OMG this motor was such a pain in the a$$!!! Has anyone ever changed the plugs on this thing?!?!
A buddy of mine has a 2005 F-150 with this motor in it, & he needs to do his 80,000 mile service. So, I told him ok, bring it to my house and we'll get it done. Whew, what I got myself into.... The plug design on that model is a complete POS. I had no idea about these problems before diving in. I was fortunate enough to get everyone out except the last one. Again... fortunately it was in the very front,on the passenger side of the V.Well, it broke in two, leaving the electorde sleeve and some of the ceramic in with it. I tryed and tryed to get it out without having it fall in the motor, until about 2:00 in the morning. Finally I said here's the keys, take a real truck home and we'll get on it tommorow
Then,the next day, I get on the web and find all these testaminials about these plugs. Holy crap.I will make the story short for ya. I ended up welding together a punch of some sort, busting the ceramic into the cylinder chamber
and useing a extractor bit to get the darn thing out.
Now, online, alot of people used the vacuuming method to get out the electrode peices. I tryed and KNEW it didn't get it all. So, I tell my buddy, go in there and start her up, then turn it right off when you hear it start running. So he does, PING!! Out comes a peice of ceramic, "do it again" PING another one almost hits me in the face, for Pete's sake, do it again... nothing else came out.
Feeling confident I put it back together, start it up and it's running a little rough. So, I take loose the Negative on the battery, let it sit for a minute and try again. Perfect.
Then I finish up with the regular scheduled "tune-up from hell" and send him on down the road.
Long story made short, buy the diesel.
Lesson learned, make your buddies buy diesels because you will be working on them