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Master Kit for Ford 2V and 3V Spark Plugs?

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 If you’re new to our blog, we sell spark plug thread repair kits for Fords. We’ve answered many questions over the years regarding these repairs in our blogs, videos and on the phone (800-524-9783 x-251). Here’s another question from one of our recent customers.

Question – I want to be equipped to fix Ford 3 valve spark plug threads. I see that there are kits for pre 2004 and 2004 up. Is there a master kit for all applications? I am very confused as this is not well documented.

Answer – There’s no master kit. Time Sert 5553 is for 2V engines. For a lower cost alternative see our Calvan 38900 listing. Our Calvan listing also has a more detailed application list.  You’ll see that the 2004 cutoff (switching to 3V from 2V) does not apply to ALL models. The Time Sert 3221 is for 3V Ford engines up to around 2008. The lower cost alternative is the Calvan 39300 which is for 3V engines with M16x1.5 spark plugs. Also, Ford made a change in some models in late 2008’s using M12x1.25. Ford like’s to switch things up! See the M12x1.25  Time Sert 4212H spark plug thread repair kit for that application.

Researching spark plug blowouts? You’re not alone. For more information on our spark plug thread repair kits; like which kit is best for your application see the following article. Ford Spark Plug Blowouts – How to Repair.

Ford spark plug thread repair kit advice

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Since you’ve found this page, chances are you’re either a Ford owner with a spark plug blowout problem or a mechanic (possibly a shop owner) looking for the best fix for his customer that has a Ford spark plug blowout issue. As you’re finding out, there are many choices and… many prices! Parts stores have the quick temporary fixes. We’ve been helping to make sense of spark plug thread repair options since 2005. We get calls frequently on Ford spark plug thread repairs questions. First time repairs, second time repairs and yes even 3rd or 4th time repairs! Ninety nine percent of the time our kits can fix spark plug threads when others have failed. And when parts store quick fixes fail, they end up making the hole even BIGGER. Read on for more information on permanent spark plug thread repairs or call us for personal assistance in choosing the correct kit for your situation and particular vehicle at 800-524-9783. Read the rest…

Broke a 3/16″ Drill Bit – What to use

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Rescue Bit use DennisB © Summary: This is another question regarding how to drill out a tool like a drill bit which has a hard metal compound. While the Rescue Bit can also break in some cases, it has saved a lot of jobs. The success rate is good if recommendations are followed and common sense prevails.

Question – I broke a 3/16″ drill bit trying to drill out a broke bolt. Should I use your 1/8″ bit? The broken bit is about 1/4″ inside the hole with jagged edges showing, will the rescue bit be able to get the bit out, then the remnants of the bolt? Should I just use an extractor to get the bolt after the rescue bit removes the broken drill bit?

Answer – Usually you go a little smaller than what you’re trying to drill out so you can use a rounding motion, so I’d try the 1/8″. The rounding motion makes the hole a little bigger to reduce binding which could break the Rescue Bit. I’d also start with the reamer end of the Rescue Bit, because it would have less chance of snagging and breaking on the jagged part of the broken drill bit. An extractor could work but as always be careful not to break it! Too much force will break an extractor every-time if the bolt won’t budge. If the extractor idea doesn’t work keep in mind we sell Time Sert thread repair kits that can be used if needed to install a solid inert that allows the use of the same size bolt. Just need to know what size bolt to recommend a kit. In most cases we have over-size kits available, if needed that still uses the original size bolt.

The 1/8″ Rescue Bit can be used in a drill or in a die grinder. We have the 1/8″ Rescue Bit listed with a collet which is the adapter that fits 1/4″ straight and 90 degree air die grinders. It adapts the die grinder so it can use 1/8 accessories, in this case the 1/8″ Rescue Bit. See our Rescue Bits for sale on our main website.

Ford 2001 F250 RF1L2e Spark Plug Thread Repair

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F250 Sparkplug blowout problem
DennisB © Summary: Here’s a common question we get when it comes to Ford spark plug blowouts and which kit to use on 2001 and up Ford RF-1L2E Romeo style heads. Because of the extra step material the spark plug may sit up a little higher if a counterbore is not used. Then there’s the issue with parts store kit like the Helocoil Save-A-Thread kit that commonly fail making the hole bigger, which requires an oversize repair kit. We deal with this all the time. The heads can be saved in most cases if done properly with a good quality kit like the ones we sell.

