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In this issue:

Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Pinging
FTE Small - Re: New tires at Pep Boys] Tire guide info
FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness
FTE Small - Our tire discussion, & Tom's Aerostar
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness
FTE Small - High engine speed
Re: FTE Small - Tires
Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Pinging
Re: AW: FTE Small - Tires
FTE Small - Re: 2.3 pinging
Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Pinging
FTE Small - ADMIN: LISTS AND WEB SITE WILL GO DOWN!
Re: FTE Small - Forced induction for 2.3l?
RE: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness
Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness
AW: FTE Small - Our tire discussion, & Tom's Aerostar

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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 09:22:03 -0500
From: David Cooley bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Pinging

At 06:23 PM 1/19/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>Have a very unusual problem with an 88 2.3 Ranger. Here are the facts:
>1. Only pings when it exceeds 3000 rpm in 1st, 2nd, & 3rd gears. 4th and 5th
>are fine with no pinging.
>2. Doesn't matter if you are at full throttle or just maintaining 3200 rpm,
>ping is there.
>3. Have reset the time to 6 degrees. Normal setting is 10 degrees.
>4. Doesn't matter whether I use 87, 89 or 93 octane.
>5. No error codes in memory or when going through the engine running
>sequences.


Several things...
Running hot, running lean, or EGR not working.
I think we can rule out EGR because it also pings at full throttle... EGR
is disabled when your foot is to the floor. These were EFI right? First
check would be fuel pressure... Get a guage with enough hose to clip under
the windshield wiper so you can monitor it going down the road. Pressure
should not drop as you step on the gas, but should increase slightly. If
it drops and goes below idle values, the pump, pickup, or fuel filter are
all suspect due to low volume.
As someone else mentioned, running hot will also cause pinging, but that
should even be in 4th and 5th gear.


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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 11:56:54 EST
From: BFunk33 aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Re: New tires at Pep Boys] Tire guide info

I wish you'd mentioned the shop you work at, so I could stay away.
The max pressure is just that: the max pressure. It is most definitely NOT a
recommendation of what pressure to actually run the tire at, but a LIMIT on
the pressure that is to be used.
For a shop to tell their techs to use the MAX pressure is so wrong that I'm
surprised that the shop hasn't received a lot of complaints about this (of
course, the complaints may have simply been ignored).
Bill

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Subject: Re: [FTE Small - New tires at Pep Boys] Tire guide info

I work at a garage that installs lots and lots of tires. My experience has
been as long as the size is whats recomended for the vehicle, run the
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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 16:50:21 +0200
From: Bolte Brent kone.com>
Subject: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness

Here's one hopefully somebody will have an answer to.
A friend of mine has a 1990 Extended Cab Ford Ranger
with a 2.9L V6 and 4-speed automatic transmission. In
the morning when he first starts it up he can shift it in to
reverse and back up, but then when he shifts it into drive
to take off, it acts like its in neutral. The engine will rev
freely for 5-10 seconds and then it will drop in to gear and
it will run fine for the rest of the day ( even after sitting for
hours in our work parking lot ). This appears to be worse
on cold mornings and it seems the colder it is, the longer
it takes to drop into gear after shifting into drive from
reverse. During the summer months it almost never does
this, but now that it is cold out, it does it all the time. The
other strange thing is that if he lets the truck keep rolling
backwards slowly while he shifts from reverse to drive
( instead of coming to a complete stop before shifting ), it
will usually drop into gear almost immediately. Anybody
have any ideas on this one??

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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 14:23:33 -0500
From: Steve Bozzone rockzone.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness

I have the same problem with my 88 bronco ii with automatic. I just
make sure I'm on the brake until it actually shifts into gear, it
doesn't sound or feel good if you're of the breaks and that happens.
Sometimes it will be pretty sudden.. as if the car was hit, it jumps up
too.

I've just lived with it and was told there isn't much to worry about
with this, but I'd be interested in hearing what others have to say.

