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Old 03-27-2011, 06:32 AM
jeffrey23 jeffrey23 is offline
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Default Re: How to replace Spark Plugs on a 97 2.3L

i have a 96 2.3, the easiest way to get the plugs started is to get a 8 inch or so piece of hose that the plug fits into very snug, with the hose you can feel the threads start,
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:50 PM
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Post Re: How to replace Spark Plugs on a 97 2.3L

Thanks guys you not only with my problem but also help to reduce my HBP by making me laugh. Have a nice day to all.

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Old 03-27-2011, 11:29 PM
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Default Re: How to replace Spark Plugs on a 97 2.3L

Anytime pal! Glad to make you laugh!

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Old 03-29-2011, 01:12 PM
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Default Re: How to replace Spark Plugs on a 97 2.3L

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Originally Posted by terryduanemiller View Post
if you remove the duct work and throttle body, it's still faster than screwing with swivels and extensions.. And with out doing this it's almost impossible to remove and replace plug wires.. Save you self the trouble, and just remove 1 clamp and 4 throttle body bolts...
It will take the guess work out of everything... I would never try to start in a new plug with a swivel and an extension, thats asking for trouble
i am tempted to do this but since i am not the genius i would lke to be i do not know where the "throttle bolts" are or what is the "throttle"'. Sorry guys for the trouble i am more into legality. Still appreciate your help on what the throttle is.

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Old 07-28-2011, 09:40 AM
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Default Re: How to replace Spark Plugs on a 97 2.3L

This is an aggravating task. I changed the plugs in a truck I bought with well over 100,000 miles - fun, fun, fun. If you want detailed steps (found these later) search for "97 ranger how change spark plugs posted by Steven in NC" - very good. Before staring, wash down the engine, especially around the plugs. Then spray the plug seats liberally with a good penetrant, such as Liquid Wrench - doing this several times over several days may be needed for high milers.
In addition to Steve's suggestions, I found a stiff 18" length of wire helpful to hold the plug wire up, while pushing into place. Also, using masking tape on the socket swivel to keep if from being too flexible -especially on #3 & #4 driver's side helped.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:41 PM
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Default Re: How to replace Spark Plugs on a 97 2.3L

I finally got to replacing the 8 plugs. It was difficult to get the rear and front plugs on the driver's side out. The others was a cinch. Rear drivers plug took me about 4 hours and front drivers side about 2 hours. I am happy though that I saved about $245 green ones. Thanks to all who sent their experience.
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