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Old 08-30-2010, 09:34 PM
2003 Ford Ranger Edge
 
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Default Spark Plug Wire Clips

Hey Guys,

Did my first plug change on my Ranger. Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Changed out the old motorcrafts (which looked like to be original. Truck has 175,000 km on it) and installed Autolite double platinums. The difference was night and day! it accelerates so much smoother and the overall performance has improved.

The thing is that I didn't change the plug wires because I couldn't figure out how to open the stock wire holders. I didn't want to break 'em so I didn't bother.

Anyone show/tell me the way to open these clips? Should I bother changing the wires when the truck is running really good right now? Will it make more of a difference?

Sorry about the noob questions. This is my first ranger and I am slowly turning into a gearhead.....lol. This site is awesome!!

Cheers!
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:50 PM
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Default Re: Spark Plug Wire Clips

I think you just push the top part of the clip over to the side it it slides out of the bottom half. Or, you just stick a screwdriver in the clip at the end and pry it apart (its been a while since I've messed with them and these are the styles I can remember coming across). The plastic is rubbery so it should bend long before it breaks. As far as new plug wires, yeah I'd say it would make a difference. How much? I don't know. If its running good the way it is just leave it alone if you want. But, with 175,000 miles on it, it may be best to go ahead and change the wires too. Definitely couldn't be a bad thing if you did.
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:50 AM
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Default Re: Spark Plug Wire Clips

Take a flat blade screw driver and pop the top of it off. They are hard to break.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:09 AM
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Default Re: Spark Plug Wire Clips

Okay thanks gents.
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