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small-list-digest Wednesday, November 10 1999 Volume 03 : Number 294



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In this issue:

FTE Small - Door adjar warning
Re: FTE Small - Door adjar warning
FTE Small - Re: "...built on a Ranger Chassis"
Re: FTE Small - 2.8L thermostat & cooling advice
Re: FTE Small - Engine swap from 2.9L

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Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 11:50:56 -0600 (Central Standard Time)
From: matthew.noffsingermurraystate.edu (Matt Noffsinger)
Subject: FTE Small - Door adjar warning

I have a 97 Ranger with power everything. My door adjar warning light
on the
instrument cluster is staying on for a minute or two after the truck is
started (the doors are shut completely). I've also noticed that the
dome
light seems to be staying on slightly longer (this has been happening
for the
past 3 or 4 days). I wrote in a couple weeks ago & got a few
suggestions
about lubricating the switch in the door jambs that turns the dome light
on
and off. My Ranger does not have this though. I can't find this switch

anywhere (I know what they look like because my parents own a Crown Vic
& a
F-150 with these switches). Does anyone have anymore suggestions,
hidden
switches built into the door latch maybe? My warranty runs out the
first week
of December 99, so I need to get this fixed asap. I haven't had time
to take
it to a Ford dealer either.
Matt


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Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999 13:17:53 -0500
From: "william.hickey"
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Door adjar warning

Since no one has offered any new advice .... best take it to the dealer and let
us know what they find.
Bill
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Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 19:57:59 -0500
From: "Jim Bielecki"
Subject: FTE Small - Re: "...built on a Ranger Chassis"

> :> Parked my Explorer nose to nose with a ranger today... Explorer is =
> almost
> :> a foot wider.
> :
> :You sure about this? According to Ford the Ranger is 69.3 inches wide =
> and
> :the Explorer 70.2 inches. These are '98 figures which should be =
> identical
> :to '99 and '00.
> :
> :Jim Bielecki
> :
> Well, that's .9 of an inch difference -- less than an inch. All
> they have to do it flare the fenders a little differently, or bulge
> some body panel a little differently.
>
> It could all still be built on the same chassis, though.

Agreed. I doubted that an Explorer is one foot wider than a Ranger, hence
my post.

Jim Bielecki




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Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999 19:49:14 -0600
From: Buck Shoff
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 2.8L thermostat & cooling advice

You might want to check your pressure cap. It sounds like it might be
letting the coolant go to the expansion tank when the engine heats, but
not letting it suck back into the radiator when the engine cools down.
The radiator should be full to the brim when checked cold. The only
other thing that I can think of is if there was a very tiny leak in the
cooling system that would let air leak in during the cooling cycle, thus
not letting a vacuum form to pull the coolant from the expansion tank.
Did that last part make any sense to anyone? I'd like to know what you
find. Good luck. Buck Shoff

Wesley Murphy wrote:

(snip) it seems that I cannot keep coolant in my Explorer past
> a certain point. If I fill up the reservoir and top of the radiator it just
> burps it out until the level reaches about an inch and a half below the neck
> of the radiator. I see no visible signs of a leak and am assuming this is
> normal operation since it doesn't appear to be running hot.
> Wesley Murphy
> 91 Eddie Bauer Explorer
> Pine Knot, Kentucky
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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 04:36:05 EST
From: FordRangerguyaol.com
Subject: Re: FTE Small - Engine swap from 2.9L

You might wanna check out this site it has some info on converting to a 4.0

http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.homestead.com/therangerstation/4L_Conversion.html



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