fordtrucks80up-digest Sunday, February 15 1998 Volume 02 : Number 060

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In this issue:

2.0 L headers? ["Randy L. Hatcher" ]
P/S Remote Starter [ (Peter T. Arnold)]
Re: P/S Remote Starter [Sheldon Belinkoff ]
Powerstroke Noise Level []
Re: Vibration & General Engine Problems ["Shawn & Jennifer Clark"



Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 09:19:56 -0500 (EST)
From: "Randy L. Hatcher"
Subject: 2.0 L headers?

will the headers from a 2.3 L Ford engine {U.S.A.} fit
a 2.0 L Ford engine??
also does anyone know how many gallons the original fuel tank holds
for a 2 wheel drive,5-speed Ford Ranger???
Randy Hatcher

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Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 09:38:18 GMT
From: (Peter T. Arnold)
Subject: P/S Remote Starter

HAd one installed on my '95 f-250. I need to find a way to build in a
delay while the glow plugs warm up. I suspect the best way is to put
a normally closed relay in line with the glow plug supply or the dash
lite supply.
When the dash lite goes out, is power disrupted to the glow plugs. I
don't have a schematic. Any body have a clue as to the color of wire
I'm looking for? Where it may be easy to disrupt?



Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 08:26:35 -0800
From: Sheldon Belinkoff
Subject: Re: P/S Remote Starter

> When the dash lite goes out, is power disrupted to the glow plugs.

According to my observations and service manual, the glow plugs continue
to cycle aftwer the light goes out. However, I have an older model, but
I don't think there's any difference in this regard.
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Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 23:20:17 EST
Subject: Powerstroke Noise Level

Still working on getting the noise level down on my Powerstroke. I have some
advise from a local sound shop about installing an additional sound deadening
mat under the hood. They say it does a much better job of absorbing the noise
than the factory liner. I have some concerns about the heat but I guess if
that is what it is designed for it should work O.K. Does anyone have any
experience with this type of product?

Thanks - Tom - 97 CC-PS-Dually


Date: Sun, 15 Feb 1998 01:07:56 -0600
From: "Shawn & Jennifer Clark"
Subject: Re: Vibration & General Engine Problems


This may be a long shot but...
One thing to look at on these Fords is the sparkplug wires. I bought a
used 1991 F150 302 several months ago and noticed a few problems: idle was
a little uneven (not bad, just seemed to miss a beat regularly), truck
would die a few seconds after cold start if AC was engaged, occasionally
got a very hard shift-WHAM, (auto) when I lifted off the throttle on
acceleration, and finally noticed some mild pinging. The engine was quite
strong however--better than the dozen other F-150's and full size Chevy's I
test drove. According to receipts it had new plugs, new wires &
distributor so I looked elsewhere for problems. Changed out O2 sensor with
no effect. Put in a drop-in K&N air filter with no effect. Finally
decided to do the plugs and plug wires just to be certain they were OK. I
had pulled the plugs early on just to see how they looked and they all
looked textbook perfect with correct gap and identical appearance from
cylinder to cylinder. Finally decided to do the plug wires & put in new
plugs just to be certain. Man, what a difference! Idle is as smooth as
any brand new truck. No pinging, no hesitation, better acceleration, no
rough shifts, hasn't wanted to die after start-up. From what I could tell
on the order of change-out, the wires were the culprit. I noticed some
F-150's with arcing plug wires when I was test driving which explained the
rough idle and poor performance on those trucks. Plug wires on mine passed
all of my visual checks and my "hair on the back of the hand" checks, but
still were bad. These plug wires weren't nearly as bad as my grandparents
Chrysler which I recently fixed. At 36,000 miles its wires were so bad
that the hair on the back of my hands stood up and aligned with the
magnetic field lines whenever I got close to them (shocked the heck out of
me once too when I tried to test connections.) Ran like a new vehicle when
I was done with it, was only running on 4 cylinders out of six when they
asked me to look at it (pulled the wires off two offending cylinders with
no change in performance--plugs looked OK, weird!)

Sparkplug wires seem to be like shocks. Frequently nothing visually tells
you they are shot, and performance deteriorates gradually. After a certain
amount of time you just need to take it on faith that they need
replacement. Could be that the vibration with throttle at highway speeds
is coming from an engine that is lugging badly (or a transmission problem
which is way out of my scope.) Ignition system is a good place to look.

Hope this helps someone out there, it's been an eye-opener for me.

Shawn Clark


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