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small-list-digest Saturday, January 8 2000 Volume 04 : Number 006



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

Re: FTE Small - Chilton manual
Re: FTE Small - How to fail a smog check (the hard way)
FTE Small - Gas caps and smog checks, the second chapter...
FTE Small - DS brake light
Re: FTE Small - DS brake light
FTE Small - Ranger fuel filling problem
FTE Small - Buildup inside of Fuel Injectors
FTE Small - Horn wire
FTE Small - ADMIN: FTE 3rd Anniversary and a chance to ask Ford!

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Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 10:58:10 -0500
From: Steve Bozzone rockzone.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Chilton manual

Dwight,

Check your local library -- they should carry them.

Steve

Dwight & Tina Varnes wrote:
>
> Before I shell out the money for a sealed-in-plastic Chilton, can anyone
> tell me if there is a concise fuel injection section in there that
> explains how the system works?
>
> Better still, would anyone want to fax me a copy from a factory manual,
> or mail it (I will pay; heck, I'm already paying with a lousy running
> truck).
>
> TIA,
> Dwight Varnes
> 1990 4x2 'S' 5 speed 2.3
>
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Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 10:59:51 -0500
From: Steve Bozzone rockzone.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - How to fail a smog check (the hard way)

New York will be on the same standards soon. "SUV" inspections will be
tougher too.

- -STeve

Ray Scheidnes wrote:
>
> Welcome to the Peoples' Republic of California.
>
> I see that you've already experienced one of the joys of owing a vehicle in
> this state. I hope you don't plan on doing any modifications or upgrades to
> your air intake system. That would be illegal here :)
> I know - it's a sick joke...
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Watson [mailto:tsw johana.com]
> Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2000 10:31 AM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: FTE Small - How to fail a smog check (the hard way)
>
> Well, it happened to me. I've got a '98 Explorer, and having to bring it
> in to California from being registered in another state (Oregon) it
> needed a smog check. I figured that with 30k miles on the clock and
> still being under warrenty (it is 50k for smog things) it would be a
> breeze. Well it was except for the very last thing. The whole thing
> failed because of the GAS CAP. I couldn't believe it.
>
> At least I haven't been labeled a "gross polluter" (*SIGH*).
> --
> Tom Watson Generic short signature
> tsw johana.com (I'm at home now)
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Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 13:31:07 -0800
From: "Tom Watson" johana.com>
Subject: FTE Small - Gas caps and smog checks, the second chapter...

In the last episode, I had failed the smog check on the last step due to
a failed gas cap check. It turned out that was the EASY part of the
episode.

Now to get it fixed. As we all know, smog stuff is covered by warranty,
and having less than the over limit number of miles (I think it is 50k
for pollution stuff by federal law), I went to a dealer to get a new
gas cap. I thought it would be easy, just go to the parts counter and
show them I failed because of a bad gas cap and I'd get another one. Maybe
I'd need to give them the old one back. This way I would be on my way
back to the free re-test in no time and I would save some labor costs for
the dealer. Nope, this is a service thing. Need to have an appointment.
Can't do it on the day presented (Wednesday), first open date is Friday.
This must be VERY difficult service!!

Next dealer (actually one closer to home, and MUCH nicer) says to "bring
it in tommorow", being late in the day I decide it is a "good thing".
Tommorow (Thursday) and I arrive. The work is fit in the schedule. About
an hour and a half later they tell me that their gas cap checker said it
was OK. Also noted was the fact that if it had failed I would have had
some nice "check engine" light and associated trouble code. To avoid
my being irate (their assumption which would have probably been correct)
the gas cap WAS changed (how thoughtful), and I was on my way. No charge
(got that right!!).

I go to smog check place (they have free re-tests!!). First thing we
verify is that the gas cap works. By gollie, it does. We go thru another
test, and all is well. I pay the extra $8.25 to have the results registered
and go on my way. I then go to the line at DMV to get the goodie "legal"
since I had been driving on Oregon (read no sales tax, and $30 tags) plates.
I tell them the nice "used" 1998 Explorer V8 Limited (used by me) is worth
$15,000. There is no objection. I have plates. I am happy. End of
story.

