Had an 04 F-150 5.4L, paid the dealer to change the plugs in the event that the bottom sleeve got stuck in the head. Got totaled in an accident a few months ago with maybe 120k on the odo.
I don’t know what would stop the dealer from breaking one off and then charging for pulling the head anyway.
I kow about the issue with Ford heads an spark plus. The real trick is to change them about half way thruogh their “claimed” life expectancy of 100K miles. problem solved.
I change my plugs at about 50K and no more.
Has anyone tried antiseize with those plug problems?
Why do they even occur, plenty of engines with aluminum heads don’t have these issues, why are Ford trucks so special?
Lil’ Beast has 240K on her. 3rd set of plugs and coils has about 15K on it. I went over a bit.
Well Robert they aren’t really special. They aren’t especial at all… I am surprised at how well the ol’ girl has lasted though. No complaints there.
The head is really thick where the plug screws in, so ford puts a long tail on the plug, with a couple small tack welds, and made the tail a snug fit. And didn’t bother with anti seize. Plugs are good for close to 100,000 miles but if you wait that long your going to have trouble. When this first started folks in the know would pull plugs prior to 25K and anti seize some new ones in. Ford should have issued a recall but instead sells a special little tool for removing broken plug extensions.
My understanding is that carbon would build up between the plug sleeve and the walls of the plug well, which was a tight space to start, and cause the sleeve that is a separate piece to get wedged and separate from the rest of the plug when the plug was removed.
My thinking was that if they broke it, it was on their dime to fix it. I do think one of the sleeves separated and I wasn’t charged anything for them to get it using the special removal tool. It was worth it to me to not have to worry about it.
Coils were a weak point on mine. Seemed I had one go bad every couple of years so I replaced them all at around 90-95k.
Edit: I should’ve cerakoted something under the hood in order to keep this thread on topic.
We don’t do that without a “do not derail notice”
Its a rule here… its “the” rule here?
Looks good Al.
This one is part of the Ghost Camouflage Cerakote line I do. Woodland Ghost…
Custom DMR in 6.5 Creedmoor with all the goodies I personally like.
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Very nice and effective too.
Man, good looking work
Good to see some new Cerakote projects!
The Ghost is awe inspiring. Attention to detail on both really shines. Getting me motivated to get after a couple of projects I’ve been putting off.
Adding that camo to the bolt carrier is easy n fun. Adds a little to the over all look.
Camouflage the crap out of everything I say. The FDE and the Black are HIR Cerakote