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Old 05-29-2005, 12:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I've tried searching through the post to no avail on find how I get to the back three spark plugs so I can change them.

My hand can touch the first, feel the coil-on-plug on the second and I can see/feel/pray for the last one.

So is their a trick I should know so I can change these easer that the search a feel method? If this topic has been beaten to death sorry but I couldn't find it a pointer would be great.

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Got to the plugs by removing the cabin air filter cowling on my Duratec. Might work for you.

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Yes,Remove the black cowl covers.There are 2 pieces to be removed.The top is held on by clips and the 2nd by bolts.This will give you access to the plugs.The center plug will still be a little rough to get to.I only removed the pass. side covers.
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I don't have a flex fuel or coil on plug, so mine were easily changed with a 4 inch extention and a spark plug socket. I would probably go with the remove cowling idea. It will give you lots of room to work with.
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So this is where my hand can fit without moving/taking anything out. What am I suppose to remove to make it better to move around?

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So this is where my hand can fit without moving/taking anything out.* What am I suppose to remove to make it better to move around?

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Both my engine and year are different (98 Duratec), but the "cowl" you hear about is that piece. On my car you have to first take off the metal part with the grille at the bottom of the windshield. Once those are off you can get a spark plug socket in there, but I am not sure if it's necessary in your case.
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I have the same motor and that is the section I removed.You will be surprised how much space that plastic takes up.The top part is held on by the clips in the front.The bottom is held to the fire wall by a few small bolts.Once that is out of the way it will go smooth for you.The middle spark plug might be a little hard to get at as it has 2 metal type tubes going by it.I just used a swivel socket to get around those.P.S. They say to only use motorcraft plugs or you might be doing this again soon??
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Ryan,

I performed this task over the weekend. I have the same POS 2000 Flex Fuel vehicle. I opted to take the upper intake manifold off. It was a good opportunity to check/replace several items while the intake is off...EGR valve, vac lines, and clean the intake and throttle body, and more. Plus, I replaced the ignition wires and it was alot easier to route the new wires with the upper manifold off. More work probably the way I did it, but I had it apart in 40 minutes. That was from the time I pulled in the driveway when I arrive home from work (in a different vehicle) until I was done. So not too bad. Let me know if you have any questions. I'll be happy to help you out.
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Thanks for the help I got them changed by removing the cowl covers. The number 2 plug is a pain in the end to get out/back in. But yeah all done now. Thanks.

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