1996 Ford F-150 Repair and Maintenance
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1996 Ford F-150 ProblemsNoise from rear end when turning
If a noise from the rear end is heard when going around turns or after driving at highway speed for an extended period, there is an updated differential clutch kit available.
The engine oil pan gasket can develop a leak. Leaking oil may accumulate on the exhaust system resulting in a burning smell. Replacing the gasket should correct this leak.
Our technicians tell us the spark plugs in this engine can be very difficult to remove. Ford has issued a service bulletin (08-7-6) to address this issue, which includes a recommended procedure on how to remove the plugs. Failure to follow the recommended procedure can result in the one or more spark plugs breaking off in the cylinder head.
The recommend procedure is as follows. Using this procedure will greatly reduce the chance of breaking a spark plug.
1. Break the spark plugs loose when the engine is warm.
2. Turn each plug 1/8 to 1/4 turn and soak the treads with 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of Motorcraft Carburetor Tune-Up Cleaner or a quality penetrating oil. Do not try to remove the plugs at this time.
3. Let the threads soak for at least 15 minutes.
4. After the soak period, tighten and loosen each spark plug, working it back and forth until the turning effort is reduced. Then, you can remove the spark plug.
There are special tools available to remove the broken spark plugs and repair shops will often charge additional labor time, over and above the quoted spark plug replacement cost, for the removal of each broken spark plug.
1996 Ford F-150 Questionsmy 1997 ford f150 has oil in my coolant reserve tank but no water in my oil. (1 answer)
Truck has never over heated , Already changed the oil adapter gasket. Has anyone heard of an external oil cooler going bad ??
1996 Ford F-150 RecallsRecall 05V388000
Ford has recalled certain 1994-1996 F150 trucks due to a concern with the front seat frames. The seat recliner to seat frame bolts could loosen, fatigue, and fracture. If this occurs, the seat may recline completely, which can cause a loss of vehicle control. Dealers will refresh and replace washers and fasteners at the seat frame to seat recliner mounting.