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small-list-digest Monday, October 11 1999 Volume 03 : Number 264



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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - Manual transmission lube change
Re: [FTE Small - ADMIN: Second FTE server]
FTE Small - ADMIN: Trying to contact the following people
Re: [FTE Small - ADMIN: Second FTE server]
FTE Small - Speedometers
Re: FTE Small - Speedometers
Re: FTE Small - Speedometers
FTE Small - Ranger Malfunctions
FTE Small - Winter Recommendations
Re: FTE Small - Pings, MAFs & premium fuel
FTE Small - Stalling problems & MAP Sensor Solution

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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 12:16:27 EDT
From: JIMBO01947 aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Manual transmission lube change

In a message dated 10/7/99 8:23:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time, dehahn map.com
writes:


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 >>
Uhhh....You better check with that Dealer again.....I don't know of any
current manual transmission that still uses 90 w lubricant......Check your
owners manual if your unsure of transmission lubricant type....I'll bet
you'll find that it's ATF:-).......any good Transmission Man will tell you
that 90w will ruin a transmission designed for ATF.....

As far as how often and what brand...Ask 5 different people and get 5
different answers.....The manual says never but If you plan on putting
500,000 miles on it then maybe you should change it every 100,000 or so.

As for me....I replaced the transmission after I put 167,000 on it...never
changed the oil from what was put in it at the factory.....I put Mobile 1
synthetic in the new (rebuilt) transmission....It now has 70,000 on it. I'll
be able to tell you if the Mobile 1 made any difference in longivity of the
transmission in a couple of years.

Jim Humphrey
PS. The 2.9 engine has never had a bolt turned on it...errr except for
waterpump
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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 13:42:15 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: Re: [FTE Small - ADMIN: Second FTE server]

At 05:31 AM 10/6/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Date: 5 Oct 99 23:00:31 EDT
>From: Tim Turner
>Subject: Re: [FTE Small - ADMIN: Second FTE server]
>
>Ken Payne wrote:
> > Here we grow again!
> > =
>
>
>Congrats Ken! I'm enjoying watching the site grow. As a former SySop of =
>a BBS
>I know the pains and costs involved (and time!!!)


Ahhhh..... the good old days! I remember setting up a demon
dialer to blitz my favorite have dozen BBS's trying to
connect. In many ways, I miss those days (I was the caller,
not the SYSOP so I had it easy!).


>You're doing well and =
>have
>the right attitude toward the users and the business. :-)

The Golden Rule works in all situations.


> > the mailing lists free from ads. The sale will be conducted
> > on the web site, not the lists.
>
>And from my perspective of knowing a fraction of what it must take to be =
>world
>wide Vs. local I urge all the mail listers to take part and help keep the=
>
>place the way we like it. Buy a sticker, T-shirt, whatever. (I'm sure ju=
>st
>plain donations would be accepted too!) If you dont know what a "T-1" is=
> just
>suffice it to say it's an expensive way to have lots of people call your
>computer every month.

We were looking into getting a SDSL circuit but because of our distance
from the nearest box, the best we could get was 144kbps. We'd have to
get 3 SDSL lines to support the bandwidth. So it looks like a fractional
T1 is the only way.

As far as donations go, if you want to donate money, make out a check to
your favorite charity and donate in FTE's name. If you want to buy, that's
fine too. If you can't afford to (lots of students here!), no big deal.

> > =
>
> > Those of you who've been with us a while (Hi Deacon!) know
> > that I believe in keeping everyone informed as to our
> > status. =
>
>
>Please do; I enjoy it also. For those unfamiliar with me I haunt the sma=
>ll,
>offroad and performance lists; I can be contacted at
>ManicMechanicNC netscape.com or ManicMech15 aol.com
>
>Support FTE! :-)
>
>Tim Turner
>Custer Auto Repair
>Wilmington NC
> =

Thank you for the kind words,
Ken

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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 16:03:40 -0400
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Trying to contact the following people

Hi gang,

Many of you may remember when author Judy Scott was
looking for people willing to write up stories of
their Ford truck memories. I just received an email
from her requesting a favor. Following is the request....
- -Ken Payne

ToughTales author, Judy Scott, needs to hear from the following contributors but does not have current email addresses for them. If you see your name on this list, please respond to jscott bancom.net:
.RIch Yeoman
.Martin Clarke
.Karel Cromback
.Tom Lopez
.Christine Oxford
. Dr. Rico

Thanks,

Judy Scott

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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 17:15:14 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: [FTE Small - ADMIN: Second FTE server]

At 01:42 PM 10/10/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Ahhhh..... the good old days! I remember setting up a demon
>dialer to blitz my favorite have dozen BBS's trying to
>connect. In many ways, I miss those days (I was the caller,
>not the SYSOP so I had it easy!).
>


I was a sysop, running a Matchmaker BBS on a commodore 64 with a 300 baud
modem... Had 4 floppy drives for the "huge" database!
Also had a demon dialer... Little black plastic box... Super cool device!

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Packet: N5XMT KQ4LO.#INT.NC.USA.NA T.A.P.R. Member #7068
Sponges grow in the ocean... Wonder how deep it would be if they didn't?!
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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 17:00:27 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: FTE Small - Speedometers

The spedometer has failed in my 1988 BII. About a month ago, the wire
broke inside and was replaced. I took the cable down again today, and
the wire was okay. I can spin the spedometer from the back of the meter
and the needle swings up, so I think that the guage is okay.

Now, what else could be up? The spedometer works, teh cable is intact,
what else is there? Could the gear be worn down? How would I check or
replace it?

Any advice or guesses are welcome...

