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small-list-digest Sunday, October 24 1999 Volume 03 : Number 277



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In this issue:

FTE Small - TPS--what exactly does it do?
Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment
Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment
Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger

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Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 08:20:37 -0400
From: Dwight Varnes
Subject: FTE Small - TPS--what exactly does it do?

As I attempt to educate myself on my truck, I note there are a lot of
mentions of the throttle position sensor. I remember selling a lot of
these when I was behind the parts counter. When one goes bad, what is
the symptom?
Reason I ask is that my truck seems to have a stumble or hiccup when
dealing with initial throttle application or decel. Just seems to go
dead for a second and it IS related to my physical application of the
throttle. Is this a normal oddity to the 2.3 FI system or a problem?
Also, where is this pesky switch?
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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 (new to the fleet)
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Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 10:41:42 -0700
From: "Michael D. Sheridan"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment

Ray Scheidnes wrote:
>
> If saving money is not a big issue, then I can see why rotating tires is
> just a hassle and waste of time.

Hi Ray:

Of course you are correct and I am sure that there
are some savings in handling tires correctly to get
the maximum wear out of them.

In my case after owning and driving cars and small
trucks for over 45 years I guess I have just arrived
at the point of asking questions and placing things
on a scale of time more than anything else.

Waiting around a tire shop for anything but having
a new set of tires installed is just not in my best
interest but I have to in order to be sure that the
people doing the work know what they are doing and
torque properly, dismount, remount and all that stuff
without causing major trauma to my wheels or other
parts as I have had done to me in the past.

I guess the bottom line is that in my case I will
go through all the hassle of being sure wheels are
true and tires mounted correctly and installed correctly
and torqued correctly only when I want a new set of tires
rather than giving service people the opportunity to mess
something up as has happened so many times in the past
to me.

On the other side of the coin I notice that the tires
that come on new cars and trucks are much the same as
over the 45 years I've been driving meaning that they
are perhaps a notch above junk!

A case in question was when I got a nail in one front
tire a few months ago and it went in to the high point
of the tread, OK? When the nail was pulled out and we
measured exactly how far it penetrated the actual
carcass of the tire it less than 1/64th of an inch and
was causing a leak! Are these things today tires or
merely a rubber band with tread on it?

With the puncture factor in mind I want to get new
tires at intervals when I still have enough tread
left as so not to have a thumb tack leave me on
the side of the road calling the 3As.

Michael
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Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 13:48:02 -0700
From: "Hans Luckoff"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment

Michael, I hope you don't feel the same about today's motors as you do
about today's tires, I hope you don't want to go back to the Flat Head V8,
in all honesty I think tires and just about everything else is way better
then it was in the olden days. Been there, done that. Hans
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From: Michael D. Sheridan
To:
Sent: Saturday, October 23, 1999 10:41 AM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Front end alignment


> Ray Scheidnes wrote:
> >
> > If saving money is not a big issue, then I can see why rotating tires is
> > just a hassle and waste of time.
>
> Hi Ray:
>
> Of course you are correct and I am sure that there
> are some savings in handling tires correctly to get
> the maximum wear out of them.
>
> In my case after owning and driving cars and small
> trucks for over 45 years I guess I have just arrived
> at the point of asking questions and placing things
> on a scale of time more than anything else.
>
> Waiting around a tire shop for anything but having
> a new set of tires installed is just not in my best
> interest but I have to in order to be sure that the
> people doing the work know what they are doing and
> torque properly, dismount, remount and all that stuff
> without causing major trauma to my wheels or other
> parts as I have had done to me in the past.
>
> I guess the bottom line is that in my case I will
> go through all the hassle of being sure wheels are
> true and tires mounted correctly and installed correctly
> and torqued correctly only when I want a new set of tires
> rather than giving service people the opportunity to mess
> something up as has happened so many times in the past
> to me.
>
> On the other side of the coin I notice that the tires
> that come on new cars and trucks are much the same as
> over the 45 years I've been driving meaning that they
> are perhaps a notch above junk!
>
> A case in question was when I got a nail in one front
> tire a few months ago and it went in to the high point
> of the tread, OK? When the nail was pulled out and we
> measured exactly how far it penetrated the actual
> carcass of the tire it less than 1/64th of an inch and
> was causing a leak! Are these things today tires or
> merely a rubber band with tread on it?
>
> With the puncture factor in mind I want to get new
> tires at intervals when I still have enough tread
> left as so not to have a thumb tack leave me on
> the side of the road calling the 3As.
>
> Michael
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>

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Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 18:04:52 MDT
From: "Travis Johnson"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - More power to my Ranger

>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?

Just once. I decided to see what my Ranger could do from a dead stop on the
highway, when going from second to third gear I found out the hard way that
the gas pedal got wedged under the floormat!

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