small-list-digest Saturday, June 13 1998 Volume 02 : Number 165



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In this issue:

FTE Small - re: Oil Additives
FTE Small - Re: Fake Oil Pressure Gauge
FTE Small - Trouble Codes
Re: FTE Small - Trouble Codes
FTE Small - Brakes "grabbing" info:

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Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 09:45:04 -0700
From: Bob Scola
Subject: FTE Small - re: Oil Additives

Chuck Anderson wrote:
>Thanks to the many responses to my question about Slick 50 and Duralube. I
>know of many people who swear by this stuff. ....

That's because they know that, if they really wanted to, they can take off
thei valve covers & oil pan and clean the motor with a garden hose, while
it's running!

Bob

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Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 12:19:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: Pat Brown
Subject: FTE Small - Re: Fake Oil Pressure Gauge

I poked around on Deja News and found this:

>Subject: Re: (Non) Gauges?
>From: j.gyekenyesicsuohio.edu (John Gyekenyesi)
>Date: 1997/04/08
Message-ID:
>Newsgroups: rec.autos.makers.ford.explorer
>
>The part nos. for the oil pressure sender are:
>Ford E4ZZ 9278A
>NAPA OP6091
>
>It has a 1/4" pipe thread. Just remove the pressure switch and screw
>in the new sensor. The wire just slides on to the terminal. The new
>sender is bigger but it will fit.
>
>The steering wheel does not have to come off to get the dash out. It's
>no more difficult than other dashes. The speedometer cable comes off
>by pressing the white plastic off to the side (back of cluster). Next,
>just solder a jumper across the resistor behind the oil pressure gage.
>
>
>This info. has been posted here in the past by others but here it is
>again. Hope it helps. If you decide to convert the oil pressure gage
>to a semi (L to H) real analog gage just work slowly. About an hour or
>two of work.
>
>John

And also the following history:


>Subject: FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
>From: bmrsparky.dr.att.com (131E40000-RichardsonB(DR2504)259)
>Date: 1996/02/14
>Message-ID:
>Newsgroups: rec.autos.makers.ford.explorer
>
>Although not officially confirmed, I was told by a dealer service shop
>foreman that Ford has been hit with a high number of warranty service
>tickets for customers bringing in their vehicles to have the oil pressure
>"fixed" because of the varying readings from the gauge. Further, he said
>that this is a common fix across it's model lines. I assume that this is
>Ford's answer to this problem. They have chosen to artificially fix the
>reading of the gauge rather than to delete the gauge, add an idiot light,
>or educate the customer via text in the owner's manual, a hanging
>placard or affixing a label to the dash, or delivery person indoctrination.
>
>I think that Ford has clearly taken the wrong road in re-engineering the
>oil pressure gauge. Curiously, the water temperature gauge still works
>correctly. I wonder why Ford hasn't chosen to correct this gauge in the
>same fashion. Maybe then they will fix the gasoline gauge too. Just two
>positions on the fuel gauge, empty and normal. And of course, not to tell
>you about it. Keep that a secret also. Wonder if the motoring public
>would feel better about this correction?

Hope this helps,
Pat Brown
Sebastopol, California

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Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 17:23:42 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - Trouble Codes

How do you retrieve the trouble codes from the ECM? Can it be done
without a scan tool? On GM cars, you can jump two pins on the connector
under the dash and the "Service Engine Soon" idiot light will flash the
codes. Is there a way to do this on a Ford? I have a Haynes and a Chiltons
manual. The Haynes says it can be done by idiot light, but doesn't say how
and I can't find it in the Chiltons.

94' Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed

Thanks,
Tony



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Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 14:46:12 -0700
From: Stephen Otero
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Trouble Codes

Try these site out. one has the codes, the other the directions on how to
extract them.
Good luck.

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.autodataservices.com/page9_ex.html
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www2.vivid.net/~vlentz/check.html

Steve O
86 Ranger XL 4X4 2.9L
Anthony Rifici wrote:

> How do you retrieve the trouble codes from the ECM? Can it be done
> without a scan tool? On GM cars, you can jump two pins on the connector
> under the dash and the "Service Engine Soon" idiot light will flash the
> codes. Is there a way to do this on a Ford? I have a Haynes and a Chiltons
> manual. The Haynes says it can be done by idiot light, but doesn't say how
> and I can't find it in the Chiltons.
>
> 94' Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed
>
> Thanks,
> Tony
>
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Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 00:35:40 -0400
From: Geoffrey Hoffman
Subject: FTE Small - Brakes "grabbing" info:

Occasionally, the brakes in my Exp will seem "grabby" in that a very slight
pressure on the pedal will cause almost full break pressure to occur. I
thought this was just a quirk, but in the I saw this in the May '98 issue
of POPULAR MECHANICS:

"Brakes grabbing on your 1983-1997 Ford Ranger or your 1991-1994 Explorer?
High humidity causes it, and Ford has come up with some new rear brake
shoes to eliminate it. TSB 97-14-16"

Just in case anyone was having trouble.

see ya.....

'93 EXP EB
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Geoffrey Hoffman http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.pobox.com/~hoffy/
Cornell University gch2cornell.edu
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