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small-list-digest Tuesday, December 14 1999 Volume 03 : Number 327



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In this issue:

FTE Small - oil filter preference
Re: FTE Small - oil filter preference
FTE Small - Speedometer Head Problem
Re: FTE Small - Fuel Pressure Regulators
FTE Small - Oil filter test report
Re: FTE Small - Oil filter test report
Re: FTE Small - Fuel Pressure Regulators
Re: FTE Small - Oil filter test report
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Noise
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Noise

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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 06:29:37 PST
From: "Chuck Anderson"
Subject: FTE Small - oil filter preference

On the Ford Ranger Tech Board for 2.9 engines, there was a link posted by
one of the users about oil filters. The research was very extensive and
interesting. The basic oil filter to avoid was FRAM and the names FRAM
makes; Quaker State, Penzoil, and other department store cheapies. The
Motorcraft FL-1A rated as one of the best. The filter is manufactured by
Puralator. The Motorcraft version contains more media in the filter that
Puralator. Motorcraft contracts Puralator to build the filter to
Motorcraft's specs. Depending on if Advance Auto has a sale or not, I
usually run the Puralator or Motorcraft in my Bronco II.

With 180,000 miles on the engine (only the starter and water pump have been
replaced), I usually run Castrol GTX 10W30 with no problems. The only
change I make is to run a quart of Synthetic during the cold months. This
really helps to quiet down noisy start-ups on cold mornings.

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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 09:42:22 -0500
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - oil filter preference

At 06:29 AM 12/13/1999 -0800, you wrote:
>On the Ford Ranger Tech Board for 2.9 engines, there was a link posted by
>one of the users about oil filters. The research was very extensive and
>interesting. The basic oil filter to avoid was FRAM and the names FRAM
>makes; Quaker State, Penzoil, and other department store cheapies. The
>Motorcraft FL-1A rated as one of the best. The filter is manufactured by
>Puralator. The Motorcraft version contains more media in the filter that
>Puralator. Motorcraft contracts Puralator to build the filter to
>Motorcraft's specs. Depending on if Advance Auto has a sale or not, I
>usually run the Puralator or Motorcraft in my Bronco II.


That test also showed the Mobil 1 filter to be superior to all others,
though price was a bit steep at 9.95 each!

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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 12:38:50 -0600
From: Mike Harms
Subject: FTE Small - Speedometer Head Problem

Had the same problem in my 94 Ford Taurus. Is yours an automatic or manual?
On my Auto Taurus it turned out to be the speedo gear in the transmission.
Required the removal of the transmission to get to from what the dealer said
(still under extended warranty). Wasn't too bad at first but by the time I
brought it in, it was rarely working.

Of course, after this started a downward spiral of repairs due to the poor
work by the dealer:
Transmission output seal
Inside left CV joint.
All within 3 months of the speedo repair.

Hopefully for you it isn't the same sort of issue.

>Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 00:31:43 -0500
>From: "Anthony Rifici"
>Subject: FTE Small - Speedometer Head Problem

> The speedometer head on my 94 Ranger
>Supercab has been causing me
>problems for some time now.
>It will make a >scraping/buzzing sound and read
>10-20 MPH high (odometer functions normally all
>the time). The problem is
>intermittent and usually lasts a
>few miles and then the speedo goes back to
>normal operation.
...
> Has anybody had any experience with this and
>if so, do you know the cause of the problem?
...
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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 16:34:20 -0500
From: "Theodore D. Mills"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Fuel Pressure Regulators

Nice set up, Adam.

The only problem is on this list most folks would think that 807's are
REALLY bored out 460's!!

73 de Ted N3KWQ


At 11:50 12/12/1999 -0800, you wrote:
>Hi Dave,
>
>Thanks for the advice. It seems that I have seen your signature block
>somewhere else... Are you a fan of boat anchors? I used to be a member a
>couple of years ago... The rig here is a Eico 720, followed by a pair of 807s
>in P-P, with an SX-42 or SX-28 as the hearing aid. The antenna is a 80 meter
>zepp fed with an L-C-L antenna tuner out of an old handbook. I work full
break
>in with this set-up on 7037 kHz...
>
>How about yourself?
>
>Adam
>
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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 11:17:59 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Oil filter test report

Kevin Crain asked about oil filters.

A few months ago, I found a fascinating test report at
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://206.67234.253/TEXT/oil_filter_test.html. This was done by a
Finnish auto magazine in 1995. They subjected a few groups of 11
filters to controlled testing, described in the report. They examined
the filters for percentage of particle sizes filtered out at 5 and 10
minutes, plus time until the medium was blocked (bypass valve opening).
They also tested anti-drainback and bypass valve function. They ranked
the filters overall, and in each category. This report impressed me: a
really good piece of work. You folks might enjoy taking a look at this.

I won't go into more detail here, except to say that Fram was not
outstanding, always placing in the middle of the list with a
"satisfactory" rating. 6 of the 11 brands are products I never heard
of, this being a European list.

I, too, am a fan of synthetic oil. I've had excellent results with
Mobil 1 for over 20 years, and good results in general with better oils,
such as Valvoline and Castrol. When I did stereo repair, I wound up
putting Mobil 1 into customers' tape and turntable mechanisms (lube
failures are somewhat common in older audio gear). One thing I'm used
to seeing is that sometimes after a manufacturer gets a hold in the
marketplace, they cut the quality of their merchandise while
simultaneously advertising how good they are. Some days I suspect that
this is what Fram did with their "ordinary"-grade filters.

