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#4054548 - 03/25/20 04:17 PM Re: Really worried about doing a tune up. 98 Ford CV [Re: Lance01]
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Registered: 03/22/20
Posts: 28
Loc: San Diego, CA
Originally Posted By Lance01
Originally Posted By CrystalPistol
About California … I'd move back to Texas.

About spark plugs
… I had a '98, a '00, and a '06 CVPI during the last 12 years of my career as a state LEO, run them cars like you owned them, never an issue. That '98 was so tough, I bought a '01 Mercury GM in 2001. That '00 was a low miles (25K) reissue that was initially issed to OJL, in his basic, boy only knew two speeds, "get up" & "fly" was all he knew. I turned in my '98 as the radios got messed up and they (Sgt.s)decided to send it to Richmond to be stripped of police stuff & sold at auction, he turned in the '00 to get a car with extra cameras, I took his used '00. I put well over 110K miles on the '98 & then up over 136K on the '00, was times I run them flat out for miles & miles on end, never a hiccup.

Plugs were changed a few times,
always used MC plugs with nickel bodies,
dry with NO anti-seize,
torqued them about 11-13 ft lbs always …
did the same on my '01 Mercury that I still have, no issues.

Yeah, state paid mechanics bill, it was usually less because I usually did work and he would help me on my cars or let me use his lift in his garage or his tire changer & balancer … aka: barter deal.

Virtually, might near, "bullet proof" cars in my book. The '06 was also problem free, I put 86K on it, retired, my replacement wrecked his car and took mine, he ran it way up to over 160K before he got a new one as Richmond had a delayed order & backlog.


Had to lol.. I lived in that state for 8 years.


Just moved here, this is about Ford Panther platform not divisive partisan politics.
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#4054552 - 03/25/20 04:20 PM Re: Really worried about doing a tune up. 98 Ford CV [Re: SDHOUHK07]
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Registered: 03/22/20
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Loc: San Diego, CA
Thanks for the feedback y’all. I’ll post my results on the tune up next several months. Yeah, I have to set a budget for that as it will include all new coils and plugs.
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My personal quotes:

"Take care of your liabilities, even if they don't go up in value over time."
"Working for an hourly wage and collecting a biweekly check is not a path to happiness and wealth, it is just a safety net to keep you from being homeless!"

1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX with Handling Performance Package dressed up in Ford factory medium wedgewood blue metallic clearcoat paint with dark denim blue leather interior. It's my first car ever bought! Stock as of now. Nothing wild put on it. Paid in FULL, because making 7 year plus interest note on a new car, SUCKS!

My cars before were "hand me downs" and were a 1995 Oldsmobile Achieva, 1996 Chevrolet Corsica, 1991 Toyota Corolla, and 2004 Chevrolet Impala. All gone and forgotten.


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#4054558 - 03/25/20 04:55 PM Re: Really worried about doing a tune up. 98 Ford CV [Re: SDHOUHK07]
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@ the OP...what Tenevic said pretty much sums it up.

You really don't need new COPs unless you have a misfire now. They aren't a wear item like the plugs.
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#4054660 - 03/26/20 12:54 AM Re: Really worried about doing a tune up. 98 Ford CV [Re: RF_Overlord]
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Posts: 28
Loc: San Diego, CA
Originally Posted By RF_Overlord
@ the OP...what Tenevic said pretty much sums it up.

You really don't need new COPs unless you have a misfire now. They aren't a wear item like the plugs.


Have no misfires yet, although it was running rough when I first got it but doing a little sea foam helped smooth it out. I may get the boots for it and either Motorcraft finewire plugs or NGK Iridiums
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My personal quotes:

"Take care of your liabilities, even if they don't go up in value over time."
"Working for an hourly wage and collecting a biweekly check is not a path to happiness and wealth, it is just a safety net to keep you from being homeless!"

1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX with Handling Performance Package dressed up in Ford factory medium wedgewood blue metallic clearcoat paint with dark denim blue leather interior. It's my first car ever bought! Stock as of now. Nothing wild put on it. Paid in FULL, because making 7 year plus interest note on a new car, SUCKS!

My cars before were "hand me downs" and were a 1995 Oldsmobile Achieva, 1996 Chevrolet Corsica, 1991 Toyota Corolla, and 2004 Chevrolet Impala. All gone and forgotten.


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#4054688 - 03/26/20 06:38 AM Re: Really worried about doing a tune up. 98 Ford CV [Re: SDHOUHK07]
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There are several CVN members in your general area. If you get cold feet, see if someone will help you learn the procedure.

(obviously, best if someone local to you happened to read this thread)
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#4054786 - 03/26/20 08:57 PM Re: Really worried about doing a tune up. 98 Ford CV [Re: SDHOUHK07]
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Registered: 10/16/01
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Originally Posted By SDHOUHK07
Originally Posted By Lance01
[quote=CrystalPistol]About California … I'd move back to Texas.
[b]


Just moved here, this is about Ford Panther platform not divisive partisan politics.
Oh, I don't think I mentioned any politics. I'm originally from Texas, been to California a couple times, Texas wins in my book. If you see divisive partisan politics in my friendly off handed remark, then that's your misfortune and none of my own.
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#4060692 - 04/27/20 05:59 PM Re: Really worried about doing a tune up. 98 Ford CV [Re: SDHOUHK07]
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Registered: 11/03/17
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Loc: Florida
Had a few CV's never jacked up a plug yet. To the OP I would worry more about the intake manifold than the plugs. if its an original intake its way over due for a change.
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#4060886 - 04/28/20 11:50 PM Re: Really worried about doing a tune up. 98 Ford CV [Re: SDHOUHK07]
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I changed the plugs in my 08 CVPI 2 years ago and so far no issues. Also check over your vacuum lines. Seems it is pretty common for Ford EVAP purge hoses to go bad. Both my CVPI and Ranger had rotted EVAP purge lines, (the line going fr8m the EVAP purge valve to the intake manifold).
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#4060906 - 04/29/20 04:00 AM Re: Really worried about doing a tune up. 98 Ford CV [Re: SDHOUHK07]
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Welcome to CVN! I guess much of it has been covered already, but these two videos are worth watching before you buy any parts:





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#4062994 - 05/13/20 02:36 PM Re: Really worried about doing a tune up. 98 Ford CV [Re: SDHOUHK07]
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Registered: 10/24/19
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Loc: Warrenton, OR
Torque the plugs down by hand. Don't use a torque wrench on them. If you under torque them, they will loosen up and that is what causes them to blow out and ruin the threads. 11 pounds of torque is almost nothing and you will run a higher risk of problems. That is the factory torque spec and they have been known to blow out since they were new. It is too little torque. Motorcraft double platinums, hand torqued with a regular handle length 3/8" drive socket wrench and you wont have any problems.

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