I recently acquired a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac and needed to do some basic maintenance work, which included an oil and filter change, radiator flush, replacement of spark plugs, and the like. It is a pretty tight engine compartment, with all the power take-off accessories.
Everything went well until I came to the spark plugs. This is on a 4-liter V-6. The driver side access isnít too bad -- sans a few cuts and scrapes. But the passenger side -- wow! The forward plug wasnít that hard, despite a few choice words I uttered. The last two plugs required jacking the truck up and removing the tire and some wheel-well skirting. Really? I got the job done, but in my entire life I have never spent four-plus hours changing spark plugs, which is what it took. Now that I know how, I could do it a little faster. Instead though, I think I will sell the vehicle.
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