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Ok, here is my dilemma.

I'm going to Powell Friday (4 am), so I picked up new spark plugs for my boat motors, and 1999 F150, 5.4 liter engine. I had the oil changed in my truck, did the boat motors gear oil last fall. Tonight, after work (its 7:30 now) I checked the gap on the new boat plugs and installed them, rotated 2 trailer tires - installed a replacement on another. The boat is ready to go! So I grabbed the spark plugs for my truck, headed over to the truck, popped the hood, and noticed it does not have spark plugs. None that I can see anyway... where are they in a 1999 F150?

So here is the deal, (a deal of a lifetime says I), Someone that has a few mechanical skills and knows a 1999 F150 well, installs my spark plugs for me, and in exchange they go fishing on my boat with me for one day, I'll even throw in my fishing expertise.

So a couple hours of labor say $100, fishing with me for the day, priceless.
 

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For anyone that doesnt know, this is a great deal, on a great boat, with a great guide.


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Your engine is a Triton V-8. That means it is a cop; aka coil on plug. The plugs are down underneath the valve cover. You will need a special tool to pull them. Or $600 at Ford Dealership. Good luck.
 

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Oh great... I figured they must be there, some where. I have 135k (50 k are my miles). I don't know if they have ever been changed. And right after I had the transmission done.

Anyone know a good place (other than the Ford dealer) to have it done. The west side of town is best.
 
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My wife takes her car to a guy on old Golden raod- My Favorite Mechanic or something like that. Took a Jimmy to him that his code reader wouldn't work on and he didn't charge a dime.
 

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Do you have reason to believe your plugs are giving any trouble? Like, missing at low speeds when under load? Reduced mileage? Hard starting? If not, I'd say go fishing and worry about it later.

That will give you time to buy a repair manual for your make and year, at some automotive parts store, and study the step by step instructions to see if it's a job you can tackle yourself. Get one with lots of pictures.

If you decide against it, at least you'll be able to describe the situation in the technical language that mechanics relate to, which will intimidate them and keep them from overcharging you. ;)
 

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Thanks WE,

It has been running a little rough at idle a few times (not consistantly) the last month or two, and but it burns gas just a little faster, which is fast, 8-9 mpg with the boat in tow. What book should I order?
 

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If it truly has a plug problem, you will notice it most when it is lugging the boat up a hill, in the form of missing or running unevenly. That doesn't mean it's about to leave you stranded or anything, but it is replacement time.

Check your auto parts store to see what manuals they have for your model and year. Like, I have one that says on the front, "Ford Ranger Pick-ups, 1993 thru 2005 all models".

Haynes makes a decent manual, and Chilton is always good. Expect to spend somewhere between $15 and $20 for it.
 

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Hey T
My Durango idels rough from time to time and when it does I pop the cover off my throttle body (TB) and spray the heck out of it with carb/TB cleaner, the idea behind it is the ports for idle air control (IAC) get clogged with carbon thus making it unsure how to adjust the mass air flow sensor (MAP) thus making it idle rough. But when im movin it works great. So for like 3 dollers I would give that a try first ;D
 
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Terre - one suggestion (just a thought while reading through the post). I have a liking for Ford trucks and one common traight I've seen through the years is they like to breathe. I'm not familiar with your year and model but I would check the air filter as well - this may be one of the things contributing to the gas mileage and rough idle. As far as modern trucks, I've had a 93 F-250, I have a 02 Ranger, and I have a 01 F-250 Diesel - the more air that flows through those engines the more efficient they are and the more power they have.

My 93 F-250 had the aftermarket K & N drum filter and the thing would scream up I-70 even when it had a trailer attached. I have the factory replacement K & N on the Ranger and it helps. Saving my pennies and still deciding on what to do with the diesel.

Good luck and have fun in Powell!
 

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Ed,

The air filter didn't look too dirty yesterday when they changed the oil... Maybe I'll get a new one anyway.

Thanks everyone.
 

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A K&N air filter will help a good amount, especially in the mountains. The best thing though would be to do a cat-back exhaust and an air filter. That's when you will notice a mpg increase and a huge power increase.

Run B&G's fuel treatment on the trip. The City of Arvada will only use it on their vehicles and its what my family uses. Its a little bit more exspensive but it will clean out your fuel system the best. Rough idle can be caused by a ton of stuff but bad fuel atomization is a common factor. It wouldnt hurt to try what Big_Blue said along wiht this treatment. Wait until you spray off your throttle body, it will change colors.
 

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A K&N air filter will help a good amount, especially in the mountains. The best thing though would be to do a cat-back exhaust and an air filter. That's when you will notice a mpg increase and a huge power increase.
Good idea HFC only one thing is if she is gunna buy a $300 to $500 exhaust she might want to throw a cold air intake (best k&N) with a jegs chip in it for the realy big notice only around a $1000 total but well worth it. Did a guys truck at work, but he used a vortex exhaust insteed of the catback. Oh and the BG treatment you are talking about is called BG44K great stuff about $20 a can and it works great.
 
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