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Feds Urged to Act on Ford Spark Plug Blow-Outs

There are 1360 comments on the Consumeraffairs.com story from Sep 30, 2005, titled Feds Urged to Act on Ford Spark Plug Blow-Outs. In it, Consumeraffairs.com reports that:

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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Wallburg, NC

#1394 Jun 17, 2013
Just bought a used 2001 expedition a week and 2 days ago and my whole spark plug still inside the core pack blew out that really sucks I thought I was.getting a good vehicle but it turned out to be a piece of crap im calling ford and a lawyer cause it is to many of the same occurrences and issues with the spark plugs blowing out for ford to keep acting like this is not a issue that they need to recall asap im a single parent and I cant afford this high dollar headache specially after having the expedition 1week and 2 days
William Cooper

Washington, DC

#1395 Jun 17, 2013
I have a 2004 ford f 150 that just blow out a spark plug with 79 thousand miles on itwhen is ford going to fix this
Adam Schirling

Pawtucket, RI

#1396 Jun 21, 2013
2000 Expedition 5.4L and 139,000 miles, blew the #8 plug when I started it yesterday. I'm a disabled unemployed vet, and fixing this truck is goi g to wipe me out financially, but I have too much money in the truck to sell for such a loss, even if anyone would buy it as it sits now. Really really sucks that Ford knew about this. It's my 3rd ford with a 5.4 and I have never once had his problem with the others.

Kansas City, MO

#1398 Jul 1, 2013
Ford Explorer 148k on the milage, 4.6L, fkn just blew out a spark plug..

Gainesville, TX

#1399 Jul 4, 2013
Two days ago #7 plug on a Mercury Grand Marquis with 126,000 miles blew out. What a surprise! Of course, I don't have to tell people looking at this site that it was expensive to fix. The real problem is that Ford hasn't been willing to do anything about it. I don't know who developed the repair kit. I hope it holds. The mechanic who repaired the plug said that two other plugs were loose. According to neighbor who is a Ford dealership mechanic, there aren't enough threads in the head to hold the plug in place, and they start to screw out. I suppose engine compression causes that. I have a 2002 Ford F150, and I'm going to check the plugs on that and on the Mercury on a regular basis. Of course, Ford should assume the responsibility for the repair, and, if necessary, provide new heads for all of the defective vehicles. I've been happy with the truck and the car, but I probably won't buy another Ford product. I'm thinking seriously of selling both of the vehicles now even though I don't want to do so. I'll be looking seriously at new car and truck ads and special offers. It would be better to be out a little money now than to be stuck far from home because of a blow out spark plug. I wonder if Ford is still making engines with know flaws. Don't you?
Paul from Toronto

Toronto, Canada

#1400 Jul 5, 2013
6 weeks ago, my 2008 Ford Focus blew a spark plug - cost me $800 to fix and just last weekend I blew my 2nd plug in less than 2 months. Now they're replacing the Engine Head which will cost me $1300 plus towing costs.....GRRR....really would like to see some compensation for the problem.

The car has 160k and should be good for another 160k once this is done.

Don't know if I'd buy Ford again.
Paul from Toronto

Toronto, Canada

#1401 Jul 5, 2013
Cruz wrote:
How can I get in on spark plug blown out
Why would you ever want that? It's inconvenient and very expensive.

Stay on the side of 'well made vehicle engines.'

Minneapolis, MN

#1402 Jul 10, 2013
I just got out of work and put gas into my truck. Pulled out of the gas station and about a mile down the road I had a boom under the hood. I pulled off the side of the road and it was the 3rd plug in on the passenger side of the motor. If this is a problem that happens in alot of trucks, Ford should be fixing this and figuring out why this keeps occurring in their vehicles.

