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    C. E. White
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    Default Easiest Way To Change Spark Plugs for a 2000 3.0L OHC Taurus

    Vehicle - 2000 Taurus, 3.0L OHC (2V) V6

    It looks like the plugs on the back of the engine are impossible to
    reach from up top without removing the upper intake manifold. Am I
    missing something? Is there a better way? Can they be reached from
    underneath?

    I'd appreciate any suggestions.

    Ed




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    Nicholas
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    On Wed, 17 Sep 2008 09:19:39 -0400, "C. E. White"
    <cewhite3@removemindspring.com> wrote:

    >Vehicle - 2000 Taurus, 3.0L OHC (2V) V6
    >
    >It looks like the plugs on the back of the engine are impossible to
    >reach from up top without removing the upper intake manifold. Am I
    >missing something? Is there a better way? Can they be reached from
    >underneath?
    >
    >I'd appreciate any suggestions.
    >
    >Ed


    I *think* I can do it but you need the right tools, small hands, and a
    lot of patience.

    change them One at a Time, so as to eliminate the possibility of
    getting the wires mixed up.

    Nick


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    SC Tom
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    "C. E. White" <cewhite3@removemindspring.com> wrote in message
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    > Vehicle - 2000 Taurus, 3.0L OHC (2V) V6
    >
    > It looks like the plugs on the back of the engine are impossible to reach
    > from up top without removing the upper intake manifold. Am I missing
    > something? Is there a better way? Can they be reached from underneath?
    >
    > I'd appreciate any suggestions.
    >
    > Ed


    If it's anything like the Escape 3.0L, the upper manifold does need to be
    removed. It's a number of screws, and the throttle and cruise control cables
    need to be removed. Took me about 3 hours to do all six plugs, but was worth
    the effort. It's not a LOT of work, but it is time-consuming.

    SC Tom



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    Fred
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    I see the same situation for the rear three plugs on my 08 fusion with
    the 3.0 engine.Stuff is in the way. You would think Ford would have one of
    their better
    ideas and make it easier. Even what used to be a simple thing as replacing
    the headlight
    or taillight bulbs is a task on this car. Hopefully I won't have to do these
    things too often.
    I wonder if consumers reports tests cars for ease of maintenance?

    Fred

    "C. E. White" <cewhite3@removemindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:48d10423@kcnews01...
    > Vehicle - 2000 Taurus, 3.0L OHC (2V) V6
    >
    > It looks like the plugs on the back of the engine are impossible to reach
    > from up top without removing the upper intake manifold. Am I missing
    > something? Is there a better way? Can they be reached from underneath?
    >
    > I'd appreciate any suggestions.
    >
    > Ed




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    SC Tom
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    "Fred" <fredvp@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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    >I see the same situation for the rear three plugs on my 08 fusion with
    > the 3.0 engine.Stuff is in the way. You would think Ford would have one of
    > their better
    > ideas and make it easier. Even what used to be a simple thing as replacing
    > the headlight
    > or taillight bulbs is a task on this car. Hopefully I won't have to do
    > these things too often.
    > I wonder if consumers reports tests cars for ease of maintenance?
    >
    > Fred
    >

    Probably not. I think the engineers "inadvertently" makes their vehicles
    harder to work on so that more people will think "it's just too much for me
    to handle" and will take it the dealership for repair$$$$$.

    SC Tom




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    C. E. White
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    "Big Al" <NoSpam@nowhere.net> wrote in message
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    > If it's like my V6 Contour, the rear plugs are a different number
    > than the front plugs. Something about the platinum tip. One set is
    > reverse polarity.
    >
    > Al


    True for the OE plugs, but when you buy replacements, you get double
    platinum plugs and you don't need to care anymore.

    Ed


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    Big Al
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    If it's like my V6 Contour, the rear plugs are a different number than the
    front plugs. Something about the platinum tip. One set is reverse polarity.

