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#2 of 123 Proper way to jack Lincoln LS up on Stands
Jan 24, 2006 (6:28 pm)
Hi I'm Tom,
I want to jack up my Lincoln LS V8, so I can change the trans filter, and remove the plate cover off the rear end.
The problem is the rear end isn't a convential type rear end in which you can jack up the rear end, with the plate on the center of the differential.
I know you can devise a way to jack it up, but I don't know which contact points to use in order to jack it up from the rear.
Also, where's a safe spot to place the stands?
Thanks for your time,
#3 of 123 Re: Proper way to jack Lincoln LS up on Stands [tomroxie]
Jan 24, 2006 (6:47 pm)
I'll save you some time - there's no need to replace the trans filter. If it's dirty then it's too late. This is straight from a Ford tranny engineer. You just flush the fluid using the cooler lines and a special machine. This method has the benefit of changing 90+% of the fluid whereas dropping the pan only changes about 30%.
#4 of 123 Spark plugs for 2000 LS
Feb 18, 2006 (1:12 pm)
What the best spark plugs for 2000 LS with 115,000 km and when I should change them.
#5 of 123 Re: Spark plugs for 2000 LS [amilf]
Feb 18, 2006 (6:28 pm)
Now and the same ones that came with the car.
Mar 10, 2006 (10:35 am)
My 4/99 build LS V8 has been flawless for 104,000 miles. However, a week or so ago, it developed a misfire under light load but no "check engine" light. I was suspicious of the COPs so I pulled them all out and visually inspected them. The good news is that the plug sockets were clean with no evidence of valve cover leakage. While I had the COPs out, I went ahead and put in new spark plugs. The misfire remained.
This morning I had the dealer do a COP stress test and he found 2 bad COPs. He suggested replacing them all but I just had him replace the two and all is well again - runs like a champ. If this ever happens again, I will be tempted to simply replace the remaining 6 myself since it is a fairly easy job and they can be purchased for much less than the dealer charges.
A question: I know they recommend 100,000 intervals on the spark plugs. I originally replaced the plugs at 58,000 and the gaps measured over .050. Proper spec is .039 - .043. This time they had again eroded to a bit over .050. Has anyone left the original plugs in to over 100K miles? How did they look?
#7 of 123 Re: COPs [brucelinc]
Mar 10, 2006 (11:56 am)
If you leave them over 100K miles you may not be able to tell what they look like - they'll be welded to the head!
Seriously though - the few people who've changed them themselves didn't report anything unusual.
#8 of 123 Re: COPs [akirby]
Mar 10, 2006 (1:45 pm)
When I changed them the first time about 3 years ago, they came out easily and clearly had anti-seize compound on the threads from the factory. They came out easily this time, too, but I wouldn't go 100K. Based on my gap widths, you would be asking the coils to fire across a pretty wide gap. I think that could cause drivability issues.
#9 of 123 engine oil
Apr 01, 2006 (9:08 pm)
Book says to use 5W-20. Is there any problem using 10W-30 Syn blend? Do not need the thin 5W as not in cold climate being in CA.
#10 of 123 Re: engine oil [cwz]
Apr 02, 2006 (11:17 am)
If it's still under warranty you'll need to keep using the 5W-20. Otherwise I'd use 5w-30 mobil 1. That's what the early LS models came with (5W-30 but not mobil 1). They switched to 5W-20 purely for fuel economy.