines!) =


> PS. Does anyone know of a good, reliable shop to get an overhaul on th=
e =

> engine done at?? How about the suspension? I live down in Houston, TX=
if =

> that helps.

It's no guarantee, but check the iATN website for members in your area; t=
his
at least shows good intent. You might find it cheaper to go with a long =
block
than an overhaul though.

Tim
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC

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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 10:10:09 +0100
From: Wesley Murphy
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Fuel mileage

Dwight, congratulations on the Nissan. I just sold my 89 4x4 Nissan and
upgraded to a 91 Explorer, Eddie Bauer. It's quite possibly been one of the
best moves I've ever made.

Wesley Murphy
91 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer



> 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 (SOLD, celebrate with me)
> 1965 Buick Skylark conv. (unrestored, for sale)
> insert Ranger here


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Date: 29 Sep 99 22:37:08 EDT
From: Tim Turner
Subject: Re: [FTE Small - MAP Sensor Question]

"C R Blanchard" wrote:
> =

> I just ran through the Test Code retrieval on my 88 Ranger with 2.9 eng=
ine.
> I had the following codes.
> =

> O (KOEO)
> 22 - MAP Sensor out of Range
> 122 - Throttle Position Sensor below minimum voltage

Were these continuous codes or true KOEO codes? ie: 22,122 woops.. impos=
sible
it's 2 digit or 3 digit codes only (depends on the year/PCM) so it's 22 K=
OEO
and then 10 (long space indicating a 0) then 22 again as a cont. code (C=
ont.
codes are codes stored in memory Vs. the KOEO & KOER which are 'fails rig=
ht
now during the test' codes

> =

> R (Running)
> 12 - Cannot control RPM during high rpm test

If it's not stalling or idling way high I'd ignore the 12 until all else =
is
fixed.

> 73 - Insufficient TP change during Dynamic Response Test
> 74 - Brake On/Off (BOO) circuit failure (What in the world is this??)

During the KOER test you're supposed to cycle the steering wheel and hit =
the
brake (4x4 lo and overdrive switches need to be cycled on newer vehicles =
so
equipped) and when (if) a 10 code pops up then snap the throttle. (The
dynamic response test.) Why all this hoorah you ask? The PCM is looking=
for
response from the power steering pressure switch and the brake switch and=
then
after the 10 it expects to see the TPS rise and fall when you nail the
throttle (among other things). Also be sure the A/C is OFF during testin=
g or
you can get a code for the NDS (neutral/Drive switch) out of position on =
the
early models.

If you did do the snap (a good healthy WOT not a wimpy stab) and the brak=
e etc
then you might be needing the TP & BOO but let's address the MAP first.

> =

> Any ideas on these would be appreciated, =


I'd start by replacing the MAP then test driving and re-testing. Had the=
MAP
surfaced in the KOER also I'd suggest checking the vacuum hose for
clogging/splitting/misrouting before replacing it.

> however, my main question is the
> location of the MAP sensor. In my book (Haynes Ranger & Bronco II, 83-=
92)
> it shows the MAP Sensor as a cylindrical device mounted on the sidewall=
of
> the engine compartment by the AC/Heater fan. I cannot find it anywhere=

over
> there.

Must be a typo.. what page is it on? I have the same book but didn't see=
it
during a quick glance through.

> =

> The closest thing I found with both an electrical and vacuum connection=

that
> could be a MAP sensor was a flat 2"x3"(approx.) object mounted on the t=
op
> center of the firewall. Is this it? If not, where is it??

That should be it; black or dark grey with a three pin connector and a 1/=
4" ID
vacuum hose by the corner near the electrical connector basically rectang=
ular
in shape with a mounting ear on each side (2 total viewing the connector =
as
top or bottom).

Hope this helps!

Tim
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC

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Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 23:00:26 EDT
From: FrdRngrLvr aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Fuel mileage....


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