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Spark plugs I think I have located the spark plugs but they are in a housing?????? how do remove the housing to get to them

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The housing has the coils inside it. THe spark plugs are on the engine and not inside the housing. ull see metal tips protruding form the housing..those tips make contacts with rubber boots on the top of the engine and the plugs are under those rubber boots. So basically once u move the housing (usually looks white underneath, ull need to look at the spot where it fit on the engine. Use a flashlight and ull see 4 rubber boots and under those boots are the spark plugs...the rubber boots also have a plastic insulator on them..when u want to remove it, just pull on the rubber with pliers or something without pressing on the hard plastic as it will crack. THe plugs are under the boots and ull need an 6 inch extension and socket to get them out. Spark plug gap on it should be .06..confirm on the manual.

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The plugs are located under the cover that is stamped 2.4l remove the 4 bolts securing cover disconnect electrical connector on the left side the gently work cover off and the plugs are right there.
btw the "wires" are built into the cover.

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The housing you are talking about. are all the spark plugs under it? i mean do all the wires go into this one spot?

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  • Park the car in cool, shady area and allow the engine to cool.
  • Step 2 Remove the parts of the Grand Am engine that hinder access to the spark plugs. For a 2.2 L engine, remove the ignition coil housing. For a 2.4 L engine, remove the bolts that hold the retaining ignition coil and disconnect the electrical connector. Pull the assembly straight up and away from the engine to remove it. For a 3.1 L engine, remove the air cleaner. For a 3.4 L engine, remove the windshield wiper module cover and rotate the engine for service access to the rear spark plugs.
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    An ignition 1 voltage circuit A chassis ground An ignition control circuit for each cylinder A low reference circuit
    The PCM controls spark by pulsing the ignition control circuits to the ICM to trigger the coils and fire the spark plugs. The PCM and ICM are internally protected against shorts to power and ground on the ignition control circuits.

    The spark plugs are connected to each coil by a short boot. The boot contains a spring that conducts the spark energy from the coil to the spark plug. The spark plugs are tipped with platinum for long wear and higher efficiency.

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    Fig. Ignition coil locations 2001-2004 4.8L, 5.3L, 6.0L Engines

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      Fig. Removing the ICM from the camshaft cover

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