Plugs and Wires

I offered to change the plugs and wires of a friend of ours 99 Ford Explorer, wish I hadn’t, I couldn’t even get a wrench down the one side. Why do they make it so hard? Is it so that you will have to take it to the dealer and spend money or are they cramming to much technology under the hood now?

No good deed goes unpunished!


You wanted a V-6 in that small engine bay,now you have to pay.
You don’t need to take it to the dealer,just a mechanic with experience,but you pay for his experience.
You would probably get good at it after a few years.

Some vehicles just were designed without a thought of how they would be serviced. There are horror stories of engines that had to be pulled out in order to get at some of the spark plugs! You’d think that after a car was prototyped, they’d have someone try to do some routine service on it just to see if it’s serviceable.

Access has been this way for years and the answer is in the mirror. The general public expects, and demands, increased fuel economy and cleaner air so the government is going to legislate it. The public wants all kinds of bells and whistles and widgets so the factory is going to provide it. (those bells and whistles are money-makers; cheap on the assembly line and profitable as part of an option package)

It all makes the vehicle much more complicated to service and in todays world it’s a necessary evil; and it’s not going to get any easier.
Wait 20 years and see what you’re going to be faced with. It will make that Explorer look like a walk in the park on a sunny day.