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In this issue:

FTE Small - Front end alignment
RE: FTE Small - Front end alignment
Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment
RE: AW: FTE Small - Bashin'
FTE Small - 97 Ranger power window problems
Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment
Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger
RE: FTE Small - Front end alignment
Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger
Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment
Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger
Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger
FTE Small - Transmission coolers
FTE Small - Explorer Lift
Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment
RE: FTE Small - Front end alignment
Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment

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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 09:02:16 -0500
From: "QUARLES, ROB (FLORIDA)"
Subject: FTE Small - Front end alignment

A local dealer recommends a 4-wheel alignment EVERY 12,000 MILES for my '98
Explorer and wants $129 to do it (less camber adjusters, etc.) !
Is this the factory recommended interval, or are they full of sh*t?
If this is the factory recommended interval, why does a "rugged" truck need
to be aligned so often?
Also, does anybody have any recommendations for after market "heavy duty"
shocks?

Rob Quarles
Sales Technician
Halkey-Roberts Corporation
11600 9th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
727-577-1300 X227
727-578-0450 FAX
mailto:rquarles halkey-roberts.com
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 07:06:17 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Front end alignment

I'd say just let go of the steering wheel on a flat highway (with no visible
"crown" in the road, which would certainly pull the vehicle to one side) and
if your vehicle continues to move straight forward (as opposed to pulling to
either side on its own) then your alignment is still good. This should be a
fairly accurate test, assuming you don't pound the vehicle a lot off road,
or crash into curbs and large potholes regularly. I'd also check the tires
for uneven wear periodically and keep them rotated about every other oil
change or so...

> ----------
> From: QUARLES, ROB (FLORIDA)[SMTP:RQUARLES halkey-roberts.com]
> Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Friday, October 22, 1999 7:02 AM
> To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
> Subject: FTE Small - Front end alignment
>
> A local dealer recommends a 4-wheel alignment EVERY 12,000 MILES for my
> '98
> Explorer and wants $129 to do it (less camber adjusters, etc.) !
> Is this the factory recommended interval, or are they full of sh*t?
> If this is the factory recommended interval, why does a "rugged" truck
> need
> to be aligned so often?
> Also, does anybody have any recommendations for after market "heavy duty"
> shocks?
>
> Rob Quarles
> Sales Technician
> Halkey-Roberts Corporation
> 11600 9th St. N.
> St. Petersburg, FL 33716
> 727-577-1300 X227
> 727-578-0450 FAX
> mailto:rquarles halkey-roberts.com
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 10:18:07 -0400
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment

At 09:02 AM 10/22/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>A local dealer recommends a 4-wheel alignment EVERY 12,000 MILES for my '98
>Explorer and wants $129 to do it (less camber adjusters, etc.) !
>Is this the factory recommended interval, or are they full of sh*t?
>If this is the factory recommended interval, why does a "rugged" truck need
>to be aligned so often?
>Also, does anybody have any recommendations for after market "heavy duty"
>shocks?


They recomend every 12K because that's how they make their money!
A good 4 wheel alignmebt can be had for half the price at an independant
front end shop, or a reputable goodyear/firestone/NTB shop.

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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 08:19:30 -0700
From: Eric Sneed
Subject: RE: AW: FTE Small - Bashin'

Yeah and don't forget about "NRSOUL" stickers and the little red light =
near
the muffler that is used to challenge someone to race!

Eric

-----Original Message-----
From: Adam McLaughlin [SMTP:kd6poc jps.net]
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 1999 7:38 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
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
>
> -----Urspr=FCngliche 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 08:40:48 -0700
From: rgstein pacbell.net
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.

In Aerostars, this is a classic failure and there's a Bulletin for it.
Check to see if one edge of the window drops lower than the other. If I
remember, the cause was worn window track strips, but there was an
interesting fix.

Richard

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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 09:59:14 -0700
From: "Michael D. Sheridan"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment

David Cooley wrote:

> They recomend every 12K because that's how they make their money!
> A good 4 wheel alignmebt can be had for half the price at an independant
> front end shop, or a reputable goodyear/firestone/NTB shop.

Group:

With the new 1999 Mazda B2500 I bought in October last
year I am not going to change anything or even rotate the
tires which have about 11,000 on them now.

Would someone please tell me why I should waste money on
all this rotation and alignment and whatever goes with it
rather than just buy new tires when I don't like the looks
of the old ones or when they wear to an unacceptable level?

The 11,000 mile tires on it now look just fine except for
a little edge wear (If it really is that) and the
tread seems to be slightly raised in certain places but the
truck handles exactly the way it did the first day I bought
it!

