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Spark plugs removal

Just got around to thinking about changing spark plugs on my Edge. Finally took a lood under the hood. Holy mother of god, how the heck are we suppose to change that back one of the passenger side?!?!?!?! I thought my mom's old Buick Century (with rear wheel drive) was bad, this thing is ridiculous. Anyone has done this? Any suggestion and tips? Thank Ford engineers, sheeh. Thank in advance.
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I feel your pain. I'm taking it in...I'm not gonna throw my shoulder out for a dang spark plug.
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Try installing headers on a 4.0L. Then you'll know the true meaning of pain.
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Try installing headers on a 4.0L. Then you'll know the true meaning of pain.
Yup, as I was checking out the spark plugs, I was looking at the header too. I am not touching that one unless the header will give me 40 extra horses :-) I did a header on my 72 Dodge Challenger way back in high school. Still have nightmare about that one. My 93 SE-R was not so bad.
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I feel your pain. I'm taking it in...I'm not gonna throw my shoulder out for a dang spark plug.
Don't let S-10 boys hear ya saying that. They may think you're a wuss

Seriously, I agree with you. Not sure how much garage or dealer would charge for that service though. As I look more carefully, it looks like one would have to get that last sparkplug from under the truck. I might try it. If I do, I'll let you know how many curse words I use
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I don't care who hears me. I'm bigger than them. :) There is NO room in the 4.0..and my fat hands can't get to the wires in 5 of the 6.
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take your time....i changed mine....took about 2 hours...
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I'm with Tippin... usually takes about 2 hours... if you take off the front pass wheel and take out the splash gaurds you'll be able to get it from inside the fender somewhat easily actually.
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I'm with Tippin... usually takes about 2 hours... if you take off the front pass wheel and take out the splash gaurds you'll be able to get it from inside the fender somewhat easily actually.
Okay, I'll try that. Good thing I get summer off so I have time to spare! Thank you all for your help. Oh yeah, which sparkplug should I use? Thinking about Bosch platinum.
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take your time....i changed mine....took about 2 hours...
thats all it is...patience....i dont kno how the sohc is but i just did my ohv about 3 months ago and i just put my hand on top of the fuel injection and feel for it.
5 and 6 was tight but just take your time
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do NOT get platinum, the trucks hate em. get motorcraft or run NGKs, I love mine.
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do NOT get platinum, the trucks hate em. get motorcraft or run NGKs, I love mine.
Thank, I'll stick with NGK. Always like them. My SE-R seems to prefer NGK too.
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Don't use Bosch Platinum.. but the Autolite Platinum run well (at least in my truck)

The OHV 4.0 is easy to change plugs.. I tryed to do my dads SOHC 4.0 exploder once and got the left bank but gave up on the right bank (pass)... those are a pain...
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really, thats odd, i thought it looked somewhat hard but not too bad. im gonna change mine myself. what is a pain is my dads f150 with 4.6
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you don't know pain til you look at a 5.4 with a SuperCharger in a lightning and see only 4 plug wires going down...

my dad looked and it takes a ford tech 2 hours to change plugs on a lightnning because you ahve to take the supercahrger off.

we all should be so lucky...lol
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so true...
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Yep holy pain the the *** for sure. The driver's side aren't that bad if you have the right tools to get to them, however the passenger side is a different story. I took my tire and fender wheel well off to get to them, once I did that it was much easier. It still sucked though, lol.
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I did the tire/wheel liner removal bit. It helps a lot, especially with a lifted truck where you need to stand on something just to work in the engine compartment...
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u guys are lucky u dont work on aircraft. half the stuff i fix i cant see and i have to do one handed. and it has to be checked with a mirror. the plugs are a pain but like every one has said take ur time. or get a body lift mine makes that stuff easy. lol
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u guys are lucky u dont work on aircraft. half the stuff i fix i cant see and i have to do one handed. and it has to be checked with a mirror. the plugs are a pain but like every one has said take ur time. or get a body lift mine makes that stuff easy. lol
Not to mention saftey wire....arrrrrrgggg
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