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FTE Small - DIY Manuals
FTE Small - ADMIN: An invitation to Ford world headquarters
FTE Small - 4.0 L Coolant Leak
RE: FTE Small - Reverse lights problem



Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 11:43:42 -0800
Subject: FTE Small - DIY Manuals

D Baken wrote re:the Alldata CD ROM ---------------------

> Richard
Come on now, don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel!!

Me -----------------------------------------------------------
Ok, guys, herewith I spill the beans. I'm a technical writer. And I
absolutely detest lousy manuals. They do get me pissed off. What I want
to read is a manual that I would have written myself. I write my manual
from the perspective of the guy who is using it. For example, if I would
do a DIY repair manual, I would first ask myself what the home fixer
would need to know in advance of the job, and write to that. For
lubrication, I visualize myself squeezed under the vehicle, unable to
see clearly, and think of what I want somebody to be telling me. Haynes
does come half way at this.

D Baken -----------------------------------------------------------
I have been considering the alldata CD but after my visit to the site
with a
promise of a trial run (none left!) and your input I will look for
something else.

Me ------------------------------------------------------

Whoa! Hold on!
Remember that I said that the CD ROM has all the technical service
bulletins for all Fords of that year. These appear quite usable on the
disc. If you're not familiar with this term I'll explain. TSBs are all
the "whoops, we blew it" remedies that alarmed the mfr after
manufacture, sufficient enough to send them to all their dealers. I
believe that they can be damn hard to come by for non-Ford professionals
(unless they subscribe to an info source). The TSBs can clue you in to
certain documented wierdnesses about your own vehicle. I forgot the
mention that the disc also has all the factory recalls, too. You can
get these elsewhere, too. But they still may be worth the price of the
disc to you.

BTW: I called Alldata yesterday and they are sending me a replacement
disc. I made a few suggestions about improving their product. It is
now called, "Popular Mechanics." They do seem easy to deal with on the
phone, but let's see how they really do (the last time they offered to
replace my disc, they didn't follow through) So, the jury is out.

Tim Turner wrote ------------------------------

Seems pretty basic.. either there's a grease zerk or there isnt and
there's a dipstick on the P/S right? I guess they should include the
EPA fuel mileage rating too.

me -------------------------------------------------------------------
Naw, Tim. You are a pro. I'm a great mechanic, but not great on
vehicles, and I don't own a lift, so it's probable that there are things
I won't see when flat on my back. That's why I'd appreciate the visual
and listed info. I need to scope out a job in advance, so that I don't
suddenly discover that I don't have enough ATF on hand to fill up the
reservoir in order to go out and buy enough ATF to fill the reservoir.
You know what I'm talking about, Tim. I know you do. I really know that
you do. You have been there yourself. Right?

Please don't take this the wrong way, Tim. I love your posts. Your
head is on straight.

Tim ------------------------------------------------------------------
My experience in the DIY manuals is limited to Haynes and Chilton and
they both have gaps, but usually in different areas; buy both and you'll
have a decent chance of getting what you need.

Me -------------------------------------------------------------------
Funny, I forgot that I used to do this. Seems like I can't find
anything other than Haynes around these parts. Reminds me of when Ben &
Jerry's sued Hagen Dazs et. al for conspiring to muscle them out of the
grocery stores.

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Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 21:00:14 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: An invitation to Ford world headquarters

Hi gang! I've got one heck of an announcement!

Ford Truck Enthusiasts has been invited to attend the 4th
Annual "Motorsports Open House" at Ford Motor Company
World Headquarters, in Dearborn, MI on Thursday, April 22,
1999 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

The invitation came from "Ford Motorsports Enthusiasts",
an employee club at Ford Motor Company dedicated to
promoting and preserving the Motorsports heritage of Ford.

We get a table for our members so I assume space is limited.
If you are 100% certain you can be there, please email me
immediately ( and let me know. I
have to RSVP our intend to attend.

Numerous Ford clubs have been invited in the past and this
is our chance to show our true colors!

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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Date: Sat, 06 Feb 1999 22:58:01 -0500
From: Stacy Fisher
Subject: FTE Small - 4.0 L Coolant Leak

Hello Everyone,

I have a friend who has a 93 Ranger with a 4.0 L with about a 100,000 miles
on it. The problem is that the truck is leaking antifreeze on the front of
the motor. At first it looked like the thermostat gasket was leaking, so we
replaced the thermostat with a new gasket, and still no change. When the
truck was started a steady stream was flowing down the front of the motor.
After further investigation we found a gap right below the thermostat and
above the water pump/ timing chain cover about an 1/8" thick and about 2"
deep. This is where the coolant appeared to be coming from. I am guessing
that the problem has to be a bad intake gasket or a cracked intake manifold.
I was wondering if anyone here has had a similar problem, and what they did
to fix it? Also, is this a project that someone can do theirself or should
the truck be taken to a dealer?


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Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 11:24:00 -0600
Subject: RE: FTE Small - Reverse lights problem

I have a similar problem with a '93 Explorer LXT 4.0L 4X4 Auto. The fuel gauge
has gradually stopped working. The rest of the gauges seem to work fine.
Any suggestions as to where to start looking for the problem would be greatly

Midland, TX

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Subject: FTE Small - Reverse lights problem

I have looked at all the fuses none bad and checked the bulbs but the
reverse lights don
't work any suggestions????

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