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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-08-2010, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question Time for New Wires - Need Some Input

1988 Ford Ranger XLT 2.9L - 5 Speed

Replaced spark plugs in fall - time to replace wires

Q? What wires do you suggest - Dealer or After Market [Bosch]

Q? What is the firing order for 2.9L


Q? Should I replace distributor & rotor also .. or just inspect visually

Also ... unrelated .... what's the BEST way to find air leaks from rubber lines
.... soap & water and spray and look for bubbles

Thanks for all input/suggestions

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 04:49 AM
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My 2 cents --
Any inexpensive aftermarket wires will be better than the 22 year old wires you have now. Don't know about firing order -- just replace one sparkplug wire at a time. Label the new ones. Use dielectric grease.

Why do you want to replace the distributor? Distributors are expensive. Is it having a problem? Usually you just replace the cap and the rotor if they are badly pitted and worn.

Re: leaks on hoses. I assume you are talking about vacuum lines. Soap and water won't show any bubbles, because it's a vacuum in the hose, not a pressure.

Given the age of your truck, the hoses are probably getting hard and brittle. It's much faster and easier just to replace all of them, rather than trying to chase down phantom vacuum leaks. I did it with my old '87 Nissan truck and it doesn't take very long, maybe an hour or two. Just go to an auto parts place and get as much bulk vacuum hose as you think you need to do the job, and replace one hose at a time. I think I did my entire engine with about 15' worth. It comes in several different diameters, so pull out a sample to show the parts guy. The main thing is to get a nice snug fit on the vacuum fittings.

If you do it that way, you won't have to worry about any vacuum leaks for another 20 years.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Thanks for the input ... Things got worse

Well good times can change quickly

Started up Ranger this morning ... sounded abit rough ... let it idle abit longer than usual - about 1 hour by the time I decided to take to garage.

Sounded like electrical [wiring] issue ... tried old fashion tips ... poured water on coil ... nothing - kept running. Shut truck off ... poured on water ... fired right up. hmmmmmm

With truck running poured on distributor ... abit of sputter ..but kept running

Drove up to garage ... mechanic met me outside ... truck didn't even make it into garage.

He checked all park plug wires
He checked [pulled] and cleaned rotor & checked cap

Brought out his 'doctor listener' .... engine problems - bottom end - sounds like a bearing I'm told .... NIICE

So to begin ... what now .. REBUILD or BUY another 2.9L

I'm told it's easier to change from underneath [rebuild] - IDEAS??

I know I'm feeling despair ... too much other invested in truck to scrap ... good times - solid original body


Wheel Bearings & Seals
Brakes & Parking Brake Cable & Sensor
CAT converter and exhaust pipe
Alternator & Starter
Plugs, Oil Changes & misc
Heater Core & Hoses
Certified & Etested in Dec 2009

So ... anyone have PICTORIAL/VIDEO/EDITORIAL on how to change everything from underneath???

Show me what ya got!

Thanks :icon_cheers:

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