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which glow plugs & harness?

Had #1 glow plug take a dump on 7/29. Just had CEL for #2 yesterday. Seems I might be better off replace all of them and some new harnesses. See a "kit" on eBay for 8 glow plugs with the harnesses for $35 including shipping. It is labeled "unbranded" and that kind of makes me wonder if I won't have more issues not so far down the road.

Should I use all Motorcraft or is there a less expensive but reliable set of glow plugs/harness set up in the aftermarket? IF so, which brand? TIA wg

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IMO - i'd stick with OEM and i wouldn't trust ebay with something that CAN and WILL ruin an engine in a hurry!

Also, the early and late models have different length glow plugs, so make sure you get the right ones.

@fordsvtparts or @voodooridr can probably help you out with an OEM part number if you give them your VIN.

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VIN is 1FTWW31P96EA2xxxx FYI.

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I thought the early model trucks used a different, longer glow plug. Hmmmm...good to know!

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OK, back to the harnesses. I KNOW that Motorcraft is the preferred solution but why wouldn't an aftermarket set of harnesses do just as well? Wire, connectors, assembled in the 3rd world, etc... just like FORD! I am a motorcycle mechanic and do understand parts sourcing somewhat but the Motorcraft harnesses are stupid expensive (and I was born poor and cheap ain't always an option).

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i'm doing all of mine.

8 x ZD-13 glow plugs and the two wiring harnesses.
4C2Z-12A690-BA $42.52
4C2Z-12A690-AB $44.19
Glow plugs were about $9 a piece IIRC.

There are certain things I'd rather stick with Ford parts. I figured they lasted 170,000 miles. If i get another 170,000 that good bang for the buck. Doing this more as PM than anything else. Got the harnesses because they are likely to break at the plugs. piece of mind.


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OK, back to the harnesses. I KNOW that Motorcraft is the preferred solution but why wouldn't an aftermarket set of harnesses do just as well? Wire, connectors, assembled in the 3rd world, etc... just like FORD! I am a motorcycle mechanic and do understand parts sourcing somewhat but the Motorcraft harnesses are stupid expensive (and I was born poor and cheap ain't always an option).
I completely understand the money aspect, as parts for these trucks aren't cheap. However, think of it like this...

You DON'T buy OEM glow plugs & harneses for $170, you buy "no name" brand for $40. About 10,000 miles later, one of the "no name" brand glow plug tips breaks off and trashes your piston. NOW, you're into it at least ~$2-3K to start, and that's just for parts! That $170 isn't looking so bad now...

Ultimately, it's your decision. Just be informed and know what you're getting in to with some aftermarket parts.

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Bought the Motorcraft glow plugs; under $60 for the 8 of them shipped. Going to skip the harnesses for now and will address those if I have issues in the future.

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You asked for it, so here's my experience with cheap glow plugs....I wanted oem and searched eBay. I found a seller that had oem for low price. There were no marks on them which was the 1st warning. I installed them. 2 on the left bank failed the 1st cycle of the key. The ends were swollen. I replaced them with a couple I took out that we're working. A week later another one on the left bank failed. I bought a full set from a Ford dealer and replaced all on the left bank a 2nd time while I had it apart for other work. A couple months later an eBay one failed on the right bank. All right bank glow plugs will be replaced Monday.
I bought oem harnesses, so they are fine.
Moral of the story....buy oem from a dealer!!!
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