Feds Urged to Act on Ford Spark Plug Blow-Outs

Full story: Consumeraffairs.com

A California lawyer is petitioning federal regulators to recall about 17 million Ford vehicles, including F-Series pickup trucks, because of a problem that can cause spark plugs to blow out.

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Rhino

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Jan 7, 2006
 
My sons 2002 Harley F-150 just blew out a plug on the passengers side while driving down the freeway. Bob Rinehart
chris

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Jan 28, 2006
 
Rhino wrote:
My sons 2002 Harley F-150 just blew out a plug on the passengers side while driving down the freeway. Bob Rinehart
my 1998(bought used) blew the number one spark plug. ford warranty expired less than 150 miles previous. ford wanted over 3000 to fix it 1400 for the head(one head when can i could get performance heads for 1350 from bower ford in georgia)1600 for labor. put a helicoil in cost me 30 bucks ford said wouldn't hold knock on would has been 16 months. my uncles blew the 4 plug
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My 99 Ford Expedition Just blew a spark plug. It happened about 2pm on Christmas eve 2005. There went my kids Christmas because I purchased a FORD. It is the the spark plug in the back on the passenger side. I called Ford and they said that have never heard of this problem. They told me they would get back to me, I have never heard form them!! There is a petition in california about this porblem. I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER FORD AND NONE OF MY IMMEDIATE FAMILY OR FRIENDS WILL EITHER. Josh Groce
Heather

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Feb 2, 2006
 
My 2001 Excursion blew 2 sparkplugs not once but twice after being fixed. My husband bought a rebuilt head and wouldn't you know the rebuilt head had the exact same problem fixed on it. I've called and complined to Ford but nothing was done. California has a class action lawsuit going anybody in Tennesse want to get one started
Aaron Wunderlich

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Feb 11, 2006
 

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2000 Ford Lightning with 88k sounded like a valve tick or exhaust leak then boom pop pop pop...3 rd cylinder back on passenger side, threads stripped and cylinder head is toast, $2600 to fix at dealership. Arizona
Richard Trabisco

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Feb 16, 2006
 
I have a 2003 F-250 pickup truck and a spark plug blew out. I had never heard of this problem- and I am now finding out it seems to be a problem in Ford trucks!
Not a lot of help nor cooperation from Ford...I live in New York - and chance of a class action suit here?
Brian G

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Feb 19, 2006
 

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2001 Ford Expedition, 5.4 Triton. Blew #3 plug while climbing a hill. When replacing all 8 plugs and coils the mechanic told me the #3 plug was out of it's socket. Apparently I'm lucky since I only spent $700. I'm going to trade-in this potentially huge problem unless Ford does the right thing and fixes it.
Joe W

Ann Arbor, MI

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Feb 20, 2006
 
1999 Ford F-150 with 107k miles.. just blew my first spark plug.
Matt

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Feb 20, 2006
 
1997 F150 5.4L, been good so far, but blew #3 plug and I could even forgive that if you could get to it to fix it with a helicoil, but, the engine compt is so tight, you can not get to the repair without taking off the head. It blew at 120K, going 15 mph down my street on my way home from work. There are no more Fords in my - or anyone I can tell about this problems future. Every mechanic I've talked to has said the same thing....bad design. And Ford knows it.
Stacy

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Feb 23, 2006
 

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1999 ford expedition eddie baur my only transportation blew out a spark plug for the third time this time for good two more years of paying on it quotes over 2k to fix. Hiho hiho back to public transportation I go, as a single parent with a low pay job, hiho hiho hiho hiho.
Roger

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Feb 23, 2006
 
Found this website after learning that my 2001 F150 5.4L with 86k miles just blew a spark plug. The dealer out here in California just quoted me $4200 to replace heads or $5500 to replace engine. Nice..... Looks like I'll be contacting attorney Donald Ricketts regarding the class action lawsuit!
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Feb 26, 2006
 
i have a 2002 4.6l spark plug blew out in november i had a helly coil put in and today it blew out again same cylinder now i need a new head this is rediculous cost me 600 bucks last time and didn t even last two months please act on ford to cover these costs
HotrodBob

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Feb 27, 2006
 
I have a 1997 used Ford Expedition which blew out a spark plug as I was moving household items from our rental to our new house. My wife and I haven't even closed on the house yet and now this crap happens. I hope that Ford wakes up and takes onwnership of this problem because I will never buy another Ford ever again. I will simply stick to purchasing Dodge, Chevrolet, or older hotrods.
rick nigh anchorage ak

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Feb 28, 2006
 
I have a 99 f250 when I went to start it,it made
a loud popping sound, a sound everybody knows to well around here.The dealer ships here act like they have never heard of this before but I know the are lying.
hotrod bob call me im in the book
anthony gullo

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Mar 10, 2006
 
2000 ford f-150 4.6 liter 2nd time a spark plug has blown out very tired vvery broke
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I have a 2002 Ford F-150 with the 5.4 Triton V8. The whole truck has been well taken care of and maintained since the day I drove it off the lot. The 2nd cylinder on the driver's side blew out a spark plug at 94,000 miles. Pretty smart on Ford's part to set the extended warranty expiration at 90,000. Thanks Ford, you lost a thrid generation consumer. My son's getting a Chevy
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We just paid over $5,000 to have Ford Repair our 1999 E-350 van when a spark plug blew out of the cylinder head. The van has always been well cared for and the Ford dealer that repaired the car is the only one that has ever serviced the vehicle.
Leo

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My 1997 F150 just launched its first spark plug today!!! Went right through the hood and into my eye just to add insult to injury!$3500.00 for the repair and $.25 for a glass marble to replace the eye. Peace Leo
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It cost me over $3000 to fix my 1998 F 150, 5.4 engine with a blown spark plug. Has anyone started a class action lawsuit? I want in.
Fred from NJ

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Apr 5, 2006
 
I just want to thank all of you for your postings, cause if not for all of your bad luck I would hav had my plugs blow as well. As I was searching for my problem I came across yours. What really has me upset is I brought my 1999 E-350 with the V-10 into a Ford dealer and they said the vehicle had no problem, when I could feel such a reduction in power and heard what sounded like a valve tap. I though maybe the porcelin seperated from the plug housing. I've changed the plugs and indeed found a loose plug. By the way it was a factory plug.

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