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Change spark plugs 2002 ford escape v6

Can this be done by a DIY person? I have heard that I have to remove the intake manifold to accomplish this task. Is that true?

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I just changed the plugs (and one COP coil) on my 2002 Escape V6. Yes, you have to remove the upper intake to get to the 3 plugs on the rear bank. It's not very difficult. The o-ring -like gasket set is about $10 from Autozone.

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If it is a six cylinder yes the manifold has to come off if it is a four you can do this yourself as they are in the center up top

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

  • paul campbell Jul 21, 2009

    if it is a six cylinder yes the manifold has to come off if it is a four you can do this yourself as they are in the center up top

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Never heard of such a thing. Open the hood you should see some wires 4, 6 or 8, trace these to the motor. These wires should be going down into the engine. Using a boot removing tool, remove one boot and a plug at a time. Purchase the plugs before hand, also purchase some anti seizing compound which is applied to the plug when you install them, and some dielectric grease to place down into the spark plug boot. Then go to 2d plug, ect, ect.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

  • joshua122323 Jul 14, 2010

    This is accurate in general, but not for the motor being discussed here. The Escape V6 (in 2002 anyway) does require removal of the manifold.

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