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small-list-digest Thursday, January 6 2000 Volume 04 : Number 004



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Re:U joint Replacement Tool
Re: FTE Small - U joint Replacement Tool
FTE Small - Ford Ranger
RE: FTE Small - Ford Ranger
RE: FTE Small - 97 Explorer 5.0L weirdness
RE: FTE Small - Ford Ranger
Re: FTE Small - Ford Ranger
RE: FTE Small - Ford Ranger

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Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2000 07:11:26 -0600
From: Tim Curran gte.net>
Subject: FTE Small - Re:U joint Replacement Tool

Actually I think they are supposed to be 12mm 12 point, and if I remember you can't
get a socket in the tight space so you have to use a wrench, I remember almost
rounding mine off thinking that they were 1/2".

>
> These are 12 point bolts. I think they are 1/2 inch, if I remember
> correctly. Nothing really special.
> Many sockets are 12 point, some boxed-end wrenches.
> More normal ones are 6 point.

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Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2000 09:57:52 -0500
From: Jean Marc Chartier sympatico.ca>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - U joint Replacement Tool

C R Blanchard wrote:
>
> I tried to replace my U-Joints this last weekend and ran into a bit of a
> problem.
>
> I have an 88 Ranger 2.9 Regular Cab. It has the clips instead of a u-shaped
> bolt on the rear end.
>
> The first step was to unbolt the joint from the rear diff so that I could
> pull it free from the trans. We found that it has bolts with a head style
> I have never seen. They are kind of star shaped, but have more points than
> a torx. (I didn't count exactly how many).
>
> Does anyone know what kind of socket I would need to get these off? Is it a
> special Ford shape?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Rick
>
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Rick,

Try a 12 point 12 mm socket. Make sure you get a 1/2 inch
drive as they allow you to apply more force.
Regards

Jean Marc Chartier
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Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 08:58:47 -0800
From: "Jimenez, Joe" ci.glendale.ca.us>
Subject: FTE Small - Ford Ranger

I have a 98 Ford Ranger 4X4, 4.0L V6...I plan on buying a small travel
trailer (17ft/2800lbs), the owners manual states the truck can pull up to
5000lbs, has nayone experienced any problems towing this amount ??
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Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 09:15:56 -0800
From: "Jimenez, Joe" ci.glendale.ca.us>
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ford Ranger

am I supposed to click onto the web site to get my answer ??

- -----Original Message-----
From: Jimenez, Joe [mailto:JJimenez ci.glendale.ca.us]
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2000 8:59 AM
To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
Subject: FTE Small - Ford Ranger


I have a 98 Ford Ranger 4X4, 4.0L V6...I plan on buying a small travel
trailer (17ft/2800lbs), the owners manual states the truck can pull up to
5000lbs, has nayone experienced any problems towing this amount ??
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Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 11:26:53 -0600
From: Mike Harms bechamp.com>
Subject: RE: FTE Small - 97 Explorer 5.0L weirdness

>Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2000 22:11:02 -0500
>From: David Cooley bellsouth.net>
>Subject: RE: FTE Small - 97 Explorer 5.0L weirdness

>At 10:21 AM 1/4/2000 -0600, you wrote:

>>Do you have a tachometer? Does the Tach drop off as well? Just trying to
>>determine if the engine is actually dropping power, or if this could be a
...

>The tach never reaches zero... RPM's when it happens are between 2000 and
>2500, then they drop to 600-700 (a bit below 1000). It's like someone
>killed the ignition, or you took your foot completely off the gas for the
>1-1.5 seconds then tromped it back to where it was. Have double checked
...


Hmm... 600 rpm could just be the engine being driven by the driveline as you
coast. It's probably pretty important to figure out if it's a fuel problem
or a electrical problem. Sounds electrical though. I guess I would first
ask a good mechanic at a dealer and see if they've heard of it or if they
can look it up for a tech service bulletin. If nothing helps there I'm not
sure what to do. I guess check for an intermittent ground?

