1996 Ford Taurus Remove Plugs
When a vehicle, such as a 1996 Taurus, begins to misfire, it is an indication that a spark plug may have fouled or gone bad. In order to check and see if a spark plug has gone bad it will need to be removed and examined. The process of removing the plugs on a 1996 Taurus is similar to most other vehicles.
 Tools Used
|Felt tip marker|
|Spark plug sockets|
 Remove Plugs
- Move the vehicle to a flat, dry surface, such as in a garage. Turn the car off and let the engine cool for about an hour.
- Pull the hood release to open the hood of the vehicle and then set the support rod.
- Locate the spark plug wires that are under the intake manifold.
- Place a piece of masking tape on each of the spark plug wires. Mark on them with a felt tip marker in the order in which they connect to each of the engine cylinders.
- Pull off the spark plug wires to expose the ends of the spark plugs.
- Insert a spark plug socket over the first spark plug. If the first socket does not fit, use the next largest socket.
- Connect the socket wrench to the spark plug socket and then turn the wrench counter-clockwise to loosen the spark plug. Continue to turn the socket wrench to the right and then pull out the spark plug.
- Place the socket wrench and socket onto the next spark plug. Remove the spark plug and repeat this process until all of the spark plugs have been removed from the engine.
 Tips & Warnings
- A spark plug socket has a rubber stopper inside the socket that is used to protect the spark plug.
- Never attempt to remove a spark plug when the car is running because electrical current will be going to the spark plug.