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small-list-digest Friday, October 22 1999 Volume 03 : Number 275



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In this issue:

FTE Small - What's with this 'check engine' light?
Re: FTE Small - Ham Radio
Re: FTE Small - What's with this 'check engine' light?
RE: FTE Small - FW: [JEEP-L] interesting article
FTE Small - 97 Ranger power window problems
FTE Small - Aerostar spark plugs
FTE Small - Ham radio and remote control...
FTE Small - Re: Aerostar spark plugs
FTE Small - Oil pressure sender...
Re: AW: FTE Small - Bashin'
FTE Small - More power to my Ranger

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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 06:53:02 -0400
From: Dwight Varnes
Subject: FTE Small - What's with this 'check engine' light?

Okay, the 'new' Ranger came to roost last night, 1990 2.3 4x2. The check
engine light blinks on and off irregularly, even just cruising down the
highway. Doesn't stay on but for a few seconds, then goes away for
several minutes. It's already annoying. Probable cause? Fix? Remove the
bulb? Use electrical tape over it like the PO?
Gee, and the manual steering isn't nearly so awful with more than 20lbs
of air in the tires!
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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)
1965 Buick Skylark conv. (unrestored, for sale)
1990 Ford Ranger 2.3 twin spark (now playing)
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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 08:23:06 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ham Radio

At 09:40 PM 10/20/1999 -0700, you wrote:
>David,
>
>I have a multi angle adjustable mount that I use on my hood. I believe
>it's made by Comet. It looks like it should work equally as well on the
>hatchback. It has a wide mounting point with 4 allen head screws to hold
>it in position. I believe it comes without an NMO or UHF mount, it's your
>choice which to add to it.


Cool!
I'll give HRO a call and see if they have it!
Thanks,
Dave


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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 08:42:00 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - What's with this 'check engine' light?

At 06:53 AM 10/21/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>Okay, the 'new' Ranger came to roost last night, 1990 2.3 4x2. The check
>engine light blinks on and off irregularly, even just cruising down the
>highway. Doesn't stay on but for a few seconds, then goes away for
>several minutes. It's already annoying. Probable cause? Fix? Remove the
>bulb? Use electrical tape over it like the PO?
>Gee, and the manual steering isn't nearly so awful with more than 20lbs
>of air in the tires!


Pull the codes from the EEC... most likely it's an O2 sensor problem.

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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 09:57:00 -0500
From: "Tony Rio - (Chicago)"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - FW: [JEEP-L] interesting article

I've read him for quite awhile... he's one of the main contributors to
4x44u.com, which has been around for several years now. I just don't know
if I trust his information on this issue 100%. It's not like columnists
aren't ever opinionated.... (ever read Patrick Bedard in Car and driver?)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-small-list ford-trucks.com
> [mailto:owner-small-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of J Cope
> Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 4:34 PM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: RE: FTE Small - FW: [JEEP-L] interesting article
>
>
> I don't mean to be skeptical, but I've never heard of this guy and I'm
> seriously questioning the credibility of the information he was
> giving out.
>
> JC
> JC
> '88 BII XLT
> 30x9.5 BFG A/T TA KOs
> 10k tow hooks
> 40ch CB
> Removed airbox
> K&N
> Light bar
> Headlight Stone Guards
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://88biixlt.web.com/
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-small-list ford-trucks.com
> [mailto:owner-small-list ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Tony Rio -
> (Chicago)
> Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 3:10 PM
> To: Small-List
> Subject: FTE Small - FW: [JEEP-L] interesting article
>
>
>
> Thought some here might be interested in this... Not sure how I
> feel about
> it or if I believe it 100%
>
> Tony
> 95 EB Explorer (wifes toy)
> 84 Thunderbird Elan (going to junkyard SOON)
> 80 Fairmont (wife's first car... she won't sell it)
> 99 Jeep Wrangler TJ (my toy)
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Smith, Steven [mailto:smiths denver-rmn.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 1:59 PM
> To: 'jeep-l mailinglists.org'
> Subject: [JEEP-L] interesting article
>
>
> FYI..
>
> Steve
>
> http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.4x44u.com/PhilHowell/indx0799.html
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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 11:12:45 -0500 (Central Daylight Time)
From: matthew.noffsinger murraystate.edu (Matt Noffsinger)
Subject: FTE Small - 97 Ranger power window problems

I have a 97 Ranger with power windows. Sometimes the windows don't
seem to roll down/up fast enough. The passenger side window motor was
replaced under warranty. Both windows will roll down great when they
first start down, but slow down considerably after middle ways. It just
seems like the windows are too tight in their tracks. Has anyone had
any problems with
power windows on their Ranger? My warranty runs out in December 99 & I
want to get any problems taken care ofbefore the warranty is gone.
Thanks.