Regards,
Steve

Bolte Brent wrote:
>
> Here's one hopefully somebody will have an answer to.
> A friend of mine has a 1990 Extended Cab Ford Ranger
> with a 2.9L V6 and 4-speed automatic transmission. In
> the morning when he first starts it up he can shift it in to
> reverse and back up, but then when he shifts it into drive
> to take off, it acts like its in neutral. The engine will rev
> freely for 5-10 seconds and then it will drop in to gear and
> it will run fine for the rest of the day ( even after sitting for
> hours in our work parking lot ). This appears to be worse
> on cold mornings and it seems the colder it is, the longer
> it takes to drop into gear after shifting into drive from
> reverse. During the summer months it almost never does
> this, but now that it is cold out, it does it all the time. The
> other strange thing is that if he lets the truck keep rolling
> backwards slowly while he shifts from reverse to drive
> ( instead of coming to a complete stop before shifting ), it
> will usually drop into gear almost immediately. Anybody
> have any ideas on this one??
>
> Thanks, Brent Bolte
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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 15:26:40 -0500
From: David Cooley bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness

Sounds like an internal leak in the trans... IE: seal, torn valve body
gasket etc.


At 04:50 PM 1/20/2000 +0200, you wrote:

>Here's one hopefully somebody will have an answer to.
>A friend of mine has a 1990 Extended Cab Ford Ranger
>with a 2.9L V6 and 4-speed automatic transmission. In
>the morning when he first starts it up he can shift it in to
>reverse and back up, but then when he shifts it into drive
>to take off, it acts like its in neutral. The engine will rev
>freely for 5-10 seconds and then it will drop in to gear and
>it will run fine for the rest of the day ( even after sitting for
>hours in our work parking lot ). This appears to be worse
>on cold mornings and it seems the colder it is, the longer
>it takes to drop into gear after shifting into drive from
>reverse. During the summer months it almost never does
>this, but now that it is cold out, it does it all the time. The
>other strange thing is that if he lets the truck keep rolling
>backwards slowly while he shifts from reverse to drive
>( instead of coming to a complete stop before shifting ), it
>will usually drop into gear almost immediately. Anybody
>have any ideas on this one??
>
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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 10:57:32 -0800
From: rgstein pacbell.net
Subject: FTE Small - Our tire discussion, & Tom's Aerostar

I think this has been a great discussion.

I've bought a lot of tires in my life, and as sure as death and taxes
I've never gotten my car back from a tire shop with the tires properly
inflated. They have ususally been unevenly-pressured, and almost always
way too high. There seems to be a prevalence of junky gauges, and a
couple of places had no gauge at all. Their advice about pressure, as
their advice about unrepairable punctures, was all wet.

My Arostar came to me second hand with undersized wide tires, and at the
Ford's "rated pressure" for the stock size, rode like a brick on a
roller skate. Spec is around 31 psi; 26 seems about right. And they're
still wearing mostly in the middle. I can't wait to replace them with
Michelin X-1s in the correct size.

Now about Tom's Aerostar:

Tom wrote: -----------------------------------------------

The factory Michelins on my Aerostar lasted for over 60,000 mls and were
just great! Too bad Michelin does not sell any tires of my size
(215/75-14
98) over here in Germany.

My reply: ------------------------------------------------
Size for normal-body Aerostars was 215/70-14. For extended-length
models, Ford used 215/70 or 215/75 (mostly the 70s, I think). I tried
an extended Aerostar with the stock model XW-4 215/70 a year ago. The
tires seemed nice and civilized, with cornering slightly wide of what
I'm used to (remember that I've got low-profile whackos on mine). This
is a passenger car tire.

Costco sells a Michelin "X Radial Plus" in 215/70-14, and an "X-Radial"
in 215/75-14. The first seems to be an X-One touring tire with a
different tread and warranty. The "X-Radial" may be more of a "truck
tire." I corresponded with a guy who put the "X-Radials" on his
extended Aerostar, and he hates them: rough ride and bouncing -- a bad
investment. Note that these models are Costco house-numbers, and
Michelin will not provide any information about them.

Since the Aerostar 3.0 isn't loaded with power, I don't see any loss in
going with the 215/70. I suspect that the only reason Ford put them on
some of the Aerostar extendeds was to get a slightly increased weight
capacity. Or probably what really happened is that they got a hell of a
deal on them from Michelin.

I'm planning on putting genuine X-Ones on mine, in 215/70. For one
thing, the price from an official Michelin dealer is only a little more
than the house model from Costco, and with this model, I have a hunch
that I'll get handling like my present wide tires with the comfort of
the XW-4.

Tom ---------------------------------------------------------------

I replaced them with Cooper snow tires a few
months ago. Can anyone tell me more about this brand? Does it last, is
it
good or is it just cheap junk?

