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How in the H#LL do you get to that spark plug?!!?

Any tricks on getting to the rear plug on the pass side of a 4.0 SOHC of a ranger? I really don't want to take the whole heater core out.
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might be able to get to it from the wheel well
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I did mine from the out side of the truck. I jacked it up, pulled the wheel, pulled the inner fenders, and went at it from the inside of the wheel well. Best thing is having a universal socket to get at them. I used both 3/8 and 1/4 drive rachets. It's a pain, but once you figure it out, youve got it for life. I've been told body lift trucks are a little easier to work in.
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yep. through the wheel well.
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It also helps to snap your arm in 3 places. The triple-compound-fracture will help you reach it and it will hurt less.
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whenever i change the plugs on my truck, even though i am body lifted and can see the plugs from under the wheel well, i sit on top of the engine and reach down.....give me more leverage and it is easier to get to that way......dont have to pull the inner fender out at all.....a lot more room that way than pulling the fender well out...
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isnt there a difference between the sohc and the ohv?
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a lot of drinks...........

i dunno
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pull the motor out...
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nice cold 12 pack...

body lift it! makes it easeir!
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pull the motor out...
yea thats an option justto change plugs
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iv got a nice extension and a double swivel spark plug socket.. through the wheel well
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took me 3 hours when i 1st did it....lol..but i went at without any help from the ranger forums group! here's what i plan to do when i take them out to regap them...
pop the hood.............drink a beer
jack the truck up and take the wheel off.............drink a beer
get my tools..............drink a beer
and usually by this time, im so drunk that i can't feel the exhaust manifold burning my arm so its alot easier...hahaha...im a weak one...
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^^^^^^^^^^ you get that drunk on 3 beers? Son you are a light weight, thats at least a 12 pack job (seriously) if it takes 3 f*ckin hours...... :) LOL
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Cranberry and Vodka would be my pain killer of choice.
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I just hoist up the truck, take the wheel off and get it off that way, its easier to get all 3 out that way actually. I do it on all the explorers and rangers that I do spark plugs on.
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can't be as bad as changing plugs on an f-body.
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can't be as bad as changing plugs on an f-body.

and headers add to the fun!
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and headers add to the fun!
yep, longtube headers actually make it harder to change the plugs, GM wasn't thinking of space when they designed that engine bay.
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isnt there a difference between the sohc and the ohv?
i think so, all my plugs were pretty easy to get to..mb its just the location of crap and the plugs are in basically the same place?

no clue...
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I tried changing the wires out, got the drivers side done but I couldn't even come close to getting the passenger side off with 1 arm so I had the dealer do the 3 wires & replace the plugs when I had my major service done last week.

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i looked at the plugs on my truck, they seem pretty easy to get to... biggest pain in the a$$ was plugs on the 5.4 f150....
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have you ever tried to change the plugs in a diesel? talk about a pain in the ****!
















































































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It also helps to snap your arm in 3 places. The triple-compound-fracture will help you reach it and it will hurt less.
Haha, that is great. If I didn't have John's "media edited" quote in my sig, that would be the one.
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