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What tools do I need to change my spark plugs in my ranger?

It's a 2.5L 1999 Ranger.
It's compact and I just want to know what tools do I need.
I was going out of work and I started to feel like the truck didn't want to go, it wanted to putput a little bit and it started to go. I think it is the spark plug wires and spark plugs itself or the fuel filter.

What tools do I need to change the spark plugs? Cause I need to get some. Spark plugs are on the side of the motor is everywhere else.
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ummm, kind of hard to understand what your saying.. but to answer your question.. you need a ratchet, extension, and a spark plug socket...
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And a u-jointed socket thing. The 4 on the intake side are easy to do. The exhaust side are a royal PITA!!! Yes your 4 banger has 8 plugs. Buy Motorcraft ones. Your 4 banger doesn't need iradium plugs and plain old bosch ones suck in the ranger. Get motorcraft platinums (thats what was in it stock) or the autolite platinums ones are good for your truck too.
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wire pliers almost make things go alot easier. Never seize and dielectic grease are also a must, but not really 'tools'

id recommend getting autolite double platinums, theyll work awesome in your truck and theyre decently priced
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I thought it was the 2.3 that had the dual spark plugs?
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I've already got spark plugs. I tried to carry to a mechanic to get it change but he said he doesn't want to get into to it....

My brother and I changed like one spark plug but we can't get farther cause things are in the way and some are hard to reach.
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I've already got spark plugs. I tried to carry to a mechanic to get it change but he said he doesn't want to get into to it....

My brother and I changed like one spark plug but we can't get farther cause things are in the way and some are hard to reach.
If I remember correctly (sold my 2.5L 4.5 years ago) I pulled the inner fender on the passenger side. The drivers required some crazy contortionism (sp?).
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If I remember correctly (sold my 2.5L 4.5 years ago) I pulled the inner fender on the passenger side. The drivers required some crazy contortionism (sp?).
Well I think the problem is with my truck is the fuel filter.......I will change the spark plugs" someday, somehow, but I'm not gunna do it right now, but it will take one day......."

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Well don't worry the fuel filter is a pain to get off too.

TIP: Push the line hard onto the filter then push your tool into the fitting and pull off the filter. If you pull the plug on the inertia sensor you can then release the fuel line pressure too.
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Well don't worry the fuel filter is a pain to get off too.

TIP: Push the line hard onto the filter then push your tool into the fitting and pull off the filter. If you pull the plug on the inertia sensor you can then release the fuel line pressure too.
Yea, thanks for the tip. Got to get it done this weekend or I will end up dead to that little P.O.S.

I plan to sell the truck or I might keep it. First, I have to fix my Ford Courier Brahma.
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And a u-jointed socket thing. The 4 on the intake side are easy to do. The exhaust side are a royal PITA!!! Yes your 4 banger has 8 plugs. Buy Motorcraft ones. Your 4 banger doesn't need iradium plugs and plain old bosch ones suck in the ranger. Get motorcraft platinums (thats what was in it stock) or the autolite platinums ones are good for your truck too.
Really? The intake side was a PITA for me and the exhaust side took me about 5 minutes to do.
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My fourth ranger is sitting in my driveway. It needs the for sale sign mod too. '91 2.3L longbed. I hate it. Love the body style just the drivetrain sucks. I only drive it to haul parts for the jeep around.
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Really? The intake side was a PITA for me and the exhaust side took me about 5 minutes to do.
It is the intake side that's harder, especially the one closest to the firewall. The exhaust (passenger) side is a lot easier to get to. I Always change wires and plugs at the same time because it's almost impossible to salvage them the way they're set up. The 2.5 and 2.3 are the same engine with the exception of the stroke. I'm sure there are little details but either is a direct swap, harness and all.




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It is the intake side that's harder, especially the one closest to the firewall. The exhaust (passenger) side is a lot easier to get to. I Always change wires and plugs at the same time because it's almost impossible to salvage them the way they're set up. The 2.5 and 2.3 are the same engine with the exception of the stroke. I'm sure there are little details but either is a direct swap, harness and all.




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Yea, it was such a pain that I took the intake manifold off to change out the plugs and wires.
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i was able to change them all i took about and hour to get the intake side..ha..but i used a extension swivel and i was able to get them off make sure to get the wires all the way on mine wernt and i had to get in the again it is a very big PITA
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