NGK plugs from my 2007 Fusion(PIC)

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I just replaced the plugs for the 2nd time in the 2007 Fusion with 255K. The OM plugs had 121K with I put these in. The engine still ran fine but I wanted to go with new NGK Iridium plugs. The ones in the pic has 134 K. They look good with no oil and they are all just alike. [Linked Image]
 
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Tig, do you think you gained mileage/power with the Iridiums? I plan on doing the same in my Sable gas hog...
 

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Originally Posted by Jackson_Slugger
Tig, do you think you gained mileage/power with the Iridiums? I plan on doing the same in my Sable gas hog...
With 134k on this set I may have lost a little. The engine does seem to be a little more responsive.
 
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Originally Posted by jayjr1105
Mazda engine in that year?
Ford Duratech 2.3. This engine was designed when Ford owned half of Mazda.
 

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Originally Posted by doitmyself
Did you use anti seize? Any problems getting the plugs out? Thank you.
Yes and 3 of the 4 were quite snug even though I used anti seize on them.
 
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Looks good! Same engine in my Mazda. I would still use anti-seize on the plugs too.
 

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Tig: Did you have to change the valve cover gasket on your 2.3? When I did the plugs on the 2009 Fusion 2.3 I bought last year I had to change that gasket because some oil was getting into the spark plug well on cyl. 4.....the same with the 2.0 Focus I bought a few years ago...... it seems to be a weak spot (the vc gasket) on an otherwise great engine. PS: I used Autolite Iridiums in both with good results.
 

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Originally Posted by pbm
Tig: Did you have to change the valve cover gasket on your 2.3? When I did the plugs on the 2009 Fusion 2.3 I bought last year I had to change that gasket because some oil was getting into the spark plug well on cyl. 4.....the same with the 2.0 Focus I bought a few years ago...... it seems to be a weak spot (the vc gasket) on an otherwise great engine. PS: I used Autolite Iridiums in both with good results.
Two holes had a drop or two. I do plan on checking them again in 6 months or so. I changed the VC gasket when the engine had 195 K. I wonder if backing up the gasket around the plug holes with silicon sealer would help? I will try it the next time.
 

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Originally Posted by Ram02
Tig the milage is getting up there . Are you going to upgrade to a 30wt now ???
No, in fact I just changed the oil this last week and used M1 5-20EP HM. In my last 10K run this engines used about 10 oz of oil. The engine still seems tight with no loss of power that I can detect, and no chain noise either. These engines have hyd lifters and they are by nature a little more so than others.
 
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