Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 14:22:04 -0600 (MDT)
From: (fordtrucks80up-digest)
Subject: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #5

fordtrucks80up-digest Wednesday, August 20 1997 Volume 01 : Number 005


Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 10:44:00 -0500
From: "Beaman, James"
Subject: RE: how tow package?

>J. Martin[] wrote:
>Mark Roberts wrote:
>> You should be able to see a tranny cooler on the front of the
>> radiator.
>> It looks like a "baby" radiator and sits on the front of the regular
>> radiator.
>> That may not be the best answer but it is a start.
>> mdr
> Just don't get the A/C condenser confused w/the tranny cooler. The
>A/C condenser looks alot like a baby-radiator, too. You can verify which
>one it is by locating the lines going to and from it. Of course, the A/C
>lines will go to the A/C compressor and into the evaporator coil (in the
>plenum "box" on the firewall).
>Never thought about the tranny cooler as being an indicator of a tow
>pkg...sounds like a good start!

Except that I think some trucks have a transmission cooler without
having the tow package. I know my '92 F250 has one and does not have
the tow package, acording to Ford Customer Service. I think with the
tow package, the cooler will be higher capacity. Also, I think you can
get the tow package without the receiver hitch installed, so that is not
a sure way of telling either. One way is to phone Ford Customer Service
(number probably in the owner's manual) and give them your VIN number.
They should be able to tell you some details about options that were
added during manufacturing.

James Beaman
Houston, Texas


Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 09:53:41 -0700
From: Don Lewoniuk
Subject: Re: Quick questions

Ryan Kinkaid wrote:
> Ryan Kinkaid wrote:
> How can I tell if my truck has a tow package (either physically or by a
> listing)?
> Also, does anyone know if Chilton on Haynes is publishing a repair
> manual for the '97 anytime soon?
> thanks,
> Ryan

Look under the rear bumper for a reciever, look behind the front plate
holder for the tranny and oil cooler.


Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 11:59:18 -0500
From: "warren"
Subject: Re:lowering 94 ranger extended cab

> Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 02:14:57 -0000
> From: "Jeff Wey"
> Subject: lowering 94 ranger extended cab
> I want to drop my ranger 3"front and 5" rear. I know I need I-beams
and a
> flip kit.Icannot find a shop willing to install in ohio(or
> states). does any one know of any shops willing to do this type of
> does anybody drive a newer ranger lowered this way? do you have any
> alignment troubles?bottoming? scrapping? any help would be greatly
> appreciated.
I recently lowered my ranger 2.5" front and rear. Yes, I encountered
lots of trouble finding someone to do an alignment. The Ranger is set
up with +.5 camber, and I wound up with -2.9 camber. I finally found
shims to compensate but they were very pricey. Make sure to use a
reputable company that gaurantees straight forward installation. Also
check that your wheels will have the proper offsets as not to smash
your tires into the fender wells on big compression dips. As for
scraping, measure from you trans cross member to the ground and
subtract the amount you are lowering, and that's how close you will be.
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Warren Kurtz
Ford Ranger Fans On-Line


Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 12:59:34 -6000
From: "Patrick Vanderlind"
Subject: Re: how tow package?

Mark Roberts wrote:

> You should be able to see a tranny cooler on the front of the
> radiator.
> It looks like a "baby" radiator and sits on the front of the regular
> radiator.
> That may not be the best answer but it is a start.
> mdr

What about a manual tranny? No tranny cooler there.
I always wondered how you could tell if you had the trailer
towing pkg also.



Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 12:33:29 -0800
From: Mark Ponsford
Subject: Re: Truck Specs

>Can someone give me a pointer on a detailed list of specs for
>pickups the F250 and F350. I'm particularly interested in things
>you can do to increase the payload and towing capacity.

I've put some F-Series specs. up on the web but they are for '91.
They can be found at

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Mark PonsfordPhone: (250) 721-7397


Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 14:45:15 -0500
From: "Charles A. Biggs"
Subject: Rough running 90 model F150 4.9 L

Any suggestions for a rough running (at starting, during idle and under
load) 4.9L six? I have changed Ignition wires, plugs, Dist. Cap, rotor,
fuel filter, air filter, added injector cleaner and water remover to the
gas, and have visually checked for vacuum leaks and loose wires. This
is about all I can do with the limited equipment that I have. My next
door neighbor has the same problem (with the same engine) but only when
he selects the front fuel tank. When he uses the rear tank the truck
runs fine. Mine runs rough on either tank.

I buy gas for the truck and my wife's Taurus from the same station
(Texaco) and the Taurus runs very smoothly.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Chuck Biggs


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