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Old 12-23-2006, 22:26   #1 (permalink)
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Need help BADLY!!!

Well, a couple of days ago, my 3.8L, 01' Stang started spurging when I accelerate, so I changed the air filter and it seemed to help a little. Then the next day, The car wouldn't fire up. I pushed the Ignition wires in and she started right up. Next day, same thing, wouldnt fire, tried the same thing again and wouldnt start up. So I replaced the ignition wires, nothing. Now I have been attempting to replace the spark plugs but on my 3rd one, the spark plug breaks in half(old one) and its stuck. The rest of the plugs are not coming out either.
Is there anyone that can give me some advice on how to get the spark plug(s) out and also maybe an idea of why she wouldnt fire up? THanks...
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Old 12-24-2006, 09:23   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Need help BADLY!!!

Before trying to remove the broken plug, spray some penetrating oil around the plug hole and let it set and do its job. I've never had a plug break on me so I don't have any advice there.

As far as why your car won't start, we need to know if you have a spark or fuel problem. Do you know if you have spark? Can you hear your fuel pump come on?
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Old 12-24-2006, 17:57   #3 (permalink)
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I will definitely have to go check out if the pump is coming on, I never noticed that. But, When I try to turn her on, there is full battery and power, I just get a loud re-occuring clicking sound(like its trying to fire up).Again, this is all before I attemped to replace spark plugs. But, thanks also, I will definitely put some oil on them, I have heard that more than once.
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Old 12-24-2006, 18:37   #4 (permalink)
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If you're just getting clicking sound, engine not turning over, it is most likely a bad connection. Check to make sure connections are clean and tight. battery to solenoid to starter. Also wires can be corroded under the insulation.
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Old 12-24-2006, 20:01   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks again, I will check that out and get back to y'all...
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Old 12-27-2006, 06:26   #6 (permalink)
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If you get the plugs out it would be a good idea to put some anti seize on the new ones to prevent that from happening again.Also I've used a 3/8 impact wrench on them to jiggle em out, low seting though..Not really recomended but if they break off or strip the conventional way the head may have to come off anyway.It's always worked fo me but mabe i'm lucky
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Old 12-27-2006, 15:03   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the Info guys, I really appreciate it. I have finally got the plugs out(especially the snapped in half one), but I am still stuck on the #1 cylinder, I cant get the Plug out for the life of me. Its still intact but I just cant get it to come loose. I need some more strentgh I think though.
NEW SCENARIO: WHen I get the plugs installed, if it doesnt start up, What could be the problem? If it was a bad fuel filter or pump, how would I go about checking them out?
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Old 12-27-2006, 15:56   #8 (permalink)
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Are you just using a regular ratchet, kind of on the short side? I have a longer ratchet I prefer to use for more leverage. You can use and extension and a deep-well socket over the ratchet handle. Just make sure your socket is on the plug well and keep it as straight as possible. I also prefer, rather than just torque the ratchet hard, either giving it a quick snatch or hit it with a hammer. I don't suggest this method (hammer)on your plug without some experience doing it. (May cause more harm than good)
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Old 12-27-2006, 20:42   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah I am using a extended one, but I think I just need some more force on it. I will get it eventually, but after I get everything installed, is the car gonna start? If not, that is when it gets difficult for me. I finally aquired a haynes manual for my car(I know, not the most helpful tool) but it has answered quite a few questions for me. Well I will give it a werl and get back to y'all, thanks again for the help!
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:37   #10 (permalink)
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Well, I finally got the old spark plugs out and the new ones in. I tried to start her up and she fired right up, BUT, after I killed the engine, I tried to start it up again, and nothing. She is making the same sounds as before. But the low fuel light did come on and when she started up she sounded like she was definitely chugging for gas or misfiring or something.????? I dont know what to do, I am so confused and I need some more advice please! Thanx...
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