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    HOW TO: change spark plugs

    THE NEWBIES GUIDE TO CHANGING SPARK PLUGS ON THE ECOTEC (WITH PICTURES)


    TOOLS YOU WILL NEED
    Rachet
    6" extension
    5/8 spark plug socket
    10 mm socket

    1. Pop your hood. If you cant do this please take your car to a mechanic
    2. Remove ignition wire conector from the idi cover


    2. Remove the 4 small bolts holding the idi cover to the valve cover (10mm)


    3. Now remove the idi cover


    your engine should now look like this


    4. now grab your spark plug socket 3/8,ratchet,extension. Insert into the hole and turn
    counter clockwise to remove the spark plugs. Dothis to all 4 plugs.It might be hard to remove the stock plugs so take your time and go slow.

    5. Now get your new plugs ready. Put anti seize on the threads before you put them in.
    (I went with the bosch platinum 2 because they were cheaper than the acdelco
    plugs and were pre gapped). If you plugs aren’t gapped it will tell you what to gap
    them at in the owners manual. Mine says (.43).


    (sorry I didn’t get any pictures of the plugs ready to go in I had antiseize on my hands)

    6. Install new plugs by turning the ratchet clockwise. Torque spec is 15 ft lbs don’t
    overtighten them because you could strip out the head. Do this to all 4

    7.Reinstall the idi cover.

    8. Reinstall the 4 bolts you took out with the 10mm socket

    9. put the plug clip back in.


    10. now close the hood and start the car and enjoy the feeling of taking care of your car.
    Last edited by cheesecake; 10-18-2006 at 12:11 PM. Reason: admiral jedi info

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    Something to add: The stock plugs took a lot of force to get out. I was afraid of snapping them, so remove them slowly.

    Also, I think you need a 6" extension to reach them. My 3 1/2" didn't do it.

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    good advice i will add that

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    Good write up. Thanks.

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    I got a question. How do u gap spark plugs? I thought I saw some little round thing to do it with ....

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    be sure your engine is COLD when you do this If its hot you can actually pull the threads out of the head and then you need to have me fix it.
    I know stuff about ECOTECS

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    You can also crack your cylinder head if you try to reinstall the spark plugs in an engine that has not been allowed to fully cool. I learned that the hard way and got a Stage II Patriot Performance Head out of the deal.

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    Good write up. Even if you didn't use AC Delco plugs!



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    mine had more pictures

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    should also mention you need to loosen the 10mm bolt holding the throttle cable bracket...

    Or you could break yous off like you did...

    You should really just take off the broken piece it's sharp and looks like poop

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