    Al



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    Don Byrer
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    On Wed, 17 Sep 2008 09:19:39 -0400, "C. E. White"
    <cewhite3@removemindspring.com> wrote:

    >Vehicle - 2000 Taurus, 3.0L OHC (2V) V6
    >
    >It looks like the plugs on the back of the engine are impossible to
    >reach from up top without removing the upper intake manifold. Am I
    >missing something? Is there a better way? Can they be reached from
    >underneath? > >I'd appreciate any suggestions. >Ed


    Ed, get a factory manual or a subscription to alldata....money well
    spent.

    OK, it's not the exact same chassis or motor...but for my 99 taurus
    3.0 4v:

    ---

    # Remove the RH side of the cowl vent screen, and cowl top extension.
    # Disconnect engine control sensor wiring from the ignition coil.
    Remove the four ignition coil hold-down screws, and remove the
    ignition coil to access the spark plugs on cylinders 1, 2 and 3.
    # Disconnect the electric IMRC actuator electrical connector. Remove
    the mounting screws, and lay the IMRC actuator aside to access the
    spark plugs on cylinders 4, 5 and 6.

    ---

    Plenty of room doing it this way...
    I thought FOR SURE I would have to remove the intake, too...

    --Don
    Don Byrer KJ5KB
    Power & Glider Pilot Guy
    kj5kb-at-hotmail.com

    "I have slipped the surly bonds of earth; now if I can just land without bending the gear..."
    "Watch out for those doves...<smack-smack-smack-smack...>"

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    Itsfrom Click
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    Scott: re: "Ashtray needs cleaning? Take it to the dealer."

    Get real.....our favorite maker has been too cheap to give us ash trays
    for quite some time.....may last 4 Fords haven't had any. Stupid
    me.....I checked off "Smokers Set" when I ordered my Mustang: for $120
    I got a plastic cup and a lighter that the dealer can't figure out how
    to install. Think I'll stop by the Hyundai dealer and see if they've
    got 'em.


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    Sherman
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    Not sure what the diff from my 2001, but I did not remove anything to
    replace the back plugs on mine. I used a spark plug socket on a 3/8"
    ratchet.

    It took me about 15 minutes to do it. I got to the passenger side from
    the passenger side, and got to the middle and driver's side from the
    driver's side. I don't have small hands or am not a contortionist, so
    if it's anything like mine, it's actually not bad.

    I was dreading it, since I had heard how hard it was, but I thought
    since I had 150K on the original plugs, it was time.

    Not sure how similar the 2000's and the 2001's are, but I did not have
    any issue with my 01.

    Good luck,

    Sherman

    On Thu, 18 Sep 2008 18:27:54 -0400, Don Byrer <kj5kb@hotmail.com>
    wrote:

    >On Wed, 17 Sep 2008 09:19:39 -0400, "C. E. White"
    ><cewhite3@removemindspring.com> wrote:
    >
    >>Vehicle - 2000 Taurus, 3.0L OHC (2V) V6
    >>
    >>It looks like the plugs on the back of the engine are impossible to
    >>reach from up top without removing the upper intake manifold. Am I
    >>missing something? Is there a better way? Can they be reached from
    >>underneath? > >I'd appreciate any suggestions. >Ed

    >
    >Ed, get a factory manual or a subscription to alldata....money well
    >spent.
    >
    >OK, it's not the exact same chassis or motor...but for my 99 taurus
    >3.0 4v:
    >
    >---
    >
    ># Remove the RH side of the cowl vent screen, and cowl top extension.
    ># Disconnect engine control sensor wiring from the ignition coil.
    >Remove the four ignition coil hold-down screws, and remove the
    >ignition coil to access the spark plugs on cylinders 1, 2 and 3.
    ># Disconnect the electric IMRC actuator electrical connector. Remove
    >the mounting screws, and lay the IMRC actuator aside to access the
    >spark plugs on cylinders 4, 5 and 6.
    >
    >---
    >
    >Plenty of room doing it this way...
    >I thought FOR SURE I would have to remove the intake, too...
    >
    >--Don
    >Don Byrer KJ5KB
    >Power & Glider Pilot Guy
    >kj5kb-at-hotmail.com
    >
    >"I have slipped the surly bonds of earth; now if I can just land without bending the gear..."
    >"Watch out for those doves...<smack-smack-smack-smack...>"



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