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Old 06-06-2011, 08:41 AM
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Hey guys, I just went out to check the plugs on my truck. I pulled the #1 plug, and the gap is at .70. Factory recommends .42-.46 on the 3.0. Is there a way I can re-gap my plugs back down, or is it possible that my plugs are non-gapable? They are the stock Motorcraft Platinums. I'm eventually gonna pick up some new ones, but I have some other things to take care of first, so I just want to put them back in spec until I can buy new ones. I think this may be why my truck is running so poor.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:44 AM
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Hey guys, I just went out to check the plugs on my truck. I pulled the #1 plug, and the gap is at .70. Factory recommends .42-.46 on the 3.0. Is there a way I can re-gap my plugs back down, or is it possible that my plugs are non-gapable? They are the stock Motorcraft Platinums. I'm eventually gonna pick up some new ones, but I have some other things to take care of first, so I just want to put them back in spec until I can buy new ones. I think this may be why my truck is running so poor.
I've never heard of ungapable plugs, but then again my dad is the mechanic, not me.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:45 AM
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to re gap the take and tap the bottom of the plug on a brick block something solid until you get it a little bit lower than what the gap is called for then regap them...
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:00 AM
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to re gap the take and tap the bottom of the plug on a brick block something solid until you get it a little bit lower than what the gap is called for then regap them...
Wouldn't that break the bridge though?
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:38 AM
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Put it on a solid surface and push with steady pressure. Don't bang/tap it.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:03 AM
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take a pait of pliers and bend them down then lol either way it all works as long as you dont like haulk slam them down
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:25 AM
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Alright, thanks guys! I'll do that tonight.
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Old 06-06-2011, 03:01 PM
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Put it on a solid surface and push with steady pressure. Don't bang/tap it.
x2, and you already have them out...put new ones in. Don't go for the gimmich shit either
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:43 PM
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x2, and you already have them out...put new ones in. Don't go for the gimmich shit either
My money has to go towards other items at the moment, which is why I just wanted to re-gap them. The wear on them is normal with no signs of damage to the plug. It will get new plugs in the next few weeks though. I'm intending to put what it had from factory in it. I don't need performance, but I do want quality, and if these have lasted 50K, that's fine with me.

I re-gapped the old ones back down to .044. No difference in my truck's issues, so it was futile, but oh well. At least now I know what it is like to do plugs on my truck.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:45 PM
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At least now I know what it is like to do plugs on my truck.
If it's anything like the plugs in the 4.0 OHV, it sucks.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:51 PM
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My money has to go towards other items at the moment, which is why I just wanted to re-gap them. The wear on them is normal with no signs of damage to the plug. It will get new plugs in the next few weeks though. I'm intending to put what it had from factory in it. I don't need performance, but I do want quality, and if these have lasted 50K, that's fine with me.

I re-gapped the old ones back down to .044. No difference in my truck's issues, so it was futile, but oh well. At least now I know what it is like to do plugs on my truck.
There are non-gapable plugs. I had a set of E3's in my truck...saw no gain or loss. Just stick with Motorcraft or Autolites. The only thing you might notice is that you gain a half mpg
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:59 PM
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use just regular ol. autolite platinums that wat the manuel calls for in my book for the truck.


and plugs in the 4.0l ohv sucks ass even worse with a/c!
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use just regular ol. autolite platinums that wat the manuel calls for in my book for the truck.


and plugs in the 4.0l ohv sucks ass even worse with a/c!
x2 I have done mine 2 times now...fml has Ford ever though about shaving some sharp edges?
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:07 PM
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5.0 Explorer engine is a royal bitch aswell. I've done them in my fathers 97 explorer. I love that SUV but it sucks to work on.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:09 PM
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I've never heard of ungapable plugs, but then again my dad is the mechanic, not me.
04+ f150s all have ungapable plugs
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