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the best way to change spark plugs

This is a discussion on the best way to change spark plugs within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; because my car is right hand drive #7 sits behind all that steering and brake junk and its offset closer ...

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    because my car is right hand drive #7 sits behind all that steering and brake junk and its offset closer to the fire wall than #8, interestingly I didn't have to get under the car at all

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    Ok, I picked up a 1.75 extension today.

    What works better on these cars, a standard plug socket, or a deep one? They had 2 plug sockets where I got the extension, one was .5" longer than the other.

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    If anybody is lucky enough to have an empty AC system, get your plugs done at the same time. If you remove the EGR tube and the AC condenser tube in the way along with the coilpacks it's smooth sailing on the passenger side.

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    I did mine for the first time today on a 98 formula. The one i struggles with the most was the #1. The #8 was a cake walk for me. I used a spark plus socket for a CRF450 dirt bike. Its about 6" long or so and you can put a 14mm open end wrench on the end of it. Had it out and new one back in in less the 5 minutes. You can pick those up at your local Honda motorcycle dealership. I also used a 3/8 snap on ratchet that has a flex head and a bent handle similar this one.


    http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....re&dir=catalog

    you can buy a craftsman version of this one for around $30.00. Did my first set of plugs and wires in under one hour.

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    EGR and Air Delete plus it being a 98 with coil packs only(no brackets) should make a plug change very easy.

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    when I told my friends that it took me 2 1/2 hours to change the plugs they where like "are you retarded or something" than i showed them where the plugs where. I miss my 10 min plug changes

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    On the number eight plug... get some-buddy with small arms and hands to do reach up there from the bottom and change it out. I was amazed when my brother in law slipped right in there and made it look easy when I tried for an hour it seemed.
    My big hands and arms made it impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ace View Post
    On the number eight plug... get some-buddy with small arms and hands to do reach up there from the bottom and change it out. I was amazed when my brother in law slipped right in there and made it look easy when I tried for an hour it seemed.
    My big hands and arms made it impossible.
    your just tooo damn beefy

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ace View Post
    On the number eight plug... get some-buddy with small arms and hands to do reach up there from the bottom and change it out. I was amazed when my brother in law slipped right in there and made it look easy when I tried for an hour it seemed.
    My big hands and arms made it impossible.
    Get TSS to get in the engine and do it for you. just don't take his lucky charms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapter34 View Post
    Get TSS to get in the engine and do it for you. just don't take his lucky charms.
    i heard that he helps mechanics and walks into the cylinders to troubleshoot and help isolate problems

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    you guys are crazy haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by juiced99ws6 View Post
    I did my plugs about an hour ago... took me 5 minutes I dont see what the issue is??

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    See no clearance issues at all
    just get in there and start wrenchin on them, they come out like any other plugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnychepe View Post
    just get in there and start wrenchin on them, they come out like any other plugs
    Gee thanks for bringing the thread back to add such wisdom.

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    yeah those spark plugs are a bitch on these cars. on my 02 i had to get underneath it to get at the passenger side. fucking bitch of a job. basically hope u dont have to touch them again for a while.

    and juiced - LOL i guess u showed them the easiest way to do the plugs lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowv View Post
    Gee thanks for bringing the thread back to add such wisdom.
    x2.

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    Do you guys add anything on the spark plugs to lubricate them in case you will have to change it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimitryWS6 View Post
    Do you guys add anything on the spark plugs to lubricate them in case you will have to change it again.
    you should put some neverseize on them.

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    no EGR or A/C makes mine real easy

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbird33 View Post
    i need to change my plugs in my 99 TA but i cant figure out the best way without droping the engine any advice
    pay someone else to do it, you will not swear as much..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by blwn_00gt View Post
    pay someone else to do it, you will not swear as much..lol

    Ill do it.... and ill make your wallet swear

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