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I'm changing the plugs in the 2000SEL. I have the plugs, I need to know what else I need. Gaskets for the manifold or EGR?? Anything??
 

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Duratec or Vulcan? The Vulcans are alot easier to do. I just reached around the intake to do the back 3 on my Vulcan. IIRC, you have to remove the UIM to get to the back 3 on the Duratec. I would get a new UIM gasket - they are only a buck or two at the dealership. If you remove the EGR valve, the DEFINATELY use a new gasket.
 

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just the socket for the plug & a ratchet.
use some spark plug anti sieze compond when threading the plug back in.
and Oh, when you put the new ones in. first thread them by hand till hand tight then tighten a bit using the socket..
 

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Six, I believe. I'm sure you already know this, but make sure to get all the hoses, electrical connectors, and the EGR tube disconnected befor you start to pry it off.
 

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I would definately replace the EGR gasket every time you remove the valve. the heat from the exhaust gasses cause the gasket to adhere to the valve, and the gasket tears when you remove the valve. You don't need to replace the IAC gasket - as long as it doesn't tear in removal. The gaskets are only a buck or two from the dealership.
 

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Like whoa, read this info here first.

You have a 2000 duratec, as do I. Its a bit different for you. Trust me on that one. I did mine at Bobs a few weeks ago.

You will need -

6 new motorcraft platinum spark plugs ($30, dealer ONLY)
one tube anti seize compound
one tube dielectric grease
one new EGR gasket

I would purchase a set of manifold gaskets, they are oval shaped and are sold in packages of 6, they go for about 20 bucks at a dealer ONLY (you should be able to reuse the ones you have, just by cleaning them up a bit, but just in case its good to have them on hand. You can always return them if you dont need them.)

various ratchets
spark plug ratchet
lots of patience

You have coil-on-plug, so no need for spark plug wires


That pic in the manual is for a duratec contour, BTW. Pay no attention to it.

The front 3 spark plugs are very easy to get to, maybe take you 15 mins. You need to remove the coils, which are held on by a screw each. Thats fairly simple. The rears are not fun at all, you need to remove the intake and the air box tube.

To remove the intake, unhook the solenoid on the left side of the intake (wiring harness) as well as the harness on the IAC and a few other sensors on the right side of the intake. Then you can loosen and remove the 8 or so screws holding the intake on. They have grommets around them, for the intake is a composite plastic and its done to prevent damage to the plastic. You need to also undo 2 of the EGR screws to remove it. You need to also remove the plastic tube that connects the airbox to the TB, but you just need to do one end. Its flexible, so you can just flop it back. You can leave the TB and throttle cables intake, they just flop out of the way as well. Basically, the intake is going to lift up on the LEFT side, so you can prop it up out of the way. What I did was lift it so that it rested on the EGR, and the egr held it in place out of my way.

Tip: Make sure you cover the intake ports, as you dont want ANYTHING falling inside when you are doing the rear plug change. Lay a towel or rag across the top and make sure the holes are completely covered.

Tip2: Be EXTRA CAREFUL when doing the rear plugs. They are at very strange angles and its pretty easy to strip the threads.

If you have any questions whatsoever, let me know, im off an on here all day.

-Damon
 

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Thanks duratecchie! Now is the PCV valve down there somewhere too? I might as well change that too while I'm in there right?
 

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I changed the plugs on my 2000 duratec in about an hour. I am a decent wrench but not world class.

I didn't take anything off the car. I did buy a snapon sparkplug socket and extension that locks and won't come off when you are trying to pull the plug out.

btw I have pretty big hands and a lot of the process is by "feel" but you DO NOT HAVE TO DISMANTLE THE CAR IN ANY WAY

Good Luck
 

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Originally posted by sundarpn@Apr 13 2004, 02:11 PM
ahahaha... Vulcan rules... 15 mins to change all plugs.. Yay yay
Ok I will give you that head start and still chase you down
 

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Originally posted by Bob Gervais@Apr 13 2004, 04:05 PM
Lemme see you do Vulcan head gaskets in less than 4 hours, and you got a bet!
Is that with a complete re-build? I think I might be able to tear-down and replace in 4 hrs., but to have it back together and running.......

The PCV valve is underneath the UIM.
 

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Originally posted by silvapain+Apr 13 2004, 06:06 PM-->QUOTE (silvapain @ Apr 13 2004, 06:06 PM)
<!--QuoteBegin-Bob Gervais
@Apr 13 2004, 04:05 PM
Lemme see you do Vulcan head gaskets in less than 4 hours, and you got a bet! 
Is that with a complete re-build? I think I might be able to tear-down and replace in 4 hrs., but to have it back together and running.......

The PCV valve is underneath the UIM. [/b]
Can I get to it without removing the UIM?
 

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Ok guys, I just replaced my spark plugs on my 2000 duratec. I did NOT have to remove anything to do this. It took approx 25-30 min. Just to let you know if any others were ready to attempt this.
 

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Told you so!!!!!!!!
 
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