Of course I haven't hit any pot holes or run it up on
curbs either or otherwise done anything that could have thrown
the factory alignment out.

Isn't it better and easier and cheaper to merely buy new tires than go
through all the rigors of rotating and balancing and alignment
all the time when it is not indicated?

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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 10:11:45 -0700
From: "Hans Luckoff"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger

I went with a Flowmaster Series 50 with the 2.5" pipe from the converter
back on my '99 3.0L Auto. Flowmaster doesn't make a cat-back system for the
98 & 99 so I had Speedway Muffler in Rancho Cucamonga, CA make me up a
cat-back system. They quoted me a price of $185 but I didn't like the way
they wanted to connect to my existing pipe so I had them re-work the flange
so it ended up costing me $215. It sounds good and I can tell the difference
when I tow my trailer. The $130 quote sounds cheap, hope this helps. Hans
- ----- Original Message -----
From: Travis Johnson
To:
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 1999 11:05 PM
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?
>
> Thanks in in advance for any advice.
>
> Travis Johnson
> TRIED AND TRUE FORD BLUE
> Flatheadv8
> ICQ# 15598612
>
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 10:24:01 -0700
From: Ray Scheidnes
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Front end alignment

If saving money is not a big issue, then I can see why rotating tires is
just a hassle and waste of time. Since I personally would like to get the
most out of my tires and the money I spent on them, I rotate mine. It
really is not that difficult to do yourself, and most places that sell you
tires will rotate them for free for the life of the tires. It may take a
half hour of your time at the tire shop, or some dirt and grease on your
hands if you rotate them yourself. The tires will wear differently over
time depending on factors such as: Are they on the front or the rear, is
the vehicle front or rear wheel driven, and individual driving habits.
Regular tire rotation will slow down the effects of these factors and the
goal is to have them wear down at about the same rate. The dealer
recommends the rotation for the above reasons, but also because they want
your money. Still, it's not that big of a deal, since most people I know
don't go to the dealer to replace their tires. Most folks go to a tire
shop, and as I pointed out, most shops will rotate their tires for free.

> ----------
> From: Michael D. Sheridan[SMTP:marble psnw.com]
> Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Sent: Friday, October 22, 1999 9:59 AM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment
>
> David Cooley wrote:
>
> > They recomend every 12K because that's how they make their money!
> > A good 4 wheel alignmebt can be had for half the price at an independant
> > front end shop, or a reputable goodyear/firestone/NTB shop.
>
> Group:
>
> With the new 1999 Mazda B2500 I bought in October last
> year I am not going to change anything or even rotate the
> tires which have about 11,000 on them now.
>
> Would someone please tell me why I should waste money on
> all this rotation and alignment and whatever goes with it
> rather than just buy new tires when I don't like the looks
> of the old ones or when they wear to an unacceptable level?
>
> The 11,000 mile tires on it now look just fine except for
> a little edge wear (If it really is that) and the
> tread seems to be slightly raised in certain places but the
> truck handles exactly the way it did the first day I bought
> it!
>
> Of course I haven't hit any pot holes or run it up on
> curbs either or otherwise done anything that could have thrown
> the factory alignment out.
>
> Isn't it better and easier and cheaper to merely buy new tires than go
> through all the rigors of rotating and balancing and alignment
> all the time when it is not indicated?
>
> Michael
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 13:42:48 -0400
From: "william.hickey"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger

Does anyone offer a catback system with dual exhausts for a 99 Ranger (SC) 4x4
?
Bill




owner-small-list on 10/22/99 01:38:16 PM
Please respond to small-list
To: small-list
cc:
Subject: Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger

I went with a Flowmaster Series 50 with the 2.5" pipe from the converter
back on my '99 3.0L Auto. Flowmaster doesn't make a cat-back system for the
98 & 99 so I had Speedway Muffler in Rancho Cucamonga, CA make me up a
cat-back system. They quoted me a price of $185 but I didn't like the way
they wanted to connect to my existing pipe so I had them re-work the flange
so it ended up costing me $215. It sounds good and I can tell the difference
when I tow my trailer. The $130 quote sounds cheap, hope this helps. Hans
- ----- Original Message -----
From: Travis Johnson
To:
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 1999 11:05 PM
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?
>
> Thanks in in advance for any advice.
>
> Travis Johnson
> TRIED AND TRUE FORD BLUE
> Flatheadv8
> ICQ# 15598612
>
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 13:52:27 -0400
From: "Kenneth J. Nagy"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment

Just had mine rotated along with an oil change, cost was $24.95 for the
whole job.

