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small-list Digest Wed, 03 Jan 2001 Volume: 2001  Issue: 002

In This Issue:
I failed my first smog!!
Lug Nuts
Re: 94 Ranger alignment
Re: I failed my first smog!!
I failed my first smog!!
Re: I failed my first smog!!
Club FTE Referral Program

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Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 18:35:07 +0000
From: Adam McLaughlin <kd6poc jps.net>
Subject: I failed my first smog!!


Is anyone familiar with any smog work to help me get into the passing
area? Here is what happens:

Tim, this maybe something for you to tell me about!

Here is what happens at idle.

HC 1390 ppm
CO2: 10.7 %
Co: 5.94 %
O2: 2.3 %

As you can see, WAY to rich.

So, I went home, pulled the codes, got a 1,1. I was a little bit
stumped, so I checked the idle voltage at the green wire of the TPS when
the plate is fully closed and it was where it should be, .9VDC.

I went to Napa and got a set of new .44 plugs (Autolite) a new brass
cap, and a new brass rotor, and a new O2 sensor. Set me back $112. Owie!

I inspected the old plugs when I pulled them. Everything looked fine. I
was curious to see what the MSD would do to plugs, but everything looked
good, tips were a mixture of grey and orange.

I checked the compression, and every cylinder hit at least 140 PSI on
the first stroke, and by the third they were all at 165. Things seem in
order...

This truck has spent all of it's life up in Ukiah, so it has never had a
smog check before in it's life. Could the cats have gone bad? The smog
guy suggested the O2 sensor, and perhaps since my original cats were
still on the truck that they might be due for service too. 172K+ miles
on the ticker.

I don't know what to think. I get 17 city MPG, and 19 HWY on 92 octane.

The computer chip I got from James Duff says that nothing is adjusted in
the emmissions, and the new ADS Super Injectors are CARB certified.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Adam


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From: "Ron & Madeline Trampe" <telh frontiernet.net>
Subject: Lug Nuts
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 23:37:23 -0600


Just an item of interest:
Today, on the way to work, I thought I hit a pot hole. But then I saw the
left front wheel of my '96 Ranger going down the road in front of me.
All 5 lug nuts had worked their way off of the studs. I was able to get 2 of
them back on the ruined studs, and drive it to the repair shop. It will need
a new hub, dust shield for the disk brake, and ?. They'll work on it Fri.
The nuts must have been working loose for weeks, and the wheel must have
been loose and wobbly for a while. But with all the snow and ice, and with
being in 4WD most of the time, I didn't notice anything.
Ron Trampe
telh frontiernet.net


> Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2001 14:30:47 EST
> Subject: Alignment
>
>
> Thanks all, for replies;
>      I'm in the greater Seattle area , and will probably go back to Les
> Schwab as they've been good in the past.
>     Since I posted the question I had another look at the front end and
> discovered one lug nut on the passenger front wheel half way off and the
> other 4 nuts only finger tight, plus 5lbs under pressure on that tire.
>
> <<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.>>
>



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From: "David Goodwin" <david_goodwin88 hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: 94 Ranger alignment
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2001 11:23:52


TJS wrote:

"the guy told me it was in "spec" and my problem was a bad tire.  He told me
instead of rotating them  front-rear, do it from left-right."

Not at all un-common.  I worked in a tire shop for many years and had to
tell customers that very same thing on several occasions.  Happened to me
too....with Uniroyal Steelers.  My Uniroyals had belt seperation in less
than 400 miles.  I put on a set of Dunlops and never had  problem with
them......You are not alone.

Dave
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From: "David Cooley" <n5xmt triad.rr.com>
Subject: Re: I failed my first smog!!
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001 08:57:25 -0500


Several things...
Bad plug wire, too lean or vacuum leak, Bad PCV valve, bad valve seals
letting oil into the combustion chambers/exhaust ports, timing way too far
advanced...
Even without cats it wouldn't be that high on emissions... My 85 buick GN
with the cat removed still passed the sniffer tests with under 220ppm HC and
under 1.2% CO...
How were the 2500 RPM emission readings???

