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Old 06-09-2003, 11:52 AM
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3.0L Plug Gaps?

Spark plug gap on a '99 Ranger 3.0.

The manual shows the 3.0 litre gap to be .042 - .046 and the 4.0 litre gap to be .052 - .056. I just installed Autolite Double Platinum plugs with .044 gap and the engine idles lower, feels like there is less power, and seems to use more fuel. The original Motorcraft single platinum plugs show a huge gap of at least .056 or more, probably due to electrode wear. Could the manual and the parts stores be wrong about the gap on the 3.0 litre ?

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3.0L Plug Gaps?

1998 Ford Factory Manual says 052 - .056 inch gap for the DP plugs going into the 3.0L. Torque them to 15 lb/ft.
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Hi Joe,

The plug gap on my 1999 3.0L (FFV) is 0.044-0.046. The non
FFV 3.0L might be 0.054-0.056.....
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The plug gap on my 1999 3.0L (FFV) is 0.044-0.046. The non
FFV 3.0L might be 0.054-0.056.....
Bob, could be that's where a lot of the confusion is coming from. And here's something else to make it even more confusing for everyone: my 1997 Ford Factory Manual says use a 0.042 - 0.046 inch gap for the Vulcan and .054 -.056 for the OHC Duratech! I don't believe the Vulcans in the Rangers are any different than the Vulcan in my Taurus, so why is Ford recommending different gap sizes from one year to the next for the Vulcan?
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3.0L Plug Gaps?

Here's another question for more confusion ...

What is the difference between FFV rangers and non-FFV rangers if gasoline is used in both ?
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A FFV 3.0L can run on E85 Fuel
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Hi Bob,

That doesn't really answer the question about the plug gap. If gas is used in both engines, shouldn't the plug gap be the same ? Or is Ford gapping the plugs smaller just in case E85 is used ?
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The plug gap on my 1999 3.0L (FFV) is 0.044-0.046. The non
FFV 3.0L might be 0.054-0.056.....
Hi Bob,

The sticker on my 2000 3.0L FFV says .052-.056. And that's with the same plugs you use. Most online sources up to 1999 say .044 when you look at the plug info.
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3.0L Plug Gaps?

I contacted my local Ford dealer and asked the same questions to their service department.

They were aware of the conflicting information but could not explain why different model years of the same 3.0 engine would have different plug gaps, nor, could they explain why FFV and non-FFV engines of the same year might have different plug gaps.

They did say that if presented with conflicting information, check the sticker under the hood. The microscopic print on the sticker will give the correct information for that specific engine.

In my case, the sticker showed .042" - .046".

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Question 3.0L Plug Gaps?

This thread has me thinking about spark plug gaps now, so I posted a question about the subject in the Electrical Systems/Wiring Forum. Here is a link if you wish to follow it:

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3.0L Plug Gaps?

Ive got a 3.0 FFV and gap .044 for 11 years just fine. My roommate has a B4000 Mazda (4.0L) and his gap is set .054 and runs great!
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I think it has to do with timing. The larger gap takes longer to build up enough energy to cross; therefore, ignition takes place a bit later. The engine with the larger gap spec is probably timed a little ahead of the smaller gapped engine. Either that or the larger gapped engine has higher cylinder compression.... which also effectively advances timing. I'd also speculate that as an engine ages the compression reduces and, consequently, the timing retards. Therefore a smaller gap should be used for older engines with high miles. ..... I'm just guessing here, but it sounds good.
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