I am running out of space when I go to change the spark plugs. with the ratchet, extension, and spark plug socket I am simpley ruinning out of space. the plugs And wires are toward the back of the van. Any advice?
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I have a 98 grand voyager,w/ the 3.3 engine, and yes, the 3 plugs on the side of the engine near the firewall are a real joy to change. If you are planning on keeping the van, put high quality platinum plugs, they are good for 100k miles (hopefully!), so u won't have to deal w/ this again. Use a 3/8" drive ratchet, spark plug socket, and extension. 1/2" drive is too bulky. I'm not sure, but I may have used one of those swivel adapters to help get the right angle. I also took off the serpentine belt so I could move the alternator to gain some room on the passenger side (push the alternator towards the back of the car after removing the serpentine belt and the 4 alternator bracket bolts. This allows u to get at plug #1. For plugs 3 + 5 remove the resonator and the intake strut bolt @ the cylinder head. Remove the intake strut bolt @ the intake manifold and swing the strut out of the way. Plugs 2, 4, +6 are easy, as u know. You should coat the plug threads w/anti-seize compound, so u or the next poor soul that has to change the plugs will be able to get them out. And when you are done, u have 100k miles before u have to go thru this again. Good Luck countrycurt0
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Hello the easy way to do these plugs put your car up on ramps front end only use jack stands under vehicle get a long 18 inch or longest extentions put them together with a swivel socket 5/8 reach from under car you can actually see what your working on from here it seems like its a lot of work but when you see its a lot easier goodluck
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Get a spark plug socket for 3/8" ratchet and a 3/8" ratchet extension probably at least 3" to go with your 3/8" ratchet. The socket must match the size of your new spark plugs. Find them and replace them by removing the boot (rubber wire) on top of each plug. However many cylinders you have = how many spark plugs. Find them all. Put a little oil on the threads of the new ones so they don't sieze.
easy job replace one spark plug at a time.you need buy new set of spark plug wires and spark plugs.reason need new wires possible old ones will break from inside plug boot when you remove plug wires.you need basic 3/8 ratchet wrench.you need long short extensions.need spark plug socket.need spark plug gap gauge.need a universal joint connect to the extensions to reach sharp angles.make sure engine cold when replacing spark plugs could damage heads.use a 12 inch piece vacuum hose to help aid in installing sparks in hard reach spaces with out damaging crosss threading plugs threads and cylinder head threads to plug.
the spark plugs are located under the coil packs, you will need to unplug 1 of the coil wire connections, and then use a 1/4 " ratchet, or 3/8" ratchet and a 10 milimeter socket to remove the nut that holds down the coil pack to the engine, once the nut is removed, then grasp the upper end of the plug wire that goe's down into the head, turn it back and forth to loosen it up, and then pull this out and you can then use a 3/8 "ratchet, and a extenstion, with a 5/8 socket to remove the spark plugs, plugs should be removed when the engine is cold, not hot, because it is easy to strip the plugs threads in the head when the engine is hot, so again, change them only when engine is cold, hope that this information has helped you.
you will need
5/8 spark plug socket
3/8 extension (it could be 4in and longer)
and spark plugs factory plugs are pregap iridium
spark plug torque is 13.0 lb.ft
coil torque 8.7 lbf.ft
spark plug part # NGK 1zfr5k-11
# DENSO pkj16dr-m11
and spark plug anti seize on spark plug thread
what you need to do is remove the plastic cover 8mm socket or 10mm sockets
now remove the spark plug covers and remove the spark plug coils too 10mm head bolt you will need a 5/8 spark plug socket and a 3/8 ratchet and a 3/8's extension too
you need OEM spark plugs they work the best
hope this will help
The spark plugs are right in the top of the head, through the valve cover.. There are 4 of them.. 2 are under ignition coils, and the other 2 are hooked to the coils with plug wires. Open the hood to the Sportage. Do not perform this repair on a hot engine. If it is hot, allow it to cool down before going any further. Locate and remove the air intake hose assembly to get it out of the way. Use the appropriate screwdrivers to loosen any clamps. Locate and remove the accelerator throttle cable bracket using the ratchet and socket or a hand wrench. Remove the coil cover from the cylinder head cover using the ratchet and socket. There are six bolts. Remove the cylinder head cover. There are four bolts and two coils. Twist the boot on the high tension leads attached to each spark plug and pull them off. Inspect the spark plug cavity to ensure there is no debris or dirt inside. If so, blow it out or vacuum it out. Place the spark plug socket onto the 12-inch long extension and ratchet and insert it onto the spark plug. Remove the spark plugs. The Gap to the new plugs should be between .039 to .043 inches Apply a very light coat of anti-seize compound lubricant to the threads of the new spark plug(s). Install the spark plug into the cylinder using the extension and socket only. Do not use the ratchet to tighten until you're sure the spark plug has threaded into the bore correctly. Cross threading a spark plug can damage the cylinder head. Tighten the plug to 13 to 15 foot pounds using the spark plug socket, the extension and the adjustable torque wrench. Reconnect the tension leads, the coils and four bolts to the cylinder head cover, the coil cover and six bolts, the accelerator throttle cable bracket, the air intake hose. Test start the Sportage to ensure it's running properly and have a great day.
if they unscrew easy then your good to go. have you ever changed plugs before? sometimes if they are hard to get to you need the right socket extension,swivels. probably the best tip i can give you is that if a plug doesnt come out leave it in, it costs lots of money to get a stuck plug out of engine. let me know if you need help
you need a 6 inch extension, short 3/8 ratchet, 5/8 plug socket, 3/8 swivel "u" joint, (sold at sears) 8mm 1/4 drive socket deep well and 1/4 inch ratchet.
find the coil packs (6 total, three in each head.)
remove the two retaining nuts holding each coil pack using 1/4 8mm socket and ratchet.
twist the pack to break the sticking boot below.
pull up (be careful to not rip the boots however it may still happen but rare.)
remove coil packs, the rear is a little more difficult with the intake.
use 6" extension and u joint and ratchet to remove plugs and replace.
reverse order to assemble. Good luck, and hoped this helped.