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97up-list-digest Tuesday, November 9 1999 Volume 02 : Number 304

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In this issue:

RE: FTE 97up - Truck is BACK (Alarms)
Re: FTE 97up - Warranty on new engine
FTE 97up - moldy smell
FTE 97up - ADMIN: (more) New feature for users
FTE 97up - Transmission Problems
FTE 97up - Re: Musty Odor in Vents
Re: FTE 97up - Truck is BACK



Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 08:10:26 -0600
Subject: RE: FTE 97up - Truck is BACK (Alarms)

Clifford's new digital systems can be customer configured by the vehicle
owner via a computer/laptop. For a nerd like me, that pretty cool. You can
down load the wizard from their web site and run it even if you're not
connected to a system.

The Silicon Hills of Austin, TX

- -----Original Message-----
From: Steve #1 []
Sent: Sunday, November 07, 1999 8:00 PM
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Truck is BACK

"Douglas R. Floyd" wrote:

> >
> > My '99 SuperDuty has been recovered!!
> >
> > It was found last Sunday (halloween) and it was NOT HARMED
> > in any way!! "They" put about 200 miles on but didn't take a
> > thing other than a few bucks I kept in the ashtray (they didn't
> > even smoke in it!) Just a joy ride, I guess!
> >
> > SO now, what are my options for prevention? I don't think a
> > regular alarm does much, in this case they had the keys, ect>
> > Some sort of kill switch would be the best I think but HOW and
> > WHERE?? I am interested in Art's CommandLink or something
> > like at a reasonable cost, say up $300 or so I know, it's cheap
> > at any price to prevent it from happening again but I believea
> > prefessional can get by most any system so.....
> >
> > TIA, Brent in Seattle
> > P.S. My computer's been on "vacation" so hope this gets thru!!
> I saw an alarm system recently (was it Clifford? I have been sick, so
> remember if it was them or not) where one needed to enter a PIN before the
> truck would start.
> --
> Douglas R. Floyd | PGP key fingerprints

Brent, good to hear you got your truck back, and even better that it wasn't
damaged. Clifford dose make an alarm that can be programed so that you must
a code before the vehicle can be driven.
- --
Steve #1

'99 F150 "Little Foot" Regular Cab XLT 5.4 4X4
'00 Focus ZX3
'97 Mustang GT 4.6
'87 K5 Blazer "Monster" Silverado 350 4X4

If you haven't scratched your truck off road, You're not doing it right.

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Date: Mon, 08 Nov 1999 08:14:58 -0600
From: "Charles Abraham"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Warranty on new engine

New? I thought Ford only replaced under warranty with a "re-manufactured"
that is, a re-built.

But that brings up a good question: can one buy a brand new engine from Ford?

I'm not talking about going through Ford's warranty to get one, but paying for
one out of my own pocket. wrote:

> Does anyone know what the warranty will be on a new 5.4 engine that's being
> replaced by the dealer for then infamous Piston Slap?? I was really
> surprised when they told me they had ordered a new engine for my 99 F-150
> truck.
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Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 09:42:46 -0600
From: "Doug Pogatetz"
Subject: FTE 97up - moldy smell

>I have a 97 F150 and I have noticed the same thing. It doesn't seem to be as
>as some are describing, as I have not had it sprayed with disinfectant or
>I have heard that GM had this problem. I believe it was on a car that I read
>about it, but it could apply to any vehicle. They say it is caused by water
>resulting from condensation after using the AC system. This in turn can cause
>mold and smell musty. Their solution I believe was to wire the interior
>heating/cooling fan so that after using the AC system the fan would continue to
>run after the car was shut down in order to dry out the condesation. No water,
>no mold.
>Let me know what you find out.

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Date: Mon, 08 Nov 1999 20:41:43 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE 97up - ADMIN: (more) New feature for users

Just a word of caution on the top sites feature, all
IP addresses are logged. Double votes will be removed
weekly to foil cheaters.

Ken Payne

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Date: Mon, 08 Nov 1999 18:35:10 PST
From: "Joe Mossbarger"
Subject: FTE 97up - Transmission Problems

Thanks to everyone who helped me out with the electrical problems, hopefully
everything will be taken care of this week. But now I have some concerns
with my transmission.

As I said before, I have a 97 F150 SC 4x4, 4.6L with the 4R70W auto
transmission (45,000 miles). I have started noticing a shimmy in the
transmission lately, it feels like I am driving over rumble strips. It
happens when I am going up a slight incline at about 40mph, in overdrive at
around 1200-1500 RPM ("Lugging"). As you roll onto the throttle, the truck
shake momentarily, violent at times but barely noticeable on others. Once it
downshifts everything is okay.

The truck is mostly stock except for a B&M Shift Plus module (which I have
only used a couple of times) and a tranny cooler. I have done some towing
this summer with it, but most of it has been relatively short (4 hours) with
one long haul of 14 hours (Cleveland to Road America). The fluid levels are
okay, but I have not changed the fluid yet, would this solve my problem?

When the truck goes in on Wednesday, I plan on having them service the
transmission, is there anything I should have them look for? It helps to
have some suggestions for the technicians, it makes them think you know what
you are doing!

Thanks alot,

Joe Mossbarger

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Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 22:41:08 EST
Subject: FTE 97up - Re: Musty Odor in Vents

The musty odor started the first time I used my a.c. I got my truck during
the winter so I had no need to run anything other than the heat until the
spring. Oh, and I bought the '99 F-150 brand new. I'm not sure if leaving
it on caused the problem to persist or not but I really don't think it caused
the problem to begin with in my truck. I've never been told anything special
about starting up the truck with the a.c. on but then again I've been told
that the crack in my door and the odor in the vents are supposed to be there.
Your guess is as good as mine.

Daniel Moore

I have always heard that it is not a good practice to start or kill the
engine in any vehicle with the a/c on. I have always made sure that the a/c
in my truck is off when turning the engine off and also starting it. And by
the way.......I have no musty smell from my vents.....I have a 1998 F150
with 20,000 miles.

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Date: Mon, 08 Nov 1999 22:27:42 PST
From: "Art Verling"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Truck is BACK


I think that the best thing about the command link is that it is silent and
no one but you knows it is there. If it is stolen you can send a code and
the next time he or she stops command link shuts the vehicle down and alerts
everyone around by honking the horn and flashing the lights. What could be
better. With an alarm it gets old having to switch the alarm on before you
go somewhere. Then the one time you let your guard down someone will take
advantage of you. Just like what happened to you last time. How many times
do I leave my keys in a unlocked locker at the gym and never think twice.
As soon as I test my demo unit I will tell you if command link is as good as
it sounds. It should be very soon. I would be surprised if it isn't.
Motorola makes it.

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