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Old 08-24-2015, 02:54 PM   #1
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Spark Plug change

I know this is going to come off as super noob. But please give me the benefit of the doubt as I am trying to learn to do this myself.

I want to do a spark plug change myself on my 2011. I have the NGK plugs and a upper intake manifold gasket. However, I am a little clueless on how to actually do it. I see talk about gapping plugs and such. The only other time I have ever changed spark plugs was on my old 3000GT and it did not need any "Gap" for the plugs. Do they simply go in? PLEASE someone explain this to me
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Most plugs are already gapped. Not hard to change out the plugs. Just need proper tools and elbow grease


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Old 08-24-2015, 03:10 PM   #4
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I saw that and this part confused me:

These were gapped over .45 from the factory. Nick the tuner at ProCharger recommended I gap them from .35 to .38 (because of the blower)

Does that mean without a blower, you want it "gapped" at .45? From what I see so far, Gapping is just how far the metal tip is from the electrode and you adjust accordingly?
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Most plugs are already gapped. Not hard to change out the plugs. Just need proper tools and elbow grease


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ALWAYS double check that they are properly gapped. There have been plenty of times where they say they come gapped, and I end up having to redo them
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Ok. I got the ones from MPT. Not sure how good they are about gapping and such. I will go buy the tool needed to check the gap tonight.
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^ yea absolutely u should always question everything. To the op the company that sold in the blower do they sell the plugs as a kit with the blower? Meaning thatvtheybwill be gapped specific for the blower


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Old 08-24-2015, 03:17 PM   #8
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Not sure. I bought the 6 plugs by themselves.
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That's ok gapping is no biggie. Ul b fine installing them. If the plugs are tough to remove don't be scared to give it a good torque to remove it. They won't break


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Alrighty. And since I will be replacing all 6, I guess it doesn't matter what order they go in right? Is there a bolt sequence for the upper intake manifold?
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No specific order... As far as the manifold it should just unsnap. No bolts hold it together


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You sure? I thought the upper intake manifold was held in by 6-7 bolts...

"Now for the Passenger side. You will need to remove the intake manifold. There are 7 bolts on the top."
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My bad I was thinking valve cover.. Ur right


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My setup is diff than yours


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Make sure to use anti-seize on the threads when reinstalling!
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Make sure to use anti-seize on the threads when reinstalling!

That's more of a preference.. Not required. I didn't put any on mine. Than again im not gonna drive my car 10's of thousands of miles before replacing them


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Old 08-24-2015, 04:07 PM   #17
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I will pick some up with the gap tool/item tonight. Kind of nervous to do this. lol. So when putting the spark plugs back in, am I ok to used the socket wrench/deep spark plug socket to screw in the plugs or will this mess up their thread?
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That's fine.. And don't be nervous U won't mess anythyhing up. When u put the plugs in hand tighten first than use the socket to prob tighten a little more. Best way I can explain if u were looking at a clock tighten to 1:00


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Old 08-24-2015, 04:16 PM   #19
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Thanks! Not sure if I will attempt this tonight or wait until this weekend.
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Post ur results and if u have any question u can pm me. I'm not a professional but I've changed plugs on my own car so I know what it entails.


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Old 08-24-2015, 04:24 PM   #21
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Will do. Just hoping getting the upper intake manifold doesn't take long. On the 3000GT, that part alone is a good hour.
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It will prob take u around that long if u haven't done it before. U shouldn't worry about time if u never done it . Ul prob need a couple hrs befor Everything is finished


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Old 08-24-2015, 06:02 PM   #23
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So the plugs are gapped from MPT at .42. Is that ok?

I will have to do this, this weekend. Just to be safe and give myself plenty of time. I picked up Anti-seize gel and the dielectric grease just in case. Also got a gap checker and a spark plug socket.
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Well if u said that the company that sold u the blower said .35-.38 I think ? If u trust this guy and he knows what ur trying to do than I would say go ahead.


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Well if u said that the company that sold u the blower said .35-.38 I think ? If u trust this guy and he knows what ur trying to do than I would say go ahead.


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I have no idea what you are talking about. lol. I didn't buy a blower. This car is completely stock from Ford w/ the performance package. I am looking for stock specs.
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I saw that and this part confused me:

These were gapped over .45 from the factory. Nick the tuner at ProCharger recommended I gap them from .35 to .38 (because of the blower)

Does that mean without a blower, you want it "gapped" at .45? From what I see so far, Gapping is just how far the metal tip is from the electrode and you adjust accordingly?

That's what made me think u had a blower


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This is happening on the 2011
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Oh nah. That was just a quote from the link au01st posted.
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I honestly don't know what the specs are for ur car and I don't wanna tell u something that wouldn't t be true. I would remove ur old plug and check what that is and match that withy the new plug. When u bought the plug did u specify it was for if car? Even if u did still check the old plug and c where it's set at. Also why r u replacing the plugs?


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Yea for some reason I thought u had a 14


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He has 2 3.7's. 11 & 14
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I will keep googling but I am sure someone has changed plugs on a 3.7 that can lend this info.
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:59 PM   #34
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Yea, I can't find anything for our 3.7s :/ Just need the gap specs at this point to be 100% sure.
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.45 gap from the factory.


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