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Spark Plugs May be Difficult to Remove on Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Spark plugs in the Ford Explorer Sport Trac 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 for the removal of each broken spark plug.

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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Vehicles With This Problem

RepairPal Fair Price Estimate
$131-$235
RepairPal Verified
Average mileage: 113,000 (71,000–185,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4.6L V8, 4WD
5 model years affected: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, more2008
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