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small-list-digest Saturday, January 15 2000 Volume 04 : Number 013



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In this issue:

FTE Small - ADMIN: New Ford SUV and SUV roll-over protection
FTE Small - 94 Explorer w 5 speed manual; speedometer vibrates
RE: FTE Small - Wipers
FTE Small - Wipers
Re: FTE Small - ADMIN: New Ford SUV and SUV roll-over protection
Re: FTE Small - 94 Explorer w 5 speed manual; speedometer vibrates
FTE Small - Rocker Panels
RE: FTE Small - Wipers

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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 08:12:31 -0500
From: "DuPont, Patrick" chi-east.org>
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: New Ford SUV and SUV roll-over protection

I'm glad they are finally addressing it. I used to have a '91 FORD Explorer
and was hit by a drunk driver on superbowl night 1996 (clear dry driving
conditions). I was only going about 30mph but was hit so hard broadside
that we rolled right over. My 6 month old son and my wife were in the
vehicle with me and fortunately there were no serious physical injuries.
That truck should have NEVER rolled !! If I hadn't experienced it myself I
would never beleive it. I'm an outdoorsman and do my share of off-roading
and that truck performed incredibly off-road. Since that accident I've
noticed SEVERAL accidents where SUV's (specifically Explorer's) rolled over
unnecessarily, in my opinion.

I have an 87 Bronco II and I must say it is VERY stable but so was that
Explorer. Don't be fooled by how well it performs offroad...guaranteed if I
ever have to swerve fast and hard to miss a driver at 55mph I could roll my
Bronco II in a heartbeat (the turning radius on that truck is
awesome...probably too awesome for high speed quick decisions). It's great
having a 4x4 but you have to remember what you're driving and 'drive
defensively' when you're out on the roads.

Pat
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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 12:06:04 -0500
From: "Raymond C. Gray" telcordia.com>
Subject: FTE Small - 94 Explorer w 5 speed manual; speedometer vibrates

Hi,

My 94 Explorer, 5 speed tranny, has developed a vibration in the speedometer
reading. Problem sets in around 60 MPH but gets worse at 65 and again at 70.
It reads steady for a few seconds, then drops 3 or 4 RPM, then bounces back,
maybe pops above the actual speed. Happens all the time above 60 MPH...seems to
be just beginning to occur at slower speeds.

Without cruise control (CC) the actual speed doesn't change, just the
speedometer reading.

With CC on, the system reacts to the speedometer fluctuations by trying to
maintain the set speed. If indicated speed drops abruptly, CC tries to
accelerate quickly back to set speed. If indicated speed pops up, CC drops
the throttle to slow down. CC is essentially unusable until I solve the
speedometer problem.

I've pulled the cable; it's ok. The plastic gears at the tranny end and inside
the tranny seem ok.

All advice is appreciated.

Ray


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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 11:41:09 -0600
From: Mike Harms bechamp.com>
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Wipers

>Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 09:06:18 +0100
>From: ThomasUcen premiereworld.de
>Subject: AW: FTE Small - Wipers

>Is that the same wiper control switch that was used on the '93 Aerostars? I
>have problems with the intermittent wipers setting. Sometimes it works,
>sometimes not. Then I have to toggle the switch to activate the wipers. A
>>Joe Merchak wrote:
>>RE: FTE Small - Wipers

>>Same thing happen on my 99 Ranger as well as my friends. The wiper
control
>>switch was bad. There is a TSB (Ford says) about it.

>>>Can anybody give me some insight to this problem. I have a 97 Ranger
with
>>>45,000 miles. For the last 6 months my wipers come on without operating
the
>>wiper switch. Sometimes my washer comes on too. I have intermitent
wipers.
>>>Sometimes they come on intermitently sometimes they come on at full
setting.
....


