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Old 03-25-2002, 05:10 PM
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Blown spark plug?

I own a 2000 Excursion with the V10. I heard a bang and then the engine started running poorly. The disk on top of one of the coils was flapping and was broken off. I was told it had blown a spark plug and the head needs replacing . Has anyone heard of this happening? Is it a common porblem with the V10? Of course I was 300+ miles from home when it happened. Vehicle has 48,000 miles on it.
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Blown spark plug?

This problem seems to be popping up a lot lately:
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Old 03-26-2002, 02:26 PM
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Blown spark plug?

I remember that I put a tankful of higher octane gas in it the week before this happened. Could the higher octane gas have caused it?
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Old 03-28-2002, 12:47 AM
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fnclh ,
High octane fuel is not the problem several freinds have v-10 with 60,000 miles on them and 93 octane is all they run in them .Several years back when aluminum head first were installed on cars they had the same problem the plugs blew out of one or more cylinders or the threads striped out when they were changed out the problem was traced back that they used a insert for the threads similar to a heli coil they were installed wrong at the factory and became a very widesperad problem this could be a problem now that ford has overlooked in designing the triton engines I havent looked at one as of yet I hope ford did not just drill and tap a hole in the aluminum without first puting a steel insert in there even if a person did not have a plug to blow out if he changed plugs at 100,000 miles as ford says to the plug in the aluminum only will be galled by then and thread damage will be very possible any way
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Blown spark plug?

I spoke to my salesman at the dealership today about this problem and he in turn called the service mgr. Service mgr indicated that they had one come in with a blown plug that they discovered was actually attributed to improper torque from the factory. It wasn't an '02. He also stated that plugs were not a part of the new vehicle checklist at the dealership but they are now. He also noted that there is a TSB re this dilema.
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Old 04-03-2002, 09:00 PM
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What is the TSB number????? You knew that question was coming. Inquiring minds need to know.
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Blown spark plug?

Mine blew out at 42,000 miles. I pulled into the dealership with that V-9 popping away. The service writer didn't seem interested in talking about my insistence that it was a defective part, but after giving them a little bit of cr*p, they replaced both cylinder heads with new ones.

I have a friend whose son works at a dealership, he said they see one every few weeks.
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Blown spark plug?

>I own a 2000 Excursion with the V10. I heard a bang and
>then the engine started running poorly. The disk on top of
>one of the coils was flapping and was broken off. I was
>told it had blown a spark plug and the head needs replacing
> . Has anyone heard of this happening? Is it a common
>porblem with the V10? Of course I was 300+ miles from home
>when it happened. Vehicle has 48,000 miles on it.

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Blown spark plug?

I am also having problems with the exact same thing. Blown spark plug with a 1999 ford f250 v-10. My dealer is telling me it is going to run about 2,200 to replace the head. Does anybody have any idea's this truck has less than 49,000 miles on it.
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Blown spark plug?

This is obviously happening to A LOT of V10's. I have a 1998 V10 E350 cutaway chassis (Class C Motorhome) and the guy I bought it from admitted that it had blown a spark plug out of the head. And he is sales manager for a Ford/Lincoln/Mercury dealer. Happened to him under the 3/36 factory warranty, and he got 2 new heads out of the deal. Wish I new if the new heads they installed were/are any different from the ones that have the problems. Had the Serial number checked before I bought it, but Ford had nothing on their computers about the warranty replacement. I thought it was pretty honest of the guy to even tell me that it had happened. He couldn't remember exactly how many miles it had when it happened; he guessed about 20,000. Has 33,000 on it now. Made me really leery about buying it, but it runs perfectly, doesn't smoke, has gobs of torque (drove it home through the Smokies, on the Blue Ridge Parkway---never downshifted to 2nd gear once even on the steepest grades, and weighs 11,000 lbs!!!) Has the Dana 4.1? rear end with E4OD tranny.

Has Ford admitted they have a problem? I would doubt it, but if so any info or TSB's that anyone know of would be appreciated----


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Blown spark plug?

Oh forgot to add this--

Does burn a little oil

1qt per 3000 miles.

Been told that this is about the norm for V10's, but don't really know.

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Blown spark plug?

I have a 99 and recently had a spark plug blow out.$3300.00 bucks and 2 & 1/2 weeks later my trusty steed was on the road.Less than 2 weeks after getting it back the other side blew out.Needless to say i was not a happy camper & was 150 miles from home in the middle of the desert.Several phone calls were made to Ford and the dealership including an e/mail to the Ford "headqurters".I recieved a e/mail thanking me for being a loyal Ford customer and they appologized for the mechanical problems but to date they refused to offer any discount or compensation to rectify the problem.Sad to say i have an attorney looking into the situation re: a class action suite.
For those who havent had this problem i suggest checking the torque on the plugs.If anything make sure they are tight.I rechecked mine and found 3 plugs that were loose.Just before the blow out i did notice a ticking sound,like a lifter went bad.Shortly after is when the plug decided to take flight.Good luck and stay low to avoid the radar.
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Blown spark plug?

Hmmm, I've had this problem for the past 3 months, but it never gets worse (or better). I guess I'm going to have to bite the bullet and tear into it. But tearing into a van under the doghouse aint like opening the hood of a pick-em-up. Ford is admitting nothing eh ? Sounds pretty typical of ALL the big car co's. Well maybe we should get everyone together who has had this problem and see if Ford will listen to us. 60 minutes seems to LOVE to expose the car companies. I noticed their expose' on the rollover rate of 15 passenger vans (like I have). I wonder who you would call there,,,,

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Blown spark plug?

In an alloy head you need to make sure to use something like never seize so that you place a different metal between you plug and threads to prevent gauling. It sounds as if ford forgot this small step of they over torqued the plugs forcing all the compound out.


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