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Hi there, I can't seem to get the plug socket into the spark plug hole. Bad visibility and really awkward to get to. Please help! JP

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Not if you have several different spark plug sockets,

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Socket on spark plug

Some Japanese cars require an extra thin spark plug socket to get deep enough around the plug itself.
If your socket is normal, then try searching for a thinner socket.

Nov 12, 2012 | 1994 Nissan Altima


Spark Plugs ( How to replace them)

Spark plugs on a car should be replaced every 2 years or 24,000 miles. To remove the plugs you need a ratchet and either a 13/16 or 5/8 inch spark plug socket, depending on your car's spark plug size. A universal-joint drive-handle attachment and extension attachments can help you reach awkwardly placed plugs. Fit the socket firmly over the hex section of a plug and with the ratchet set to unlock, apply pressure counter clockwise. Hit the handle with the heel of your hand to unseat a stubborn plug. If it continues to stick, use penetrating oil. If it takes effort from start to finish to unscrew a plug, clean the threads of the hole with a thread chaser before installing a new plug. Replace plugs with the brand and model number recommended by manufacturer or with a manufacturer's equivalent. If your engine has an aluminum head, apply a film of anti seize compound (available in tubes from auto parts stores) to each new spark plug's threads. Use a spark plug gauge to adjust the gap between electrodes of each new plug. (Refer to your owner's manual or gap specification on the decal under your car's hood.) The gauge should fit snugly in the gap. To adjust the gap, use the gauge's bracket to bend the L shaped side electrode. Recheck with the spark plug gap gauge. Thread each plug into it's hole by hand until it seats. If the plug has a gasket,m use the ratchet to tighten it quarter to a half turn more. If there is no gasket, only a sixteenth of a turn should be needed. Lightly apply silicon dielectric grease to the inside of the cable terminals: then push each terminal onto the nipple of its spark plug.

on Mar 01, 2010 | Toyota Tacoma Cars & Trucks

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Where are the spark plugs located in the 2006 dodge durango

Hi there:
The spark plugs are under the individual ignition coils. There is a coil over each spark plug, one coil for each cylinder.

To remove the spark plugs you will unplug each coil and remove the 10mm nut that holds it down, then slide the coil up and out. Once it's out then you can use a spark plug socket and extension to remove the plugs. It's a good idea to use compressed air (a can of computer keyboard cleaner would work) to blow out the spark plug holes before removing the plugs.


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Sep 11, 2012 | 2006 Dodge Durango

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The socket is stuck on the newly installed spark plug

You probably have a spark plug socket that is too large for the plug. Take the plug back out and then you can release the plug from the socket. The act of removing the plug might even unstick it from the socket. If it doesn't you can punch out the plug using the small square hole in the socket with a pin punch or similar item and hammer. A vise to hold the socket would help. Understand that hitting the top of the plug might shatter the ceramic. At least you get your socket back right? Be sure to wear eye protection and gloves. Safety first!

Oct 27, 2011 | 2000 Mercury Sable

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Where are the spark plugs located in a 1999 mercury marquis

If it's a 4.6 litre, they are really easy.........just trace the wires from the coil packs on the front left and right of the engine to the holes they plug into.
I always tape my plug socket to my extension so it will not be stuck down in the hole.The plugs are easily accessible.
Every plug I do one at a time.I loosen 3 turns ,remove the extension and socket,and then crank the engine to blow the debris up out of the hole.It doesn't matter if the engine fires ot starts,Just shut it off immediately and remove the plug all the way and replace it right then.
Setting the gap a hair(.004") more than specs will ensure you get the best gas mileage.ONLY .004" more than that. don-ohio

Oct 11, 2011 | 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis

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Hi there need to find out where the old spark plugs are and change with new ones, 1st time Im doing this am, 49yr old female with thanks

You can find a lot of pictures and videos on how to do basic maintenance on your BMW at places like UTube, Pelican Parts, and Doug's Domain.
You did not mention the year and model of your car, but the general instructions for MOST BMWs sold in the past 20 years are as follows:
Pry off the little plastic caps and unscrew the 10 mm bolts that hold the plastic covers on top of the engine.
Most BMWs have coils over the spark plugs. You have to release the locks on the plugs and unplug the coils from the wiring harness. Then remove the two 10 mm bolts that hold on each coil. Tug hard to pull the coil out of the hole.
If your car has thick wires running to each spark plug (e.g. older 318 model), you don't have coils over the plugs. Grip the rubber boot, not the wire, when pulling the wire free from the spark plug.
Then you need a deep well 5/8" socket that is magnetic or has a rubber gripper inside to hold the spark plugs so you can pull them up out of the hole when they are unscrewed. You will need an extension for the socket to reach down in the hole. A 6" extension is enough.
The spark plugs for a BMW should have nickel plated threads so they don't require antiseize compound, but even with nickel, some folks put a dab of antiseize compound on the threads to make sure the plug does not seize to the aluminum head.
The plugs are made of porcelain (glass) so be careful not to drop them. A plug that has been dropped on a hard surface should be discarded, even if it looks OK.
The most important part of this job is to carefully start the plugs back into their holes holding the socket extension in your hand, not the ratchet. They should thread in easily. DON'T force them! If you cross-thread a plug in its hole, this simple maintenance job can turn into several thousand dollars in repairs.
If you don't have a torque wrench (and I assume you don't), you want to tighten the plug by hand until the copper gasket touches the head. Then take the socket and give it another revolution or so against some resistance as the copper gasket crushes. When the copper gasket is crushed, The resistance to turning will suddenly increase. That is when you stop turning. Remember that the head is soft aluminum. It has to be tight enough to seal tightly and not vibrate loose, but not so tight that it strips the threads out of the hole. ($$$$)
After tightening the plug, you may find the the extension pulls out of the socket easier than the socket pulls free of the plug. You can tape the socket to the extension, or use some other tool to reach down in the hole and fish the socket out if the hole.

