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30,000 comming up, what should I do?

In my old cars, every 30,000 I'd change out the spark plugs, wires, distributors and rotors. That was on easy to service 4 bangers though. I've read a bit on here about getting to the spark plugs on the passenger side being a pain in the butt and I'm wondering if its worth it to do all this. I've noticed the truck seems to be running alittle sluggish, and I'm thinking maybe running thicker wires and NGK spark plugs might help a bit...?

Any clues as to what I should do and/or change out for 30,000 miles? I'd rather do it myself and save some hundreds of dollars by not going to a dealer.

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You are still under warranty, I would say just do as Ford suggests in teh manual.

Dang 30k on an '04, i just broke 20k on my '03 I bought in 12/02.
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tranny flush? i did mine at 25,000 tho.
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radiator flush, plugs should be good, oil change, tranny, i think diff fluid needs a change as well.
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Man I need to do some stuff to thanks for reminding me John. I think the only maintinence you need to do is that headlight mod. Hahahaha I know I am waiting for the so called "Right Time" too.

P.S.- I beat you to 30,000 I got 31,800
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what about reaching 139,000??? i gotta do a list of stuff...
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the 4.0 mod ^^
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im also coming up on 30 and want to have the tranny flushed, and (loneFX4), mentions the radiator thats a good idea a also.
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hmm.. im at 45,555.. really havent done anything.. extcept oil change n changed my plugs.. perhaps i should step on it.. n do the rest


but then again.. i didnt read the post place.. 4.0.. err i wish i had a 4.0.. but i still need to change all the stuff out
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Man I need to do some stuff to thanks for reminding me John. I think the only maintinence you need to do is that headlight mod. Hahahaha I know I am waiting for the so called "Right Time" too.

P.S.- I beat you to 30,000 I got 31,800
lol, nice roach.

You've actually got a bit more on me... i change my oil every 4,000 miles, so I'm commin up on 28,000 was gonna do it then.

So, tranny flush and radiator flush are pretty much the popular consensus here. Is that something that's easy to do yourself, and how do you dipose of the fluids? Other thing on my mind is how long should I be able to go on the spark plugs and wires to keep the engine running its best?
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hey look at the av. thats what im wanting
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how about a fuel filter change i have 37000 with the same original one on
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and how do you dispose of the fluids?
Having any problems with stray cats?


JOKING, JOKING.....:rofl:
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yeah i had that list of crap done and i know that i had to change oil, flush tranny, flush raidiator, change fuel filter, rotate and balance tire, aim headlights check, a/c system, cost me 469 bucks. altho i have i 3.0L the guy at ford said its pretty much the same for the 4.0L
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P.S.- I beat you to 30,000 I got 31,800
i beat u both i got 35,000
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Yes, the spark plugs on the passenger side, are a royal beotch. I personally had to take my tire off just to get to them. The driver side plugs aren't a picnic either. Just warning ya, lol.
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Check the scheduled matinence guide. There should be one online too to send you reminders to your e-mail. I don't have the link, but if someone finds it, post it.
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Transmission Service!!......Suprisingly on my 01 it made it shift like i got a new trans....Nice and Smooth....(weird eh'?)
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Yeah hopefully mine will do this as well when I get my tranny serviced....
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Should i do anything on when i hit 50,000 miles soon.
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I almost took my truck into ford to get their 30K maintenance. They said that it was not under warranty. They were going to charge me for a tranny flush...did I mention that my truck is a MANUAL! They were going to change my oil...I have full synthetic in it and they only had their "bulk oil". The truck had also already kicked a frost plug so the coolant had already been changed with the new blockheater THEY put in. Then I just left laughing. I picked up fluid for the trans and diffs, and called it good lol
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Other thing on my mind is how long should I be able to go on the spark plugs and wires to keep the engine running its best?
Ford says 100k on the factory Motorcraft platinum plugs. That's probably a bit optimistic but they'll go 60~70K easy. The factory wires are very good and should outlast the plugs.
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Anyone know if I can get the coilpack ends for plug wires? I have made plug wires for other vehicles, but haven't been able to find the right ends to go to the coilpacks on my ranger.
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Another good idea for a 30k service is an induction service. clean throttle body, use injector cleaner(aerosol can) and a top engine cleaner (not fuel tank type) clean and adjust parking brake. air filter lubricate latches and hinges. a/c evaporator clean you know maintaince things
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or you can go buy a new one...w00! money
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