Me ----------------------------------------------------------------

Here in Northern Califonia, I don't see Cooper very much. I recall that
it is a smaller US mfr, not part of a huge multinational corporation
like all the major brands. They've been around a long time. (Did you
buy them at the PX?) I recall that the company makes decent, reliable
products. I believe that Consumer Reports rated one of their models
nicely in a recent test report.

Don't forget that a manufacturer may make a few different models in a
size, and that there can be significant differences between the models.
There's typically a tradeoff between handling and mileage (soft rubber
gives more grip and wears faster: you takes your choice). One type of
tire that I wouldn't buy again is typified by the Michelin XH models.
These appear to be tailored to the chain parts stores, and give
extra-long wear at the price of ride and cornering. My Toyota Corona
screeched around corners with them.

There have been significant advances in tire rubber lately, with
improvements in grip, ride, and wear: the X-One is one of these. I have
only studied the characteristics of the Michelins, and can't talk about
the other brands because there's so much too it, and most of the
companys will only tell you BS. I know that there are other good tires
out there, too; I just don't know which ones they are. Matching is very
important, too. The Aerostars seem tuned to the Michelin XW-4. My
Honda Civic hated Michelin ZXs, and loved Riken (Riken, where did you
go?).

Hope this is useful.

Richard


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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 13:13:15 -0800
From: Brian_Mitchell notes.amdahl.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness

I had a problem like that on a Van. 6 months to 9 months later I had to
have the trans rebuilt.








Sounds like an internal leak in the trans... IE: seal, torn valve body
gasket etc.


At 04:50 PM 1/20/2000 +0200, you wrote:

>Here's one hopefully somebody will have an answer to.
>A friend of mine has a 1990 Extended Cab Ford Ranger
>with a 2.9L V6 and 4-speed automatic transmission. In
>the morning when he first starts it up he can shift it in to
>reverse and back up, but then when he shifts it into drive
>to take off, it acts like its in neutral. The engine will rev
>freely for 5-10 seconds and then it will drop in to gear and
>it will run fine for the rest of the day ( even after sitting for
>hours in our work parking lot ). This appears to be worse
>on cold mornings and it seems the colder it is, the longer
>it takes to drop into gear after shifting into drive from
>reverse. During the summer months it almost never does
>this, but now that it is cold out, it does it all the time. The
>other strange thing is that if he lets the truck keep rolling
>backwards slowly while he shifts from reverse to drive
>( instead of coming to a complete stop before shifting ), it
>will usually drop into gear almost immediately. Anybody
>have any ideas on this one??
>
>Thanks, Brent Bolte
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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 18:22:39 -0500
From: "Mike Haight" home.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness

Hmmmm.....sounds like you may know more about YOUR FRIEND's Truck than he!
Anyway, I have the same truck only a 91 model and I have a similar problem
but it really ain't a problem. I put it into OverDrive and it sits high on
the mark between Neutral and OverDrive and once the truck gets warmed up it
slides down centered over the mark. It has done that for about the last six
or seven years and I've never had a problem with it so I just let it be
finicky(spelling?) and ignore it otherwise.

Take Care and Have a Good Day.
CUL8R, Mike

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Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness


> Sounds like an internal leak in the trans... IE: seal, torn valve body
> gasket etc.
>
>
> At 04:50 PM 1/20/2000 +0200, you wrote:
>
> >Here's one hopefully somebody will have an answer to.
> >A friend of mine has a 1990 Extended Cab Ford Ranger
> >with a 2.9L V6 and 4-speed automatic transmission. In
> >the morning when he first starts it up he can shift it in to
> >reverse and back up, but then when he shifts it into drive
> >to take off, it acts like its in neutral. The engine will rev
> >freely for 5-10 seconds and then it will drop in to gear and
> >it will run fine for the rest of the day ( even after sitting for
> >hours in our work parking lot ). This appears to be worse
> >on cold mornings and it seems the colder it is, the longer
> >it takes to drop into gear after shifting into drive from
> >reverse. During the summer months it almost never does
> >this, but now that it is cold out, it does it all the time. The
> >other strange thing is that if he lets the truck keep rolling
> >backwards slowly while he shifts from reverse to drive
> >( instead of coming to a complete stop before shifting ), it
> >will usually drop into gear almost immediately. Anybody
> >have any ideas on this one??
> >
> >Thanks, Brent Bolte
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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 18:31:18 -0500
From: Dwight & Tina Varnes lancnews.infi.net>
Subject: FTE Small - High engine speed

