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Old 07-29-2013, 10:33 PM
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5.4 spark plug replacement??? 's

New guy here. Just bought a 2000 F150 7700 and am doing a slew of upgrades and repairs. I have seen several YouTube.com clips on replacing 5.4 spark plugs. From what I've seen and read on this subject I see the replacement plug of choice is Motorcraft. I just discovered the new design 1 piece Champion 7989 plugs that won't break apart when its time to replace them. Anyone installed these in their 5.4 and what do you think of their quality compared to the Motorcraft product? Thanks.
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For your year motor the newer style are NOT spec'd out----those are intended for the 3 valve heads. Use MotorCraft SP479's or the Auto Lite equivalent.

Too often in this forum its been proven the MotorCraft plugs work best in our engines.

I use nickel-based anti-seize and torque to 23 ft/lbs but some will disagree that's how best to do it.

ALSO check your COP boots, replace as needed even if they seem okay for the moment---this is an area often over looked which causes problems, sometimes more noticeable after new plugs are installed. I use an NAPA/Belden p/n 702418; USA made, about $5 each IIRC.

Hope this helps!
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I just changed my out couple days ago. Motorcraft sp-479.

It wasn't a bad job as I thought it would be. I didn't see no other way but to lift the fuel rail up to get to the #7 coil bolt.
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Believe it or not the #7 & #8 can be removed without budging the fuel rail--seen it done in person I have!

It tends to require 1/4" drive extensions and ratchets though---with a bit of wiggling it can be accomplished.

I'm due to change plugs in an '00 with the 5.4 and will take photos of this process. Update to this post when that's finished.
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#7 can be a skank. 7mm 1/4" wiggly socket is the way to go
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Maybe my socket was too tall but there was no way it would clear the fuel pressure regulator and get a decent grip on the bolt.
It took me longer trying to work around the rail then lifting it.

If anybody does remove it,just make sure you have a pick tool to remove stuck o rings. 2 out of 4 was stuck in the fuel rail.
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just did my 2000 5.4 2 weeks ago....use motorcraft plugs. all the research ive done its the bast way to go. the torque is anyones opinion . plugs 7 and 8 are a bitch....i did not have to move fuel rail out of the way thou.
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