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CHANGE Spark Plugs

I NEED to REMOVE the Air Plenum that sits on TOP of the Engine Block so I have ROOM for my hands and arms reach back and REPLACE the REAR Spark plugs. Car: 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT, 2.7 Liter, 6-Cylinder, Automatic, Front wheel drive.

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    no room on top side to get out

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How to change Spark Plugs in a 2007 Toyota Rav-4 with a 3.5 V-6 engine


1. Check the gap at the base of the new spark plugs with a spark plug gap tool. If the gap on any plug is not between 0.039 and 0.043, exchange the plug for a new one. Do not attempt to adjust the gap on the plugs.
2. Open the two latches on the passenger's side of the air-filter box. Pull the front half of the air box toward the front of the engine and push it to the side. Remove the air filter from inside the air-filter box. This allows you access to the ignition coil packs.
3. Unplug the wiring harness from the top of one coil pack. Remove the bolt securing the coil pack with a ratchet and socket, and pull the coil up from the engine.
4. Remove the spark plug using a ratchet, 6-inch extension and a spark plug socket.
5. Hand-tighten the new spark plug into the RAV4's engine and torque it to 14 foot-pounds with a torque wrench, 6-inch extension and a spark plug socket.
6. Squeeze a small amount of dielectric grease into the rubber boot at the bottom of the ignition coil pack. Push the coil pack onto the new spark plug until it clicks into place. Tighten the coil pack bolt to 6 to 7 foot-pounds with a torque wrench, 6-inch extension and a spark plug socket. Reconnect the wiring harness on the top of the coil pack.
7. Replace all four spark plugs, by repeating Steps 4 through 7 on all four plugs.
8. Sit the air filter back into the air-filter box. Reinstall the front half of the air-filter box and close the latches to lock it in place.


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Need head bolt torqe for 3100 and should bolts be dry