I recently replace a defective throttle position switch (TPS). Since
then, the engine idle speed is high when I first start the truck, or
after driving it at all and stopping. It will take 20-30 seconds for the
engine to idle down to a more normal speed. Unfortunately I don't have a
tach hooked up (yet) to give actual rpms, but it sounds like it's
1500-2000 when this happens. I can also tell it's doing it between
shifts. I noticed there is an idle screw on the throttle body, can I
adjust it with this?
The idle speed prior to replacing the switch was lower, but it is
unknown if the idle speed was altered in some way by the previous owner.
The truck has had injection system problems since I bought it and the
TPS has solved everything but this current idle issue. Left alone the
truck does return to a normal idle speed, probably around 1000 rpm,
maybe a shade high. It does not appear to be temperature related. Any
clues to check out would be appreciated.

Dwight Varnes
1990 2.3 5 speed 4x2

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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 18:09:55 CST
From: "James Steele" hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Tires

>The OEM Firestones on my 91 (which has 98k miles without any REPEAT any
>major problem,best vehicle I have ever owned)went 50k on the OEM
>Firestones.
>
Well, I'm happy for you! You're the FIRST Explorer owner I have ever heard
of who had good luck with the stock Firestones. If you are at all familiar
with the Explorer websites, you already know that the usual experience is
that they are crap. There was a set on my Explorer when I bought it (used),
which rode like an iron-tired wagon, handled like a gravel truck, and leaked
like a sieve. By the way, my Explorer is approaching 250,000 miles. So far
it (according to the service records I received with it) it has had one
muffler replacement, two brake jobs, one transmission rebuild (at 175,000
miles) and I have replaced the starter motor, battery, battery cable, and
POS tires. I think I can say that everyone who has owned it has gotten
their money's worth. So what does that have to do with anything?

>
>Why do I need LT tires? I never come close to overloading the P series
>that are on it now.

If you had read the thread in this discussion, you would realize that the
question was never whether you should use LT tires, but the reasons for
different pressures between LT and P series tires.
>

>
>LT tires ride rougher than P series.Most every other SUV in the Explorer
>class run P series.

Isn't that what I said?

Why would Ford want to put LT tires on the Explorer?
>So it rides rougher than the competion?

Who said they should? I merely said that one of the reasons was the
difference in cost; another was the difference in ride smoothness.
Apparently, you agree with the second reason.


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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 18:20:20 CST
From: "James Steele" hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Pinging

Hoss, I don't mean to rain on your parade, but carbon builds up in engines.
Period. Running 93 octane, 87 octane, or 100 octane, will have little or no
effect on the degree of buildup. Some fuels have more or less of some
additives which may help reduce the buildup, but in fact, "our federal
government" has recently taken action to stop the claims of some gasoline
companies that their higher octane gasolines were better at reducing
buildup. According to some major consumer groups, the amount of additive
which is effective at reducing engine deposits is the same for all grades.

I'm not saying that you didn't have carbon deposits in the engine, which
induced pinging, and which was alleviated by removing the deposits. I'm
saying that the 93 octane gasoline was not the reason for the deposits.


