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Is there a special combo of tools ie. socket / extension / swivel etc that somebody could point out that works for removing the center plug? thanks in advance

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  • wscottclose Jun 29, 2009

    great I will look for that swivel socket 5/8 for a 3/8 drive thanks ..>S

  • wscottclose Jun 30, 2009

    alright so I tried the swivel socket / plug puller and it worked but I went from the top not thru the wheel well becuase I did not have any day light. The plug is out but I did brake it WOA!!!! that was close. I am having getting number 3 back in hopefully daylight will help, thanks ..>S

  • wscottclose Jun 30, 2009

    thanks for the advice and ya I would like to get the wheel off but I am still trying to thread form the bottom by hand but the rain just curbed my efforts !!!

  • wscottclose Jun 30, 2009

    alright so the wheels are off and the plugs have been changed, oil changed, fule filter changed, considering changing the plug wires but they look good and are delphi hmmm The intake manifold gasket is next LOL

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The number three plug can be removed with a  Swivel Spark plug socket as one unit. Once the Spark plug has loosen, remove the spark plug socket and remove by hand. Install by hand and spray the spark plug thread with WD-40 to make it easier for you to thread in to the heads. Once in use the swivel spark plug socket to torque, you can buy the spark plug socket with the swivel at Auto Zone or any large auto parts store, Good luck and keep me posted, All the spark plugs is best to changed through the wheel well and extension. Takes about 45 min to do all the spark plugs, 10 on the # 3  plug. 

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    Harvey N Tawatao Jun 29, 2009

    The spark plug size with the swivel is 5/8 and make sure you have a long extension and spark plug boot pliers. It sounds like you have not replaced spark plugs on a blazer, here are some tips. Use platinum plug, there good for 100,000 miles. The best way to get to all the plugs are through the wheel well on both sides, just flip the splash guard up out of the way to get to the plugs and use a little anti seize on the the threads of the new plugs to make it easier to replace next time. Make sure when replacing the plugs the engine is cool and been running to ensure there are not thread damage to the heads, and replace the plugs one at a time to ensure you don't mix the firing order. Keep me posted if your going to do any more other then replacing the spark plugs be glad to help, and this is a good time to replace the fuel filter too and your going to need to by a quick fuel line release tool. 

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    Harvey N Tawatao Jun 30, 2009

    Sorry about the spark plug braking, Should have told you that the plugs will break most of the time when removing from the top. If your a large person like some of the tech's your can remove the wheel to give you more room to work with, I personally can get by without removing the wheels and some prefer to just jack up the front end from the frame so you get just a bit more working room around the wheel well. Getting the #3 plug in and out is by hand after you loosen it, To tighten the plug you still have to thread it by hand till you can get the socket to fit between the shock tower and spark plug. Once your have the socket in to tighten the plug, attach the extension and torque. The other 5 spark plugs are also through the wheel well with the extension, the #3 plug is the only one that you have to do by hand then attach the socket and then extension. Keep me posted and keep up the good work. 

  • Harvey N Tawatao
    Harvey N Tawatao Jun 30, 2009

    You know what they say, "No Rain No Rainbows". Keep up the good work.  

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