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Replacing spark plugs on a 2001 Acura TL 3.2

I wanted to know how to replace the spark plugs on my own or do I need to have a professional do it? I think one or several of my spark plugs must have gone bad. The motor rides hard and makes a loud sound when the car is moving.

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My name is Chris. I have 20 years acura experience.

If you have some technical experience changing spark plugs before you can it on these.


remove spark plug coil packs on top of valve covers. 8mm socket and ratchet.
twist coil packs and remove from cover/plug. use 6 inch 3/8 extention and 5/8 plug socket and ratchet...remove plugs from tube in valve cover. Use NGK plugs!!!!! or Nipondenso plugs only!!!! Nothing else.... trust me on this one.

However, I think your problem is more than just plugs. you need to explain what sound your are experiencing... please be detailed. when does it happen and how? does it have a check engine light?
does it run rough when you coast only?

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