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Removing spark plug boot

My husband purchased spark plugs for his 2003 vw passat turbo 1.8 lt. He found that there are boots on the spark plug chambers. How do you remove these to replace the spark plugs and what spark plugs do you recommend?

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Twist and pull they are just metal covers over rubber as far as plugs go double platinum is what vw reccommends bosch is definitely the brand to with...

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