fordtrucks80up-digest Tuesday, February 24 1998 Volume 02 : Number 070

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In this issue:

Tire chains for 4WD [Andrew Christopher Funk ]
Re: hot alternator & batery not holding a charge. [Filip M Gieszczykiewi]
dodge website ["curtis miller" ]
1991 Ranger 4.0L V6 [Peter Teipe ]
Re: Cat Converters []



Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 20:15:32 -0800 (PST)
From: Andrew Christopher Funk
Subject: Tire chains for 4WD

I have a 94 F150 4WD, which is my first 4WD vehicle ( I have had it for
about 6 months). I have not needed to use tire chains as of yet (engaging
4WD has been adequate for everything I have encountered so far), but I am
not sure on which wheels (front, back, or all 4) the chains
should be used when driving in 4WD. Thanks in advance for any replies.

- -Andrew Funk


Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 22:28:12 -0600 (CST)
From: Filip M Gieszczykiewicz
Subject: Re: hot alternator & batery not holding a charge.

You (William Woodie) wrote:
> Sean Woodie from New Jersey wrote:
> i own a 87 f-150 4.9 I-6, with 130,000 miles. i shut it off for the

This tells me right there that you MUST look at your brushes. My bet
is that they have worn so far down that they either make no contact
with the slip-rings at all or have fallen out and got wedged...
essentially meaning that your slip-rings are getting worn extra
fast and you will need to replace the whole alternator NOT just the

A bad battery sometimes fries the diodes and/or the internal regulator
inside the alternator. BTW, I suggest one of those $39 "rebuild" kits
they sell for Ford/GM alternators. New brushes, diodes, bearings,
etc. IF and only IF the sliprings are nice a smooth and the regulator
ok, else, do yourself a favor and replace it with a remanufactured.
Around here, Pep-Boys has ones for ~$90 with a _lifetime warranty_.

When installing, ensure that the wire harness is in good shape, everything
is secure and tight, and that the belt is properly tensioned.

I replace brushes at 100K... they _always_ "need it"!

Take care.


Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 23:06:57 -0600
From: "curtis miller"
Subject: dodge website

just wanted to know if there was a site like this for dodge cars.
If anyone knows of one please tell me.


Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 21:28:28 -0800
From: Peter Teipe
Subject: 1991 Ranger 4.0L V6

Hello everyone..

First, my knowledge of cars is fairly limited. But here's what I've

1991 Ranger 4.0L with about 113,000 on it , and I'm looking
to do whatever I can to make it run better. I had a Magnaflow
cat-back exhaust put on almost 2 years ago which helped out a lot.
I've had the Trans rebuilt (i'm the 2nd owner- owner #1 never
had the trans serviced properly), U-Joints replaced (last month),
and the normal stuff - new plugs / air filters (as needed) , and regular
oil changes every 3-4000 miles.

New tires (Price/ Costco) were installed in October 97
after wearing the crap out of some very loud and peeling Bridgestone
Duelers. I run your standard Texaco or Mobil 87 octane gas, which
I guess is ok.

A friend told me that the Ranger motor is designed to run on 87 octane,
and that running higher (89 +) doesn't make much difference, except
of course your wallet. Is this true??

I've seen some posts here in the last week about limited slip differentials,
and I have no idea what that is. I know the guy that works on my truck
was saying the stock differentials on the 4.0L are not quite what they
should be, and that with the miles on my car, there's a bit of slop
in the drive train / differential linkage.

Would there be an advantage to get a limited slip differential? And
what would something like that run?

And lastly, what are the pros / cons of regular vs. synthetic oil
blends (besides cost)...




Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 21:15:25 EST
Subject: Re: Cat Converters


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