I hate those little fu(kers!! I think I lose one everytime I change my plugs. Do I have to go to Ford to get replacments or is there a similar bolt I can get from Home Depot or Lowes? Anybody have any extras they want to get rid of?
get a magnet on a stick it helps a ton. I loosen them up all the way, carefully remove the socket , then stick the magnet in there to pick it out. Never try to take them out with your hands or the fall into the abyss.
And yes I have made a few trips to Ford myself
After my second trip I went to the local autoparts store and they match up one for me that was almost the same but I think it was a 8mm head instead of 7mm...worked fine.
I swear to God, I have never owned a vehicle that has more"no-mans Land" spots than the Lightning. Its like it swallows any washer or bolt that happens to drop down. I cringe everytime something slips out of my big mits...and pray to the God of clumsy mechanics that I hear it hit the ground!!
Originally posted by Mondo1 I swear to God, I have never owned a vehicle that has more"no-mans Land" spots than the Lightning. Its like it swallows any washer or bolt that happens to drop down. I cringe everytime something slips out of my big mits...and pray to the God of clumsy mechanics that I hear it hit the ground!!
like when you loose something in no man's land and get on top of the motor searching. ANY TAKERS?!!! see ya in the rearview mirror!!!
Thats the thing, I have all the proper tools and can get the job done in less than an hour now. I actually have 2 telescoping magnets, but for some reason I was trying to put the bolt back in by hand and dropped the damn thing. Of course it was the one all the way back on the pass side!! I bent one of my magnets all the hell trying to find it. Thanks for the replies guys.
I have yet to drop one of the 7mm bolts yet. I do the plug job in 35 to 45 min. Hour if Im taking my time. Ive done 5 to 6 plug changes trying different plugs. I loosen the bolt all the way and never pull in out of the coil pack and lift the coil pack out with the bolt in it. I install it the same way using the bolt to guide straight to the hole. Havent droped one yet. You have to turn the coil pack at a really bad angle to make it come out. This is just the way I do it, may not work for everyone but might help some out. I guess it does help that Im a mechanic for a living.
Originally posted by Silver_2000_! Damn it I agree with Cliff again ...
masking tape the screw to the socket till its started
use a magnet to remove the screw when taking them out
Frosty in HAdes again, eh? I use 3-M electrical tape 'cause
it molds right around the top of the flange on the screw.
Brandon taught me the trick the first time I changed mine.
Just wrap the socket and let about a 1/16 " overlap on the
top of the bolt ... Sweet !!! After you get it started, I would
use hand to tighten to avoid cross threading them.
I have to agree the no man's land is high on these trucks. I use to curse my Typhoon all the time because I swear you could drop a marble anywhere under the hood and it would NEVER hit the floor.
Now that I've had a Lightning, I kind of long for the day when I use to change plugs on the Typhoon. No coil packs! Plus there was only six of them. haha. The turbo tended to get a little warm if it had been running within the past few hours though... Ouch!