An Issue Even for Mechanics Even qualified mechanics with the proper tools can have issues removing spark plugs, making their jobs of estimates — both how long and how much — very difficult. Pull wires off of plugs,pull plugs. The swivel makes it easier to clear the firewall. I picked my jaw up off the floor and went and complained to the service manager. Consumer Pays Either Way Like anything else, our Ford technical sources said, it is the consumer who ends up paying the freight in the end. We believe this defect affects the following 2-valve engines: Triton 4.
Because the original spark plugs can weld themselves to the cylinder head and break into pieces when someone tries to unscrew them, leaving the bottom of the plug stuck inside the cylinder head. The spit plug is both costly to repair and a safety hazard for people riding in the Ford truck as well as those nearby. The swivel makes it easier to clear the firewall. I did a search but didn't find a thread on the problem surprisingly and my question here is this: Since there's no distributor on this engine, is there some way for me to determine where the engine presently sits in its firing order? I've replaced plugs on quite a few 5. It usually lasts a while and then blows again creating a bigger problem! De-pinning is not at all difficult, and usually only takes a set of precision screwdrivers and picks.
In order to do a quality repair, the cylinder head needs to be replaced. Because the elctrode is welded to the bottom part of the shell, it creates a natural breaking point. It wasn't that bad after I got the swivel socket. Now you have to decide why you wanted to find the spark plugs and which one or ones you want. The dissimilar metals of the spark plug and cylinder head coupled with a long service life just about welds the plug into place. But for millions of owners of V8-powered Fords from the 2004 to 2008 model years, a spark-plug change can lead to an expensive, hours-long ordeal. More and more Ford mechanics and technicians are siding with consumers, charging that the troubled automaker is fully aware of a major flaw in Ford engines that causes the power plant to spit out spark plugs at random and without warning.
You can use a piece of vacuum hose or fuel hose over the end of the plug to get it started in the hole. A customer brings in their vehicle for their prescribed service interval. Flat-Rate Rip Off Ford mechanics and technicians complain that if the truck is under warranty, Ford has instituted a repair procedure that technicians insist is unrealistic. The soaking time is critical. I allow them to sit for several hours in penetrating oil before I start removal. It is not unusual for mechanics to encounter the spit spark plug failure in their own Ford truck. Now you see four round black things protruding from where the covers used to be.
When that happens, it takes the threads with it. I think that for the time being, I'm gonna work on the idea that the water got there from the leaky heater connections, and it just took this long for the water to seep around the boot and get to a point where it could short the spark enough to cause the misfire. I take an… Unless you have super long arms it's a pain, but roll your sleeves up and you shouldn't have too much problems if you are short so cushion your knees and climb up into the engine compartment. The oil change that would cost somewhere between 20 and 30 bucks, a Ford technician he explained. With each broken plug the repair bill — and frustration level — goes up.
I've done enough of these that I can replace the plugs in approximately 45 minutes but don't be surprised if the first time you do it takes a few hours. You can also learn a lot about your truck that could be useful in the future. The special socket is designed to apply more pressure on the flats of the plug then on the corners. What are the possible sources of water in the spark plug holes? It makes the job way less painful. Next remove the brace from the power steering reservoir to thermostat housing.
Also in general, modular means larger sized or cast together components using larger sealing surfaces with fewer fasteners. Quite the contrary, they are well aware of it and have been since the 5. Fishing out the broken section requires special tools and a trained technician. Typically these failures occur far out of the vehicle's warranty, which leaves the customer responsible for several hundred or even thousands of dollars worth of repairs. I didn't remove the plug with the small wires connected to the top of the coil pack. Sadly most mechanics just re-tap the hole and throw an insert in and a new plug.
Usually moist and oxidation develope on the sparkplug chamber walls from faulty or worn coil boots. A second Ford technician confirmed to ConsumerAffairs. For situations where the spark plug has broken in the head, Ford distributes multiple special tools for removing the seized portion of the plug. One of the easiest, although nerve-wracking, jobs I've done on my '07 Ex. Unfortunately this problem typically happens over 100,000 miles, when the vehicles are out of warranty. Here is a link to the auto-facts. The plugs are way down in the hole which is why I use the extension then the swivel.
Ford did not respond to requests for comment. As a result of these cutbacks, it is becoming increasingly difficult for technicians such as myself to maintain financial security for ourselves and our families working under the charge of Ford Motor Company at dealerships across the country, a Ford technician told ConsumerAffairs. I bought two of them on Ebay for 6. Next remove the air intake tube from the throttle body to the air filter housing. In no way should the contents of the video, including the tools used, be repeated or tried by anyone.
Then the heater core started leaking into the cabin, and I set about replacing it. If you ignore this it can cause engine damage. You need to carefully pull the covers straight out towards you, they fit a little snug. Here is a paste of my answer on how to replace the plugs on the Fords. It makes the job way less painful.