Is there a special lubricant needed to remove the spark plugs on the 2001 Ford F150 5.4L engine?
My husband is looking to replace his spark plugs, but everyone says they have a tendency to break off or strip the treads in the block. and the aluminum block corrodes with the steel threads of the spark plug. I read your description for plug removal of the 2004 F-150 and later models, but I wasn't sure if the directions would be the same or similar for the 2001. My husband was told Ford makes a special lubricant for this job, that they wont sell to the public. I find it hard to believe that Ford has the market corned on this "special" lubricant.
No just use WD-40 or something similar. I prefer PB Blaster. Let me know if you have any other questions.
There is no magic lubricant. I have an inside source at two Ford Dealerships, and my brother has a garage. My brother and his staff have done many of these F150, all the F- series Super Duty trucks, Navigator, Expedition, and the Mark LT. They all have the same problem with the plugs. There are special tools. My brother has two tools. His tools are from Cornwell, a Ford Spark Plug Extractor Set part no. HR 39100, and a Ford Triton Porcelain Extractor Part no. HR 39200.
"Ford does suggest to back out the spark plugs no more than 1/8 of a turn. Using Motorcraft Carburetor Tune-Up Cleaner, fill the plug well just above where the jamb nut hex sits (1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon). A minimum period of 15 minutes of soak time is required. The cleaner will wick down to the ground electrode shield and soften the carbon deposits in this time. DO NOT WORK the spark plug back and forth at this point".
This caution is from Ford!
"EXCESSIVE MOTORCRAFT CARBURETOR TUNE-UP CLEANER, OR REPEATING THE PROCESS SEVERAL TIMES WITH TOO MUCH CLEANER FLUID, COULD INTRODUCE ENOUGH LIQUID VOLUME TO HYDRO-LOCK THE ENGINE".
In the real world, the technicians have discovered putting the carburetor cleaner in DOES NOT HELP. They still encounter the same problem. The problem with the plugs is not really the carbon deposits. The heads expands with heat and shrinks when cold. The part of the plug that gets stuck is the end with the electrode.
Ford has told it technicians not to remove the plugs with a WARM or HOT engine because it causes problems with the removal of the spark plugs. The auto should be room temperature.
In summary, the best thing to do is buy the tools. Unfortunately changing these spark plugs is a nightmare. The front plugs are not to bad even if they break. The back spark plugs are much more difficult especially if the break.
Not really. Soak it in a penetrant such as wd-40. Just go gentle and you shouldn't have an issue.
by knngen 8 years ago
what and where are the coils for the spark plugs. i have a 2001 f-150 king ranch 5.4 tritan
by Stacy Harris 3 years ago
When should a car need it's spark plugs changed?We have a 2007 Chrysler Sebring that has been into the shop several times for a broken 1st engine coil. This is the 3rd time it has been in for replacement since we bought the car late August. Now they are telling us that it is because the spark plugs...
by Jesusjohn78 6 years ago
I have a beat up 1988 ford escort pony. Allegedly it has an 89 engine in it. I don't know the difference. Anyways it does not start anymore. All the spark plugs spark when it is cranked and it is getting fuel.( pulled the fuel line off the fuel filter and got squirted when...
by Jared L 10 years ago
i have just written a hub on my experience on using the e3 spark plugs. If you are interested to see how i saved during this period of high fuel costs, check out this hub at <snipped link- please do not post for the sole purpose of promoting your hubs>
by brentcmeyer 7 years ago
You mention to replace spark plugs but you don't note anywhere what the gap should be set at!...this is for a 1967 Jaguar XKE automobile
by wondimeneh mitiku 5 years ago
please tell me about spark plug octain rate.types of spark plug and their difference between?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|