Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 04:00:41 -0600 (MDT)
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Subject: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #86

fordtrucks80up-digest Sunday, August 31 1997 Volume 01 : Number 086

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In this issue:

TSR and Recalls Buletins ["Jim Lohse" ]
Re: Which Tires? [Jeff Fairbairn ]
Safety Issue? ["Martin and Nancy Jalovec" ]
Re: Manual Transmission gears ratios [ (MR JOSH J TENN]
Re: TSR and Recalls Buletins []
ABS [Steve ]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #85 [Jan Campbell ]
86 F-150 Clutch Problem ["Mark J. Salvetti" ]
Bronco II stuff [Jeffrey Scott Gaines ]
Re: ABS [Jordan ]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #82 [Steve Centers ]
Re:Stereo Noise []



Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 03:54:27 -0700
From: "Jim Lohse"
Subject: TSR and Recalls Buletins

I have a 1996 Ford 350 Dually gas engine. Anyone know of a good website
that has all the info.on the TSR's and Recall's pertaining to my vehicle???


Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 07:10:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jeff Fairbairn
Subject: Re: Which Tires?

At 01:41 AM 8/30/97 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi all!
>I need new tires but don't know which brand to buy.
>Are Hoosier AT's good?
>I live in Canada and havn't been able to find Micky T's which are my favorite.
>I need 31x10.5x15 All Terrains.
>Any help would be very much appreciated.
>P.S. My tires were the cause of my truck severely pulling toward the ditch.
>The thing was you couldn't tell just by looking at the tire.

I have put a set of 31x10.50x15 BFG AT's on my '96 F-150 4x4 also
and they are great. I also
live in Canada (quebec) and most speed shops I have been to carry Mickey
Thompons tires, but you
are too pay big time form them.

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Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 05:03:37 -0700
From: "Martin and Nancy Jalovec"
Subject: Safety Issue?

I have a problem with my 1996 Ford Super Duty (29' Winnebego motorhome). I
have gear backlash or "howling" coming from the rear-end (differential). I
have taken it in to Ford several times - rebuilt twice.

I am now in arbitration w/Ford, and I need to know if this problem can be
considered a "safety" issue.

It seems to me that noises of unkown origin and excessive gear wear in the
differential of any vehicle could be a safety concern.

Any information and/or comments?


Martin Jalovec


Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 09:24:14, -0500
Subject: Re: Manual Transmission gears ratios


You are correct, but it is 2.59, not 2.60. I would say you were
close enough.



Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 09:58:45 -0500
Subject: Re: TSR and Recalls Buletins

Sure, there is an NHTSA webspace located at
which will give you all the information you need plus a wealth of additional
info that will make for good reading when you have time. Plan to spend
hours and hours there if you are interested in how our "government" builds
our new cars and trucks!!! :-(((((

Hope this helps you a little!!!!


At 03:54 AM 8/30/97 -0700, you wrote:
>I have a 1996 Ford 350 Dually gas engine. Anyone know of a good website
>that has all the info.on the TSR's and Recall's pertaining to my vehicle???
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Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 10:18:47 -0500
From: Steve
Subject: ABS

There has been a lot of discussion about abs, with reports and numbers
and such. I have driven two vehicles with ABS, a Chevy 2500 suburban and
my F-250 w/rear abs. The Chevy's ABS is strange but it does work.
Approaching stop sighs here in North Dakota on ice I have had them
activate, and while the pulsing is strange I did stop without sliding
into the intersection. If I hadn't had ABS I feel I would have been in
the middle of it. With my Ford I only know of once where they activated,
(unlike the chevy which runs all the time ) and I did a high speed stop
without any screeching tires. I feel they did assist in a quicker stop.
I have worked on aircraft for over 15 years and most aircraft use ABS,
(or anti-skid as it's called). I have seen some simple systems (F-4's)
and some complicated ones (KC-135's), but the primary reason they are
used on aircraft (and are being integrated into cars) comes out of a
KC-135 training book. "Maximum braking action is obtained just before
the friction between the braking surfaces is such that wheel locks. As
long as the wheel rolls along a surface, there is no relative motion
between the tire and the runway; but when it skids, there is relative
motion at the point of contact. Therefore, when a tire skids, sliding
friction is produced, and holding friction is decreased; thus braking
effect is reduced." The way it was told to me years ago is that maximum
braking is the point just before the skid, and the anti-skid (ABS)
releases the brake pressure when it feels a skid impending. By
preventing the skid you increase the braking efficiency. If you could
hold that point without any ABS assist, you would have better braking
than ABS could give you. But us being human, most of us do not posses
that capability at all times.
Traction being the key, the same holds true on acceleration in the
racing arena; accelerate to hard where your tires spin and you loose
efficiency. Well that's my 2 cents. I look forward to the better ABS's
to come. Steve


Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 13:55:24 -0400
From: Jan Campbell
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #85

If you are in the market for a Ford, and you live in the Boston area,
STAY AWAY from Jack Madden Ford on the Auto Mile on Rte. 1, Norwood.