> -----Original Message-----
> From: small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com
> [mailto:small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Adam McLaughlin
> Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2001 1:35 PM
> To: Small List
> Subject: [small-list] I failed my first smog!!
>
>
>
> Is anyone familiar with any smog work to help me get into the passing
> area? Here is what happens:
>
> Tim, this maybe something for you to tell me about!
>
> Here is what happens at idle.
>
> HC 1390 ppm
> CO2: 10.7 %
> Co: 5.94 %
> O2: 2.3 %
>
> As you can see, WAY to rich.
>
> So, I went home, pulled the codes, got a 1,1. I was a little bit
> stumped, so I checked the idle voltage at the green wire of the TPS when
> the plate is fully closed and it was where it should be, .9VDC.
>
> I went to Napa and got a set of new .44 plugs (Autolite) a new brass
> cap, and a new brass rotor, and a new O2 sensor. Set me back $112. Owie!
>
> I inspected the old plugs when I pulled them. Everything looked fine. I
> was curious to see what the MSD would do to plugs, but everything looked
> good, tips were a mixture of grey and orange.
>
> I checked the compression, and every cylinder hit at least 140 PSI on
> the first stroke, and by the third they were all at 165. Things seem in
> order...
>
> This truck has spent all of it's life up in Ukiah, so it has never had a
> smog check before in it's life. Could the cats have gone bad? The smog
> guy suggested the O2 sensor, and perhaps since my original cats were
> still on the truck that they might be due for service too. 172K+ miles
> on the ticker.
>
> I don't know what to think. I get 17 city MPG, and 19 HWY on 92 octane.
>
> The computer chip I got from James Duff says that nothing is adjusted in
> the emmissions, and the new ADS Super Injectors are CARB certified.
>
> Does anyone have any suggestions?
>
> Adam
>
>


------------------------------

Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2001 07:33:26 +0000
From: Adam McLaughlin <kd6poc jps.net>
Subject: I failed my first smog!!


I checked my plug wires with an Ohm meter. I am using MSD Super Conductor 8.5 MM
wires, fed from a blaster 2 coil and a MSD 6A ignition. All of the plug wires
measured at 50 ohms per foot, just like they were supposed to.

There is a new PCV valve in there too. If I pulled the spout, would it work any
better?

We didn't even get to the 2500 RPM readings because it wouldn't idle the way he
wanted to see it from the start. I reached in under the cover and pushed the
throttle body lever up to open the door, and as it spins faster all of the
readings drop. I figured it was because the engine is pushing a lot more air
through...

Adam

David Cooley wrote:

> Several things...
> Bad plug wire, too lean or vacuum leak, Bad PCV valve, bad valve seals
> letting oil into the combustion chambers/exhaust ports, timing way too far
> advanced...
> Even without cats it wouldn't be that high on emissions... My 85 buick GN
> with the cat removed still passed the sniffer tests with under 220ppm HC and
> under 1.2% CO...
> How were the 2500 RPM emission readings???
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com
> > [mailto:small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Adam McLaughlin
> > Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2001 1:35 PM
> > To: Small List
> > Subject: [small-list] I failed my first smog!!
> >
> >
> >
> > Is anyone familiar with any smog work to help me get into the passing
> > area? Here is what happens:
> >
> > Tim, this maybe something for you to tell me about!
> >
> > Here is what happens at idle.
> >
> > HC 1390 ppm
> > CO2: 10.7 %
> > Co: 5.94 %
> > O2: 2.3 %
> >
> > As you can see, WAY to rich.
> >
> > So, I went home, pulled the codes, got a 1,1. I was a little bit
> > stumped, so I checked the idle voltage at the green wire of the TPS when
> > the plate is fully closed and it was where it should be, .9VDC.
> >
> > I went to Napa and got a set of new .44 plugs (Autolite) a new brass
> > cap, and a new brass rotor, and a new O2 sensor. Set me back $112. Owie!
> >
> > I inspected the old plugs when I pulled them. Everything looked fine. I
> > was curious to see what the MSD would do to plugs, but everything looked
> > good, tips were a mixture of grey and orange.
> >
> > I checked the compression, and every cylinder hit at least 140 PSI on
> > the first stroke, and by the third they were all at 165. Things seem in
> > order...
> >
> > This truck has spent all of it's life up in Ukiah, so it has never had a
> > smog check before in it's life. Could the cats have gone bad? The smog
> > guy suggested the O2 sensor, and perhaps since my original cats were
> > still on the truck that they might be due for service too. 172K+ miles
> > on the ticker.
> >
> > I don't know what to think. I get 17 city MPG, and 19 HWY on 92 octane.
> >
> > The computer chip I got from James Duff says that nothing is adjusted in
> > the emmissions, and the new ADS Super Injectors are CARB certified.
> >
> > Does anyone have any suggestions?
> >
> > Adam
> >
> >


------------------------------

From: "David Cooley" <n5xmt triad.rr.com>
Subject: Re: I failed my first smog!!
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001 10:45:25 -0500