The bolts should have thread lock on them when installing, and the torque is done in 2 steps. 33 ft lbs. and then 90 deg. after that on the second pass. 3.1L Engine CAUTION
Observe all applicable safety precautions when working around fuel. Whenever servicing the fuel system, always work in a well ventilated area. Do not allow fuel spray or vapors to come in contact with a spark or open flame. Keep a dry chemical fire extinguisher near the work area. Always keep fuel in a container specifically designed for fuel storage; also, always properly seal fuel containers to avoid the possibility of fire or explosion. LEFT SIDE (FRONT)
  1. Properly relieve the fuel system pressure.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Drain the cooling system into a suitable container.
  4. Disconnect the top half of the air cleaner assembly, then remove the throttle body air inlet duct.
  5. Remove the exhaust crossover pipe heat shield and crossover pipe.
  6. Disconnect the spark plug wires from spark plugs and looms then route the wires out of the way.
  7. Remove the rocker arm (valve) covers.
  8. Remove upper intake plenum and lower intake manifold.
  9. Remove the left side exhaust manifold.
  10. Remove oil level indicator tube. NOTE: When removing the valve train components they must be kept in order for installation in the same locations they were removed from.
  11. Remove rocker arms nut, rocker arms, balls and pushrods.
  12. Unfasten the cylinder head bolts evenly, then remove the cylinder head from the engine compartment. Remove and discard the gasket. To install:
  13. Clean all the gasket surfaces completely. Clean the threads on the cylinder head bolts and block threads.
  14. Place the cylinder head gasket in position over the dowel pins on the cylinder block so the words THIS SIDE UP are showing.
  15. Coat the bolt threads lightly with sealer, then install finger-tight.
  16. Tighten the cylinder head bolts in sequence to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm). With all the bolts tightened make a second pass tightening all the bolts an additional 90°.
  17. Install the pushrods, rocker arms, balls and rocker arm nuts in their proper locations. Tighten the rocker arm nuts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  18. Install the lower intake manifold and upper intake plenum.
  19. Install the rocker arm (valve) covers.
  20. Install the oil level indicator tube. Insert the dipstick.
  21. Connect the spark plug wires to spark plugs and looms.
  22. Install the left side exhaust manifold.
  23. Install the exhaust crossover pipe and heat shield.
  24. Refill the cooling system.
  25. Install the top half of the air cleaner assembly and the throttle body air inlet duct.
  26. Connect negative battery cable.
  27. Start vehicle and verify that there are no leaks. Fig. 20: Cylinder head mounting and bolt tightening sequence - 3.1L engine 86883134.gif
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Fuel Injection systems remain under pressure, even after the engine has been turned OFF. The fuel system pressure must be relieved before disconnecting any fuel lines. Failure to do so may result in fire and/or personal injury.
  1. Relieve the fuel system pressure.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Drain the cooling system.
  4. Remove the top half of the air cleaner assembly and remove the throttle body air inlet duct.
  5. Remove the exhaust crossover pipe heat shield and crossover pipe.
  6. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  7. Detach the Oxygen (O2) sensor connector.
  8. Disconnect the exhaust pipe from the exhaust manifold.
  9. Remove the right side exhaust manifold.
  10. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  11. Disconnect the spark plug wires from spark plugs and wire looms and route the wires out of the way.
  12. Remove the rocker arm (valve) covers.
  13. Remove upper intake plenum and lower intake manifold. NOTE: When removing the valve train components they must be kept in order for installation in the same locations they were removed from.
  14. Remove rocker arms nut, rocker arms, balls and pushrods.
  15. Unfasten the cylinder head bolts evenly, then remove the cylinder head from the engine compartment. Remove and discard the gasket. To Install:
  16. Clean all the gasket surfaces completely. Clean the threads on the cylinder head bolts and block threads.
  17. Place the cylinder head gasket in position over the dowel pins on the cylinder block so the words THIS SIDE UP showing.
  18. Coat the bolt threads lightly with sealer, then install finger-tight.
  19. Tighten the cylinder head bolts in sequence to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm). With all the bolts tightened make a second pass tightening all the bolts an additional 90°.
  20. Install the pushrods loosely retained with the rocker arm assemblies. Make sure all pushrods are in the correct locations. Coat the ends of the pushrods with prelube. The intake rods are marked yellow and are 5 3?4 inch long. The exhaust pushrods are marked green and 6 inches long. balls and rocker arm nuts. Tighten the rocker arm nuts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  21. Install the lower intake manifold and upper intake plenum.
  22. Install the rocker arm (valve) covers.
  23. Connect the spark plug wires to spark plugs and wire looms.
  24. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  25. Install the exhaust manifold.
  26. Connect the exhaust pipe to the exhaust manifold.
  27. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  28. Connect the Oxygen (O2) sensor wiring.
  29. Install the exhaust crossover pipe and heat shield.
  30. Refill the cooling system.
  31. Install the top half of the air cleaner assembly and the throttle body air inlet duct.
  32. Connect negative battery cable.
  33. Start vehicle and verify that there are no leaks.
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Change rear spark plugs 1994 cutlass supreme 3.4


If you got small hands and long arms, you can change the rear spark plugs with the right extensions and swivel spark plug socket. You can get to all three from the top and leaned over the passenger side of the car.
If you need more room, your going to have to tilt the engine forward. Here is how it's done, with the transmission in park and parking brakes on with a block at the BACK wheels. Undo the two dog bone motor mount at the front of the engine, once disconnected with a friend.
Push the car forward once your release the parking brakes, push it just far enough that you tilt the engine forward and not in to the radiator. Once that is done, put on parking brakes and place block at the BACK wheels again, so we don't lose an arm.
This should give you more room to get to the rear spark plugs and yes everything is done by touch to get the plugs out and most likely your going to have to replace the spark plug wires. The old ones will be harder to remove then the front ones and a spark plug wire pliers will works best to removing them.
Thank you for using fixy and be safe, after spark plugs replaced, just reinstall everything the revers.

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The flat rate to change the plugs is just 1.3 hours so the plenum shouldn't have to come off. I believe these are coil on plug, it's a tight fit but the plugs should come out, remove the coils from each sparkplug. Using a sparkplug socket and a couple shorter extentions, you have to work the extensions on one by one. Once the plug is removed you may need a magnet to fish them out. Replacing them is the same you have to work each section of extension in to get the plugs down into place. Hope this helps

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