Adam

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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 19:19:13 CDT
From: "Bad Brian"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Speedometers

Adam,

The speedo cable goes in your transfer case. Put your cable back in the dash
and meter like it should be. Check the case end of the cable and make sure
the small clip that holds it in has not broken or fallen out. This cable
has to be in just right for it to work. and it can slide a little to either
direction and fool you in to thinking the cable is in properly. pull the
case end out and spin it and make sure the meter is turning and then insert
it back to the case. It will go in easily if inserted right. if not it can
sit on top of the gear and not turn. I have never heard of a gear breaking
when the cable and speedo are ok.



The spedometer has failed in my 1988 BII. About a month ago, the wire
broke inside and was replaced. I took the cable down again today, and
the wire was okay. I can spin the spedometer from the back of the meter
and the needle swings up, so I think that the guage is okay.

Now, what else could be up? The spedometer works, teh cable is intact,
what else is there? Could the gear be worn down? How would I check or
replace it?

Any advice or guesses are welcome...

Adam



Bad Brian
Southeastern Electronics
kf4obc
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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 20:27:32 -0400
From: George Kowal
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Speedometers

Adam McLaughlin wrote:

> The spedometer has failed in my 1988 BII. About a month ago, the wire
> broke inside and was replaced. I took the cable down again today, and
> the wire was okay. I can spin the spedometer from the back of the meter
> and the needle swings up, so I think that the guage is okay.
>
> Now, what else could be up? The spedometer works, teh cable is intact,
> what else is there? Could the gear be worn down? How would I check or
> replace it?
>
> Any advice or guesses are welcome...
>

My first guess is the other end of the cable, where it connects to the
tranny or whatever. Maybe you could drive the vehicle and see if the inner
cable spins as you move?

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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 20:38:29 -0700
From: clayton Nichols
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger Malfunctions

I have a 1988 Ranger 4X4 2.9L. I have had two odd things happen with it.
I have the throttle cable stick every once in a while. I would like to
know if this is normal, and if there is a fix. Second, I was going
around a corner, and the right rear axel sheared off at the brake drum.
I have heard of Chevy's doing axels breaking colser to the gears, but
never at the brake drum. has anyone else had this experience? BTW, I
replaced the entire rear end with one from a 1991 ranger.
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Date: Sat, 9 Oct 1999 23:21:45 -0500
From: "C R Blanchard"
Subject: FTE Small - Winter Recommendations

This seems like it would be a pretty common question, so if it's in a faq
somewhere please point me to it.

I bought my first truck, an 88 Ranger 2.9, over this past summer.

I was wondering what kind of recommendations everyone has for adding
traction in winter driving. I live in the midwest so it doesn't get too bad
here, but bad enough that I probably need to do something. We get snow
sometimes, but usually just sleet and freezing rain.

I have heard of adding bricks, sand bags, etc... over the rear tires. How
much weight is right? Does it have to sit over the tires? Is all the way
back ok? Any ideas on how to keep it in one spot?

I have replaced all tires recently. Is there anything besides weight and
tires that is recommended?

Thanks,

Rick


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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 22:17:59 -0700
From: "Kenneth St.John"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Pings, MAFs & premium fuel

Quick question re: the MAF sensor...can you just buy the sensor and if so,
where? The last time I replaced mine, I had to purchase the air duct also
($128)!
Also, I purchased an aftermarket "bored out air duct" but have decided that
I can't use it because the engine doesn't run right (only at idle). Is this
because my regular size throttle body should be increased in size also? How
about the stock exhaust? Could this be a bottle neck also? (my guess is
yes).

Thanks
Ken
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From: Tim Turner
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Tuesday, October 05, 1999 7:56 PM
Subject: FTE Small - Pings, MAFs & premium fuel


Pings:
The computer learns over time your 'general' driving habits and alters
it's
fuel/timing curves to suit so an occasional tap or two IS normal under
circumstances you usually dont encounter. If it's happening often then yes
the "all do that" is BS.

MAFs and cleaning:
This is information from 8-10 years ago, but at that time I was taught
that
to clean a MAF was to cause irrepairable long term damage to it. Does it
apply now? I dont know... I dont care to chance it myself. As far as
parts
go (most) Ford MAFs arent THAT expensive and if you're looking for an excuse
to get a bigger throttle body & MAF here's your sign. :-)

Premium fuel:
DONT! Use the fuel the vehicle was designed for. If the gas guage says
"premium unleaded fuel recommended" (SHO for example) then please do, but
otherwise do not. Slower burning fuel (higher octane)= more heavy
hydrocarbons = more carbon deposits = ever worsening ping. I know we all
want
the best for our Fords but using unneeded higher octane fuel just wastes
money
each tank and makes for higher repair bills over time. (Hmm.. the more
repairs y'all need the more I make.. ignore all this message
Seriously though.. dont waste your money; just get good quality fuel of the
grade specified in the owners manual.

Tim
Custer Auto Repair
Wilmington NC


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Date: Sat, 9 Oct 1999 23:25:20 -0500
From: "C R Blanchard"
Subject: FTE Small - Stalling problems & MAP Sensor Solution

I would first like to thank everyone for the responses to my posts. Most of
the replies asked me to let everyone know if it worked.

Recap: 88 Ranger 2.9 100+K Miles. The engine would stall after starting
until it had warmed up. At that point it would not stall but idle was
anywhere from 500 - 1500 rpms.

I first posted "Stall after starting" on 7-21-99. However, before I had a
chance to fix it the problem went away.

Next post was "MAP Sensor Question" on 9-26-99. The problem came back at
this time and was worse than before. This post detailed the results of the
computer codes.

In the end, I ended up replacing the MAP sensor and the Throttle position
sensor. After that I have not had any problems. In fact, my gas mileage
has improved 20-30 miles per tank!!
....


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