Ken

- ----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Scheidnes
To:
Sent: Friday, October 22, 1999 13:24
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Front end alignment


> If saving money is not a big issue, then I can see why rotating tires is
> just a hassle and waste of time. Since I personally would like to get the
> most out of my tires and the money I spent on them, I rotate mine. It
> really is not that difficult to do yourself, and most places that sell you
> tires will rotate them for free for the life of the tires. It may take a
> half hour of your time at the tire shop, or some dirt and grease on your
> hands if you rotate them yourself. The tires will wear differently over
> time depending on factors such as: Are they on the front or the rear, is
> the vehicle front or rear wheel driven, and individual driving habits.
> Regular tire rotation will slow down the effects of these factors and the
> goal is to have them wear down at about the same rate. The dealer
> recommends the rotation for the above reasons, but also because they want
> your money. Still, it's not that big of a deal, since most people I know
> don't go to the dealer to replace their tires. Most folks go to a tire
> shop, and as I pointed out, most shops will rotate their tires for free.
>
> > ----------
> > From: Michael D. Sheridan[SMTP:marble psnw.com]
> > Reply To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> > Sent: Friday, October 22, 1999 9:59 AM
> > To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> > Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment
> >
> > David Cooley wrote:
> >
> > > They recomend every 12K because that's how they make their money!
> > > A good 4 wheel alignmebt can be had for half the price at an
independant
> > > front end shop, or a reputable goodyear/firestone/NTB shop.
> >
> > Group:
> >
> > With the new 1999 Mazda B2500 I bought in October last
> > year I am not going to change anything or even rotate the
> > tires which have about 11,000 on them now.
> >
> > Would someone please tell me why I should waste money on
> > all this rotation and alignment and whatever goes with it
> > rather than just buy new tires when I don't like the looks
> > of the old ones or when they wear to an unacceptable level?
> >
> > The 11,000 mile tires on it now look just fine except for
> > a little edge wear (If it really is that) and the
> > tread seems to be slightly raised in certain places but the
> > truck handles exactly the way it did the first day I bought
> > it!
> >
> > Of course I haven't hit any pot holes or run it up on
> > curbs either or otherwise done anything that could have thrown
> > the factory alignment out.
> >
> > Isn't it better and easier and cheaper to merely buy new tires than go
> > through all the rigors of rotating and balancing and alignment
> > all the time when it is not indicated?
> >
> > Michael
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 11:51:36 -0700
From: Clayton Nichols
Subject: Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger

I've had good luck with flowmaters on my 88 4X4 ranger. the STX package is a
trim level. In my truck the vinyl door panel go up 3/4 the way up the door. In
your level they go right to the top. It also comes with neat graphics. I don't
think there are any performance differences though. have you had a problem with
your throttle sticking?

Travis Johnson wrote:

> 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?
>
> Thanks in in advance for any advice.
>
> Travis Johnson
> TRIED AND TRUE FORD BLUE
> Flatheadv8
> ICQ# 15598612
>
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 12:52:50 -0700
From: "Hans Luckoff"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger

I don't know of any one that makes a dual cat-back system for a Ranger.
Flowmaster makes a muffler that has one in and two out that will work, take
your truck to a muffler shop and they can make up a dual system for your
truck, it doesn't cost anymore than a factory system and it will sound and
look good. Hans
- ----- Original Message -----
From: william.hickey
To: small-list
Sent: Friday, October 22, 1999 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger


> Does anyone offer a catback system with dual exhausts for a 99 Ranger (SC)
4x4
> ?
> Bill
>
>
>
>
> owner-small-list on 10/22/99 01:38:16
PM
> Please respond to small-list
> To: small-list
> cc:
> Subject: Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger
>
> I went with a Flowmaster Series 50 with the 2.5" pipe from the converter
> back on my '99 3.0L Auto. Flowmaster doesn't make a cat-back system for
the
> 98 & 99 so I had Speedway Muffler in Rancho Cucamonga, CA make me up a
> cat-back system. They quoted me a price of $185 but I didn't like the way
> they wanted to connect to my existing pipe so I had them re-work the
flange
> so it ended up costing me $215. It sounds good and I can tell the
difference
> when I tow my trailer. The $130 quote sounds cheap, hope this helps. Hans
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Travis Johnson
> To:
> Sent: Thursday, October 21, 1999 11:05 PM
> 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?
> >
> > Thanks in in advance for any advice.
> >
> > Travis Johnson
> > TRIED AND TRUE FORD BLUE
> > Flatheadv8
> > ICQ# 15598612
> >
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 13:05:44 -0700
From: "Hans Luckoff"
Subject: FTE Small - Transmission coolers

Can I get by with the stock Transmission cooler (the one that is in front of
the radiator) or do I need an after market cooler. I tow a 3000lb travel
trailer. TIA Hans

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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 15:04:01 -0500
From: "Tony Rio - (Chicago)"
Subject: FTE Small - Explorer Lift

Hi all...

