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small-list-digest Sunday, October 31 1999 Volume 03 : Number 284



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Ford Truck Enthusiasts - Ranger, Explorer, Bronco 2 and Aerostar
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In this issue:

FTE Small - 84 B2 help
FTE Small - 92 Ranger - No power
FTE Small - 2.3L Lack of Power
FTE Small - AWD comment
FTE Small - Trans Fluid
Re: FTE Small - Trans Fluid
Re: FTE Small - Trans Fluid

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Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 13:53:11 -0400
From: Tom Kirkbride
Subject: FTE Small - 84 B2 help

Last week I removed my catalytic converter from my 84 B2 4X4 V6. I cut
through the pipe that connected to it. And 2 days later it wont start.
I am assuming its because of what i did. When I try to start it, it
chugs and sounds like it wants to go but doesnt. Any ideas?

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Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 14:53:39 -0500 (Central Daylight Time)
From: matthew.noffsinger murraystate.edu (Matt Noffsinger)
Subject: FTE Small - 92 Ranger - No power

Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 21:31:22 +0100
From: Jon Thiseth
Subject: FTE Small - 92 Ranger - No Power

I have a 97 Ranger 2.3/5 speed. Mine has never gotten below 21 mpg even
hot-rodding around town on a Friday night! My overall average is
probable around 25 or 26 mpg.
Matt


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Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 22:55:04 EDT
From: Blest25913 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - 2.3L Lack of Power

In a message dated 10/30/99 4:40:56 AM,
owner-small-list-digest ford-trucks.com writes:


From: Jon Thiseth
Subject: FTE Small - 92 Ranger - No Power

I have a 92 Ranger with the 2.3l 5 speed with 84,000 miles on it. The
problem that I seam to be having is when the truck sits over night or
even for a couple of hours when it is colder - that for about the first
5 minutes when I leave the parking lot and get onto the street that
there is absolutly no power. It is very slugish and the more I step on
the gas pedal the worse it becomes. I am able to get the rpm's up in
first gear but when I shift to second it becomes a dog. By the time I
reach the end of the block it seams to be running fine. Although there
is harderly any power in this truck anyway. Would this be caused by a
bad EGR valve? What else could cause a problem similar to this. Any
help would be greatly appreciated since winter is on its way.
The other problem is that my truck just lacks power, exspecialy when the
wind is blowning I have a very hard time even keeping the speed limit on
the interstate (70 mph). Most of the time I will have to down shift
into fourth to beable to keep up with traffic. Is this a common
problem?? I would like to bealbe to atleast drive the speed limit with
pushing the truck so hard. Also the mpg is about the same that I got
out of my 88 4x4 ranger I had which also had the 2.3l with 5 speed which
is an average of 18mpg and now that it will be getting colder it will
drop off to about 15mpg. Most of this driving is in town but still I
think I should beable to pull over 20mpg. Dont you think. If I could
receive any help it would be great.
>>I had the same problem with my '93 Ranger with the 2.3. And I've got the
same problem with my '96 with 3.0L. NO POWER! Always having to downshift on
hills just to keep up with traffic on the Highway.
Ron Trampe
'96 Ranger 4X4

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Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 19:50:55 -0700
From: "meb8100"
Subject: FTE Small - AWD comment

I think some people aren't aware of the difference between AWD and part-time
4-whl drive as indicated in the following comment. Please note: this is
not meant to continue the "war", just to illustrate the difference. I
originally wrote:

On slick surfaces, the Aerostar AWD if vastly superior to the standard
part-time on the Ranger (I have found this out the hard way).

Somebody responded:
Huh? I'll take a manual hub set-up over a fully automatic one ANY day.
Admittedly it takes some thought/preparation to engage the hubs beforehand
but it's a small price to pay Vs. the complexity and repair costs of the
AWD.

"Automatic hubs", to my knowledge are found only on part-time 4x4 systems
like a Ranger, BII, Explorer (except I think Explorer is now available with
AWD). They engage automatically when you engage the 4x4. Manual hubs, of
course, you engage manually after you get out of the vehicle. AWD has no
"engagement", they're on ALL THE TIME. The reason I think Aerostar AWD is
better for most surfaces is it can vary the torque from front to rear
depending on what has more traction. You can't do that with a standard 4x4
system. AWD is much better for virtually all on-road slick conditions (wet,
icy, gravel, etc.).

Okay, I have to get one jab in....I have found the cost for part-time 4x4 to
be more expensive. If you don't use part-time 4x4 enough, things can get
rusty from lack of lube. I observed this on used vehicle purchase, I try to
run the front system on a part-time 4x4 on occasion. On an AWD system, not
only is the system being used all the time, you're taking the same power and
distributing it over more components for less overall wear. The same engine
putting out the same power (like a 4.0) over just one drivetrain set to the
rear puts more wear into the rear. I would be interested in hearing if any
Aerostar owners have seen any premature failures in the AWD system. Mine's
been bullet-proof so far with 80K on the vehicle.




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Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 00:48:53 EDT
From: PRODRVR11 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Trans Fluid

I just installed a brand new 5-speed in my Ranger but can't find any info on
what gear oil to use. The manual only gives a Ford part number and I've
spent enough with them already. Can anyone tell me what weight to use for a
'92 5-speed please. Thanks.
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Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 01:02:58 EDT
From: BiggRanger aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Trans Fluid

It may sound funny, but you need ATF. My Ford Service Manual (Page 00-03-36)
for the '92 Ranger says that you need 2.65L of Motorcraft MERCON
Multi-purpose Automatic trans fluid. Anything else will soften the seals in
the trans and it will leak, and anyhing thicker will not get into bushings
and bearings as easily because the clearences are a much tighter. Ford
decided to switch to ATF from gear-oil in some of it's manual transmitions to
reduce the ammount of drag and friction internally and increase the operating
efficency of the trans thus giving you better fuel mileage.


BiggRanger

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Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 22:35:17 -0700
From: "Tom Ewing"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Trans Fluid

I've got a 92 2.3L 5spd manual and the answer depends on where one looks.
If I look in my Chilton Book 83-94 repair manual states on page 1-52 to use
SAE 80 standard transmission lube, but the book also covers Broncos and
Explorers besides the Rangers. If I talk to others I've come to believe
that Ford advises one to use DEXRON II automatic transmission fluid. I
don't recall just where I got this notion, but everyone I read on the Web
says the same thing. I don't have a genuine Ford Service Manual. Anyway
regardless of all this, I decided some time ago--maybe 8months or so to
switch to a synthetic. I use Amsoil 10-40 in my 5speed-about 2quts. So far
I don't notice any difference in shifting etc. If I lived in a cold climate
its possible that it could get pretty stiff for shifting, but I haven't
noticed any such thing here in the Republic of California. Some argue that
the synchros work better with the automatic tranny fluid--being so thin and
all I guess, but I've got 136,000 on my truck and I'm more worried about
overall wear I guess.
Good luck.
Tom
92Ranger 2.3L 17.92Qtr mile
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Subject: FTE Small - Trans Fluid


> I just installed a brand new 5-speed in my Ranger but can't find any info
on
> what gear oil to use. The manual only gives a Ford part number and I've
> spent enough with them already. Can anyone tell me what weight to use for
a
> '92 5-speed please. Thanks.
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