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Old 01-15-2013, 11:20 PM   #21
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Hey, thanks for the pictures, dude. BTW...how many miles did you have on your rig when you did this?...also, notice an improvement?

EDIT: O.K., I see you had 105k. They certainly looked like it was time, but no too bad, really.
Once i did the plugs (no FPDM or VCT's yet) the throttle response and overall driving experience was like night and day. Just new plugs and boots made the truck feel brand new. I will take the truck out tomorrow to see if the VCT's and FPDM made any difference. If you have not done plugs yet.......do it! Its worth it!
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I'm also planning in changing my plugs, I've watched a ton of videos and read a million threads, but still can't get myself to do it lol
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Lisle tool isn't necessary but if one breaks you will pray to hell that you spent the time and effort to order it. And air tools will make it exponentially easier. It's like anything else, having the proper tools makes a job much easier with better results.
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Once i did the plugs (no FPDM or VCT's yet) the throttle response and overall driving experience was like night and day. Just new plugs and boots made the truck feel brand new. I will take the truck out tomorrow to see if the VCT's and FPDM made any difference. If you have not done plugs yet.......do it! Its worth it!
If your truck was noisy before - you'll be very happy at how much quieter it will be with the new solenoids.
People don't believe it can make such a difference, plus it's so easy to change them out. Enjoy your new engine!
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Aside from new plugs/boots, fpdm, VCT's, cleaned MAF and TB, and new fuel filter is there any other small 100K mile maintenance issues to attend to? I am hoping to stop putting money in to the mechanical side and start putting towards cosmetics and suspesnsion!

Just added some HD style headlights (not pictured). Planning on adding Rancho 9000xl shocks, n-fab light bumper and steps, 2012 red/black fx4 emblems, Saleen grille, and maybe some wheels!!!
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Thanks for posting this up! I'm trying to get up the courage to do this. I will definitely use some sea foam first though.
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Aside from new plugs/boots, fpdm, VCT's, cleaned MAF and TB, and new fuel filter is there any other small 100K mile maintenance issues to attend to? I am hoping to stop putting money in to the mechanical side and start putting towards cosmetics and suspesnsion!

Just added some HD style headlights (not pictured). Planning on adding Rancho 9000xl shocks, n-fab light bumper and steps, 2012 red/black fx4 emblems, Saleen grille, and maybe some wheels!!!
I'd change all the fluids- coolant, transmission, transfer case, and both differentials, as well as power steering. Put synthetics in everything that can take them.
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If your truck was noisy before - you'll be very happy at how much quieter it will be with the new solenoids.
People don't believe it can make such a difference, plus it's so easy to change them out. Enjoy your new engine!
New solenoids quieted mine down quite a bit. I still have a bit of a diesel quality sound to the idle. I'll be switching to Mobile 1 5w-30 on my next oil change and we will see how she sounds then.
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Not to butt in but would an electric impact work the same as an air impact?
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Not to butt in but would an electric impact work the same as an air impact?
Yes, with a wobble extension you can get them done... The question is does your impact have enough torque to break them free... If it doesn't then just crack them loose by hand and soak em with a good penetrant lube. Then spin them out with the impact...
I just did the plugs on my fathers 3v and my Ridged X4 Impact spun them right out without a single break... I used small burps of the trigger, a wobble extension and kroil..
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New solenoids quieted mine down quite a bit. I still have a bit of a diesel quality sound to the idle. I'll be switching to Mobile 1 5w-30 on my next oil change and we will see how she sounds then.
I've also swiched to castrol full syn. 5/30 and for the most part, it runs close to new
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Yes, with a wobble extension you can get them done... The question is does your impact have enough torque to break them free... If it doesn't then just crack them loose by hand and soak em with a good penetrant lube. Then spin them out with the impact...
I just did the plugs on my fathers 3v and my Ridged X4 Impact spun them right out without a single break... I used small burps of the trigger, a wobble extension and kroil..
It's a new 1/2" drive 19v craftsman. But ill probably break them loose by hand with a 1/2" hand ratchet and soak them first like you said. It's my daily driver so when she goes down for surgery like this she has to wake up my Monday
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Went to the shop today and the mechanic ran a test on this ignition system while driving down the road and found out that #4 and #5 cylinders were showing abnormal readings. So we ordered 2 more ignition coils and changed all 8 spark plugs without much headache. However, #5 plug did break and we extracted using the spark plug extracting tool from napa. I took it for a test drive and it seemed to do the trick to eliminate te overdrive problem.ill post the pics of the job. By the way, the mechanic did say that he changed plugs on several of these year model fords around 100,000 miles and #5 plug always seem to be the main one to go out!
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I only use Chicago Pneumatic for air tools, and I used my 3/8-inch driveimpact for most of the plugs, except for two which were stuck in there good. Had to switch to my 1/2-inch drive impact wrench with 800lb-ft of torque to bust those suckers loose. All turned out good. I'll be replacing my spark plugs every 100,000km from now on.
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I'm happy to report that I just changed out my spark plugs with no issue. Well, my mechanic cousin did all the work.
The truck has 88k miles. I ran two bottles of Seafoam through the gas tank (2 separate fillups) in the past few weeks. We also started work without letting the truck cool down first. Not sure how much effect that had on our success. The plugs came out looking exactly like the pics above. A few of the plugs were making creaking noises as they came out, but my cousin said as long as you don't hear a loud pop we're ok! The whole thing took less than an hour. It helps to remove the ECU plug thing from the passenger side of the firewall.
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