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Does anyone have a solution for removing a spark plug which is in so tight that we keep breaking ratchet extensions and easy outs are not reaching far enough.

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Soak around the plug with WD40 and use a Snap extension and ratchet or an air impact driver.

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easy job replace one spark plug at a 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 need basic 3/8 ratchet 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.

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I agree with the previous answer that this a very time consuming job. It took me 2+ hours. I would correct a couple of statements in his answer. He refers to reaching around and behind an exhaust manifold while changing the plugs, but actually if you are working from above the engine (not below) you will be reaching around and behind the intake manifold (not exhaust) during this process. <br /> As he said, the front 3 are very easy - just remove the plastic cover plate and the coils are visible - remove one short bolt, pull the coil off, and using a long extension and a spark plug socket with a rubber insert you can remove the plugs and replace with new ones. <br /> The back 3 are very, very difficult. I did look from underneath the <a href="">car</a> and I don't see any way to get to them even if the exhaust manifold was removed. I do believe the best way is from the top. As the previous answer related room to maneuver wrenches and your hands / fingers is very limited. I did remove a couple of minor brackets and hoses and the cruise control wire to get a little more room. Of course, as with the front, you have to remove each individual coil. Also - I believe two tools are critical. First - a small size "stubby" ratchet with a flexible head. You CAN use this type of small flexible ratchet to do the removal and install instead of all finger movement. Second - you need a number of small extensions.... in the 1" - 4" range... why??? because the rear plugs are also "deep" but there is no room to feed a single long extension down between the firewall and the engine head. So - you have to feed the spark plug socket and one short extension, and then feed in another one, and then a 3rd one if necessary until you get enough length to connect the socket to the plug, and the top extension to the ratchet. To remove the extensions - work in reverse.. pull the "assembly" out a little, remove one short extension, pull out further, remove another, etc until you get to the spark plug socket. On the 3 rear plugs - for two of the plugs you work from "your right" side of the intake manifold, or from the driver's side. For the final plug, on the passenger side, work from your left side of the intake manifold. On both sides remove minor hoses or brackets to get a little more room - just be sure to hook them back up.<br /><br />

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Did you ever have to remove and replace either your spark plugs, a customers or a friend and find out first hand how miserable it can be to take them out using a spark plug socket and extension?
You find yourself at times possibly cross threading the plugs into the block due to poor accessibility of the plugs and you find yourself limited to the degree of turns the ratchet can actually turn the plug into the block due to a very very tight situation....well here is your answere...and no it is not let someone else do it for you, but rather over the millions of years I been around cars I learned from others and still am learning from aothers just as you are doing reading these "tips" you come accross.
With a new or old spark plug in your hand go down to your local Auto Zone or Discount Auto Store and purchase a piece of neoprene fuel line approximately six inches long and one that struggles to be pushed onto the silver tip mounted on the top of the spark plug... I knoew it sounds stupid and sound too cheap to really work but guess what....out of all the sears Craftsman specialty spark plug flex sockets and extensions this one really does the trick.
Once you have it attached to the tip of the spark plug you have a real tight fitted swivel tool that will adapt to any contortion you put it will find the plug hole threads in the block and get the plug started simply by "twisting" the rubber hose in the direction of tightening and Walla the spark plug sets itself up for the final tightening with the plug ratchet and socket and you are fuss no stripped threads into the spark holes, you can do the same method for removal once you break the spark plug loose with the ratchet and spark plug socket and it only costs you pennies on the dollar, buy a good length of this hose so you can cut to any proper length you will need for different difficult to reach spark plugs.
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Hey bobnatboys,
The back 3 spark plugs are a pain to get to.
But I have 2 methods, which perhaps you can put 2 an 2 together to make it easier for yourself.
firstly make sure you buy new ignition leads because they can break when removing them from the spark plugs. The front (cylinders 1, 3, 5) are easy to get to with 3/8" drive sparl plug socket, an extension bar and ratchet. As for the back 3, put the vehicle up on stands at the front, grab the spark plug socket, a short extension bar and the rachet, crawl underneath the front of the car on your back and start swearing. 2 hands are required. First off, remove the plug leads by a small twist then pull. This is where the plug lead might break. Once the ignition leads are out of the way (yes, even though they seem to come up hard against the firewall - by manipulating them they can be removed), drop the plug socket down the hole onto the spark plug, feed the short extension bar into the hole and click it onto the socket, then feed the ratchet up to the extension bar (2 hands) and proceed to loosen/undo the spark plug. If you don't have the socket with the rubber piece in the end of it - to grip onto the plug, then you will need a thin magnet to drag them out with. Reverse the process for installation.
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