small-list-digest Saturday, April 17 1999 Volume 03 : Number 089

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In this issue:

FTE Small - My Ford Explorer.
FTE Small - power steering leak
Re: FTE Small - Self-test connector
FTE Small - Apology
Re: FTE Small - Squeaky Clutch Pedel
FTE Small - STX/4WD Air dam w/ driving lights



Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 10:56:56 +0100
From: "Neil Brownlee"
Subject: FTE Small - My Ford Explorer.

I need some help. I live in the UK, and my Explorer (1998) was involved in
an accident. I have been waiting for a chassis for 6 weeks now. Ford USA
(who are the suppliers) are telling me that I would have to wait the same
amount of time in the US as here in the UK. This sucks. I will be without my
Explorer for up to 3 months while they rebuild it!

Has anyone else ever had an Explorer rebuilt on a new chassis? I don;t think
the UK mechanics are up to it, and I'm worried. I need some addresses to
complain to. I tried the customer assistance centre here in the UK, no
result, and the US? No result. Argh!


Please help!

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Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 09:36:02 -0400
From: Walt
Subject: FTE Small - power steering leak

Donald P. wrote describing a leaking poweer steering gear box. I have been
there. Replaced 2 seals a year apart. The box was never dry. It just slowed
the leak and created messy parking areas. Granted seals can dry and leak but
on my "84 Bronco II" The sector shaft was chewing up the seals. I finally
pulled the gearbox after completely blowing out a seal the day before my
long awaited preplanned trip to Daytona for the "Turkey Run" auto show and
parts swap meet. Pulled the unit and dissassembled it looking for the cause.
What I found was a worn/ grooved and pitted sectorshaft. As soon as a seal
would be installed, the seal wearing out process would begin. Off to the
parts store and bought a remanufactured unit ( $180.00 ). Fought the thing
for 4 hours by myself. Finally a friend stopped by and in 10 minutes it was
back where it belonged. It's a tortuous solo job, but easy as can be with
another set of hands. The result was well worth the effort. No leaks,no
noises and brand new feel to the steering. Drives like new. Oh yeah, didn't
get to Daytona for the show. Maybe next year.

Walt DiDomenico Deerfield Beach, Florida
1984 Bronco II 2.8 V6 ( under water once )
1965 Ford Falcon Ranchero 302/c4
1973 Triumph Spitfire

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Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 08:40:32 -0600
From: "David Herron"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Self-test connector

Tim wrote...

> It's an odd shaped connector, sort of like a house hit by a tree.

Hahahaaa -- I couldn't have imagined it better....

Also, the single wire was floating around (on my '86 3.2L) way up by the
firewall on the fender wall. It was a single wire (all by itself) white
with a red stripe, and had a one 1"x.5"x.5" black connector on the end. It
looked like it needed to be connected to something. Perhaps a previous
owner grounded it??? Check there, and let us know what you come up with!

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Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 08:08:07 -0700
From: "Tim J. Clevenger"
Subject: FTE Small - Apology

Hi all.

Just want to apologize for pasting the whole digest back into my last message. I'll watch myself in the future.


Tim Clevenger

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Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 13:10:12 -0500
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Squeaky Clutch Pedel

I had the slave go out on my 94 Ranger Sport. 4.0l with 5 speed. It not only
squeaked it also was hard to depress... They replaced the slave. The good news
it was still under warranty at the time.

- -------------------- Forwarded by Brian Mitchell/useast/amdahl on 04/16/99 01:06
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"Anthony Rifici" on 04/16/99 01:16:01 AM

Please respond to

Subject: Re: FTE Small - Squeeky Clutch Pedel

>I have a 96 Ranger Ext. Cab 2.3L 5spd. The clutch pedel squeeks when
>ever I press and let up on it. I sprayed penetrating Lubricant on with
>no improvement at all. Has anyone have any suggestions?

Possibly a slave cylinder problem. Have someone press on the clutch
while you are under the truck (w/ the inspection cover off) to see if it is
indeed the slave cylinder. Slave cylinder failures seem to be common to
these vehicles. If the noise is not coming from the slave cylinder, but the
pedal itself, then your life just got alot easier. Take off the clutch
interlock switch, lubricate the hell out of the rod going through the
firewall, put the switch back on, and all should be well. I have had both
problems w/ my '94 Ranger 4.0L, the slave cylinder replacement cost
mega-bucks, since it happened in the middle of winter and I had no choice
but to take it to a dealer, but the squeaky pedal was an easy ten minute
fix. BTW, spray lubricant may not work since the propellant is actually a
solvent and might remove any residual lubrication. Try a good silicone or
silicone based grease and apply it by hand, it might give you better

Good luck,
'94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed.

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Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 15:57:11 -0400
From: "Anthony Rifici"
Subject: FTE Small - STX/4WD Air dam w/ driving lights

I posted this a few days ago, but list activity seems to have been low
and I got no responses, so I am re-posting in hopes that the weekend will
bring some interest.

As some might remember from earlier posts, I have been toying around
with the idea of putting driving lights on my '94 2WD Ranger Supercab. I
think I have decided with putting on the front air dam and light setup from
the STX/4WD Rangers. Anybody done this?
I saw that I have the electrical connectors under the front bumper
already wired in from the factory, is this just a plug in installation? If
so, is there also a connector for the fog light switch and where is it
located? If it isn't just a plug in, what is involved?
Thanks for the help,
'94 Ranger Supercab, 4.0L, 5-Speed

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