>From: "mikah vosekuil" hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Pinging
>Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 20:41:50 PST
>
>I have an 87 ford ranger with a 2.3. When i bought it it pinged in every
>gear. I talked to the previous owner and found out that he ran 93 octain
>fuel all the time. The 2.3 was designed to burn 87 octain only. By using
>the higher octain that recomended the combustion chambers were full of
>carbon deposits, which raised the compression ratio. 89 and 93 octain is
>for high compression engines. The 2.3 is not a high compression engine.
>The carbon deposits raise and mis-shape the chamber which causes pinging or
>knock. The cure for this problem is acctually very simple. Decarbonize
>the
>motor. Snap-on makes a machine to do this. It's called motor-vac. Find a
>shop in your area that has this machine. You hook the machine to the fuel
>lines where they hook to the fuel rail. These connections should be on the
>drivers side by the fire wall. A chemical is put in a tank on the machine
>and is mixed with gas. The machine has a fuel pump built in it, and
>provides the pressure to run the motor. You run the motor off the
>gas/chemical mix for approximatly 1/2 hour. Before you start the motor you
>have to disconnect your trucks fuel pump. The easiest way to do this is
>unplug the inerta switch which is located on the inner fire wall on the
>passenger side. When the gas mix is gone reconnect all lines and the
>inertia switch. Drive the vehicle hard for 30+ miles. You should notice a
>significant difference. After this ONLY run 87 octain.
>
>
>>From: Bob Fiddes cybertrails.com>
>>Reply-To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>>To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>>Subject: FTE Small - 2.3 Pinging
>>Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 18:23:28 -0700
>>
>>Have a very unusual problem with an 88 2.3 Ranger. Here are the facts:
>>1. Only pings when it exceeds 3000 rpm in 1st, 2nd, & 3rd gears. 4th and
>>5th
>>are fine with no pinging.
>>2. Doesn't matter if you are at full throttle or just maintaining 3200
>>rpm,
>>ping is there.
>>3. Have reset the time to 6 degrees. Normal setting is 10 degrees.
>>4. Doesn't matter whether I use 87, 89 or 93 octane.
>>5. No error codes in memory or when going through the engine running
>>sequences.
>>
>>Any and all ideas or possible solutions will be welcomed.
>>
>>Thanks,
>>
>>Bob Fiddes
>>
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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 18:26:54 CST
From: "James Steele" hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: AW: FTE Small - Tires

Thomas:

Cooper is actually a fairly old brand of tires. They have operated a
plant in Tupelo, Mississippi for over 30 years. They primarily were
regarded as lower-end tires (pricewise), but I never heard of any widespread
problems with durability. In the last 10 years the company has invested in
new technology and has increased its operating budgets for production,
development and advertising. Perhaps you have seen the commercials on TV
with a famous golf pro, going around the world on his Coopers. I also read
in a fairly recent issue of an automotive magazine (can't remember if it was
Hot Rod, Car Craft, or MM&FF) that Cooper is entering the high performance
market, with a tire which may invade the market of Goodrich, Goodyear and
the other big manufacturers.


>From: ThomasUcen premiereworld.de
>Reply-To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>Subject: AW: FTE Small - Tires
>Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 09:16:03 +0100
>
>The factory Michelins on my Aerostar lasted for over 60,000 mls and were
>just great! Too bad Michelin does not sell any tires of my size (215/75-14
>98) over here in Germany. I replaced them with Cooper snow tires a few
>months ago. Can anyone tell me more about this brand? Does it last, is it
>good or is it just cheap junk?
>
>Tom Ucen
>Munich, Germany
>1993 Aerostar 3.0L
>
>-----
>Von: S.Harkema
>An: small-list ford-trucks.com
>Betreff: FTE Small - Tires
>
> > anyone think that the bean-counters at Ford, the wunderkinds who >gave
> >us
>plastic drivetrain parts, leaky air conditioning connections,
> >failure-prone
>heater cores, (the list goes on forever)
> > would spend one flippin' dime more than was absolutely necessary on
> >tires? Hell, no!!!
>
>The OEM Firestones on my 91 (which has 98k miles without any REPEAT any
>major problem,best vehicle I have ever owned)went 50k on the OEM
>Firestones.
>
>
> >Besides, LT tires tend to be stiffer (they
> >usually have at least two additional plys in the sidewalls, hence the
> >higher load rating)
>
>Why do I need LT tires? I never come close to overloading the P series
>that are on it now.
>
> >and the suburban moms wouldn't like the firmer ride!!!
>
>LT tires ride rougher than P series.Most every other SUV in the Explorer
>class run P series.Why would Ford want to put LT tires on the Explorer?
>So it rides rougher than the competion?
>
>On tire pressure.
>I try to run enough air pressure so that ther tread lays flat on the
>road.Too much and the center is the only portion on the road.Too little
>and just the edges hit.A little better fuel mileage can be had with
>higher pressure due to less rolling resistance,but I prefer a little
>smoother ride myself.
>The max inflation for a tire is just that.The max.
>Tire manufacturers have no control over what you mount their tires on.
>They are telling you no matter what they are mounted on don't put over
>XXX PSI in them.
>I always run less.The 35" BFG T/As on my 76 F-250
>are 55 psi max.They will bounce you through the roof at 45 psi.
>I run them at 25 PSI and got 60k out of my last set.
>I run the Firestones on my Explorer at 28 and have had good wear so far.
>I have Dunlops on my 84 with 80 PSI max.Do you think I drive it around
>like that????Might as well fill the tires with concrete.I run them at
>45PSI.
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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 19:48:37 EST
From: GGreenman aol.com
Subject: FTE Small - Re: 2.3 pinging