Good luck.
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Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 15:55:25 -0800
From: "Steve B. Hall" zdnetonebox.com>
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ford Ranger

I pull a trailer aproximately 2000-3000 lbs with my 96 ford ranger v-6
3.0. I also just got done replacing my motor. If you pull it right in
4th gear and use your overdrive on flat long stretches you should have
no problem. I blew the bottom end of my motor from the load pulling
it in 4th through some Missouri mountains(hills). Just be sure to pull
your trailer the way your owners manual says to. I didn't and am paying
for it know 2500 dollars later and still have os2 sensors to replace
because my check engine light comes on still. But I still pull my trailer
and it does just fine. When I drive with it hooked up I make darn sure
that I pull it no lesser than 4th gear. Good luck and also when I do
pull the trailer, it seems to whip from side to side but I think it has
something to do with the short wheel base from the tow ball to the axle
on the trailer so you want to be careful. What I tow around is my Band's
music equipment (Speakers, sound board, lights, amplifiers and other
stuff). the approximate size of my trailer is 10'x4'x6'. Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- --
Steve Hall
hallsb zdnetonebox.com - email
(202) 777-2645 ext. 1363 - voicemail/fax



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> am I supposed to click onto the web site to get my answer ??
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jimenez, Joe [mailto:JJimenez ci.glendale.ca.us]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2000 8:59 AM
> To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
> Subject: FTE Small - Ford Ranger
>
>
> I have a 98 Ford Ranger 4X4, 4.0L V6...I plan on buying a small travel
> trailer (17ft/2800lbs), the owners manual states the truck can pull
> up to
> 5000lbs, has nayone experienced any problems towing this amount ??
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Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2000 21:19:55 -0500
From: "Theodore D. Mills" martnet.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Ford Ranger

I have towed a 16 foot Sunline camper with my 85 Ranger 2.8L.....
My camper is 3000 lbs GVW, "normal" weight ought to be pretty close to 2800.

The old 2.8 is a carbed engine, and that much is about all it can do.
I had to put in the 2 row radiator (A/C version...I don't have A/C) and a
rather large (15000 lbs..I think) tranny cooler to keep it from melting down.

The 4.0 should have enough power to handle it, but you might have to get
used to being yanked around a bit by the trailer. Sway bars are worth the
money if you don't already have them.

My 85 weighs in at around 3800 with me and the wife, full tank of gas, cap,
etc....
When the trailer weighs almost as much as the truck, it can be a tug 'o war.

I've got an F-250 4X4 now. I need a new camper because the one I have looks
lost behing the BIG TRUCK!



At 08:58 01/05/2000 -0800, you wrote:
>I have a 98 Ford Ranger 4X4, 4.0L V6...I plan on buying a small travel
>trailer (17ft/2800lbs), the owners manual states the truck can pull up to
>5000lbs, has nayone experienced any problems towing this amount ??
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>
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Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 21:22:07 -0500
From: "Joe Merchak" eclipse.net>
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ford Ranger

Boy you must of seriously did something wrong. I use to pull my friend race
car (5400 total weight with car trailer and equipment, I know I was over the
limit, but I did have a class 3 hitch) from Herdon VA to Winchester VA
(about 6 times over 2 years). This run is about an hour and 10 min over so
mighty big hills. My 93 Ranger with a 3.0 auto 2 wheel drive did it just
fine. Granted it was not fast up those hills, (max about 40MPH) but it
never complained. This engine is solid and the 4.0L he is looking at should
do a better job (stronger engine). I never used overdrive (only had a 4
speed) and the engine and trans were prefect when I sold it with 120K miles.

Just my $.02

Joe
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Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2000 6:55 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Ford Ranger


I pull a trailer aproximately 2000-3000 lbs with my 96 ford ranger v-6
3.0. I also just got done replacing my motor. If you pull it right in
4th gear and use your overdrive on flat long stretches you should have
no problem. I blew the bottom end of my motor from the load pulling
it in 4th through some Missouri mountains(hills). Just be sure to pull
your trailer the way your owners manual says to. I didn't and am paying
for it know 2500 dollars later and still have os2 sensors to replace
because my check engine light comes on still. But I still pull my trailer
and it does just fine. When I drive with it hooked up I make darn sure
that I pull it no lesser than 4th gear. Good luck and also when I do
pull the trailer, it seems to whip from side to side but I think it has
something to do with the short wheel base from the tow ball to the axle
on the trailer so you want to be careful. What I tow around is my Band's
music equipment (Speakers, sound board, lights, amplifiers and other
stuff). the approximate size of my trailer is 10'x4'x6'. Good
Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- --
Steve Hall
hallsb zdnetonebox.com - email
(202) 777-2645 ext. 1363 - voicemail/fax



- ---- "Jimenez, Joe" ci.glendale.ca.us> wrote:
> am I supposed to click onto the web site to get my answer ??
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jimenez, Joe [mailto:JJimenez ci.glendale.ca.us]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2000 8:59 AM
> To: 'small-list ford-trucks.com'
> Subject: FTE Small - Ford Ranger
>
>
> I have a 98 Ford Ranger 4X4, 4.0L V6...I plan on buying a small travel
> trailer (17ft/2800lbs), the owners manual states the truck can pull
> up to
> 5000lbs, has nayone experienced any problems towing this amount ??
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