“Long road ahead ”

Since: Jan 10

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#1403 Jul 14, 2013
Each one of you bitchin about this are clueless idiots ! Do some research before crying ! None of you have a clue ! A bunch of sheep following a thread started by other idiots ! I banged my head on this wall for a bit , then I found out how stupid the people posting are ! Clueless on how an engine works , Clueless on how to properly repair one , and clueless on how to properly maintain one ! Stupid idiots with no clue !
Bill W

Deland, FL

#1405 Aug 3, 2013
Had my first blowout at 102,000 miles in my 2004 f 150 supercab. The dealer replaced all of the plugs stating "this will fix the problem. it cost me $700.00 to do the repair. 32,000 miles later I had another blowout and it cost me $500.00 to replace one plug. I am getting rid of this truck because I cant afford to have this problem as a yearly maintenance fix. Why doesnt Ford stand behind there products. I bought the wife a 2012 Ford Focus and it blew the motor in 3 weeks due to a faulty feul injector. I'm through with Ford





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Al from Seattle

Kent, WA

#1406 Aug 10, 2013
I just lost my number one plug right out the head in my 2001 F250 what can we do about this

Haverhill, MA

#1408 Aug 29, 2013
Hey jcw3 shut the hell up the 54 is junk i have been working on cars for the past 16 years i have a 2001with 150000 on i take great care of my cars but it just blew 3 plugs out of it and i have worked on new cars with the 54 in it so ford needs to recall it

Santa Rosa, CA

#1409 Nov 5, 2013
My 1999 Ford E-350 van with 5.4 L engine blew a spark plug out of the cylinder head with the coil.

My wife and I were going to dinner. We started down the road and we heard a loud bang. Then we heard a thumping type sound.
We turned around and got the van back home.
I did not realize a fire could have started.

I was told by the Ford dealer it was going to cost thousands to fix the problem.
Then I asked how much it would cost for a new engine. The ford dealer said about $9,000 with installation. But I would still have the poorly designed cylinder heads. I sold the van for scrap price.

Very heart breaking.

Livonia, MI

#1410 Nov 6, 2013
I finally got rid of my 2004 F150 w 5.4 after over a year looking for motor under 2k. bought a new Dodge Charger Daytona, still have a 97 E350 5.4 that just blew out another plug looking at used Dodge vans now. After this the only Ford I own is a 41 car thats for sale I will nevr own a FORD again
jeff pelletier in ct

United States

#1411 Nov 14, 2013
I have had number 3 and number 4 spark plugs both blow out. each time its cost me over $500. This is definitely something that should have caused a recall

Bethlehem, PA

#1412 Nov 14, 2013
Wayne R

Owings Mills, MD

#1413 Nov 27, 2013
My 2001 Ford Expedition 248,000 miles just blew the second plug out of the engine. Seems to happen right after changing spark plugs. I think Ford should fix our problems as it is definitely due to faulty cylinder heads( not enough threads)

Clearwater, FL

#1414 Dec 29, 2013
recall please ! as it stands, will never buy ford again. ignorant decisions and ill bet the same ceo's are still there, probably even the same engineer.
JOHN Wabash

San Diego, CA

#1415 Dec 30, 2013
I have had 3 ford trucks 2 f250's and one f150 all with 5.4 liter triton engins, only problems I had were wear iteme of neonal use. The two f250's I had were abused with snowplowing with western mvp plowes to the tone of 250,000 miles each in no less than 4 to 1foot of snow with all the power one would want with no SPARKPLUG blow out ! Please do your self a big favor and remove motorcraft plugs and replace them with autolite plogs and change these at 70,000 miles this is what I did and have had no issues with plug removel. I did the same with my f150 I have now and no problems. Do not use ford tourk specks for this pease just run then down till they stop and then 1/16 of a turn this is so you do not stretch the threds in head and when it is time to change the plugs again they will come out easley.
Lorus Millere

Clinton Township, MI

#1416 Dec 31, 2013
Same crap happen to me twice now with my 2000 Ford F 250. As much as we love Ford in this family, I am seriously thinking aobut changing to Nissan or Toyota.

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