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Old 02-08-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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Oil in spark plug hole

I went to change the spark plugs on my 2007 focus last week and noticed the plug holes were filled with oil. After my initial panic and a search on here I realized that I just need to replace the valve cover gasket. I still have a few questions though.

1: What is the best way to get all the oil out of the hole before I remove the spark plugs?

2: With the spark plug boot sitting in oil, will I also need to replace those now?


3: What are the specs for how much I need to torque the bolts down to when I install the new gaskets?



I already have the new gaskets and will be putting them on this weekend, just looking for any tips to make it go as smoothly as possible.

I don't want to see this anymore.............


And this cylinder, the plug was completely submerged.




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Old 02-08-2013, 10:31 AM   #2
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Don't worry about removing the oil from the spark plug holes. It'll burn off quickly.

Just replace valve cover gasket and make sure everything is clean and smooth.

Get 3 or 4 cans of brake kleen and spray everything down good. Don't use a rag to wipe the surfaces. Just spray clean
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I just got back home and am just about ready to tear into this.
I am still wondering where I can find the torque specs for the valve cover bolts?
My Hanes manual lists 60 in- lbs for the Zetec, and 80 in-lbs for the SPI.
It does not list anything for the 2.0 Duratec??
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2007 Valve Cover Torque Specs

Here is a pdf showing the torque specs and the order to tighten the bolts:
2007 Ford Focus Valve Cover Torque Specs

This is from the 2007 Focus Workbook.

Good Luck.

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Thanks, Milton! That is just what I was looking for. I have everything off now. I am just getting the cover cleaned up and ready to paint. I will probably put it all back together tomorrow when the paint on the valve cover is dried.
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