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I have ford f150 that i gave too my son that i need to change out the motor how hard is that ? It is a 4.2 it seem to hard getting people you can trust one they their going to do the work and the next day who knows so i thought i might give it a try myself .thank joe

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Hi, you will need an engine hoist to do this. The procedure also calls for removing the A/C refrigerant, which requires special equipment. I'm not sure this step is necessary, and I would try to avoid it. Other than that, you need a good set of standard tools. It is normally a couple days work, but with no experience, I would plan on a week to do the work. The procedure is listed below. This procedure does not account for any specific plans in terms of which parts of the old engine you plan to swap over. Those are additional steps. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for uising FixYa.

4.2L Engine

CAUTION Fuel injection systems remain under pressure, even after the engine has been turned OFF. The fuel system pressure must be relieved before disconnecting any fuel lines. Failure to do so may result in fire and/or personal injury.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:
    Both battery cables, negative cable first Hood Coolant Refrigerant, using approved equipment
  3. Relieve the fuel system pressure as follows:
    1. Remove the fuel tank fill cap to relieve the pressure in the fuel tank.
    2. Remove the cap from the fuel pressure relief valve located on the fuel injection supply manifold.
    3. Attach a fuel pressure gauge to the relief valve and drain the fuel through the drain tube into a suitable container.
    4. After the fuel system pressure is relieved, remove the fuel pressure gauge and install the cap on the relief valve. Secure the fuel tank fill cap.
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:
    Engine cooling fan, shroud and radiator Engine air cleaner outlet tube Accelerator and cruise control cables at the throttle body VMV hose Manifold vacuum connection Intake Manifold Runner Control (IMRC) vacuum connectors, fuel pressure regulator vacuum connector, IMRC solenoid vacuum connector and vacuum reservoir connector Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve vacuum connector. The 3 power steering reservoir retaining bolts and position aside Air conditioning compressor manifold bolt and disconnect, then position the air conditioning lines aside. The 4 power steering pump retaining bolts and position the pump aside. Alternator electrical harness connectors. Remove the positive battery cable nut and disconnect the battery cable. Electrical harness connectors to the fuel injectors Wires at the spark plugs Both heater hoses Brake booster vacuum hose EGR Differential Pressure Feedback (DPFE) transducer hose Breather tube from the cylinder head cover Upper intake manifold Fuel supply and return lines, and remove the fuel injection supply manifold. Block heater cable Exhaust system from the exhaust manifolds and support with wire hung from the crossmember. Starter motor Transmission from the vehicle. If equipped with a manual transmission, remove the clutch assembly. Right-hand and left-hand engine support insulator through-bolts
  5. Install a suitable engine lifting bracket and connect suitable engine lifting equipment to the lifting brackets.
  6. Carefully raise the engine out of the engine compartment and position on a work stand. Remove the engine lifting equipment.
To install:
  1. Install the engine lifting brackets. Support the engine using a suitable floor crane installed to the lifting equipment and remove the engine from the work stand.
  2. Carefully lower the engine into the engine compartment aligning the engine support insulators.
  3. Remove the engine lifting equipment and brackets.
  4. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  5. Install or connect the following:
    NOTE Ensure that the air conditioning manifold O-rings are in place.
    Left-hand and right-hand engine support insulator through-bolts and tighten them to 51-67 ft. lbs. (68-92 Nm). Transmission, and the clutch assembly Starter motor Exhaust pipes to the exhaust manifolds and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm). Block heater Heater cable Alternator electrical harness connectors and install the positive battery cable to the retaining stud. Tightenthe retaining nut to 96 inch lbs. (11 Nm). Fuel injectors and the fuel injection supply manifold New upper intake gasket and install the upper intake manifold. Electrical harness connectors to the fuel injectors Power steering pump in position and install 4 retaining bolts. Tighten the bolts to 17-20 ft. lbs. (22-28 Nm). Air conditioning manifold to the compressor and install the retaining bolt. Tighten the bolt to 14-18 ft. lbs. (18-24 Nm). Power steering reservoir and 3 retaining bolts. Tighten the bolts to 107 inch lbs. (12 Nm). VMV hose IMRC vacuum connectors, fuel pressure regulator vacuum connector, IMRC solenoid vacuum connector and vacuum reservoir connector. EGR valve vacuum connector Brake booster hose The 2 EGR DPFE transducer hoses Manifold vacuum connection Accelerator cable and speed control cable in position, if equipped. Tighten the speed control cable retaining bolt to 72 inch lbs. (8 Nm) and accelerator cable retaining bolt to 25 inch lbs. (3 Nm). Radiator, cooling fan and shroud Engine air cleaner outlet tube Engine oil Coolant; bleed the system Battery cables, negative cable last
  6. Start the engine and allow to reach normal operating temperature while checking for leaks.
  7. Check all fluid levels.
  8. Properly evacuate and recharge the air conditioning system using approved equipment.
  9. Install the hood, aligning the marks that were made during removal.
  10. Road test the vehicle and check the engine and transmission for proper operation.

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