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Old 07-14-2006, 02:56 PM   #1
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I am going to try and change the plugs and wires this weekend.I went out to see how much of a pain it was going to be, because this is my first time changing on a front wheel drive.So I went to pull on the boots on the 3 plugs up front.Needless to say they are a bear to let go I was able to free 2 of them.I didnt even get to the back ones, looks like they have some type of heat shield around them I can only get a finger grip on the back one.Any suggestions to get them to free up to come off easier?And how hard is it to get a socket in there on them back plugs and how hard to get the plugs back in?
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First suggestion is only change one plug and one wire at a time. You will not be able to ever cross plug wires my mistake folloiwing this advice.

Secondly..if you are changing the wires..there'* no worries.. grab hold..wiggle and turn..they'll come loose.

Yes there are heat shields on the backs.. in this case..grab the shields..but don't damage the shields..

The plugs and wires on our cars are about a 2 out of 10 for changing plugs on a car. Many other cars you can't see the plugs and it'* all by feel.
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Just did mine Thursday. Took about an hour. You'll find a 3 inch ratchet extension to be invaluable. (And wear gloves unless you don't mind busted knuckles)
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When you get the hang of it, it'll take less than 10 minutes if you've already gapped them.

The trick is the twisting of the boot to get it to release, and putting some dielectric grease in the boot for next time.
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First suggestion is only change one plug and one wire at a time. You will not be able to ever cross plug wires my mistake folloiwing this advice.

Secondly..if you are changing the wires..there'* no worries.. grab hold..wiggle and turn..they'll come loose.

Yes there are heat shields on the backs.. in this case..grab the shields..but don't damage the shields..

The plugs and wires on our cars are about a 2 out of 10 for changing plugs on a car. Many other cars you can't see the plugs and it'* all by feel.

All very good advice, the back ones are a pain at first, but like willwren said, once you've done it a time or two it'* easy

And yes, I'm one of those sissies that wears mechanic gloves when doing this, it does make it a little more painless.
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I take the plug end of my wires off every year just to re-lube them. Anythings better than letting them seize up. LOL. It might be good pm for all.

*well actually I've been replacing my wires every year under AZ'* lifetime warr....
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Messing with wires each year w/o replacing is bad because the cores deteriorate over time. The less they are moved the better. However..I like your lifetime ...swap them every year
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