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post #1 of 11 Old 08-05-2008, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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5.4 ltr. 3 valve triton

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 J/K

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where were the plugs located?

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where were the plugs located?
I dont understand your question. I am talking about the spark plugs, they are located over top of the pistons.

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I just change the plugs in my 2005 not too long ago and had 5 break off. 3 I was able to get out on my won and the last 2 the dealership had to do. All-in-All it ended up being a $400 spark plug change.

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i meant under the valve cover or in the open on the block.

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If you wait long enough the block will spit'em out

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If you wait long enough the block will spit'em out
Thats only on the 97-03 models mainley the 97-01.5 ,then they switched to a 8 thread design instead of the 4 thread.The 04 and up have a problem of them wanting to come out instead of them wanting to stay in.They went from one extreme to the other.I had a 99 that the number 2 plug launched out on me and now I have an 05 that the wife gfot when I got the superduty and I am dreading doing the plugs.I've learned my lesson9 now though and bought a diesel .
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Shoot, just try to change the plugs on a superduty! They are a real pain to even find!!!!


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funny you should say that because my buddy just bought a 93 idi 7.3 and asked me where the spark plugs were because he wanted to change them .
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