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In this issue:

RE: FTE Small - Explorer Purchase
RE: FTE Small - East Coast Off Roading
Re: FTE Small - East Coast Off Roading
FTE Small - Erratic Idle
FTE Small - Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 13:23:25 -0500
FTE Small - Don't do it/Do it
FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?
Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?
Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?
Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?
Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?
FTE Small - Manual transmission lube change
Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?
Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?
Re: FTE Small - Don't do it/Do it
FTE Small - Transfer Case Seals
FTE Small - XFer Case?

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Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 15:11:35 +0200
From: Bolte Brent
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Explorer Purchase

Thanks for bringing that up, I knew there was a third
common problem on the 1991-1994 Explorers that I was
forgetting. This problem again showed up mostly on 1991-
1992 Explorers, but any Explorer in the 1991-1994 range can
exhibit the problem ( the strange thing is that some of them
do it severely and others don't do it at all ). This shake, as Kurt
mentioned, is caused by some strange combination of chassis
and engine/transmission harmonics. Once you get over about
50MPH the front end starts to shake almost like your tires are
way out of balance, the only problem is that no amount of tire
balancing or front end alignment will do anything to eliminate
or even lessen the problem. I believe it was during 1995, Ford
came up with a TSB that addressed this problem ( I'm kind of
surprised your dealer isn't familiar with this ) and it consisted
of a bunch of parts being either swapped out or added ( like
new engine mounts and counter balance weights being added
to certain parts of the drivetrain ). The biggest problem with all
of this was that Ford would only, without cost to the customer,
add this kit to vehicles that were still in warranty. That pretty
much excluded people with 1991-1992 Explorers who were
affected by this problem the most. For out of warranty vehicles
the dealer would install the kit, but at a cost of $800-1200 and
as they told Kurt, it may not completely eliminate the problem
on some vehicles. Some of the parts are already on 1993 &
1994 Explorers as Ford was aware of the problem and was
trying different things to try and fix it. As I understand the item
that made the most difference in the kit they came up with in
1995 was the new engine mounts which help isolate the
chassis and drivetrain harmonics better than the stock engine
mounts ( but since they didn't come out with this kit until 1995,
no 1991-1994 Explorers were ever produced with these special
engine mounts as standard parts ). From what I remember, Ford
went through either BMW or Mercedes to have these upgraded
engine mounts designed and built since the special isolation
material they needed to use was patented by one of them.
Talk to your dealer and see if they will give you a copy of the
TSB that covers this problem, maybe it will give you some
information to go on to try and fix this on your own. Hope this
info helps.

Thanks, Brent Bolte

On Wed, 6 Oct 1999, Kurt Moe wrote:

> "Oh yeh 91 to 94 explorers have problems with the
> harmonics in the drive train and vibrate above 50 mph.
> We don't think we can eliminate the problem but we
> can try to start replacing parts (at my cost)". I stopped
> right there and am looking for a better solution via the internet.

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Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 07:19:40 -0400
From: "Clem Salek"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - East Coast Off Roading


let me know... :) I've got a great one that's legal!! :)>>

East Coast 'wheeling? Where? Always looking for new places to go...

Clem
"Recon Unit 1"
'79 F350,460,435
10Ton PTO winch

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Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 09:45:56 -0400
From: James Oxley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - East Coast Off Roading

J Cope wrote:
>
>
> let me know... :) I've got a great one that's legal!! :)>>
>
> You've got my attention! I've been looking around a bit for somewhere to go
> that won't upset the local authorities... I'm up in Massachusetts if that
> helps. Let me know where you're talking about. Thanks!
>

Me too, where is it?

OX
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Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 09:59:40 EDT
From: GGreenman aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Erratic Idle

Got a problem that maybe someone can help me with. I have an 87 ranger 2.3L
4x2 with 277k on it. This truck has been the best vehicle I've ever owned,
and it has run wonderfully until the last couple of months. The problem I
have now is an erratic idle after it warms up. On start up, it idles like it
should, and behaves its self for exactly 9 miles. Then the idle creeps up to
about 2500 rpm for about 2 min. after which it drops off to about 300 rpm and
will most often die. Once it has been restarted it usually runs fine the
rest of the day (although the idle is a little higher than normal). I've
scanned it twice and the only code I'm getting is a 17. I have replaced the
TFI module, and all vacuum lines without any positive result. Any help would
be greatly appreciated.
Greg Greenman
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Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 11:21:26 -0500
From: Neal Armstrong
Subject: FTE Small - Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 13:23:25 -0500


> Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 13:23:25 -0500
> From: "QUARLES, ROB (FLORIDA)"
> Subject: FTE Small - Tire wear
>
> I seem to be having a recurring problem with front tire cupping / feathering
> on all 3 Ford Rangers I've owned and my current '98 Explorer.
> On the Explorer, we've had the front end aligned, new shocks, bushings
> replaced, and new Michelin radials all around, and we STILL have the
> feathering.
> We don't drive off road, hit pot holes, or corner hard and tow light loads
> occasionally. The Michelins only required the tiniest of weights
> (every time) to balance. Also, the dealer told me that there is no "4 wheel"
> alignment for these, Is this true?
> I 'm really disappointed, since I thought that the new front suspension
> design would have solved this.
> Is this a "Ford truck" thing? Will I have to realign the front end every
> 20,000 miles and / or rotate & rebalance the tires every 5,000 miles?
> Or is there a non-stock alignment spec or after market suspension parts that
> would help solve this?
> ANY ideas would be appreciated.
> Love the reliability, hate chewing up expensive tires!

Rob,

Based upon my experience (2 full-sized Ford trucks, 2 Explorers -'95 and
'96) your tire wear is NOT normal. I've read the post advising rotation
at 6,000 miles, and that is certainly a good recommendation for maximum
tire wear. I have to admit I've never been that ambitious, although I'm
pretty fussy about most maintenance items. I've never had the
feathering problem with any brand of tire, and I normally rotate around
15K, balancing only when it feels like one needs it. The OEMs ususally
last around 60,000 miles for me, and I've always replaced them with
Michelins. (Frankly I wish the OEMs wouldn't last that long - by 60K
they ride like rocks!) Possibly the fact that 85% of my driving is
highway has some bearing on the wear pattern.

I'd recommend trying to find a good independent alignment shop. If the
first thing out of their mouth is "all Ford trucks do that", move on!

Neal
Austin, TX
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Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 11:33:58 -0700
From: "J.S.H."
Subject: FTE Small - Don't do it/Do it

>Replacement cost of a Chevy Suburban is streching our budget
>No other Blue Oval will ever be parked in our garage!


We have a 91 Explorer.Best vehicle I have ever owned.
In 100k miles I have replaced rocker cover gaskets,brakes,serpentine
belt, alternator,tires, tail pipe and arm rest.
Tha arm rest was the only part that I felt was of a poor design
and the replacement I bought from Ford is a improved version.
We have about 10 Subs/Tahoes were I work.All I can say about your
decision to buy a sub is "Lots of luck"
Everything from the engine to the power door locks have broke on them
and they eat tires, brake linings and rotors.
No vehicle is perfect but all things considered I like my Explorer
and am very pleased with it.
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Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 15:42:36 -0400 (EDT)
From: Victor L Moran
Subject: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?

My coolant looks worn out. I'd like to change it myself.
Can someone tell me what the process is for doing this?
Is this something I can do myself?
I have an 87 Aerostar with the 3.0 liter engine.

Thanks for any help.
Victor.

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Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 16:47:29 EDT
From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?

#1 drain coolant
#2 refill with water and the flush stuff you buy in the store
#3 run motor as directed by the flush directions
#4 hook up a hose to the filler in the radiator and open the drainplug on
radiator and flush as directed on can of flush stuff
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Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 18:14:13 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?

At 04:47 PM 10/7/99 -0400, you wrote:
>#1 drain coolant
>#2 refill with water and the flush stuff you buy in the store
>#3 run motor as directed by the flush directions
>#4 hook up a hose to the filler in the radiator and open the drainplug on
>radiator and flush as directed on can of flush stuff



then refill with fresh 50-50 mix of coolant and water

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Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 19:21:56 -0400
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?

Victor L Moran wrote:
>
> My coolant looks worn out. I'd like to change it myself.
> Can someone tell me what the process is for doing this?
> Is this something I can do myself?
> I have an 87 Aerostar with the 3.0 liter engine.
>
> Thanks for any help.
> Victor.
>
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Victor,

Prestone has a flush kit that has a T fitting that you
splice into the heater hose. You attach T fitting (
requires cutting heater hose) and plug a garden hose into
fitting. There is a fitting for the rad that you install to
divert flow away from engine so as to not make a mess. Turn
on the hose start engine and it back flushes the rad and
cooling system. Try your parts store or K or Wall Mart. It
is available here in Canada so you should have it south of
the border.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 16:54:30 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?

Ahh, splicing hoses in my 98 Ranger? Is that really safe???

Alan


>
> Victor,
>
> Prestone has a flush kit that has a T fitting that you
> splice into the heater hose. You attach T fitting (
> requires cutting heater hose) and plug a garden hose into
> fitting. There is a fitting for the rad that you install to
> divert flow away from engine so as to not make a mess. Turn
> on the hose start engine and it back flushes the rad and
> cooling system. Try your parts store or K or Wall Mart. It
> is available here in Canada so you should have it south of
> the border.
>
> Regards
>
> Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 20:16:05 -0400
From: Christofer deHahn
Subject: FTE Small - Manual transmission lube change

I have a '99 Ranger SC 4.0 4x4 with the 5 speed stick. How often should I
change the transmission lube? Any recommended brand? The dealer says 90W at
60K miles, I'd like to be more conservative. The truck has 26K on it.

