Can I drive to my mechanic with only 7 spark plugs?

Asked by Aug 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM about the Ford F-150

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My husband could not get the 8th spark plug in - the socket dropped back and he doesn't have the proper tools.  Can I drive with only 7 spark plugs - about 15 miles to my mechanic.  Towing is  very expensive... Thanks for your help.

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105

Doesn't need to be plugged in but atleast needs to be installed. That particular cylinder will not hold any pressure without it. And

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105

It will dump fuel onto piston.

6,905

you risk running a dry cylinder which is far worse..... cylinder 4 or 8? and is it a 4.6 0r 5.4L? Simple 3" extension and a swivel socket usually does the job and make sure u have a flexible magnet to remove the tools piece by piece

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98,485

In short NO. That is too far away, and you will have to disconnect the injector to that cylinder or run a risk of starting a fire with vaporized fuel exiting the open cylinder. Check if some shop will do a service call, some places have a mobile truck that will come to you. Tell them exactly what you need done. It may be cheaper than towing.

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25,315

Towing is cheaper than a fire.

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19,820

Get a swivel, a socket extension, and a flex magnet. A lot cheaper than a tow, Much cheaper than a fire, which would be more expensive than an engine.

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