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Old 04-23-2011, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default 3.0 tune up. whats involved?

So want to change my plugs over to the E3's.
Looking at the 3.0 V6. see the intake plenum looks like it had to come off.

question I have....

is there a basket that has to be changed before you put the plenum back on?.

how hard is it to change plugs on the 3.0 V6?
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:14 PM   #2
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Do yourself a favor and stay away from snake oil. Snake oil is a product that provides no benefit to you. If you are lucky, it provides no detriment either, but don't hold your breath. E3 plugs fit that category. Snake oil products have a few things in common. They are really well designed for their purpose. Their purpose is to get you to part with your money. In order to do that, the advertising copy must compelling. Factual has nothing to do with it.

That said, the Ford shop manual for the 2010 Fusion 3.0 shows that the upper intake manifold must be removed to access the rear bank. It only mentions replacing the gaskets. Nothing about a basket.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:52 PM   #3
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From the repair manual
http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/149/sparkplugs1.jpg
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/3425/sparkplugs2.jpg
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:57 PM   #4
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Sorry bud, some of this got messed up in the copy and paste from the .pdf

Quote:
5 Intake manifold - removal and
installation
Upper intake manifold
Removal
Refer to illustrations 5.5 and 5.12
1 Disconnect the cable from the negative
battery terminal (see Chapter 5).
2 Remove the air filter housing and the
intake duct (see Chapter 4).
3 Remove the engine cover, if equipped.
4 Disconnect the connector at the electronic
throttle body, and any coolant hoses or
other connectors at the throttle body.
5 On 3.0L engines, disconnect the MAP
sensor connector, the EGR valve electrical
connector and the EGR pipe (see illustration).
6 Disconnect the EVAP hose, brake
booster vacuum hose and PCV hose.
7 On 3.5L engines, disconnect the heated
PCV valve connector.
8 Disconnect the vacuum lines and elec-
5.12 Rembvethe
gaskets fiom the
upper intake manifold
: reassembly
trical connectors
fold. Be sure tq
correct
9 Remove
and position th^ wiring
On 3.5L engines
near the throttle!
10 Remove tlji
manifold brace(
both a long bra
throttle body).
11 Looseni this
(see illustratio
bolts
fold.
12 Remove al
lower intake manifold
tion).
Installation
Refer to i/lustra
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13 Ifthegask
ing surfaces
around the
such as the EG
it is cracked
14 Install ne;
faces are cleah
from the upper intake manimark
them with tape to insure
e wire harness bracket nuts
harness off to the side.
5, remove the manifold brace,
body end of the manifold.
mounting bolt from the upper
s). On some models, there is
;e and a short brace (near the
upper intake manifold bolts.
ite of the tightening sequence
i 5.15a or 5.15b). Note: The
are capti\Jt s and come out with the man/-
Follow the oppo site sequ
discard the upper intake-togaskets
(see illustra-
'ons 5.15a and 5.15b
;t was leaking, check the matwarpage.
Check carefully
mounting points of components
pipe. Replace the manifold if
or tjiadly warped.
gaskets. If the mating surand
flat, new gaskets will
ensure the joint is sealed. Don't use any kind
of sealant on any part of the fuel system or
intake manifold.
15 Locate the upper manifold on the lower
manifold and install the fasteners. Tighten
the fasteners in three or four steps, in the
sequence shown (see illustrations), to the
torque listed in this Chapter's Specifications.
16 Install the remaining parts in the reverse
order of removal.
17 Reconnect the battery. After you're done,
the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) must
relearn its idle and fuel trim strategy for optimum
driveability and performance (see Chapter
5).
18 When the engine is fully warm, check for
fuel and vacuum leaks. Road test the vehicle
and check for proper operation of all components.
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:09 AM   #5
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Fus1on
Thank you for the info. This might be more than I am willing/or have time to take on.

Probably just buy the plugs and have the dealer do it.

Again thanks for the Info.
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You are welcome and I don't blame you for letting them do it just in case the worst did happen but you should be OK, just do one step at a time.

Ford did make it known that to do this only with the engine cold, I guess they are starting to warn people after the problems they have had with their 4.6L, 5.4L and 6.8L engine's aluminum heads and the dissimilar material used in spark plugs causing the threads to strip out.
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:48 PM   #7
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[quote author=fus10 link=topic=189754.msg4002733#msg4002733 date=1303618178]
Fus1on
Thank you for the info. This might be more than I am willing/or have time to take on.

Probably just buy the plugs and have the dealer do it.

Again thanks for the Info.
[/quote]

Ask the dealer how much they charge using their plugs and how much if you bring your own. Some shops charge a higher hourly rate when you bring your own parts.

I've don't this several times on my Lincoln LS. It's the same 3.0 engine just facing the proper way, front to back. It seems harder than it actually is and will be easier not having to work against the firewall but the engine is horizontally opposed in the fusion making for easier access.
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