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In this issue:

FTE Small - Shocks
RE: FTE Small - missing part
Re: FTE Small - AWD comment
Re: FTE Small - Converter Removal
FTE Small - Aerostar Brake Warning Lights
FTE Small - RIP!
re: FTE Small - '93 Aerostar, miscellaneous computers
FTE Small - tires
FTE Small - Explorers. . .
RE: FTE Small - Explorers. . .
RE: FTE Small - tires
Re: FTE Small - Explorers. . .
RE: FTE Small - Explorers. . .
Re: FTE Small - Explorers. . .
RE: FTE Small - Explorers. . .
AW: FTE Small - 3.0L engine

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Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 09:09:29 -0600
From: "QUARLES, ROB (FLORIDA)"
Subject: FTE Small - Shocks

Anybody had any experience with after market (HD) shocks (Edelbrocks in
particular) on Explorers? Mine is a '98, 4 door 2WD, w/ 4.0 SOHC, 35,000
miles and the stock shocks are history. I don't plan on EVER going off road,
but do tow a (

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Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 12:15:25 -0600
From: Mike Harms
Subject: RE: FTE Small - missing part

I did it myself on a 94 Taurus and it sounds like the same part. Turned out
to not be as easy as I hoped. If it is totally gone then it will be easy as
the hard part was getting the old one off (the bottom portion sheared off
but not the top). Getting it off is tough as the shaft has long threads on
it and the nut is quite a ways down on the threads. A deep well socket
barely makes it. I couldn't use a socket though because my wratchet
wouldn't clear the lower spring bracket for the strut with the socket on it.
Ended up using an 13mm ratcheting box end wrench. Great wrench, will
ratchet with only 5degrees of movement and that's what I needed.

Biggest problem was rust on the threads. Nut was starting to strip out
trying to get it off because rust was fouling the threads. I had to loosen,
then tighten, clean threads, loosen some more, tighten, clean threads....
and so on. New part went on easy. Just a little work with a jack and
jackstands were necessary. Had to compress the suspension to get the sway
bar back into place to put the nuts on the new shaft. (With the car on the
ground the sway bar was too high, up in the air, the sway bar too low. Used
a hydraulic jack to push just the wheel end up to compress things enough to
get the shaft onto the sway bar.)

Probably a little different on the truck, but also quite similar I would
guess. Part came as a kit with shaft, washers and bushings. Cost was about
$25.00 from Ford dealer.

>Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 10:19:46 -0500
>From: "Steinbrook, Steve"
>Subject: FTE Small - missing part

>While changing the oil last weekend I noticed that it seemed like a part
was
>missing from my 1996 Explorer Sport. It looks like a connection from the
>sway bar to the frame. It is on one side but not the other. It is a small
>piece about 8 inches long that connects what I believe is the sway bar.
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Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 12:30:02 -0600
From: Mike Harms
Subject: Re: FTE Small - AWD comment

>Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 16:00:33 -0500
>From: Dave Slotter
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - AWD comment

...
>>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
...
>1. If I only engage 4WD inside the cabin (without locking the hubs)
>will that front driveshaft turn and lubricate its u-joint?

Pressing the button locks the transfer case to the front shaft so the front
shaft will be powered. I would be concerned about doing this though if the
front hubs are not locked. It's possible that one hub could hang up causing
the differential to start spinning as it tries to adjust for the speed
differential between the side that is locked and the other side that is
free-wheeling. This could overheat the front diff and cause a bearing
failure in the front differential.

>2. Are there other parts of the system that *aren't* being lubricated
>since I'm not locking the hubs? (And of course, should I lock the
>hubs to help lubricate these parts?)

Not really. Driving the front driveshaft only spins the pinion and ring
gears (assuming the front hubs are not locked or hung up) which are bathed
in lube in the housing.


>3. If I engage the front hubs but leave the vehicle in 2 WD, it
>appears that my mpg drops as a result. Is this just a result of
>friction? Also, is this harmful to the truck?

You're right, the front hubs only being locked means you are adding
additional drag to your vehicle due to the additional moving parts that are
mearly sucking energy and not supplying it. You have a differential in the
front axle so the left to right rotational differences from cornering are
handled o.k.

