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Cant get spark plugs out of my 1996 Mazda Protege, I have a 5/8 socket and and extension that is long enough, but for some reason it wont grab the spark plug, is there a special wrentch for this model. My friend seems to think that I need to take of the valve cover to get the spark plugs out, that is just crazy, why would anyone make a car that you cant get the spark plugs out of without taking off the valve cover.

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Your spark plug wires have a rubber boot on the end of them and some times they come off and stay on the spark plug to where you can't get the socket on the plug. If you have oil on your plug wires than you need to replace the valve covers. You can use a long thin screw driver to get the boots off the plugs. It may take some time but they will come off.

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  • kc99645ak Oct 07, 2010

    Yes, I saw something in there that looked like a boot. You are very helpful GURU, thank you so very much. Do the new spark plug wires come with new boots?

  • Ralph Johnson Oct 08, 2010

    Yes the wires will have new boots, but remember the boots probably came off because of oil and if so you should change the valve cover gaskets. You must have a six. It is not that hard but you can get a book at auto parts store for procedure.


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How do i change the spark plugs in a 2000 mazda prodege.

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Look right on top of the aluminum engine block and you will see the word Mazda and behind that you'll see your engine size. Between the two you'll see a round black rubber grommet and two black blocks with wires running through them (these are the ignition coils). If you look closely you'll see another rubber grommet under all the wiring. Your plugs are under all that wiring in about 4" deep wells.

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