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Verified for the Ford F-150 Lightning

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.

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Reported by mastertech6371 for the Ford F-150

Check engine light with PO 171-174 codes with the 5.4 motor.

PCV elbow is leaking vacuum at the connection at the back of the throttle body by the firewall.

The vacuum elbow has to be replaced and is available from Ford either with the entire PCV line or just the elbow.
make sure you remove the battery cable for 30 seconds after the repair to clear the adaptive memories.

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Reported by hunter06154 for the Ford Taurus

broken valve spring. broke valve stem and destroyed piston.
replace engine with ford rebuilt long block.

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Reported by bob1321 for the Ford F-350 Super Duty

brakes apply on there own while driving until fully locked

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Reported by shwa3350 for the Ford Explorer

lost oil pressure while driving engine was full of oil and no leaks. pulled motor to take a look at the oil pump and drive (and to check bearings after loosing pressure) every thing looked new so went to top side of engine and pulled out oil pump drive which installs were the distributer belongs and drives off the jackshaft (camshaft) to run the oil pump. when i removed the oil pump drive it was as plain as day the gear had worn into the housi...

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Reported by JulioFranco for the Ford Explorer

Power steering fluid hose bracket broke, allowing hose to make contact with belt pulley. Driver side of engine compartment. Belt pulley wore-away hose until fluid suddenly escaped while driving, causing a sudden loss of power steering while driving around a curve in heavy traffic. This situation was extremely dangerous, and if the Explorer had been driven at the time by my wife, I have no doubt that she would have lost control of the vehicle a...

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Reported by aaxman for the Ford F-150

havnt had it fixed yet would do it myself but dont have the appropriate press, shouldnt happend at this mileage first ford pickup and the last, back to gmc or chev.

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Reported by 232343258 for the Ford Crown Victoria

Severe oil leak causing the need to add up to one or more quarts of oil every couple of days. The oil leaks most when engine is off. The longer the car sets, the more the oil leaks, until it is all gone. Caused by extreme severe corrosion of oil pan. The corrosion is 'flaky' and pieces of the pan come off in layers. Oil seeps right thru the corrosion. The only solution is to have oil pan replaced, which is a major repair.

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Reported by 232343258 for the Ford Crown Victoria

Hooting, moaning sound similar to ship's horn or foghorn coming from engine. Sound initially only happens for brief periods during warm up, but then occurs during driveaway & while idling at red lights, stop signs, etc. Sound originates from the IAC Tube that connects the Idle Air Control Valve to the air intake tube. Fix is addressed in Ford Article 94-22-4. Problem is the factory IAC Tube. Original tube needs to be replaced with a re-en...

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Reported by 97EscortBob for the Ford Escort

Heater core developed relatively minor leak & despite preventative fix per recall 02v323000 there was some electrical shorting occurring in the Integrated Air Bag Module located directly below the heating unit containing the heater core. Upon pulling out entire dash to replace heater core I observed that a flimsy plastic cover was indeed placed over the IABM per the recall. However, the job was poorly done and the cover was partially crunche...

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Reported by willfixit for the Ford Windstar

I noticed over a time putting gas in the vehicle, became a time consuming process. About every $5.00 the the gas pump would stop pumping, and sometimes gas would spew out. After investigation I found that the EVAP Purge Control Solenoid has a screen that can get clogged with dust from the charcoal canister. Which will not allow air to escape out of the tank durring refueling. The EVAP canister is located underneath driverside between the frame...

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Reported by dmjake for the Ford F-350 Super Duty

noticed at about 87,000 miles that I had some oil spots under the truck when parked. Turns out the dipstick tube rotted out and needed to be replaced. It's all over the internet, but Ford won't issue a recall on it. Paid the dealer about $350 to replace. UGH!

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Reported by bmdouble for the Ford Crown Victoria

check wires in visor for visor lights,will chafe and short to ground over time and blow fuse. tape or heat shrink exposed wire to solve problem.

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Reported by bmdouble for the Ford Explorer

resistance in connectors under driver and passenger seat (yellow) will trip codes for pretensioner circuit high. make sure pins are clean and tight and reconnect,clear code,retest.

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Reported by bmdouble for the Ford Mustang

idle will race intermittently. in spec failure of the throttle position sensor,will not trip a code but sensor will be biased on the higher side and the pcm take the idle up. replace tp sensor.

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