Aug 28, 2011 | BMW 3 Series Cars & Trucks

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I need help changing spark plugs in my 2004 ford Taurus It seems I have to remove the intak assembly to access the rear plugs. what do I do to remove the intake safely and properly replace everything?


You will have to remove the intake assembly to be able to remove the spark plug. You can also go about it from the ignition coil. To replace the spark plug, please follow the steps below to do so. You will be needing these instruments: Phillips screwdriver, Socket wrench, Spark plug socket, Anti-seize compound, Dielectric compound, Small screwdriver, then follow the steps:
  1. Disconnect the car's negative battery cable at a time when the engine is cool.
  2. Unscrew the individual ignition coil using a screwdriver and then remove the coil and set it aside.
  3. Pull out the spark plug wire at the plug end, grasping it by the boot and twisting it out; a special tool for this is available. Disconnect the same wire at the ignition coil.
  4. Clean out the spark plug's hole, using compressed air to blow out all dust, dirt and debris from inside.
  5. Remove the spark plug from the engine using a socket wrench with a spark plug socket; turn the plug counterclockwise to remove it.
  6. Apply a thin coat of anti-seize compound to the threads of the replacement spark plug. Make sure you get no compound on the plug's electrodes.
  7. Thread the spark plug into its hole, making sure you don't cross-thread it, and then tighten it with the wrench and spark plug socket.
  8. Coat the insides of the spark plug boots with dielectric compound; use a small screwdriver to apply the compound.
  9. Install the ignition coil and screw it into place.
  10. Repeat the above steps for each spark plug/wire that needs changing and installation.
  11. Reconnect the negative battery cable once you've installed all necessary plus and wires
Hope this helped. Thank You for using FixYa!!!

Jan 15, 2011 | 2004 Ford Taurus

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How do I change the spark plugs for a 1998 Subaru forester?

Hello, first, you must remove the air cleaner housing Move the tube from the air cleaner and the intake on top of the engine by loosening the hose clamps at each end. It is still attached to a hose underneath but can be put out of the way

Remove the top of the air cleaner and the filter.

Remove the two 12mm bolts at each side of the bottom.

The side of the bottom is rubber gasket to the inside fender - just rotate slightly each way to loosen and pull off and put off to the side - there is still a wire attached.

Now pull off the spark plug caps on the side of the engine. This is a boxer engine which means the plugs are in a horizontal position on the sides. It is good to have a pair of spark plug pliers to do this as they are really difficult to remove. (spark plug pliers form a circle on the end when closed and are nice to grasp the caps with). Now you will need a 3/8 drive socket wrench, a 2" extension and a 5/8 deep socket Connect the extension and socket and feed it into the spark plug hole and over the spark plug. It is really deep inside. Now attach the wrench and remove the spark plug making sure you keep the tools level so as not to torque the plug side ways. Once the plug is real loose, unattached the wrench and hand loosen the plug with the extension because the wrench won't fit to remove the extension and socket attached. Remove the extension and socket and then spark plug. Put in the new plug reversing the steps.


Jul 24, 2010 | 1998 Subaru Forester

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Wanting to replace number 7 and 8 spark plug on 2000 f150 4.6 triton. fuel rail seems to be in the way. Does it need to be removed? My haynes manual says nothing about this. So easiest way I can ask, How...

These are not as bad as you might think or as bad as they look. You do not need to remove the fuel rails, Unplug the the fuel injector wire pigtail and the coil harness to gain more access to the bolt that holds the coil down, remove the coil retaining bolt and with a slight twisting motion lift the coil up and out of the spark plug hole. I always use a 1/4 inch drive socket set to help with getting in those tight spots. I would recommend blowing the hole out with air before removing the spark plug to avoid getting any debri into the cylinder.

Nov 07, 2009 | 2000 Ford F150 Flareside SuperCab

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Pull the boots off and use an extension with your socket and "feel" for the socket to go over the spark plug, When you know have a good fit on the plug, use your ratchet and remove each one. Install the plug into the plug socket and again "feel" for the plug hole when your installing them.

Jun 12, 2008 | 1991 Toyota Camry

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