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Old 08-09-2005, 09:01   #1 (permalink)
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Doing a tune-up on '98 Explorer - Easy ??

I have a '98 V-6 XLT Explorer. It is running kinda rough. I'm not a
mechanic, but what can I do in terms of a simple tune up? If I change
the plugs, what kind should I get? Are they pre-gapped? Should I get
them from the dealer? What other simple things can I do ?

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Old 08-09-2005, 09:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Doing a tune-up on '98 Explorer - Easy ??

Need a little more info. Is it the OHV or SOHC V6? What's the mileage?

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Old 08-09-2005, 17:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Doing a tune-up on '98 Explorer - Easy ??

Hate to say it, but changing some of the spark plugs is far from a
simple job. Personally, I would stay with Motorcraft platinum.

On 9 Aug 2005 08:46:37 -0700, "Mikepier" <mikepier@optonline.net>
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>Need a little more info. Is it the OHV or SOHC V6? What's the mileage?

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Old 08-17-2005, 10:01   #4 (permalink)
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SOHC V6 130k

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Old 08-19-2005, 11:01   #5 (permalink)
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The rear plug on the passenger side is had to get at. I took someone
elses advice and went in through the wheel well with the tire romoved
and that prove easiest. I use various u-joints and extensions for my
socket wrench to get to them all.

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Old 09-24-2005, 13:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Doing a tune-up on '98 Explorer - Easy ??

I have a 98 XLT V6 SOHV. I had taken mine to the shop to have done and I
asked about all that you are asking about. From what I was told : The
plugs should remain the platinums, they are a 100,000 mile plug. As far as
tuning goes this is handled by the onboard computer. Just make sure you
have changed all the filters so the thing can breathe and the computer can
properly adjust the engine. This is what I was told, so take it for
whatever its worth. By the way I had mine done at Firestone. If you do it
yourself buy a .99 cent plug gap guage and make sure they are gapped where
they need to be.

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