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Old 03-22-2011
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Oh No What Hav I Done

I bought a 1998 XLT 5speed with 128,000 miles for $3000 over the weekend and it ran awsome!
But the valve cover had a leak and needed a set of plugs.
I did a radiator flush sunday drained the old and put the "T" on the heater hose and ran the garden hose with the cap and drain open I also cleaned out the catch can too.
well today I got the plugs in and now need to get some gaskets.
1 Valve cover
1 ? intake?
1 ? thing that bolts to the back of the intake

What are the gaskets I need called
Also I pulled the dang boot and the metal part stayed on the plug so what should I do get some aftermarket ones, motorcraft set or just the one from the Ford dealer?

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Old 03-23-2011
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Thanks for the feed back
Looks like the valve cover kit has all the gaskets u need
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Old 03-23-2011
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hey no problem man glad we could help.

you can go aftermarket plugs if you want but motorcraft are just fine
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Hmmm........... I usually pull one plug wire off at a time , makes it just a might easier to replace .
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Old 03-23-2011
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Ok got it all back together runs real good seams to have more low RPM power.
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So I have had this Ranger for 4 days and have done all this
1-Valve Cover Gasket
2-Radiator/Overflow- flushing and cleaning
3-Oil/Filter
4-Plugs
5-Wires
Next is drain and fill the transmission
This weekend Im checking the breaks and atleast bleed fresh break fluid into the system
My truck also looks like the front end may need some attention (cracked rubber upper ball joints?


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Clean looking valve area for 130,000 miles!
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Check the timing belt, not sure if this is one of the self-destructing motors but chek anyway.
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Clean looking valve area for 130,000 miles!
Yes Ser I was very happy to see that.
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Check the timing belt, not sure if this is one of the self-destructing motors but chek anyway.
Absolutly on the short list of to do!
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Thats with 33 miles on the engine.
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Took mine down more lol.
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Thats with 33 miles on the engine.

Took mine down more lol.
Its a huge feeling of accomplishment to DIY!
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