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Old 09-30-2005, 09:30 AM   #1
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Rusted Spark Plugs?

Whats with the rusted plugs I went to re gap mine yesturday and found rust all in the top of my valve cover and in the plugs and wires looks as if it held water in there like a cup for a little while. Anyone else seen this?

I also had to clean the threads on my plugs pretty good too!


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Old 09-30-2005, 09:52 AM   #2
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If its only the outside of the plug you are okay. Just make sure you use some anti-seize on the threads when you reinstall...
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:07 AM   #3
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I have them too. I have a 04 svtf and my plugs are rusted to. I took it to ford and they said that they would not replace them under warrenty because I had to of taken off the black plastic cover to have seen that,which is somwhat true. but even closer to the truth is, I would have had to remove a plug to have found this. Bing,bing,bing. Your the winner. Point here is when it comes to some ford garages, Lie,lie,lie.
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Opps, forgot the anti seize. Oh well.
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I always use never-seize on my plugs, just good insurance, especially with alluminum heads!
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This typically happens when you detail the engine compartment, you need to have an air compressor handy to blow all of the water out of the spark plug valley. Evan though we have rubber seals at the top they don't seal against water.
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This typically happens when you detail the engine compartment, you need to have an air compressor handy to blow all of the water out of the spark plug valley. Evan though we have rubber seals at the top they don't seal against water.
100% CORRECT, washing the engine bay is almost certainly the culprit.

The last time I cleaned the engine in my wifes Zetec the car ran horribly the next day due to water around the plugs even though I drove the car after cleaning to make an attempt to boil off the water.
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