Changed the plugs today

Changed the plugs today

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    Changed the plugs today

    Nothing exciting, but thought some might like to see and hear what they're like at 50,000. I actually changed them once around 25K or so, so these really only have about 25k miles on them.
    Overall everything came off/out very easy. The original boots still look great. The old plugs looked pretty good. I left the new plugs at the factory gap since I'm totally stock. I put a tiny bit of anti-seize on the plug threads about half way up (less than I used last time) and a little dielectric grease (tiny dab) on the inside of the boots and the rubber seal up top around the coil where it seats. Torqued plugs to 11 lbs.

    Overall 50,000 mile update:
    • Engine runs strong, smooth and quiet. Zero startup noise, even when temps are below 0 F (I use Pennzoil Platinum oil every 4,000 miles and use Motorkote hyper lube every 4th change and around every 40k I'll probably be doing a dose of Hot Shot's Secret - can be used in gas engines too, to reduce varnishing from the hot oil on bearings, etc).
    • My truck has the recall for the master cylinder. Waiting for the dealer to get parts.
    • No known problems to speak of other than the pending recall work.
    • The tube coming off the driver side valve cover was a little oily, but not too bad. When you look inside the tube, it's just slightly damp. I do have the tiny weep hole in my CAC and it rarely spits anything out after the initial making of the hole. Mostly it's just very, very slightly moist where it blows against the front air dam, but I wouldn't even call it 'wet'. Not much of anything comes out now so I think it's staying pretty dry.
    • My truck is the 2014 (built in April '14) and other than the most recent TSB people have talked about for the timing chain rattle, mine apparently has all the other changes that were made to the ecoboosts like the revised CAC that came later, etc. I've really had no trouble out of mine so far. It's quiet, smooth and very powerful (I have no need/interest to 'tune' it).



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    Nice post and glad to hear all is well. Mine was built in May 2014 so I think we're in the same boat: pending brake booster/master cylinder recall but no problems elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urshermo View Post
    I changed the plugs in my '13 around 50k as well. They appeared to be about the same condition as yours. Probably a waste of $100 to change them considering the other problems with the truck.
    $100?? You got ripped off
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urshermo View Post
    I changed the plugs in my '13 around 50k as well. They appeared to be about the same condition as yours. Probably a waste of $100 to change them considering the other problems with the truck.
    I can change my plugs 3 times for less than $100. You got ripped off big time...but seeing how you're so worried with and spend so much time complaining and whining in all the threads here, I can understand how you completely missed getting bent over...
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    Nice pics, OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urshermo View Post
    I think they were over $12 each. So what kind of plugs are you putting in? And I don't mind paying for something if it's worth it, unlike this ecoboost I bought. Since it's a POS I'll complain all I want. Ford needs to start making reliable trucks for the American working man again, not turbo charged tool bags like you.
    I probably shouldn't feed the trolls... but Motorcraft plugs are SP534 $6.99 shipped on Amazon.

    Motorcraft SP534 Spark Plug https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009B5ROYU..._ERZPxbJZE7AAC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead_eng View Post
    I probably shouldn't feed the trolls... but Motorcraft plugs are SP534 $6.99 shipped on Amazon.

    Motorcraft SP534 Spark Plug https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009B5ROYU..._ERZPxbJZE7AAC
    Thanks, everyone.

    Yes, the plugs normally are around $7 in the US. It's relatively cheap to swap them out and honestly, everything is easy to get to so it's one of the easiest plug changes you'll ever do.

    Oh and don't forget to buy a magnetic spark plug socket (5/8 if I remember right). It makes life much easier since the plugs are way down in there. Magnet holds the plug and makes it easy to get out once it's loose and it holds the new plug well so you don't drop it down in the hole when installing.
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    Good luck op! Taking great care of her.

    On this site a while back, someone posted a PDF from MKG saying not to use the anti seize. The whole issue is that it's too easy to over torque with that on there. I was putting that on as well before I read it.

    Don't worry about that one guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coletrain View Post
    Good luck op! Taking great care of her.

    On this site a while back, someone posted a PDF from MKG saying not to use the anti seize. The whole issue is that it's too easy to over torque with that on there. I was putting that on as well before I read it.

    Don't worry about that one guy.
    I had heard about that before too. I only used a tiny bit this time and I was careful to only go 11 lbs on the torque wrench. I think this guy (tech) mentioned it before but said he still prefers to use some sparingly. https://www.youtube.com/user/FordTechMakuloco
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    Its a debate, for sure. But when the spark plug manufacture states it. I thought is worth mentioning. I have used it before that. I like how it makes them slide in, but I guess that is the issue. They get overtightened.. Not you probably, but just mentioned. Hope I helped.
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