Question about 1997 Chrysler Sebring
A typical spark plug consists of a metal shell surrounding a ceramic insulator. A metal electrode extends downward through the center of the insulator and protrudes a small distance. Located at the end of the plug and attached to the side of the outer metal shell is the side electrode. The side electrode bends in at a 90( angle so that its tip is just past and parallel to the tip of the center electrode. The distance between these two electrodes (measured in thousandths of an inch or hundredths of a millimeter) is called the spark plug gap.
The spark plug does not produce a spark but instead provides a gap across which the current can arc. The coil produces anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 volts (depending on the type and application) which travels through the wires to the spark plugs. The current passes along the center electrode and jumps the gap to the side electrode, and in doing so, ignites the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber.
Fig. 3: Cross-section of a spark plug
Use a Spark Plug socket and 12" extension with a ratchet. Pull the boot of the spark plug wire off with a spark plug wire boot puller available from your local parts or tool store. Unscrew each spark plug and replace the wire by pulling the boots off both ends, one at the spark plug end and the other at the coil pack or distributor cap. Do only one cylinder at a time to avoid confusion. Put the appropriate length spark plug wire from the package on to the coil pack or distributor at one end and screw the new spark plug in and attach the other end of the spark plug wire to the spark plug. If you do it one cylinder at a time, it should be easy. Good luck on this repair.
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