Thanks,

Chris


>
>
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Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 21:05:58 -0400
From: "Ron,Marge,Ted"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?

Hi Alan,

You ask is splicing the hose safe? I used that flush kit years ago on a
'87 Caravan we had and the problem with it was that plastic ' T ' they have
you insert in the heater hose. It has a screw on plastic cap that you use
after you take your garden hose off. I had the top of that cap split,
probably from the heat, and lost coolant and ended up overheating the
engine. The heads warped from the overheating and needed to be
replaced.Needless to say, after that I removed that plastic ' T ' and threw
the whole thing away. Expensive lesson learned !!
Ron
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From: Alan Wilson
To:
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 1999 7:54 PM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?


> Ahh, splicing hoses in my 98 Ranger? Is that really safe???
>
> Alan
>
>
> >
> > Victor,
> >
> > Prestone has a flush kit that has a T fitting that you
> > splice into the heater hose. You attach T fitting (
> > requires cutting heater hose) and plug a garden hose into
> > fitting. There is a fitting for the rad that you install to
> > divert flow away from engine so as to not make a mess. Turn
> > on the hose start engine and it back flushes the rad and
> > cooling system. Try your parts store or K or Wall Mart. It
> > is available here in Canada so you should have it south of
> > the border.
> >
> > Regards
> >
> > Jean Marc Chartier
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>
>
>
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Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 22:53:37 -0400
From: Jean Marc Chartier
Subject: Re: FTE Small - How to do a radiator flush?

Alan,

As long as it is done according to the instructions it is
safe. I had one on my 88 Beretta for 8 years. I sold it
with the car and It never leaked.

Regards

Jean Marc Chartier



Alan Wilson wrote:
>
> Ahh, splicing hoses in my 98 Ranger? Is that really safe???
>
> Alan
>
> >
> > Victor,
> >
> > Prestone has a flush kit that has a T fitting that you
> > splice into the heater hose. You attach T fitting (
> > requires cutting heater hose) and plug a garden hose into
> > fitting. There is a fitting for the rad that you install to
> > divert flow away from engine so as to not make a mess. Turn
> > on the hose start engine and it back flushes the rad and
> > cooling system. Try your parts store or K or Wall Mart. It
> > is available here in Canada so you should have it south of
> > the border.
> >
> > Regards
> >
> > Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 22:32:37 -0500
From: Jordan Dean
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Don't do it/Do it

>We have a 91 Explorer.Best vehicle I have ever owned.
>In 100k miles I have replaced rocker cover gaskets,brakes,serpentine
>belt, alternator,tires, tail pipe and arm rest.
> Tha arm rest was the only part that I felt was of a poor design
>and the replacement I bought from Ford is a improved version.
>We have about 10 Subs/Tahoes were I work.All I can say about your
>decision to buy a sub is "Lots of luck"
>Everything from the engine to the power door locks have broke on them
>and they eat tires, brake linings and rotors.
>No vehicle is perfect but all things considered I like my Explorer
>and am very pleased with it.
There are good and bad in every bunch, I've had no major problems thus far
with my '93. No shake at 50 mph (at 85 it shakes but, what do you expect
when putting a wall up against that much air). The suspension strangly
enough is still perfectly aligned even though I (purposely) jump curbs and
such all the time. Oh yeah, did I mention that i auto-x my explorer? It
handles that really well. And lets fliip open the pages of consumer
reports and look at the other option, the Blazer has a HORRIBLE repair record.
-Jordan

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Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 21:21:41 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: FTE Small - Transfer Case Seals

Can anyone tell me how hard it would be to put new seals in an 1988
Borg-Warner 13-50 mechanical shift transfer case?

The 1988 Ranger STX, 2.9, 4wd, 5 speed is dripping ATF on the ground
now. Not too bad, especially since it is on it's second water pump,
clutch, fifth gear, valve cover gaskets, and tires. All that for 392,000
miles. And no, that's not a typo. This motor leaks/uses/burns one
quarter of a quart of conventional oil across oil changes, and can still
burn rubber through third gear. All of the original equipment...

Adam

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Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 04:03:38 -0400
From: J Cope
Subject: FTE Small - XFer Case?

About a week ago I asked about replacing the font driveshaft on my '88 BII.
Upon further examination, the driveshaft is actually fine. The play in it
is comming from a rubber boot comming out of the transfer case. A J#*P
friend of mine told me this was the slip yoke, but he's also the one who....


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