I took my wife out 4xing in my Jeep last weekend, and now she has decided
that our '95 Eddie Bauer Explorer MUST get a lift and bigger tires so that
she can go down some of the trails.

I have heard that the most you can lift a 95 or newer is about 2" using the
torsion bars to lift the front, and either an add-a-leaf or longer shackels
in the rear. I feel pretty confident I can figure out how to do the torsion
bar part, but the rear has popped up some questions.

If I do an add-a-leaf, what do I need to order, how much, and from where?
Also, how hard is it to install? I will admit I am a novice.

Are longer shackles a good\safe idea? In the Jeep world, shackles are kinda
frowned upon. Would they be okay? How do they compare to an add-a-leaf in
terms of cost, ease of install, performance, et? And again, what should I
be ordering? Manufactures, sizes, et?

Again, I think we're only looking to do about 2" so as not to screw up
anything underneath. And she isn't going to be doing any heavy duty
off-roading... just enough to get down the snowmobile trails and fire roads
at our place in Wisconsin during the summer. Also, being in Chicago suburbia
I think she wants to put all the other grocery-getter Explorers to shame.

Thanks!!!

Tony Rio
95 Explorer Eddie Bauer
99 Jeep Wrangler TJ
85 Thunderbird Elan
80 Fairmont 2dr

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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 20:15:38 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment

At 09:59 AM 10/22/99 -0700, you wrote:

>With the new 1999 Mazda B2500 I bought in October last
>year I am not going to change anything or even rotate the
>tires which have about 11,000 on them now.
>
>Would someone please tell me why I should waste money on
>all this rotation and alignment and whatever goes with it
>rather than just buy new tires when I don't like the looks
>of the old ones or when they wear to an unacceptable level?


Michael,
The reason you should rotate the tires is to spread the wear out... in a
2wd vehicle, the rears can wear faster than the fronts, or, if there is a
misalignment of the front end, the fronts can wear faster.
The reasons for getting the alignment at least checked are several... 1,
reduce tire wear. From your description of the tires, you are slightly out
of alignment. 2, with the front end misaligned, your gas mileage will not
be what it can... the friction it takes to "scrub" rubber off the tires
from a non-perfect alignment is making you burn more gas to overcome the
friction. 3, if you ever get into a situation where traction is at a
minimum (sand, Ice, snow, rain etc) you are much more likely to have the
front end lose traction and you lose control if the front end is
misaligned. 4, the friction of the misalignment makes the tires heat up,
and that can cause the tires to blow while cruising on the interstate...
not a good thing.


>The 11,000 mile tires on it now look just fine except for
>a little edge wear (If it really is that) and the
>tread seems to be slightly raised in certain places but the
>truck handles exactly the way it did the first day I bought
>it!
>
>Of course I haven't hit any pot holes or run it up on
>curbs either or otherwise done anything that could have thrown
>the factory alignment out.
>
>Isn't it better and easier and cheaper to merely buy new tires than go
>through all the rigors of rotating and balancing and alignment
>all the time when it is not indicated?
>
>Michael
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 20:18:44 -0400
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Front end alignment

The other thing to keep in mind, is that Goodyear, Firestone and other
manufacturers, hold the warranty on the tires that came from the factory on
your vehicle... *MOST* of them rotate and balance for free, and will not
warranty the tires if you haven't had them rotated/balanced.


At 10:24 AM 10/22/99 -0700, you wrote:
>If saving money is not a big issue, then I can see why rotating tires is
>just a hassle and waste of time. Since I personally would like to get the
>most out of my tires and the money I spent on them, I rotate mine. It
>really is not that difficult to do yourself, and most places that sell you
>tires will rotate them for free for the life of the tires. It may take a
>half hour of your time at the tire shop, or some dirt and grease on your
>hands if you rotate them yourself. The tires will wear differently over
>time depending on factors such as: Are they on the front or the rear, is
>the vehicle front or rear wheel driven, and individual driving habits.
>Regular tire rotation will slow down the effects of these factors and the
>goal is to have them wear down at about the same rate. The dealer
>recommends the rotation for the above reasons, but also because they want
>your money. Still, it's not that big of a deal, since most people I know
>don't go to the dealer to replace their tires. Most folks go to a tire
>shop, and as I pointed out, most shops will rotate their tires for free.




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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 16:48:46 -0700
From: "Kenneth St.John"....


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