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Old 11-11-2009, 17:39   #1 (permalink)
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2006 ford taurus 3.0 V6

Can the rear plugs be changed on this car without removing intake?
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Old 11-11-2009, 19:45   #2 (permalink)
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try removing the wiper cowl, as it'll be in the way anyway. The rear plugs are a b**** even on my '99. I did remove the air intake tube and bag the throttle body opening just to keep debris out of the inlet, but I left the airbox in tact.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:43   #3 (permalink)
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My 2002 traurus is the same. Ford designed it to make it impossible for the average
person to perform minor maintenance like sparkplug and wires. I had to remove the
intake. It wasn't hard and I didn't damage the gaskets. changed erverthing and put
the manifold back. Dealer wanted four hundred for that job, it cost me one hundred.

This is way ford designes everything in the car to be as difficult as possible to replace
without a lift/shop/special tools etc. they loose to much money on repairs
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:43   #4 (permalink)
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They aren't the only ones. Being a mechanic, I've seen every manufacture do wierd stuff. Have you ever had to change a drive belt on some GMs where you had to remove a motor mount for the belt to come out? That's just one example.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:03   #5 (permalink)
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you are right. I bought a hyundai elantra in 05 because of the warranty.
will the warranty is bull. the average person who can't do the maint
by him self would spend about $3000 just for transmission and
timing belt changes up to 120k miles, to keep warranty in force.
this doesn't include oil change etc. I didn't know it had a rubber
timing belt.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:27   #6 (permalink)
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Yep. The manufacturers will get you any way they can.

I prefer to do a lot of homework first on a vehicle. If I had to remove an engine mount to change a belt, I'd sell the thing! Not worth my time or the hassle for the DIYer.

For Hyundai to still be using timing belts even in a 2005 model, I had figured the industry was chains across the line by then. Warranties are only a sales pitch. High probability that you'll have any major problems during the duration of the warranty, even up to 160K unless you purposefully abuse the car, in which case the tech at the dealer can generally tell abuse from normal wear, and they won't honour the warranty anyway.

It's like buying a house you know. People are too interested in what the paint colors are, and what kind of blinds are on the windows rather than if the house is structurally sound to survive the term of a mortgage. Gotta watch that vehicle marketing and make sure you don't fall for it. Buy what you want and what's in your price range, even taking into account regular maintenance items and take care of it for the long term, and you'll find yourself a happy relationship even if it is one sided.
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Old 11-26-2009, 17:54   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 2006 ford taurus 3.0 V6

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try removing the wiper cowl
Just changed the plugs on my 24v '01 and removing the wiper cowl gives you a fair amount of room. You do have to remove the coil pac to get to the center plug in the rear. Not the worst plugs I've ever changed ... but close.

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