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Old 03-05-2015, 01:10 PM
FUzzyBUnny FUzzyBUnny is offline
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Default Wet spark plugs 1999 3.0

Last week I changed the plugs and wires on my ranger. I noticed that all the plugs looked wet when they came out. It idles fine and no engine codes but it does lack power which I know the 3.0 is bad for. But it struggles to hold 60 mph. Any ideas?. Ignition problem perhaps? If so which component would be the culprit?.
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:28 PM
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Default Re: Wet spark plugs 1999 3.0

Were they wet with fuel, oil or coolant? Were you having problems with it cranking and not starting before you removed the plugs? Do you see anything coming from the tailpipe, smoke or liquid? Is you coolant level staying consistent? Do you have any codes?
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:44 PM
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Default Re: Wet spark plugs 1999 3.0

No problems cranking starts right up. Nothing from tailpipe,burning clean. No engine codes.

Could not tell what it was but I would guess water. There was no smell to it. Didn't smell like gas or antifreeze. I wonder if it could have been condensation from sitting outside at -10 then being brought into the warm shop?.

I have not added any coolant but to be honest I didn't check it either to see if the radiator itself was low.
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Old 03-05-2015, 02:02 PM
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Default Re: Wet spark plugs 1999 3.0

You could always pull one or two back out to reinspect and see if the problem persists. I don't think you will see anything after it has been running though. The thing that concerns me more is the truck struggling to maintain 60 mph. Since you have already replaced your plugs, check your fuel pressure while driving and while idling and make sure it is in spec. You could also have a timing issue as well.
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Old 03-05-2015, 02:33 PM
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How many miles on it since the camshaft synchronizer has been replaced ? Any chirping sounds coming from the engine bay ?
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Old 03-05-2015, 04:40 PM
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Default Re: Wet spark plugs 1999 3.0

Wet plugs could be from weak fire or too much fuel, caused by plugged air filter, or high fuel pressure, or bad injectors.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:32 PM
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Default Re: Wet spark plugs 1999 3.0

Truck has a lot of miles 186K.

Once and awhile I do hear a little chirp but not very often.

As far as the camshaft sync I have no idea only owned it for 5K and I haven't changed it.

As for fuel I have not changed fuel filter yet. Also have not checked fuel pressure. I first thought it might have been a stuck injector but they all came out wet.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:10 PM
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If my memory serves me correctly, the synchronizer is located more in the center of the engine compartment near the rest of the engine. If the chirping is coming from there, then it needs to be replaced regardless. It contains the cam position sensor which is used by the PCM for fuel delivery. It is possible that if it is failing, that could be a reason for your struggle to go 60 mph.

Be sure to check your fuel pressure and change the filter because lack of fuel can cause that same type of lie power concerns.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:50 PM
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Default Re: Wet spark plugs 1999 3.0

sounds more like a belt squeak for a second when i start it.

i am going to change fuel filter this coming week and have the fuel pressure tested.

Is there a way to test the synchronizer?
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:59 PM
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Not to my knowledge, but I am not sure. Usually it is either spitting a code or chirping and making noise.

Someone out there may know of a way to test them, but I don't
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Old 03-05-2015, 10:01 PM
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No test for the cam sync. If it fails, you lose oil pressure and engine seizes. It is an 80000 mile part. You should replace it and the fuel filter.
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Old 03-06-2015, 04:47 AM
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OK getting fuel filter today. I will see if they have the cam sync also.

Do I need just the sensor or do i need to replace the whole shaft assemble?

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Old 03-06-2015, 05:45 AM
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The whole thing. Make sure to mark the position of it very carefully and put the new one in exactly where the old one was.
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Old 03-06-2015, 04:11 PM
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OK will do. Thanks for all the help guys. When I get it done I will report back with my findings.
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:53 PM
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Motorcraft cam sync, only.
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