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small-list Digest Sat, 30 Dec 2000 Volume: 2000  Issue: 217

In This Issue:
Re. 94 Ranger alignment
Re: Re. 94 Ranger alignment
Re: Steering Pull
ADMIN: Efforts to stop spam
Re: EGR problems --- update

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Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 15:47:24 -0500
From: "William A. Hopkins" <whopkin1 bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re. 94 Ranger alignment


You shouldn't have to pay more when you take you vehicle in for
wheel alignment to get the "clear vision" adjustment done.
You'll have to insist on it, but it's considered part of the
job.  On most vehicles, they'll simply move one tie-rod end in
and move the other tie-rod end out to 'balance' out the steering
wheel, but on some, notably older Ford full size vans with only
one adjustable tie-rod end, they'd have to pull the steering
wheel and set it back on centered.  Still, any front end shop
using professional people should already know that it needs to be
done, and do it as a matter of course.  It's a safety issue,
you're a more dangerous driver when you have to suffer through
the distraction of looking around the steering wheel rather than
through it.
As for pull, get them to tell you why it's pulling, it could be
unequal pressure, dragging brakes, stiff/bad bearings, or
structural damage.  They're the experts, they should be able to
determine it.
Looks like you've got some work cut out for you in finding a
qualified alignment specialist you can trust.  Post your area,
maybe some reading this list can point those nearby to you.

> From: Dukedad777 aol.com

> Hi All,
> Having problems getting a straight ahead position on my 94. It's the second
> time I've run into this problem when taking it in to a shop. Am I just taking
> it to the wrong people or is there something they need to know .
> Think I saw this topic covered a while back, any suggestions?
> When I got it back this time their was virtually no change to the pull to the
> right but the steering wheel definately looks more out of true ( to the right
> ) when driving straight than before. The shop showed me the printout for the
> Ranger alignment specs and where my Ranger was/ is now.
> BTW , I am known to be more than a bit squeaky in the wallet dept. and avoid
> dealerships and other higher priced outfits, often adding to my troubles<g>
>
> TIA, Dave
>

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From: "mikah vosekuil" <vosekuilm hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Re. 94 Ranger alignment
Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 06:15:59


they may tell you it's in spec now, but it might not be when you drive it.
have the truck loaded like you normally drive it.  if it's just you in it
have some weight close to your body weight in the front seat.  sometimes
when aligned unloaded it will pull when you are actualy in it.  another
possibility is on some alignment machines you can enter in new specs than
what should really be.  a lot of people do this because it's easier to get
the vehicle in spec when it's really close.  just something to keep in mind


>From: "William A. Hopkins" <whopkin1 bellsouth.net>
>Reply-To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>To: small-list ford-trucks.com
>Subject: [small-list] Re. 94 Ranger alignment
>Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 15:47:24 -0500
>
>
>You shouldn't have to pay more when you take you vehicle in for
>wheel alignment to get the "clear vision" adjustment done.
>You'll have to insist on it, but it's considered part of the
>job.  On most vehicles, they'll simply move one tie-rod end in
>and move the other tie-rod end out to 'balance' out the steering
>wheel, but on some, notably older Ford full size vans with only
>one adjustable tie-rod end, they'd have to pull the steering
>wheel and set it back on centered.  Still, any front end shop
>using professional people should already know that it needs to be
>done, and do it as a matter of course.  It's a safety issue,
>you're a more dangerous driver when you have to suffer through
>the distraction of looking around the steering wheel rather than
>through it.
>As for pull, get them to tell you why it's pulling, it could be
>unequal pressure, dragging brakes, stiff/bad bearings, or
>structural damage.  They're the experts, they should be able to
>determine it.
>Looks like you've got some work cut out for you in finding a
>qualified alignment specialist you can trust.  Post your area,
>maybe some reading this list can point those nearby to you.
>
> > From: Dukedad777 aol.com
>
> > Hi All,
> > Having problems getting a straight ahead position on my 94. It's the
>second
> > time I've run into this problem when taking it in to a shop. Am I just
>taking
> > it to the wrong people or is there something they need to know .
> > Think I saw this topic covered a while back, any suggestions?
> > When I got it back this time their was virtually no change to the pull
>to the
> > right but the steering wheel definately looks more out of true ( to the
>right
> > ) when driving straight than before. The shop showed me the printout for
>the
> > Ranger alignment specs and where my Ranger was/ is now.
> > BTW , I am known to be more than a bit squeaky in the wallet dept. and
>avoid
> > dealerships and other higher priced outfits, often adding to my
>troubles<g>
> >
> > TIA, Dave
> >
>

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From: "Gary Snook" <gsnook home.com>
Subject: Re: Steering Pull
Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 06:14:42 -0600


I had this on my 94 Ranger.  Funny, it was worse after I rotated the tires,
and then would get better again after I rotated them back.(Flintstones!!)
The new Michelins do NOT behave this way.  No more pull....  As far as the
wheel goes, it should be straight when going straight.  It is a matter of
adjusting the ti rod ends to make it so.  Sooooo find another shop...

> Hi All,
> Having problems getting a straight ahead position on my 94. It's the
second
> time I've run into this problem when taking it in to a shop. Am I just
taking
> it to the wrong people or is there something they need to know .
> ------------------------------



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Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 10:42:11 -0500
From: Ken Payne <kpayne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: ADMIN: Efforts to stop spam


Ford Truck Enthusiasts receives about 20-50 spam e-mails per
day.  Fortunately, the list server rejects the postings.
Unfortunately, the rejected e-mails are bounced to the admin
e-mail address (ie, me).

At one point, FTE uses the mail-abuse.org and orbs.org
databases to thwart spam.  This practice was discontinued
because a small percentage of users were unable to send
e-mail to FTE because their ISP is listed in either the
mail-abuse and orbs databases.

There are many reasons for being in one of these databases:

1. ISP was submitted to Orbs for testing and was determined
  to allow SMTP relaying. ie, their system is wide open to
  allowing spammers to bounce mail off their server.
2. ISP was submitted to Orbs for testing and blocked testing.
  Usually, testing is blocked because the ISP knows their
  mail server is insecure and they do not or cannot fix the
  problem.  ***This is the primary reason for some of our
  users being unable to send us mail.***
3. ISP is a known, reported source of spam and was submitted
  to mail-abuse.
4. ISP is a known to allow dial-up users to spam.

Due to the amount of spam received, the mail-abuse and Orbs
lookups have been added back to our mail configuration.  If
your e-mail gets blocked by our server, either pressure your
ISP to fix the problem or switch to an ISP that takes spam
seriously.  Don't take the excuse from them that the Orbs
test isn't acceptable to them.  The only reason for not wanting
to be tested is fear of test failure.  The big boys (AOL,
Mindspring, Earthlink, etc.) aren't afraid of Orbs testing and
neither should the little providers.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts



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From: "Roy Nemmers" <lnemmers evolving.com>
Subject: Re: EGR problems --- update
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2001 07:42:11 -0700


Just a quick rehash, my 95 Ranger was throwing a EGR
flow insufficient code. I had replaced the EGR and
inspected all wiring and vacuum lines but it did
not fix it. David Cooley nailed it, it was the
EGR pressure differential sensor. Thanks for the
help.

Roy

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