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Spark Plug Replacment

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Razorman, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. Razorman

    Razorman Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    I have a 99 250 SD, The truck started missing so I went to the local Firestone and told them to do a tuneup. The guy called me about 2 hrs later and told me it would be $300.00 to change the plugs. I told him I will be out to get it. What I want to know is why does it cost that much to install $30 worth of plugs. I think I will try and do it myself.
  2. RYDER

    RYDER Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    A tune-up normaly is plugs, dis. cap and rottor, and plud wires, and the rest is shop labor. I'll do it for $200.00payup
  3. Razorman

    Razorman Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    I know what a tune up is done it a hundred times.I don't have the time to do it but for that price I'll make time. Thanks for the automotive lesson:waving:
  4. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    sounds like they really want to retire soon as ripoff artists.:gunsfiring: gougers
  5. repo_man62

    repo_man62 Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    And a new fuel filter!
  6. 85F150

    85F150 Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    good luck finding the dizz cap and rotor.....my 96 4.6l doesn't even have that. Mayeb they were going to replace the coil packs on each cyl too? I know it is a PITA on the 4.6/5.4 to change the plugs and the wires. Did you ask them what their tuneup includes? Might be a good rate if they are repalcing alot of things
  7. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    A tuneup should be:
    Replace spark plugs and wires Cap/Rotor if it has them - check coil pack for cracks/arcing, Dielectric grease on each end of the wires, Fuel filter / filters, check / replace Air filter any breathers replaced, PCV replaced, if it has settable timing it is checked.
    You can have near 1/2 that $300 cost in good quality parts and filters if it's done completely.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2005
  8. ksland

    ksland Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 419

    You have the V10?
  9. Razorman

    Razorman Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Yep sure do
  10. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    no cap no rotor no wires it has coil on top of the plug with a small boot.Takes about .5 hour to change all plugs and I have replaced many coils (they are only held in by 1 small bolt)

    Messages: 82

    i`ll second that it is a pain in the you know what to do, individual coil packs on each cylinder. had to remove alot of little things on mine just to expose enough room to get at the coil pack I had to change. So $300 well high yes but its sure not the same as working on a vehicle of the past....
  12. Razorman

    Razorman Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    You got that right, not like the old ones
  13. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Yeah, I forget I am still stuck in the late 80's early 90's with truck repairs.
    I grew up with 4V carb's, points, vacuum advance, dwell gage's and setting the timing by turning the distributor.
    But I did learn one thing, Get The repair manual, it tells you how to do it most times! If not go to the library they have better manuals.
  14. MBB

    MBB Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    tune up

    Flate rate is about 300.00 even at the dealers. Beaware that the plugs are only in by 5 0r 6 threads and are real easy to stripout, there is a cover plate that has to be removed before you can even see them. plug price isn't too bad, wires with coils ouch!
  15. sefh

    sefh Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    I have a 99 SD with V-10 and my local Ford Dealer told me that you should replaced the spark plugs around 70,000 - 80,000 miles. If not they have a tendacy to foul out or let loose from the head and that will cost $$$$$
  16. 85F150

    85F150 Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    screw that....i stick with earlier mileage change that used to be evry 12,000 miles. I usually change my plugs every year though, especially in my 4.6l since it has aluminum heads, i don't want to take the chance of them gettin stripped out, even if you take it to a dealer your wallet will still get ripped if they strip it out. They will find a way to say lack of maintence and put the cost on you.

    BTW i use permatex antiseize on all the plugs to help get them beack out. Also I don't trust the dealers to blow the sparkplu holes out as well as i do. Seems how the 5.4 and 4.6 are 4 inches deep inside the vavle covers, there is alot of crap that gets in there.

    Somethin funny i read the other day in a service manual said no need to ever change the Auto tranny fluid unless the vehicle is being abused, then maybe every 30xxx miles. To me daily driving an auto tranny is abuse
  17. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

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  18. k brown

    k brown Junior Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 13

    i work at a ford dealership, and yes they are a pain to replace.
    you need a 7mm socket to get the coil packs out.
    it`s not bad to do,just time consuming.