Moral: Nothing is simple when it comes to warranty/dealer interaction.
(*SIGH*)
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Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2000 16:37:45 -0600
From: "Mike Graham" oqlaw.com>
Subject: FTE Small - DS brake light

Ok, I'm running on empty here, I tow with my 91 EB 4x4 Exploder pretty
regularly .. and just noticed that my drivers side brake light no longer
works .. replaced the bulb, no fix (turn signal was out also) replaced the
flasher, turn signal works.. no brake light still.. what did I kill?

Mike Graham

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Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 18:12:30 -0500
From: David Cooley bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - DS brake light

At 04:37 PM 1/7/00 -0600, you wrote:
>Ok, I'm running on empty here, I tow with my 91 EB 4x4 Exploder pretty
>regularly .. and just noticed that my drivers side brake light no longer
>works .. replaced the bulb, no fix (turn signal was out also) replaced the
>flasher, turn signal works.. no brake light still.. what did I kill?


How is the trailer wiring tapped in?
If it'w with the "scotchlok" type tap connectors, probably a wire is broken
where it goes thru the scotchlok..

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Packet: N5XMT KQ4LO.#INT.NC.USA.NA T.A.P.R. Member #7068
We are Borg... Prepare to be assimilated!
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Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2000 16:58:25 -0800
From: don neomagic.com (Donald Paauw)
Subject: FTE Small - Ranger fuel filling problem

I have a '90 Ranger that takes about ten minutes to fill up. The
first few gallons go in ok while there is still some compressible
air volume left in the tank but eventually the nozzle starts clicking
off and raw fuel starts burping back out of the filler. Eventually
I have to set the nozzle on the slowest setting (which won't click
off) and wait until I see the fuel overflowing. I know it's
a venting problem and before I start hunting for it I was wondering
if anyone knows how the air is supposed to vent during filling.

Is it through a small tube in the filler neck or maybe a line to
the charcoal cannister? Or maybe something else?

And since I'm in California, thanks to all of you guys whose gas
caps are passing smog. You're covering for the quart of gas I'm
spilling at every fill up.

Thanks,
Don
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Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 18:46:29 -0800
From: Adam McLaughlin jps.net>
Subject: FTE Small - Buildup inside of Fuel Injectors

If I disconnect one of my spark plug wires on my distributor, my engine
will have a miss in it.



If one of my fuel injectors has buildup in it, will the conditions be
the same?

Or, why does "Fuel Injector Cleaner" sell so well?

Adam

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Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 22:10:15 -0500
From: Mason Phillips <63nova psouth.net>
Subject: FTE Small - Horn wire

Im looking for the horn wire for my 87 Ranger that goes from the
connector under the dash right to the steering wheel Its a tilt column
without cruise control. Ford no longer makes them. The piece is very
different than the one for a non tilt. If anyone has one that they would
be willing to part with Please let me know With out it Im forced to use
a universal horn button.

Mason Phillips
(87 Ranger 4x4 Beast finally runs again. Now I need to fix the horn)

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Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 22:44:13 -0500
From: Ken Payne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: FTE 3rd Anniversary and a chance to ask Ford!

FTE will soon be celebrating its 3rd Anniversary as a web site.
(It was just a mailing list prior to that).

We have several things planned for this. Among them is an
opportunity for you, the FTE user, to have your questions
answered by Bob Masone, F150 Product Manger for Ford Motor
Company!

Post the question(s) you would like to have asked, and we'll
hash them out here. I'm going to present 5-10 questions to
Bob in an interview and post the transcripts on the web site
and to the mailing lists.

There are a few minor guidelines....

1. No questions about unannounced future products.
2. Keep in mind that this isn't a mechanic's chit-chat.
3. It may be best to use this as an opportunity to discuss
Ford's involvement with the enthusiast community.

Ken Payne....


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