They sell you the vehicle, and then forget about you. Once the sale is
made, you're history!!!!!!

I urge you strongly to STAY AWAY from Jack Madden Ford.


Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 14:26:45 -0400
From: "Mark J. Salvetti"
Subject: 86 F-150 Clutch Problem

Sorry to keep bothering you guys with this, but this is making me crazy. =
Brief summary: 1986 F-150 4-spd OD. Tough to engage gears when at a =
stop. Suspect clutch not fully releasing, confirmed by wheels spinning =
when on jackstands in 1st gear with the clutch out. I figure clutch or =
hydraulics, but I let the dealer diagnose. He says clutch.

I replaced the clutch, and got no improvement. I just replaced the =
slave cylinder, which did increase the release lever travel from about =
0.6 inches to 0.7. Slight improvement, but rear wheels still spin slowly =
when in 1st and second gear or reverse. They don't when in 3rd or OD.

BTW, someone had suggested the gear oil level might be down. It had =
been fine, and when I took the tranny out for the clutch I replaced the =
lube with fresh Mobil 1. Also, there is no visible firewall flex while =
clutching, as someone also suggested.

I took the dust boot off the release lever so I could watch it work, in =
case it might have been cracked, and I missed it when I had the clutch =
out. The release lever seemed to be fine. Moved the release bearing =
without any flexing.=20

Now what? All that's left is the clutch master cylinder, but I have a =
feeling replacing it won't help. On the other hand, if increasing the =
lever travel 0.1 inches helped, maybe replacing the master cylinder will =
gain me just that little bit more I need. I also can't think of =
anything left in the system that could be causing this problem.

Help! Anybody have a better idea?


Mark Salvetti
1986 F-150


Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 16:37:54 -0700
From: Jeffrey Scott Gaines
Subject: Bronco II stuff

I owned a 1988 Bronco II (2WD) for a while that had P255/70 R15's on it. I
don't know if the truck had been lifted, but I doubt it. The only time it
ever scrubbed the fenders was on a long raod trip where the truck was
completely packed inside, and I also had 2 boxes strapped to the top that
had to weigh at least 75 lbs. each. It only scrubbed a couple of times when
I hit some pretty big dips doing around 75 mph.

Anyway, I loved that truck, but totaled her in an accident. I now have
another 1989, but it's a 4-wheeler. If anyone's paying attention to this
topic, I'd like to know if there's any difference in clearance between the
2WD model and 4WD model. They seem pretty much the same - I'm ready to
replace the skinny-looking 205/75 R14's that came on her.

Scott Gaines


Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 16:36:41 -0500
From: Jordan
Subject: Re: ABS

I have 4 wheel ABS on my Explorer and I love it. I have only really needed
it a few times (wet pavement trying to stop to fast for my pitiful
Firestone AT's (these stink in wet pavement)) Anyway the system is kinda
wierd sometimes like when I hit different pavemnet with the wheels while
stopping it goes off. Anyway the story in R&T also made a good poit that
when using ABS you don't flat spot your tires as you would locking them up
, which can happen after one hard lock up ruining a nice new set of tires

Jordan Dean


Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 21:49:45 -0700
From: Steve Centers
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #82


Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 23:38:11 EDT
Subject: Re:Stereo Noise

To Ford Truck enthusiasts

I have a question to see if anyone else has run into this problem when
trying to install a aftermarket stereo in a 1980s Truck or Bronco. I
have a 1984 full size Bronco and have a Sony radio and cassette player in
it. The radio works great but the tape player makes a buzzing noise in
the background. I called around some local stereo installation shops and
found that there is a wiring harness in the dash that runs just above the
radio. Apparently this wiring harness creates an electromagnetic field
that interferes with the tape head in the cassette player. Any ideas on
the best way to fix this or get around this problem?




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