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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 6th July 2020, 21:21 Thread Starter
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Hello all. I'm new here and own a 2013 1.6 eco boost B max. Just about to get the ole guy serviced again but need to find spark plugs. Any ideas of where I can get them, please? Any advice much appreciated. Thank you.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 6th July 2020, 21:36
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 7th July 2020, 11:30
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Really? 1.6 ecoboost? You must have the only one surely?

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 7th July 2020, 12:06
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Surely that a typo ?
1.6, must mean a 1.0 ?
I got sparkplugs off the bay,spot on and a really good price ( 10 each if i remember correctly ). I did search first though to get the correct part number on sites like Eurocarparts.com and carparts4less.
Bear in mind you will need a long reach spark plug socket to get to them.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 7th July 2020, 14:32
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Last three I bought was 22.50 off the bay, Ford/NGK. They have come down in price.
Yes Wiggy, 14mm dual hex. Mine is 3/8" drive with 1/2" adaptor then the usual extension. I use a flexible to start the new plugs on the thread, cross threading is not an option!
Eurocarparts had a sale almost as long as DFS!!

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 12th July 2020, 10:06
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Which begs the question, "How often do spark plugs need to be changed ? "
The last time I bought spark plugs they were four for 1, but that was a few years ago.
So they were changed every year when I changed the oil and points.

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That's a fair point Hadrian. I can't remember the last time I changed a spark plug. Modern ones go on for years. I haven't checked the B Max service schedule but I don't even think they got changed in the 1, 2 or 3 year main dealer services. Back in the 70s and 80s we would change them at every yearly service and annoyingly, sometimes a new set of Champions or NGKs would come with one duff one. in those days they were quite cheap so and it was considered a false economy to skimp. Previously on 2 stroke engines, I seemed to be forever replacing spark plugs.

Not only that, but I used to take them out from time to time to check the colour of them with the old carburettor engines just to make sure that the mixture was right.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 12th July 2020, 15:34
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Ford recommend 37k miles. I change mine in half that interval and also half the recommended interval for oil/filter.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12th July 2020, 20:33
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I had a spark plug cleaner that worked off the car battery. I was forever cleaning them and resetting the gap !!

Checking back through my service invoices, i see mine were changed on the 3rd service.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 13th July 2020, 15:50
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If I remember rightly, weren't those spark plug cleaners like mini sandblasters? The car always seemed to go better after cleaning them due to the placebo effect 😄

These days, I think the HT leads and plug caps break down more often than the plugs.

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