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Old 10-06-2009, 06:54 PM
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2006 5.4l spark plugs

what sparkplugs should get for my truck. i went to buy some today and there were to many choices listed on our computer at work (we are a bumper to bumper dealer) so what should i get. thanks for the help
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:19 PM
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sorry its a 2006 f150 5.4l
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OEM or champions

only reason people use the champions is cuz there "one piece" i dont know about all that but whatever im not going to argue.

unless you plan on keeping your truck for a long time i dont think you will ever see them again. get what you can afford

most important GOOD LUCK!
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:56 AM
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I went with the Champion 7989 and couldn't be happier with their performance. I sleep better at night too, having never to fear those broken plugs again.
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I broke off a plug when trying to change them, and am now in a real mess. I can't use the suggested removal application as to tapping them then trying to remove it, as I can't seen to get through the porcelain.
If anyone has a solution for this removal please let me know, and thanks in advance.
I have read the aeticles on this and it seems to be what should be a simple venture turn into a damm nightmare, not to mention the cost.

By the way its a 2005 with the 5.4.
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:39 PM
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I love the Champions. Cheapest mod i've done to the truck. I was able to take the plugs out myself. It tok about 6hrs and the worst were the back ones but especially the passenger side last one. The truck runs much better and no more worries of broken plugs or having to find a 9/16 socket which by the way you can get in a set at Harbor Frieght. You will also need a 6" and 12" extension and a folding socket wrench or a wobbly adapter. You can do it without removing the fuel rails but you need to remove the coil pack on the firewall.

Those choices listed on your computer are "false"! There are not alot fo choices for the 3V engine. Those plugs are regular length and for the 3V they are about twice that length. When I went to pep boys I was suprised at the price and selection. Then I asked for a 9/16 socket and he said they were 5/8, so I looked at the plug and it was not the same. There is 1 OEM Autolite, 1 alternative Autolite and then the no brainer Champions.
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:35 AM
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5 Star, You need to get a Lisle tool #65600 spark plug removal kit. It will push the porcelain down enough to use the puller and remove the broken part. Also go by the latest TSB to remove the other plugs. Let them soak overnight. Patience!!! I learned the hard way.
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I know i have to change my plugs soon... 67k on my 06 and i do belive i am going to go with the champ plugs... I'm dreading this...

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well i have the lilse tool ordered and its at work waiting. i wont buy it unless i need it, and i've already took the plugs out sprayed them and cracked/ tightened the other night... probably gonna change them saturday hopefully...
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I did not need the removal tool. I did not have any break. Follow TSB which tells you to spray stuck ones then retighten and wait another 15. I only had this issue with two of them as I started with truck at half warm and pre soaked plugs. Since it takes so long, even for the easy ones I put the truck back together and restarted to to half warm. For the pia rear ones I ran the truck to full warm as it takes a while to get to them and the truck cools down.

I recomend tooltopia for the lisle kit and tools. JC has no customer service and I had to file BBB and PP claims with them. Moreover their prices are bette, 24/7 customer support r and free shipping over $100 vs more expensive and free ship over $600.

You can do without the OTC tools. Harbor Frieght has a 4 pack of wobbble sockets which has both the 9/16 and 5/8. You will also need to locking extensions from Sears (not sure where else to get them), a 6" and a 12" and a folding socket wrench or a wobble extension.
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well, the tool came in at work today.. like i said i can get it for 55-60 with my employee discount. now its just gettting down to do it. everythings ready, just got to find the time inbetween school work and girlfriend to get it done... any advice?

lol, hopefully i'll have good luck. but ill let yall know when i do get it done
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I would ask the gf to help you and plan in advance. She can get the drinks, make the sandwhiches, hand you the tools and hold the flash light.

Wake up as early as possible, like 5am so you can be out there around 6 and use as much sunlight as possible.

Spray the pugs with some king of penetrating oil. I used liquid wrench but there's plenty of choices. Put it back together and warm up the truck to at least the 1/4 hash mark (or 1/2 of fully warm) unless it the passenger rear then fully warm.

You can get more clearance removing the fuel rails but that requires depressurizing the pump and you will still get some spillage. Unbolt the the mounted coil packs and remove the metal holder from the firewall for passenger rear side.

Get locking extensions if you have to remove any more otherwise you will be fishing for your socket.

Replace with Champion plugs so you never relive the nightmare again!
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I broke off a plug when trying to change them, and am now in a real mess. I can't use the suggested removal application as to tapping them then trying to remove it, as I can't seen to get through the porcelain.
If anyone has a solution for this removal please let me know, and thanks in advance.
I have read the aeticles on this and it seems to be what should be a simple venture turn into a damm nightmare, not to mention the cost.

By the way its a 2005 with the 5.4.
Cornwell tools sell a 5.4l spark plug removal kit, $65
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Well, Got her fixed!!! halleluia. i thought the problem would never go away... anyway... i started with the hard side. i had all come out no problem except the pita one (passenger rear)... the only reason it broke off was because i didnt presoak it like i did the others. I had took the coils off and cracked them all about a quater to half a turn on wednesday except for that one. I thought letting it sit with PB and deep creep would have done it, but it broke anyway... Used the tool, and it came out no problem....

although time consuming, I would not fear the sparkplugs... I had the tool handy and it was a good thing... $50 bucks for the tool, money i shouldn't have had to spend, but hey, i guess its a small price to pay to have an aweosme truck.

took about 4 hours but that was taking battery out, computer and bracket out.. and taking my time, eating lunch while doing it, and taking about 30min to go cut something out with the cnc machine (i guess its the price you pay when you use your bosses shop to do your own stuff) and another 30 with the gf.
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