I had the same problem with my 87 2.3. The only computer code that I had
indicated that the coolant temp sensor was out of range. I replaced it, and
since I had the throttle body off decided to replace the throttle position
sensor as well. Pinging is gone, runs better than it has in about 5 yrs.
Hope this helps.
Greg
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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 19:07:47 -0600
From: Mike Harms bechamp.com>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Pinging

>Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 20:41:50 PST
>From: "mikah vosekuil" hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.3 Pinging

...
>for high compression engines. The 2.3 is not a high compression engine.
>The carbon deposits raise and mis-shape the chamber which causes pinging or

>knock. The cure for this problem is acctually very simple. Decarbonize
the

While carbon deposits can mis-shape the chamber causing a change in
compression ratio, this is not typically why they are blamed for pinging.
Carbon deposits tend to retain heat and cause hot spots in the cylinder
causing pinging of a type known as pre-ignition. The hots spots cause the
fuel air mixture to ignite prior to the ignition system triggering a spark.




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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 21:58:10 -0500
From: Ken Payne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: LISTS AND WEB SITE WILL GO DOWN!

Now that I've got everyone's attention!

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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 20:52:53 -0800
From: "Tom Ewing" napanet.net>
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Forced induction for 2.3l?

Will
I use a Tru Rev Induction unit from Kurtz Kustoms Motorsports on my 92 2.3L,
and I like it just fine. check his web page www.kustomz.com The unit for
92-94 2.3L Rangers is Part#TRM-182394 $149.95. My info may be a little
dated but that's the data as of 6months or so ago.
Tom

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> Any forced induction kits out there for '94 2.3l Ford engines?
>
> Any places suggested to look if the answer is not readily known?
>
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Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 00:47:37 -0500
From: "J Cope" <88biixlt fncool.com>
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness

It sounds like your friend needs to tank up on tranny fluid...
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but then when he shifts it into drive
to take off, it acts like its in neutral.
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Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 03:09:21 EST
From: QUICKER2SPEED aol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Transmission Morning Sickness

check the tranny fluid, it cost me $1,500 to figure out what happens when you
leave the gears slipping for to long. Have him check for leaks too.

later,

chris
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Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 10:24:28 +0100
From: ThomasUcen premiereworld.de
Subject: AW: FTE Small - Our tire discussion, & Tom's Aerostar

Von: rgstein pacbell.net [mailto:rgstein pacbell.net]
Gesendet am: Donnerstag, 20. Januar 2000 19:58
An: small-list ford-trucks.com
Betreff: FTE Small - Our tire discussion, & Tom's Aerostar

My Arostar came to me second hand with undersized wide tires, and at the
Ford's "rated pressure" for the stock size, rode like a brick on a
roller skate. Spec is around 31 psi; 26 seems about right. And they're
still wearing mostly in the middle. I can't wait to replace them with
Michelin X-1s in the correct size.
Size for normal-body Aerostars was 215/70-14. For extended-length
models, Ford used 215/70 or 215/75 (mostly the 70s, I think). I tried
an extended Aerostar with the stock model XW-4 215/70 a year ago. The
tires seemed nice and civilized, with cornering slightly wide of what
I'm used to (remember that I've got low-profile whackos on mine). This
is a passenger car tire.

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Me:

The factory Michelins - I don't know what type, all I know is they were "All
Season" - on my extended body Aerostar were 215/75 14. That's the only size
that is displayed on the decal tag. The weight capacity is 98 although 95
would suffice. Unfortunately, our laws are very strict regarding motor
vehicles. The tire size is noted in the car papers and it's illegal to
modify your vehicle without official inspection and approvement. I tried to
change to 205/60-15 tires (very common in Europe), but TUV (technical
inspection authority) wanted to see official paperwork from Ford with data
about handling, brake tests etc. And, of course, the rims would also have to
be approved. So I had to go out and get the 215/75-14 tires again. I don't
want to know what I'll do should I need to replace a tire in Italy, Spain or
the former East Block.....

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