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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 10:23:08 PDT
From: "H. Lee Purvis"
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar spark plugs

Yep

Lee
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Did I explain this clearly enough?

Richard

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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 11:31:21 -0800
From: "Tom Watson"
Subject: FTE Small - Ham radio and remote control...

After seeing a few hams on this list, I turn and ask a few questions.

My Explorer has a "premimum" radio that can (if it is installed) control
a cell phone (I understand this option was dropped on the '99 model). I
got the nice wiring diagrams (so many wires...) and looked as to how it
was done, and nicely discovered that there was a "network" connection
called "Corporate Audio Protocol" that wanders over circuits 832/833 in
what I assume is a balanced pair.

Oh, goodie. If this is as wonderful as it appears, I "should" be able
to make up a decoder/encoder that will make my radio "play" as a cell
phone. If the thing is real smart, it would even display the id of the
channel on the radio display, and use the station preset buttons to select
the radio channel.

OK, now how does one get the information (really specific here) about
the "Corporate Audio Protocol". It should be pretty public since the
cell phone isn't made by the same vendor as the radio (JBL vs. Motorola).

How do I get in on the action??


de WA6HCW
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tsw johana.com (I'm at home now)
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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 19:48:36 -0600
From: Tim Curran
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Aerostar spark plugs

Just a tid bit I'd like to throw in about the 3.0's, they are one of the better
engines I've come across when it comes to life expectancy..... we just junked an
'88 Aerostar that had a 3.0 in it, it went through two sets of spark plugs in it's
life, the original set and a set of Autolites, the engine was still running better
then anything after 185,000 miles, the only thing that pushed it in to retirement
was it's rusted out unibody and one careless 17 year old driver. The only major
problem we ever had with it was it puked the rear seal at about 125,000 miles,
other then that it saw both coast lines of the U.S. and Canada twice, and ten years
of daily commute, I think the Iowa winters is what rusted it out though, as with
every other vehicle in this state!

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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 21:22:10 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: FTE Small - Oil pressure sender...

Hey all,
I know this has been discussed before, but I cannot find any reference to a
part number/app for the proper sending unit to change the "idiot guage" for
oil pressure to a real guage.
Anyone have an app or part number for a true sending unit to replace the
"switch" used in the new explorers making the guage work properly? I also
know there is a resistor I have to bypass as well... Hopefully on the
instrument cluster and not hidden in the harness somewhere.
Thanks,
Dave

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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 19:38:05 -0700
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: Re: AW: FTE Small - Bashin'

Ha ha ha. Here in Santa Rosa, CA all of them woulbe be wondering why you
aren't lowered and with an "Asian Scene" sticker on the window!!

Adam

ThomasUcen premiereworld.de wrote:

> Yeah, all the chicks were looking.....and thinking: "who's the moron with
> the broken muffler?"
>
> Tom
> '93 Aerostar long, not high, 3.0L
>
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: rgstein pacbell.net [mailto:rgstein pacbell.net]
> Gesendet am: Donnerstag, 21. Oktober 1999 07:34
> An: Ford Truck List
> Betreff: FTE Small - Bashin'
>
> "Ucen, Thomas, PRE" wrote--------------------------
> Subject: AW: FTE Small - Bashin'
>
> Loud exhausts are fun at a
> racetrack but not in a residential neighborhood.
> My Aerostar had a huge hole in the muffler a few months ago. I felt
> rather embarassed driving around making such a noise.
>
> Me -----------------------------------------------
>
> Yeah, but were "you be like damn that Aerostar is lifted?"
>
> Richard (with the yuppie ass)
>
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 00:05:07 MDT
From: "Travis Johnson"
Subject: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger

I have an '87 4x4 STX Ranger with a 2.9L. I was wondering what kind of
exhaust system will sound good as well as give the best boost in power for
about $200. A friend suggested a glasspack with a resonator tip, I had an
estimate for a flowmaster muffler and 2.5"inch pipes for $130, has anybody
had experience with systems like this, how will I get the most power? What
If I remove the catalytic converters?

Does anybody have any power and performance tips or tricks? I have a K&N
air filter and have been considering replacing the stock fan with an
electric one, would that increase power much? After starting with 15mpg I
changed O2 sensor and the TPS and got 18 until I upped the tires from
235/75's to 30x9.5" MT's and I'm back to 15 again what can I do to boost the
mileage?
Also what makes up the STX package?

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