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small-list Digest Fri, 08 Sep 2000 Volume: 2000  Issue: 145

In This Issue:
Re: Driveshaft
Re: Driveshaft
Re: [Firestones]
Replacing Firestone Tires
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Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 08:04:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bill Ciocco <bciocco yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Driveshaft

I replaced mine a few years back with another CV shaft. I found a rebuilder that was willing to
sell to an individual and was able to get it for under $200, exchange. Granted, I was a mechanic
for several years and knew what info he needed and didn't take up alot of his time with questions
about installation (from my experience, the reason most wholesalers won't deal with retail is the
fact that too many of them need too much help).
The fact that the shaft was bad was not apparent while the it was in the vehicle. I had some
vibration and removed one end of the shaft to check the joints and determine if they were
operating smoothly. They weren't, hence the new shaft.
If I had not been able to get a replacement for under $200, I would heve gone with a u-joint
model. I have seen them advertised for $300 (+-$50) or so, plus shipping and core.

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Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 08:08:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bill Ciocco <bciocco yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Driveshaft

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They have the Bronco II shaft with UJoints for about $225.

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Date:  8 Sep 00 20:18:39 EDT
From: Tim Turner <ManicMechanicNC netscape.net>
Subject: Re: [Firestones]

"Ron,Marge,Ted" <rmtsadu sunlink.net> wrote:
>
> I read where Firestone 'supposedly' still has no idea what is wrong with the
recalled tires. They have dissected many defective units only to still have no
clue as to what is wrong with them.

From one of the letters we get at the shop from BFS Inc: "It may take time  to
scientifically determine the cause of the problem.  Tires are highly complex
engineered products.  A typical tire can have more than 26 components, 14
different rubber compounds, and require 29 separate steps to manufacture.  In
addition, there are many other forces that affect tire performance such as
weather, temperature, vehicle loads, driving styles, vehicle dynamics,
inflation pressure and road conditions." And:  "Once again, let me reassure
you that Firestone is deeply committed to the safety and satisfaction of our
customers and is committed to resolving this issue."

>So now, I wonder why would the tires they are sending as replacements any
better than the defective ones.

Statistically only the sizes/types involved had a higher than normal number of
incidents if that's any comfort...  Just to be on the safe side I might
request the Bridgestone Dueler A/T (4x4) or H/L (4x2 ONLY) as replacements
from the dealer though, they should be happy to fit those being from the same
company (but different plants).

> Also, they are trying to hurry up and increase production to meet demand. I
would think this pump'em out policy would only lend itself to more quality
problems....sounds like a sure formula for another disaster!

Among ALL the tire makers since there's a sudden need for several million
tires in a narrow range of sizes.  ;-)  From the same letter mentioned above
"We have asked other tire manufacturers to increase their supplies of the
affected tire sizes."

Next post:  A list of Ford authorized replacement tires; might take a bit to
type it up.  <G>

Tim

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Date:  8 Sep 00 21:19:49 EDT
From: Tim Turner <ManicMechanicNC netscape.net>
Subject: Replacing Firestone Tires


 A chart of 'approved' tires for Ford trucks with important notes at the
bottom.

*Explorer, Mountaineer, and Ranger 4x2 ONLY*

Tread | Manufacturer|     Tire Brand         | Size | Rating | Design
AS     Bridgestone   Dueler H/L               235/75 105S     OWL
AS     Continental   Conti Trac Radial ST     235/75 105S     OWL
AS     Firestone     Wilderness HT            235/75 105S     OWL
AS     Firestone     Wilderness HT IV         235/75 105S     OWL
AS     General       Grabber ST               235/75 SL       OWL 1.25
AS     Goodyear      Wrangler HT              235/75 S2       OWL
AS     Goodyear      Workhorse Radial         235/75 S2       OWL
AS     Michelin      LTX M/S                  235/75 105S     ORWL
AS     Uniroyal      Laredo All Seasons AWP   235/75 105S SL  ROWL
AS     Uniroyal      Laredo with Nailguard    235/75 SL 105S  ROWL
AS     Uniroyal      Laredo All Seasons       235/75 105S     OWL

*Explorer, Mountaineer, and Ranger 4x2 and 4x4*

AT     Bridgestone   Dueler A/T (D693)        235/75 105S     OWL
AT     Firestone     Wilderness AT            235/75 105S     OWL
AT     General       Grabber AT               235/75 105S     OWL 1.00
AT     Goodyear      Wrangler GS/A            235/75 S2       OWL
AT     Goodyear      Wrangler RT/S            235/75 105 S2   OWL RPTL
AT     Goodyear      Wrangler Radial          235/75 105S S2  OWL RPTL
AT     Michelin      LTX A/T                  235/75 105S     ORWL

*Explorer, Mountaineer, and Ranger 4x2 and 4x4 desiring black sidewalls*

AT     Firestone     Wilderness AT            235/75 105S     BSW
AT     Goodyear      Wrangler RT/S            235/75 105S S2  BSLRPTL
AT     Goodyear      Wrangler RT/S            235/75 105S     BSL
AT     General       Grabber AP               235/75 105S S2  SBL 1.25

Being the 'Small' list I'm not going to type out the F-Series & Bronco chart.
;-)  Anyone wanting it can ask though.

Notes for Explorer & Mountaineer as taken from  Firestone TSB P-00-18:

Use only the tire sizes that are listed on the driver's side door pillar
"Safety Compliance Certification Label."

Make sure the replacement tires are of the same size, type, load carrying
capacity, speed rating, and tread design (e.g. "All Terrain", etc.) as
originally provided by Ford Motor Company.

Do not replace tires with "High Performance" tires.

All season tires in the P235/75R15 size are not suitable replacement tires for
4x4 Explorers and Mountaineers, however they are acceptable on 4x2 vehicles.

P235/75R15 'XL' and LT235/75R15 tires are currently available in the
replacement market.  These tires are not approved by Ford for use on the
Explorer or Mountaineer as replacement for the P235/75R15.  Replacement with
these tires could result in a degradation in ride and handling performance

Acceptable Replacement Tires for the campaign

4x2 Explorers and Mountaineers
P235/75R15 105S All Seasons
P235/75R15 105S All Terrain

4x4 Explorers and Mountaineers
P235/75R15 105S All Terrain

Additionally any tire that meets the above criteria listed under "Acceptable
Replacement Tires" may be used for Explorers and Mountaineers


What are all the letters you ask?  OWL=Outline White Letter, RWL=Raised White
Letter, BSW=Black Sidewall etc.  I don't have a "tire guide" handy so don't
ask about the 'BSLRPTL' one!  :-)

Tim

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