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Old 09-28-2009, 19:47   #1 (permalink)
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Hi. I've got a 2000 Ford Taurus SES OHV engine. I would like to give it a tune up. I see the front three plugs seem easy to access but the back three are a hassle. 3 questions.

1. What do I remove to access the back three spark plugs?
2. Can anyone recommend a good torque wrench? 7-14ft lbs for plugs
3. Can anyone recommend an aftermarket plug and wire set or should I go
with the motorcraft brand ?

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Hi. I've got a 2000 Ford Taurus SES OHV engine. I would like to give it a tune up. I see the front three plugs seem easy to access but the back three are a hassle. 3 questions.

1. What do I remove to access the back three spark plugs?
2. Can anyone recommend a good torque wrench? 7-14ft lbs for plugs
3. Can anyone recommend an aftermarket plug and wire set or should I go
with the motorcraft brand ?

Thanks for all the help and LONG LIVE FORD. Buy American!!!!!
Remove the right cowl screen, then the plastic piece it sits on. I don't use a torque wrench on spark plugs myself, I do it by feel. I'd stay with Motorcraft Plugs, and Motorcraft wires.
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Re: Tune up Help

I go by feel too, but if you've not done a lot, get a torque wrench to be sure. Motorcraft is the way to go.
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Remove the right cowl screen, then the plastic piece it sits on. I don't use a torque wrench on spark plugs myself, I do it by feel. I'd stay with Motorcraft Plugs, and Motorcraft wires.


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I go by feel too, but if you've not done a lot, get a torque wrench to be sure. Motorcraft is the way to go.
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Thanks for replying. I am on it.
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A good torque wrench will cost you well over $100. This one is ok for the occasional DIY'er--Storm 3T317 - Torque Wrench 3/8-in drive. Range: 20 - 200 in/lbs $24 Automotive Tools and Auto Tools from Tool Discounter. (14 ft/lbs = 168 inch/lbs--yeah, multiply times 12)

Just don't get a 1/2" drive wrench and try to do a 14 ft/lb torque with it--it'll be too inaccurate at that low range.

With aluminum heads it's really important not to over-torque. That can ruin the threads in the cylinder head or break the seal around the porcelain on the plug. If you use anti-seize, deduct 10% from the spec torque.

I always went by feel. Not anymore. I had one plug loosen and blow out. Thankfully the threads weren't damaged. I'm a torque wrench guy now--even after all those years worth of going by feel.
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