Only concern might be with the transfer case and I'm unfamiliar with the
design of transfer cases in the Rangers. Some transfer cases have a
splasher attached to some of the gear shafts internally so that when the
shaft is driven it splashes oil onto bearings and gears in the case. If
there is such a part that is not on the pinion shaft for the front
driveshaft such that if the driveshaft is powered from outside the case, the
splasher isn't being operated, you could have a bearing failure due to lack
of lube. This is something for someone that has taken a case apart or has a
internal diagram of the case will have to answer.
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Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 12:32:49 -0600
From: Mike Harms
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Converter Removal

>Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999 18:19:23 -0500
>From: "David A. Cooley"
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - Converter Removal

...
>However, I have heard that an exhaust system needs a certain amount of
'back
>pressure' for the engine to operate efficiently.


>That's an old wives tale...
>4 cycle engines are most efficient with minimum back pressure, and with a
>properly designed header system, there is even vacuum at the exhaust port
>just before the valve opens to extract all the burnt gasses. With

There is some truth to the wives tale. Exhaust flow can affect the
performance of a 4 cylinder engine. Typically it works to affect the torque
curve.
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Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 15:45:33 -0500
From: "Glen Wilson"
Subject: FTE Small - Aerostar Brake Warning Lights

Hi!

New list member, here.

I recently purchased a 1992 Aerostar with rear ABS. Last weekend, I
"flushed" the old brake fluid out by simply bleeding all four wheels while
adding new DOT4 brake fluid to the reservoir. The old stuff was fairly
nasty looking, but not too bad. I did this by pumping the brake pedal with
the engine off. At no time did the reservoir level drop low enough to let
air into the system.

The problem is that I now have both the brake warning light and Rear ABS
light on at all times when the engine is running. I assume some sort of
proportioning valve got pushed into the wrong position or that I need to
reset some sort of "low pressure" sensor readout to get rid of the lights.
The brakes operat normally.

I'd appreciate some guidance on how to get things working right again.

Thanks.

Glen Wilson
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Rover Saloon Touring Club of America
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Date: Wed, 03 Nov 1999 19:16:26 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - RIP!

At 05:31 AM 11/3/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999 10:25:40 -0800
>From: rgstein pacbell.net
>Subject: RE: ADMIN: DO NOT RESPOND TO: FTE Small - Aerostars Unlimited
>
>On the late departed Joe Gill:
>
>Let us pause, for a moment, and reflect. Somewhere out there in the
>wilds of America, Joe lives on, terrorizing all within earshot:
>unmuffled explosions shaking the houses; uncatalyzed, fouling the air
>that we all share. In pubescent mating ritual fueled by excess
>testosterone, he drives, blasting and gasping, into the night.
>
>Richard


I love it! He's also probably one of those people who
drive by at 1 am on a weeknight with the bass too loud
(if I can hear it in my basement, its too loud)!

I feel sorry for the group he ends up with next!

Ken apyne

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Date: Wed, 03 Nov 1999 19:19:00 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: re: FTE Small - '93 Aerostar, miscellaneous computers

>Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 09:27:00 +0100
>From: ThomasUcen premiereworld.de
>Subject: AW: FTE Small - '93 Aerostar, miscellaneous computers
>
>Hi Richard,
>
>welcome to the club! The Ford designers knew how to make life miserable to
>people trying to repair their Aerostars themselves. Before you told me the
>black box was the ABS computer, I really thought this was the engine
>computer. I did not pull the connector, just took it off the console and
>left it hanging where it was.
>
>Tom
>1993 Aerostar 3.0L Ext.


Just an FYI, not really related.... the 3.0 from an
Aerostar will drop in nicely into a Ranger/Bronco II/Explorer
will ONLY an intake manifold swap. 4 banner owners of
Rangers/Bronco IIs/Explorers looking for more power may
want to find a 3.0 Aerostar at the wrecking yards!

Ken Payne

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Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 20:52:47 -0500
From: "Laura D. Wheeler"
Subject: FTE Small - tires

I have a 1997 ford ranger XLT 4x2, and I live in the northeastern part of
the country. We are already getting snow! Any suggestions for snow tires?
Right now I have firestone tires.
Laura


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Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 23:50:44 -0500
From: Christopher J Abele
Subject: FTE Small - Explorers. . .

I could have sworn that all explorers came with a 4.0L V6. Am I
mistaken???

