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Ford Triton 3-Valve Engine Spark Plug Problem You Won’t Believe

Here’s the latest on a strange Triton engine noise that could unnecessarily cost you thousands of dollars all because of an unusual noise due to a spark plug problem that is not obvious to many mechanics.

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Triton Engine Problems

In earlier articles we’ve learned about issues with Triton engines including some fatal flaws that can destroy vehicles with Ford engines that are especially problematic for Ford truck owners who own the popular 24-valve (3 valves per cylinder) version engine in their F-Series trucks.

From those articles we’ve learned from a qualified Ford mechanic host on the Ford Tech Makuloco YouTube channel that some flaws are actually preventable and can be identified before an engine grenades just before a distinctive ticking/ tapping engine noise sounds its warning.

Related article: Fatal Flaw of This Ford Truck Engine Rescued from a Dealership Fail

Triton Engine Problems Are Not Always Serious Problems

Today’s article differs in that not all strange sounds are death knells for an engine. Unfortunately, however, some sounds are unusual and unfamiliar enough for some mechanics to be lead down the wrong diagnostics pathway which can cost an owner a lot of money for work that needn’t be done.

That’s the message in a recent FordTechMakuloco YouTube channel video where the host does a show and tell of how a strange chirping noise following an engine update and repair was so odd that it was not clear what the problem was and how it turned into a head scratcher. Oddly enough, the problem got resolved only after some old-school diagnostic work.

Follow along with Brian as he demonstrates what he found in a recently serviced Ford and how he discovered the source of an unusual noise from the engine that turned out to be a simple and inexpensive fix.

How in the World is There a Belt Chirp Noise Coming from INSIDE of this Engine?

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For additional articles related to Ford engines, here are a few for your consideration:

Common Way Ford Owners Destroy Their Triton Engines

Ford Misfiring Engine Problem? Check This Out First Before Going to Your Mechanic

Ford 4-Cylinder EcoBoost Engines are Failing Says Ford Mechanic

Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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Travis martin (not verified)    January 30, 2023 - 6:17AM

Owning a 2005 f-150 I was prepared for the possibility of a broken spark plug when it came time. What I was not prepared for was what happened. After breakingoff a plug in the hole, I attempted to use a lisle plug removal tool to get it out. That failed miserably!!!!! The removal tool ended up stuck in the head as well. After many hours of cursing and head scratching and all ideas gone up in smoke, I called Dave at the Lisle tool company. They had never heard of this happening to anyone before. So they had no idea of how to remedy my situation. With motor pulled and sitting on the floor, still no one can get the plug out. Several reputable mechanics tried to do so and still nothing. Motor has now been sent in to jasper as core for a new new motor with no information so far as to what happened. Anyone with any ideas??? Dave at Lisle said I was one of a kind that's never happened to anyone before. I just want to know if I'm still that special.

Mike Kimbell (not verified)    January 30, 2023 - 5:46PM

In reply to by Travis martin (not verified)

You have to remove those plugs as fast as possible. If you try to remove them like normal, they will break off. A machinist can drill it out for you. I have 2003 F150. I've been lucky with none broken.