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How to change spark plugs in a '96 Volvo 960

I need to know how to get the spark plugs out of my '96 Volvo 960 and replace them with new ones.

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Remove the torx 30 screws that hold the plastic cover on the top of the engine,then you will find 10mm bolts holding coils to cyl head,remove bolts,lift coils out of spark plug holes,remove and replace spark plugs

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