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Old 05-27-2010, 03:47 PM
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Default Spark Plugs

Alright I just need to be pointed in the right direction. I have to replace my plugs and wireset and possibly my ignition coil. From what I have seen, people have recommended the motorcraft plugs and wireset. Thats awesome. I know which ones to get because of the local Ford dealership. But, if I went with Autolite which ones should I get? Should I just stick with the basic resistor or go for the platinum? Or what do you all suggest? And does anyone have a problem with using duralast wires?
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:18 PM
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You should definitely avoid the autolite plugs. They are garbage. All of them. Motorcraft is the only thing you should be running as far as plugs go.

Duralast wires should be alright, but again motorcraft would be best.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:34 PM
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motorcraft is the OEM plug
stick with it

for wires...i'd use either motorcraft or Borg warner
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Old 05-28-2010, 04:34 PM
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Alright. THANK GOD FOR O'REILLY AUTO PARTS!!! I just got Motorcraft plugs and wires. SWEET!! The only other question I have is whether dielectric grease is really needed? I am slowly but surely learning how to work on my own vehicles. And, of course, this is my first time changing the plugs and wires. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-28-2010, 04:42 PM
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The only other question I have is whether dielectric grease is really needed?
I would put it on there. Keeps out moisture to prevent corrosion
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:59 PM
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Thanks Stl. But, OH SHIT!!! I need HELP FAST!!! I just pulled #3 and the damn thing is covered in oil. Oil was on the threads but not around where the spark happens. And the wire was loose on top of the plug. Thats all the facts I have on the situation. I need suggestions ASAP!!! Dont fail me now people.
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:24 PM
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Pics of the electrode? That would help a lot.

check out this thread.....what do they look like.

http://www.icarumba.com/shared/Libra...dia_tuneup.asp
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:33 PM
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Its probably just oily from not firing.
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Old 05-29-2010, 04:08 AM
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You should definitely avoid the autolite plugs. They are garbage.

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Very interesting......I have been on 3 ford sites for 4 years. You are the first person that says Autolite plugs suck. I think autolite and Motorcraft are both made by Honeywell. is it just autolite plugs for this engine that you had bad luck with. I know Bosch plugs blow.....
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:33 AM
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If you put allot of the dielectric grease inside the boot it will be hard to push on correctly since air pessure is sealed in there and it can make it pop off. So just make sure that's not why the connection was loose.

If you have oil on the threads but not the electrode it doesn't indicate a leak.

Does you truck run?
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:59 AM
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It sounds as if the gaskets around the spark plug area, that keep the oil which goes to the top to lube the overhead cams, are letting some oil in the galley where the plug sits. This can sometimes be rectified by torqing the cover bolts to proper specs (possibly one or two have worked loose) or removing the top cover and replacing all of the gaskets there. I had this problem on a Neon and repaired it that way. Don't worry, this is not a serious problem. Dave

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Old 05-29-2010, 02:48 PM
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Default Re: Spark Plugs

Thanks everyone for the info. The truck was running, just had a misfire. I was able to talk to my cousin who works on vehicles and he lead me to believe that everything would be ok. So, I went ahead and proceeded to change the plugs and wires. Everything seems to be work perfect, just like it use to. Thanks for all the advice. But, if something comes up I will be back to get everyones opinion.
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