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Calvan 38900 Videos – Ford Spark Plug Thread Repair

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Calvan 38900 Romeo

DennisB © Summary: We’ve compiled some of the Calvan 38900 spark plug thread repair videos here. Some are from which is our second website. We’ve been selling spark plug thread repairs since 2005. Calvan 38900 is the 2V kit which is used on many 4.6, 5.4 and 6.8 Liter engines made by Ford. The common spark plug blowout issue has been around quite awhile and surprisingly the issue still persists. Ford starting using the 3V engines in 2004 on some models. The 3V engine uses an M16x1.5 spark plug that doesn’t have the same blowout issue as the previous M14x1.25 spark plugs used in the 2V engines. The 3V spark plugs have a breaking issue when removing. The threads can be damaged though which could indirectly cause a blowout issue if the threads are damaged when changing the plugs. What people don’t realize is that Ford still used the 2V engines that have the common spark plug blowout problem after 2004 in some models. One surprising fact is that the 2V engine was used in the E150 with a 4.6 from 1997 all the way through 2014! See our Calvan 38900 product listing for a full list of vehicles that uses the 2V engine.

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TIME-SERT 2200 FAQ’s Frequently Asked Questions

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Time Sert 2200 DLTDennisB © Summary: Toyota Camry Toyota Rav4 and Highlanders with the 2.4 four cylinder engine has a very common problem with blown head gaskets due to the aluminum threads in the block failing for the head bolts. The middle three in the back of the head are usually the weak point. However, we recommend installing all 10 inserts to strengthen the threads so that it will be less likely to have a repeat problem. Most of the work is getting the head off, so why not spend a little more time to upgrade all the threads? Below are some of our most common questions when it comes to doing this type of repair. Read on for more information or continue to the TIME-SERT 2200 product listing. Read the rest…

Head Bolt Thread Repair – Time Sert 11125 VS Helicoil 5543-11

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Time Sert 11125 KitDennisB © Summary: Head bolt thread repair kits for repairing headbolt threads in the cylinder block are covered by a master automotive technician. Advantages of using Time Sert 11125 over the Helicoil 5543-11. Both kits are for M11x1.25 head bolts which are commonly found in Subaru and Nissan (and Infiniti) engines. Which is better? What causes failure of the threads? These questions and more answered below. Also see the video discussing differences in Helicoil VS Time Sert. Click the following current pricing on the Time Sert 11125. For over-size see Time Sert 11125BS. See below for more information.

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Time Sert GM-Chevrolet Head Bolt Thread Repair Kits

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Time Sert made in AmericaDennisB © Summary: GM only authorizes one thread repair company for their aluminum blocks – Time Sert. Over the years Time Sert has worked together with GM’s engineers to design only the best quality thread repair kits in the business. That’s why Chevrolet only approves Time Sert for thread repairs in their aluminum blocks. Best of all Time Sert Kits are made in the USA. Read the rest…

Time Sert 4412E-111 – Spark Plug Thread Repair FAQ’s

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Washer Seat Spark PlugDamaged spark plug threads in the cylinder head can occur in any type of vehicle. Ford seems to have the most problems, however with all the cars today using aluminum heads; it’s becoming much more common problem. We get questions all the time on application for a wide range of car makes. Manufacturers like Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, BMW Mercedes-Benz, VW, Audi, Mitsubishi, Kia and others can have worn or otherwise damaged spark plug threads. Sometimes the failure is caused by human error, like starting the spark plug crooked and cross threading it. Sometimes the spark plug hole threads are damaged by not tightening the spark plug enough which leads to loosening and vibration which eventually blows the spark plug out of the hole taking some threads with it. Even over-tightening spark plugs can stretch the threads causing damage. Whatever the cause of the spark plug threads getting damaged, we’ve got the kit that will save the cylinder head. Avoid parts store kits that merely put a band-aid on the problem. We have customer’s that need oversize kits after attempting a quick fix from the local parts store, but that’s a different article. In fact if that’s you’re problem see the following article on Oversize Spark Plug Thread Repairs. Otherwise continue reading about first time spark plug thread repairs. Also see our Time Sert 4412E-111 product listing for more information, order online or call us at 800-524-9783. Read the rest…

TIME-SERT 14125F Harley Davidson Shallow Spark Plug Thread Repair

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Autoloite Sparkplug HarleyDennisB © Summary: Dennis which is a Master Tech that answers technical questions on this repair blog as well as on our sister site has more info on Harley spark plug thread repair. Read the rest…

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