I am trying to figure out where i put the spark plugs back on my 2000 ford escort se they come out of the engine and then they connect to a metal thing its not a distributor cap and i have looked all over for where it could go and im totally lost please help
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Check for vacuum leaks. PCV has hose from top of valve cover and runs down underneath by exhaust to the valve. Just follow the hose. Possible bad idle air controller (IAC). You can also unplug the mass air flow sensor and see if it runs any better. (It will set a code but you can clear it)
start from the left hand side of the engine as you are facing it, take one out at a time this way you will not mix up the HT leads ok.
Take the lead off number one plug and unscrew the old plug anticlockwise with a socket that fits the sparkplug, once you have done that put the new one in and tighten up clockwise and put the lead back on and push down so you hear a click but do not tighten up to tight or you weill damage the treads on the plug. Just enough so you feel the pressure on the racket. then do the same with all of them.
if they weren't the right plugs they may have been too long and a piston may have hit it.if thats the case it may be cheaper to replace the engine. look at the wrong plugs that u took out, if they are damaged there is a good chance you have don internal engine damage
Torque for your spark plugs is 7-15 ft lbs. You want to make sure the engine is not hot when you change them or you may ruin the threads. I also recommend you put some anti-seeze (like zinc-cote or copper cote) on the threads of the plugs to ensure they don't seize in after a long period of time.
there are 4 large wires at the front of the engine on the cylinder head, carefully remove them by twisting the rubber boots back and forth until they come off, under those are the spark plugs, u will need a 3/8" ratchet and a short socket extension with a 5/8" spark plug socket on it, put the socket over the plugs and remove them reinstall in reverse order, 10 minute job on an escort.