This must be a fairly common problem with stalk mounted switches. The one
in my 89 Ranger has yet to have a problem, but the one in my 94 Taurus was
replaced once under warranty at 35,000 miles and now at 80,000 it's starting
to act up again. From the way my Taurus one is acting there must be some
poor mounting surfaces in the knob as it tends to wiggle around the center
point now which seems to cause intermittent contacts internally. (Have to
wiggle it a bit to get the washer to come on).

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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 11:43:31 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Wipers

>From Joe Merchak --------------------------------------------
I have a 97 Ranger with 45,000 miles. For the last 6 months my wipers
come on without operating the wiper switch.

My reply ----------------------------------------------------

There are four devices that can activate the wipers:
1. The wiper switch
2. The washer section of the wiper switch
3. The wiper/washer computer (yes, there is one)
4. The wiper-parking switch that's built into the wiper motor

I've noticed that Ford has been exceptionally diligent about cutting
their switch costs to the bone, especially when the user switch
activates a solid-state relay of some sort. In other words, the switch
is designed only to handle the smallest of electrical loads, electronic
style, and feels failure-prone to me. From what you wrote, I'd suspect a
short in the switch itself or in associated wires, especially from
abrasion or a ham-fisted mechanic: check that wiring.

Don't forget the same switch's washer circuit, which runs the wipers for
a few sweeps. This is a masterpiece of stupidity, which immediately
starts the wipers before fluid hits the glass ensuring that you'll
scratch the windshield. This was compounded in my Aerostar by the
addition of a fluid "pulsation chamber," which in turn delays the spray
even more. Whatever do these people use for brains?

Richard

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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 18:59:08 CST
From: "James Steele" hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - ADMIN: New Ford SUV and SUV roll-over protection

I guess I'm missing something here. If you drive an SUV, you are driving a
vehicle which is higher (taller) than the average vehicle. After all,
that's one of the things we like about them, right? Taller vehicles
generally have a higher center of gravity, except in extreme circumstances
(Hummers, etc). A higher center of gravity means that the vehicle is more
likely to roll over. Simple physics. (Of course, when you consider a
side-impact crash, you have to consider the force applied by the impact,
which, if applied BELOW the center of gravity, may dramatically increase the
likelihood that the SUV will roll over.)

Some vehicles compensate by increasing the width of the vehicle (actually
the distance between the outside of the wheels on a single axle. Compare
the rear view of an Explorer, for example, as compared to a Jeep Cherokee.
The Cherokee is wider and lower and will almost always have a lower center
of gravity and be less likely to roll over than the Explorer. Either of
them is much more likely to roll over than the average car. "You pays your
money and you takes your choice."

By the way, by no stretch of the imagination do I consider myself an expert
in the areas of physics or higher math. I am a survivor of a 70 mph side
impact while driving an S-10 Blazer, and yes, it did roll over, several
times.




>From: "DuPont, Patrick" chi-east.org>
>Reply-To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>To: "'small-list ford-trucks.com'" ford-trucks.com>
>Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: New Ford SUV and SUV roll-over protection
>Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 08:12:31 -0500
>
>I'm glad they are finally addressing it. I used to have a '91 FORD
>Explorer
>and was hit by a drunk driver on superbowl night 1996 (clear dry driving
>conditions). I was only going about 30mph but was hit so hard broadside
>that we rolled right over. My 6 month old son and my wife were in the
>vehicle with me and fortunately there were no serious physical injuries.
>That truck should have NEVER rolled !! If I hadn't experienced it myself I
>would never beleive it. I'm an outdoorsman and do my share of off-roading
>and that truck performed incredibly off-road. Since that accident I've
>noticed SEVERAL accidents where SUV's (specifically Explorer's) rolled over
>unnecessarily, in my opinion.
>
>I have an 87 Bronco II and I must say it is VERY stable but so was that
>Explorer. Don't be fooled by how well it performs offroad...guaranteed if
>I
>ever have to swerve fast and hard to miss a driver at 55mph I could roll my
>Bronco II in a heartbeat (the turning radius on that truck is
>awesome...probably too awesome for high speed quick decisions). It's great
>having a 4x4 but you have to remember what you're driving and 'drive
>defensively' when you're out on the roads.
>
>Pat
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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 19:04:02 CST
From: "James Steele" hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 94 Explorer w 5 speed manual; speedometer vibrates