Might try going back to the stock ignition... The MSD may be the problem...
Also, if the idle isn't smooth and steady, then idle readings will be
funky... if the numbers did drop as the RPM's went up, then the prob could
be vac leak, ignition timing etc... Pulling the spout should retard the
timing a bit and could help.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com
> [mailto:small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Adam McLaughlin
> Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2001 2:33 AM
> To: small-list ford-trucks.com
> Subject: [small-list] I failed my first smog!!
>
>
>
> I checked my plug wires with an Ohm meter. I am using MSD Super
> Conductor 8.5 MM
> wires, fed from a blaster 2 coil and a MSD 6A ignition. All of
> the plug wires
> measured at 50 ohms per foot, just like they were supposed to.
>
> There is a new PCV valve in there too. If I pulled the spout,
> would it work any
> better?
>
> We didn't even get to the 2500 RPM readings because it wouldn't
> idle the way he
> wanted to see it from the start. I reached in under the cover and
> pushed the
> throttle body lever up to open the door, and as it spins faster all of the
> readings drop. I figured it was because the engine is pushing a
> lot more air
> through...
>
> Adam
>
> David Cooley wrote:
>
> > Several things...
> > Bad plug wire, too lean or vacuum leak, Bad PCV valve, bad valve seals
> > letting oil into the combustion chambers/exhaust ports, timing
> way too far
> > advanced...
> > Even without cats it wouldn't be that high on emissions... My
> 85 buick GN
> > with the cat removed still passed the sniffer tests with under
> 220ppm HC and
> > under 1.2% CO...
> > How were the 2500 RPM emission readings???
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com
> > > [mailto:small-list-bounce ford-trucks.com]On Behalf Of Adam McLaughlin
> > > Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2001 1:35 PM
> > > To: Small List
> > > Subject: [small-list] I failed my first smog!!
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Is anyone familiar with any smog work to help me get into the passing
> > > area? Here is what happens:
> > >
> > > Tim, this maybe something for you to tell me about!
> > >
> > > Here is what happens at idle.
> > >
> > > HC 1390 ppm
> > > CO2: 10.7 %
> > > Co: 5.94 %
> > > O2: 2.3 %
> > >
> > > As you can see, WAY to rich.
> > >
> > > So, I went home, pulled the codes, got a 1,1. I was a little bit
> > > stumped, so I checked the idle voltage at the green wire of
> the TPS when
> > > the plate is fully closed and it was where it should be, .9VDC.
> > >
> > > I went to Napa and got a set of new .44 plugs (Autolite) a new brass
> > > cap, and a new brass rotor, and a new O2 sensor. Set me back
> $112. Owie!
> > >
> > > I inspected the old plugs when I pulled them. Everything
> looked fine. I
> > > was curious to see what the MSD would do to plugs, but
> everything looked
> > > good, tips were a mixture of grey and orange.
> > >
> > > I checked the compression, and every cylinder hit at least 140 PSI on
> > > the first stroke, and by the third they were all at 165.
> Things seem in
> > > order...
> > >
> > > This truck has spent all of it's life up in Ukiah, so it has
> never had a
> > > smog check before in it's life. Could the cats have gone bad? The smog
> > > guy suggested the O2 sensor, and perhaps since my original cats were
> > > still on the truck that they might be due for service too. 172K+ miles
> > > on the ticker.
> > >
> > > I don't know what to think. I get 17 city MPG, and 19 HWY on
> 92 octane.
> > >
> > > The computer chip I got from James Duff says that nothing is
> adjusted in
> > > the emmissions, and the new ADS Super Injectors are CARB certified.
> > >
> > > Does anyone have any suggestions?
> > >
> > > Adam
> > >
> > >
>
>


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Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2001 16:50:13 -0500
From: Ken Payne <kpayne ford-trucks.com>
Subject: Club FTE Referral Program


Club FTE is off to a fantastic start. Club Memberships will
be setup this weekend and membership cards mailed out on
Monday along with complete information on setting up and
using your membership accounts. Those with t-shirts in
their membership orders have already had the t-shirts shipped.

Since the club is off to a good start, we've decided to give
an added benefit for club members! For each person a club
member refers to Club FTE that signs up you'll receive a $5
credit in the FTE store! The FTE store is in the process of
adding a ton of new items for new and older trucks next week
so this will be of great benefit to active recruiters.

There is a $100 limit to credits. This does not mean you can't
get more than $100 in credits. It simply means you have to use
your $100 of credit before you can earn more. The sign-up form
has a place for referring members.

The club pages can be found at:

<a href="http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.clubfte.com">www.clubfte.com</a>

Ken Payne
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