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Repacing rear sparkplugs

How do i tilt engine .can i use a jack after removing the two mounts on top of radiator to tilt the engine forward

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There is a special tool to grab the front of the motor and SLAVE it forward. You an also get to the rear plugs from underneith the van.

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