Ford Falcon XH Ute

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Ford Falcon XH Ute

Post by Racer-X » Tue 20 Sep 2016, 17:30

Hi Guys

I recently came into the possession of the vehicle in the title.

In case you are confused, it is the 1996-1999 Ford Ranchero that was built in OZ & sold in SA.

Specifically, a 1997 4.0 inline 6 with a column shift 4 speed auto.

It has been a minor project getting things running.

It seems it was sitting under a guy's tree in Durban and wasn't attended to.

I have had it about a month or so.

It needed/I have done:

spark plug's
oil & filter
fuel filter
cleaned Idle speed control valve
replaced cluster bulbs
repaired fuel pump relays
repaired bonnet release
etc etc

I have found a guy in Ct who has spares available.

I bought with no owner's manual or service book.
There is a lot of info on these vehicles on Australian forums.

I was wondering if any member here had an owners manual or service book so that i could could the South African relevant info on it.

For instance did they have an LSD?
Mine doesn't seem to have as it only leaves 1's not 11's.

Pics to follow.
Thanks.
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Re: Ford Falcon XH Ute

Post by Racer-X » Tue 20 Sep 2016, 17:38

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Re: Ford Falcon XH Ute

Post by IndianaJones » Tue 20 Sep 2016, 18:42

The "Outback" version you have, should be fitted with a Hydratrak diff, look it up on the Aussie forums. It is a type of LSD, using a sealed viscous coupling, for lack of better explanation.

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Re: Ford Falcon XH Ute

Post by Racer-X » Tue 20 Sep 2016, 22:02

IndianaJones wrote:The "Outback" version you have, should be fitted with a Hydratrak diff, look it up on the Aussie forums. It is a type of LSD, using a sealed viscous coupling, for lack of better explanation.
Thanks.

If it doesn't spin both wheels then it obviously isn't working?

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Re: Ford Falcon XH Ute

Post by Gavin RS » Wed 21 Sep 2016, 15:12

As far as I know the UTE in SA never got an LSD, the sedan XR6 did though, I had a 1998 XR6 was an awesome car.

I think that outback is a nice bakkie though, there was also an XR6 version sold here in SA
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Re: Ford Falcon XH Ute

Post by Racer-X » Wed 21 Sep 2016, 15:31

I am really enjoying driving it. Any idea's on owners manual or service book?

Another i have noticed is how few of these vehicles are on the road.
I am in PE and have seen 3.


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Post by Racer-X » Wed 21 Sep 2016, 18:27

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Re: Ford Falcon XH Ute

Post by Racer-X » Fri 23 Sep 2016, 18:03

I changed the diff oil last night. Definitely no LSD action. I will send pics later.


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Re: Ford Falcon XH Ute

Post by IndianaJones » Fri 23 Sep 2016, 19:43

As far as I'm aware the Hydratrak unit is a sealed unit within the diff, containing it's own fluid, changing the diff oil would not affect it's performance. But that would be if your Ranchero still has the Hydratrak diff fitted. Neither do I know, whom would be able to fix it.

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