Raymond,

If I were you, I'd take a closer look at those gears in the transmission.
I had the same problem you describe, except in my '88 Mustang (basically the
same transmission). Unfortunately, I replaced both the cable and the
speedometer head without success before deciding that the trouble was the
plastic gears. Damn Ford for using anything made of plastic in such a
location!! (By the way, would you believe that Ford used a plastic bearing
cage for the front wheel bearings in the Mustang?)


>From: "Raymond C. Gray" telcordia.com>
>Reply-To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>Subject: FTE Small - 94 Explorer w 5 speed manual; speedometer vibrates
>Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 12:06:04 -0500
>
>
>
>Hi,
>
>My 94 Explorer, 5 speed tranny, has developed a vibration in the
>speedometer
>reading. Problem sets in around 60 MPH but gets worse at 65 and again at
>70.
>It reads steady for a few seconds, then drops 3 or 4 RPM, then bounces
>back,
>maybe pops above the actual speed. Happens all the time above 60
>MPH...seems to
>be just beginning to occur at slower speeds.
>
>Without cruise control (CC) the actual speed doesn't change, just the
>speedometer reading.
>
>With CC on, the system reacts to the speedometer fluctuations by trying to
>maintain the set speed. If indicated speed drops abruptly, CC tries to
>accelerate quickly back to set speed. If indicated speed pops up, CC
>drops
>the throttle to slow down. CC is essentially unusable until I solve the
>speedometer problem.
>
>I've pulled the cable; it's ok. The plastic gears at the tranny end and
>inside
>the tranny seem ok.
>
>All advice is appreciated.
>
>Ray
>
>
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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 20:09:37 -0800
From: Adam McLaughlin jps.net>
Subject: FTE Small - Rocker Panels

Okay, here comes a stupid question. I just got my james Duff rocker
panels in for my 1988 BII. In the box came all of the panel pieces, and
56 screws. That makes 28 screws to a side, but I didn't get any
instructions with the parts. Does anyone know of the best pattern to put
the panels on with the screws? I can only drill once, so I need to
measure twice, and obviously I have never done this before!

Thanks,

Adam

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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 23:52:09 -0500
From: "Joe Merchak" eclipse.net>
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Wipers

The wiper controll the is mounted on the steering column. The switch
contains wiper switch and washer. This is what Ford replaced. Take your
truck to Ford, they will know exactly what is wrong. My dealer said they
are having about a 40% failure rate across Ford's complete line of products.

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Sent: Friday, January 14, 2000 2:44 PM
To: small-list ford-trucks.com
Subject: FTE Small - Wipers


>From Joe Merchak --------------------------------------------
I have a 97 Ranger with 45,000 miles. For the last 6 months my wipers
come on without operating the wiper switch.

My reply ----------------------------------------------------

There are four devices that can activate the wipers:
1. The wiper switch
2. The washer section of the wiper switch
3. The wiper/washer computer (yes, there is one)
4. The wiper-parking switch that's built into the wiper motor

I've noticed that Ford has been exceptionally diligent about cutting
their switch costs to the bone, especially when the user switch
activates a solid-state relay of some sort. In other words, the switch
is designed only to handle the smallest of electrical loads, electronic
style, and feels failure-prone to me. From what you wrote, I'd suspect a
short in the switch itself or in associated wires, especially from
abrasion or a ham-fisted mechanic: check that wiring.

Don't forget the same switch's washer circuit, which runs the wipers for
a few sweeps. This is a masterpiece of stupidity, which immediately
starts the wipers before fluid hits the glass ensuring that you'll
scratch the windshield. This was compounded in my Aerostar by the
addition of a fluid "pulsation chamber," which in turn delays the spray....


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