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prayga
05-05-2006, 01:57 PM
Thinking of changing spark plugs but don't know the tightening torque. "How To" section said making it as tight as possible without of breaking the plug; sounds like I have to break one to find out. anyone has a better idea? Thanks.

iceman
05-05-2006, 02:00 PM
11 ft-lb is the exact spec

coupe
05-05-2006, 02:07 PM
I just "snug" them.

KeyserSosa2000
05-05-2006, 02:36 PM
I just use my left hand (opposite hand) and go until it is very 'left hand' tight.

digitalballz
05-05-2006, 08:42 PM
LOL!!!! torque spec for spark plugs. You will know when there tight enuff.

MikeSilverGT
05-07-2006, 05:44 PM
What do yall usually gap yours at? Or do you just leave it at the default .060?

digitalballz
05-07-2006, 09:12 PM
unless your seriously modded just gap them to spec.

lone_wolf025
05-07-2006, 11:18 PM
Point of advice: Start them by hand (basically without the rachet attached) to get a hand feel if they've threaded in correctly. Cross thread those suckers and you're gonna have a fun time fixing it...

Bonnor
05-08-2006, 05:40 PM
do u guys use a universal attatchment with teh ratchet?

coupe
05-08-2006, 05:53 PM
I use an extension if thats what you mean.

99GAGTX
05-08-2006, 07:30 PM
When it comes to torquing them down, what I've always done was finger tighten the plugs. Then tighten with a ratchet a quarter turn. Gap to the factory spec first obviously.

CrucialTK
09-21-2006, 11:07 PM
How difficult is it to change the plugs in the 3400? I was thinking about tackling the project this coming weekend?

badboy2451
09-21-2006, 11:28 PM
its not fun...i used 3 extensions to get the back ones but most people would suggest tilting the motor to make it more easy

Gizm0815
09-21-2006, 11:35 PM
who tilts the motor? its not to hard just remove the coil pack assembly out of the way and it makes getting the rear plugs way easier. its not a fun job but it can be done. i did mine a few months ago hardest part was getting the rear plugs out

CrucialTK
09-22-2006, 12:05 AM
word. how hard is it to tilt the motor? My buddy said a bracket needed to be removed from the radiator and then rollin' the car forward in neutral would do the job. Any truth to that?

coupe
09-22-2006, 05:56 AM
word. how hard is it to tilt the motor? My buddy said a bracket needed to be removed from the radiator and then rollin' the car forward in neutral would do the job. Any truth to that?


Donít do that, itís not necessary.
Just play with a few extensions till ya find the one/s that work. After you figure that out you can replace all 6 plugs in under 10 minutes.

digitalballz
09-23-2006, 10:54 AM
who needs to remove the coil packs??? just stuff yer hand in there and get them out!

cals400ex
09-24-2006, 02:18 PM
yeah i didn't remove the coil packs either. the hardest part i had was getting the stock plug boots off of the plugs.

digitalballz
09-24-2006, 09:37 PM
yeah i didn't remove the coil packs either. the hardest part i had was getting the stock plug boots off of the plugs.

When I first did mine the middle plug in the back came out in pieces!! it was horrible!

rtranger81
09-25-2006, 01:39 AM
I just did mine like last week and the first one in the back was a pain. Hand tights good. Make sure to start them by hand and not with the wrench

sculled99gt
10-11-2006, 03:40 PM
I recently went to change plugs and the #1 plug (passenger side, rear plug) was a breeze, then i moved to the middle rear plug. Came out easy enough, but for some reason I cannot get the new plug in, and I am just using my fingers. All it seems to do is just spin and the threads wont bite. How will I know if I've stripped the threads? and if I have what do I need to do?

tenspeed
10-11-2006, 04:17 PM
Hopefully you are trying to thread it in at the wrong angle. Try a different plug.