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Old 04-14-2010, 02:52 PM   #1
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Tune up?

OK, Ford dealer says I am do for tune up (68,000 on 2007 Explorer XLT 4.0). Other than spark plugs, what is involved with this $250 process. I am fine paying it, I have heard some horror stories involving the plugs on these Explorers, I just want to know what else they might be doing. Thanks for any help, I did search for this, but do you know how many times "Tune" comes up on this website, holy crap.




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Old 04-14-2010, 02:56 PM   #2
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OK, Ford dealer says I am do for tune up (68,000 on 2007 Explorer XLT 4.0). Other than spark plugs, what is involved with this $250 process. I am fine paying it, I have heard some horror stories involving the plugs on these Explorers, I just want to know what else they might be doing. Thanks for any help, I did search for this, but do you know how many times "Tune" comes up on this website, holy crap.
It should also include new plug wires, and perhaps a new air filter. That's about it for a tuneup these days. Check with the dealer, as some include things like checking/topping off various fluids, as well as "safety inspections" of various systems.

For the most part, the only plugs people seem to have problems with are the Bosch. For some reason, Explorers, and Fords in general, just seem to not like the Bosch plugs. Motorcraft and Autolite should be fine though. I imagine the dealer will use Motorcraft.




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Old 04-15-2010, 03:20 AM   #3
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Have the dealer tell you what they are doing for the $250.

I would do Motorcraft/Autolite plugs (and inspect wires).
Replace fuel filter.
Replace Air filter.
Change Transfer case fluid.
Check serpentine belt for wear/cracking.
Check antifreeze level in expansion tank.
Change Oil/Filter if necessary.

Check your owner's manual for the 60K maintenance schedule.
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:05 AM   #4
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^ If you can get all that for $250, I think we should all drive to your dealer. Your lucky to get plugs, wires, air filter, and oil change for $250.

But yeah, follow the manual like shaker1 says. It's all outlined in there. You may need nothing?
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:53 AM   #5
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I know its not an explorer, but its an 06 ford with the same 4.0 sohc ( our mustang).

at 70k I did the following for its tune up..

Oil/filter
Plugs/wires
Trans fluid (manual trans)
fuel filter
Diff fluid (rear, since its only 2wd)
air filter (that gets changed every 6 months anyway)
Checked brakes (Changed rears since they needed it).
checked all fluid


We are coming on on its 140k miles tune up..
I'll do all the same things And change the coolant
I "might" do the brake fluid and clutch fluid flush. I'm looking for that test paper to tell me if it has water in it.

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Old 05-06-2010, 12:13 PM   #6
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You're getting all your plugs and wires replaced for $250? I've been having mis-firing problems with my v8 over the past few months, and the dealership has been charging me a little over $100 to do 1 plug with coil and wires. Sounds like I'm getting ripped off...
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:35 PM   #7
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It doesn't sound right all that at $250 from a dealer. Plugs alone cost about $8 a piece. The belt will prolly cost $40-$50, fuel filter $10, and air filter $15-$25.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:09 AM   #8
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You're getting all your plugs and wires replaced for $250? I've been having mis-firing problems with my v8 over the past few months, and the dealership has been charging me a little over $100 to do 1 plug with coil and wires. Sounds like I'm getting ripped off...
If they are replacing the coil pack $100 is very fair. The V8's do not have plug wires. An aftermarket coil assembly is $50 to $75 plus labor... FYI if you know which cylinder is mis-firing you can replace the coil pack yourself in 5 minutes, all you need is an 8mm wrench or socket.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:38 PM   #9
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My dealer told me just for labor for plugs and wires is like 2.5 hrs which turns out to 180 dollars.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:51 AM   #10
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OP has a 4.0L V6.

The major headache with plugs is on the 4.6L V8 (3-valve Triton family). For spark plug replacement on any of the Triton V8's (4.6L or 5.4L in the bigger trucks), Ford will quote you extra labor in case the break a plug. This requires more time and special extractor tools to finish the job. On average, I guess they break 1/3-1/2 of the plugs, so they quote accordingly. The extractor tool is only good for some many uses before it's worn out, so that adds to the cost, too.

Ask the dealer to be sure they are quoting correct labor for the V6, not the V8. And yes, you should always ask the dealer what they are doing. We can't tell you if it's a good deal if you don't know what's included.

For anyone considering letting the dealer change the plugs on your V8, you may consider asking the dealer if they will reduce the cost if it takes less than their standard time. Probably not, but you can ask.




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Old 01-27-2011, 10:37 PM   #11
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I got my plugs changed at around 73,000 miles with none broken. And it only cost $140.
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