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Old 04-27-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Spark Plugs 5.4 Torque

Torque seems to be a common issue people disagree on... I'm confused!

Ford and a few forums say use anti seize and 14lb-ft...
Forum posts and how to's say no anti seize and 28lb-ft... 28 sounds quite different than 14.

Ford service department says the anti seize and 14lb-ft..

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Ford specs for the 2v 5.4l is 13 lb fts, the only engine i use anti seize on is the 3v 5.4l, and at that i never use it on the treads of the plugs, only the extenders that stick in the head. Hope this is what you were needing to know
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Ford has had the issue for a long time of spark plugs blowing out on the 2 valve motors. We now use the 28 ft/lb rating to ensure they don't back out. These heads are good for 80+ ft/lbs before the heads will strip so no worries there. Doing it with no anti seize and 28 ft/lbs has netted only one blowout out of thousands done, Ford's torque spec has caused thousands of blowouts.

http://www.f150forum.com/f72/97-03-v...-change-93389/
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Ford has had the issue for a long time of spark plugs blowing out on the 2 valve motors. We now use the 28 ft/lb rating to ensure they don't back out. These heads are good for 80+ ft/lbs before the heads will strip so no worries there. Doing it with no anti seize and 28 ft/lbs has netted only one blowout out of thousands done, Ford's torque spec has caused thousands of blowouts.

http://www.f150forum.com/f72/97-03-v...-change-93389/
that's the post i've been looking at for this change. Thank you for reassuring me. I'm going to hit the ground running tomorrow!
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