Christopher J. Abele
CCRC Head Coach and Moderator
1562 Archwood Lane
Toledo, OH 43614
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Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 21:18:19 -0600
From: trio tigroupchicago.com
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Explorers. . .

I beleive the AWD one's come with a V8

My 95 4 door eddie bauer has a 4.0 SOHC V6

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I could have sworn that all explorers came with a 4.0L V6. Am I
mistaken???

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Toledo, OH 43614
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Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 22:15:07 -0500
From: "Joe Merchak"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - tires

I had a 93 Ranger XLT 4X2 and I live in the North East. I replaced my tires
with BFGoodrich AT 235-75R 15. What a difference, but you need to replace
the stock 14" rims if you have them.

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I have a 1997 ford ranger XLT 4x2, and I live in the northeastern part of
the country. We are already getting snow! Any suggestions for snow tires?
Right now I have firestone tires.
Laura


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Date: Wed, 03 Nov 1999 22:25:48 -0500
From: "David A. Cooley"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorers. . .

At 11:50 PM 3/14/00 -0500, you wrote:
>I could have sworn that all explorers came with a 4.0L V6. Am I
>mistaken???


Some of the older ones (91 or so) came with a 4 cyl (I think) and starting
in 96, you could get a 5.0L V8 with AWD.

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Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 20:40:10 -0700
From: "Ryan Penner"
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Explorers. . .

No, Explorers only came with the 4.0L V6 untill they introduced the 5.0L
into the line up.

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> Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorers. . .
>
>
> At 11:50 PM 3/14/00 -0500, you wrote:
> >I could have sworn that all explorers came with a 4.0L V6. Am I
> >mistaken???
>
>
> Some of the older ones (91 or so) came with a 4 cyl (I think) and
> starting
> in 96, you could get a 5.0L V8 with AWD.
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Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999 22:36:52 -0500
From: Wesley Murphy
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Explorers. . .

That's what my 91 Eddie Bauer has in it, which brings me to another
question: does this engine have a timing belt or a timing chain? It's
approaching the 100,000 mile mark (82,000) and I'm starting to think about
some extended maintenance. If it's a belt, it would need replacing and if
it's a chain, it wouldn't require replacing under farther on down the line.

Also, has anyone had any experience with a loud pecking noise on startup?
When I start it up of a morning, I'm hearing a loud pecking noise which
almost sounds like a piece of the valve train. However, I can't determine
if it's coming from the engine or the air compressor (dang AutoZone second
rate crap) which will be replaced under warranty soon. Just wondering if
the 4.0 engine has any known problems like I'm describing that I should be
on the lookout for.

Wesley Murphy
91 Eddie Bauer 4x4
Pine Knot, Kentucky

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From: Christopher J Abele
To:
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2000 11:50 PM
Subject: FTE Small - Explorers. . .


> I could have sworn that all explorers came with a 4.0L V6. Am I
> mistaken???
>
> Christopher J. Abele
> CCRC Head Coach and Moderator
> 1562 Archwood Lane
> Toledo, OH 43614
> home: (419)382-8581; cell: (419)297-2209


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Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999 01:52:12 -0500
From: J Cope
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Explorers. . .

- -------------------------------------------------
which brings me to another
question: does this engine have a timing belt or a timing chain? It's
approaching the 100,000 mile mark (82,000) and I'm starting to think about
some extended maintenance. If it's a belt, it would need replacing and if
it's a chain, it wouldn't require replacing under farther on down the line.
- -------------------------------------------------

I have the same question about my 88 BII XLT. If anyone could provide
insight, that would be appreciated.
Thanks!

JC
'88 BII XLT
10k tow hooks
40ch CB
Removed airbox
K&N
Light bar
Headlight Stone Guards
30x9.5 BFG A/T TA KOs
Fog lights
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Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 08:56:09 +0100
From: ThomasUcen premiereworld.de
Subject: AW: FTE Small - 3.0L engine

They didn't put the 3 liter engine into the Ranger / Explorer? I =
thought
since they shared the platforms, they'd also share the engine.
There was some talk that the 3 liter Aerostar is underpowered. Is that =
a
problem of this specific engine or does the power get lost in the
transmission? Even the Chrysler minivans with the small 4-cyl. engines =
and
less hp go faster - they have stick shift, though....

Tom
1993 Aerostar 3.0L

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