80-96-list-digest Thursday, February 11 1999 Volume 03 : Number 039

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FTE 80-96 - Two more items and I think I'm done for tonight...
FTE 80-96 - ATF service
FTE 80-96 - 1996 F150



Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 23:31:37 -0600
From: "Harris, Scott"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - Two more items and I think I'm done for tonight...

Don't know how many of you have an Autozone parts store near you but they
are great when it comes to tool rental. Some places will charge by the day
or hour and really take you on fees. At Autozone you pay the price that the
tool cost. If it cost $15 dollars and you keep it a month it still costs
$15 dollars. You can keep it if you want. But if you take it back you get
a full refund! Beats buying a special tool that you use once every 5 years
and losing money on it.

Item #2
My door panels as well as the rest of the plastic pieces on my '85 are
really sick looking due to the oxidation and degradation of the plastic over
the years. At one time I paid $140 dollars for replacement door panels and
they had to be the ugliest things I had seen. They failed to mention that
they weren't returnable.
Someone told me that you could sand the plastic down and repaint them with
vinyl dye or flex paint. I wanted to check to see what you thought about
the sanding before I did it and ended up making them worse than they are.

Anyone had any experience with this?

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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 09:20:48 +0100
From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Bj=F8rnar?= Huse
Subject: FTE 80-96 - ATF service

A friend just got a 1994 E-250 diesel w/E4OD. He also got the last
service bill from the garage the previous owner used. The van has about
100,000 miles on it. We see from the bill that they put in synthetic
motor oil (which is a no-no), and they charged for a filter for the
trans., but not oil. I guess they didn't change it since it is about $
100 worth of trans oil. Probably just drained it, changed filter and put
the same oil back in.

Is a filter change w/out fluid change of much use?
How often is it adviced to change the fluid on the E4OD? (I know the
manual says "never", but that manual doesn't mention transmissions
breaking down, either...). (The van is about 6400 lbs ready to go.)

Regards to all from a soggy winter,
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Bjornar Huse
Aalesund, Norway
1 Son, 3 yrs
1 1990 Ford E-250 Club Wagon 7.3 diesel, 3.54, E4OD
1 1994 Ford Escort 1.3
1 1986 Ford Escort 1.6 Wagon
Oh, yes, one 1971 wife, too!
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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 01:47:17 -0800
From: "Dean A. Van Peursem"
Subject: FTE 80-96 - 1996 F150

I own a 1996 F150 with extra cab with 4WD and trailer towing package with
5.8 L engine and Automatic Transmission(E) 3.51 rear end.

Could you give me some trailer pulling guidance as far as weight and tongue
weight limits are allowed for this truck. The manual says max GCVW is
12,000lb and maximum towing capacity is 7,000lb. If I add a equalizing
hitch how far can I extend this capacity safely?

Dean A. Van Peursem
Snohomish, WA 98290

The early bird gets the worm!! But what if you don't like the taste of

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