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Changing Glow Plugs?

I was wondering how hard it is to change glow plugs on a 6.0? I just bought 8 new International ones and want to get them installed when I have the time. Anyone know? Thanks.
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Take off your Valve Covers, when you install get new valve gaskets as well.

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I heard that you can do it by pulling off the rail thing that goes to each glow plug and fish them out with the magnet. Is it easier to just take off the valve cover?
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I heard that you can do it by pulling off the rail thing that goes to each glow plug and fish them out with the magnet. Is it easier to just take off the valve cover?
Yea, because you gotta replace the valve gaskets.

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Re: Changing Glow Plugs?

No offense king diesel but 6.0 valve cover gaskets are reusable and you dont need to remove them on a 6.0. Just remove the glow plug harness (external below the valve covers) and use a socket and magnet to get the plugs out. Its really quite easy but alot of the time you wreck the glow plug harness as it has become brittle from age and heat.
Might no be a bad idea to have new ones on hand if you can return them incase you wreck them.

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No offense king diesel but 6.0 valve cover gaskets are reusable and you dont need to remove them on a 6.0. Just remove the glow plug harness (external below the valve covers) and use a socket and magnet to get the plugs out. Its really quite easy but alot of the time you wreck the glow plug harness as it has become brittle from age and heat.
Might no be a bad idea to have new ones on hand if you can return them incase you wreck them.
thanks man, I learn something everyday. I gotta remember that next time, I guess I am use to the 7.3L etc

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thanks man, I learn something everyday. I gotta remember that next time, I guess I am use to the 7.3L etc
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Ummm you also reuse the ones on a 7.3 also

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Re: Changing Glow Plugs?

A little late to the game here, but wanting some more information, if someone would be so kind?

I own a 2005 Ford Excursion with the 6.0L Powerstroke and I'm reading conflicting things when searching both here and on the internet. Am I correct in understanding that very early 6.0L Powerstrokes used a bussbar that needed to be removed, but at the end of 2003, they started using a new harness?

I am rather new to performing this sort of work, but I am patient and it is not my daily driver, so I can take my time. Does anyone know where I could find a photograph of either side of the engine and indicate what I am looking for? I've found photographs of the bussbar, but again suspect that was on the very first 6.0L Powerstrokes. (I could very easily be mistaken!) Also, the photographs were of a yanked engine with almost no accessories installed, so it did not give me a good idea of what and where I should be looking for.

Any advice, I'd appreciate it! I'm needing to plug it in at anything colder than 10C (50F) otherwise it starts so rough it feels like the entire vehicle will rattle itself apart. Plugging it in, it's starting smooth as glass down to -5C (23F) so far. But I dread it when the weather gets colder...
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Try this it has all the model years, It does look like the first 6.0s have a bus bar.

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Try this it has all the model years, It does look like the first 6.0s have a bus bar.
Thank you! I'm still searching, but this looks to be a great resource! Now to see if I can figure out how to get the new wiring harness off of each plug, and to do it without tearing my hands and arms apart in the process. :)
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