I'd like to know more about the Mobil-1 filters myself. Even though I
used to be a fan of Mobil lubricants, I'm suspicious of their continuing
quality with their Exxon merger. I've also found, to my disgust, that
their huge bottle neck won't fit my Ford filler tube, requiring a
special filler adaptor to avoid spilling top-up oil into the
alternator. Will Castrol's synthetic solve this problem for me?

Richard


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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 18:48:44 -0500
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Oil filter test report

At 11:17 AM 12/13/1999 -0800, you wrote:

>I'd like to know more about the Mobil-1 filters myself. Even though I
>used to be a fan of Mobil lubricants, I'm suspicious of their continuing
>quality with their Exxon merger. I've also found, to my disgust, that
>their huge bottle neck won't fit my Ford filler tube, requiring a
>special filler adaptor to avoid spilling top-up oil into the
>alternator. Will Castrol's synthetic solve this problem for me?


Castrol Syntec has a larger opening than Mobil 1 bottles

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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 16:05:52 -0800
From: Adam McLaughlin
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Fuel Pressure Regulators

Hi Ted,

Thanks, I was hoping to see how many hams I could get out of the wood-work with a
post like that.

You're right, most guys here only know what a cold 807 is!! ;-)

You know, my old Hallicrafters are like a Ford? I can still listen to broadcast
band FM on my 1946 SX-42. What a machine... It's tricky to align up there, but not
impossible.

Finest on Reliability and Durability.

Adam

"Theodore D. Mills" wrote:

> Nice set up, Adam.
>
> The only problem is on this list most folks would think that 807's are
> REALLY bored out 460's!!
>
> 73 de Ted N3KWQ
>

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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 18:49:52 CST
From: "James Steele"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Oil filter test report

I couldn't get the link to work, but there is a similar "study", based on
the construction of various oil filters at:
minimopar.simplenet.com/oilfilters.html.


>From: rgstein pacbell.net
>Reply-To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>Subject: FTE Small - Oil filter test report
>Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 11:17:59 -0800
>
>Kevin Crain asked about oil filters.
>
>A few months ago, I found a fascinating test report at
>http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://206.67234.253/TEXT/oil_filter_test.html. This was done by a
>Finnish auto magazine in 1995. They subjected a few groups of 11
>filters to controlled testing, described in the report. They examined
>the filters for percentage of particle sizes filtered out at 5 and 10
>minutes, plus time until the medium was blocked (bypass valve opening).
>They also tested anti-drainback and bypass valve function. They ranked
>the filters overall, and in each category. This report impressed me: a
>really good piece of work. You folks might enjoy taking a look at this.
>
>I won't go into more detail here, except to say that Fram was not
>outstanding, always placing in the middle of the list with a
>"satisfactory" rating. 6 of the 11 brands are products I never heard
>of, this being a European list.
>
>I, too, am a fan of synthetic oil. I've had excellent results with
>Mobil 1 for over 20 years, and good results in general with better oils,
>such as Valvoline and Castrol. When I did stereo repair, I wound up
>putting Mobil 1 into customers' tape and turntable mechanisms (lube
>failures are somewhat common in older audio gear). One thing I'm used
>to seeing is that sometimes after a manufacturer gets a hold in the
>marketplace, they cut the quality of their merchandise while
>simultaneously advertising how good they are. Some days I suspect that
>this is what Fram did with their "ordinary"-grade filters.
>
>I'd like to know more about the Mobil-1 filters myself. Even though I
>used to be a fan of Mobil lubricants, I'm suspicious of their continuing
>quality with their Exxon merger. I've also found, to my disgust, that
>their huge bottle neck won't fit my Ford filler tube, requiring a
>special filler adaptor to avoid spilling top-up oil into the
>alternator. Will Castrol's synthetic solve this problem for me?
>
>Richard
>
>
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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 21:15:16 -0600
From: "C R Blanchard"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Noise

I called around to a couple transmission shops about the trans flush. I
actually had two say that they stopped doing them because changing out all
the fluid at once was not such a good idea after all.

They recommended the standard pan drop and filter replacement.

Question for Bob (ROlson1039 aol.com):
How do you change the filter without changing the fluid?

Rick


>WHen you change the fluid, if there isn't a drain plug for the torque
>convertor, you'd be better off going to a shop that does trans
>flushes... They hook up to the trans cooler lines and suck out the old
>fluid and put in new. This gets all the old fluid out of the torque
>converter (probably 60-75% of the total trans fluid is in the converter)
>and ensures that it's all new... THEN drop the pan and change the filter.
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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 22:41:16 -0500
From: David Cooley
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Noise

At 09:15 PM 12/13/1999 -0600, you wrote:
>I called around to a couple transmission shops about the trans flush. I
>actually had two say that they stopped doing them because changing out all
>the fluid at once was not such a good idea after all.
>
>They recommended the standard pan drop and filter replacement.


They are lazy and don't have the equipment... Only changing 4 out of the
12 quarts of fluid is like putting a bandaid on a broken leg. The symptom
may go away for a week or two, but the new fluid will deteriorate MUCH
faster and will lead to an early trans failure.
Changine ALL the fluid and the filter is the only way to go.
If you want a professional opinion, Give Mike Kurtz a call at PMAC in
Houston, TX.
(Preventative Maintenance Auto Center). He builds transmissions for a
living and knows how to make them right.


>Question for Bob (ROlson1039 aol.com):
>How do you change the filter without changing the fluid?

You don't unless you have $2500.00 for a new trans!
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