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Old 02-13-2006, 10:05 PM   #1
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i have a 98 bonneville se and i just need to know how hard is it to change the spark plugs and wires i can get them for cheap but need to know how to do it
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I can finally comment! I actually just did this to my '91 SSE on friday afternoon. Took all of 90 minutes, no problems at all. I'm supposing the guys will follow my reply up with some advice, but I just want to see if the '98 SE is setup the same way as the '91 SSE? I can totally help ya out if the answer'* yes. Otherwise someone else will fill ya in.

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Moving to 92-99...

You'll want to remove the STB for better access to the rear plugs (don't move the car till you have the bar back on). Just pull... on the boots, if you pull on the wires, they may come out and leave the boot. It really is not difficult. The worst part is stubborn boots.
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And do them one at time so your sure not cross the wires.
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Depending on your arm size and general flexibility, you may not need to remove the STB, and you shouldn't remove it unless you own a torque wrench to re-torque the strut mount nuts to 18ft/lbs.

If you think you crossed them, the coils are numbered, and your front bank is 1, 3, 5 from left to right facing the engine, and the rear is 2, 4, 6 left to right facing the engine.
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I don't want to beat a dead horse, but DO NOT USE BOSCH PLUGS! They don't last long and typically cause problems in our cars.

Use NGK or AC Delco Plugs AC Delco or Belden wires

That'* what we've found works best.
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No one linked Nicks thread?

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And on the strut bar removal. I'm a normal sized person and don't need to remove it. As well, if Highlander doesn't need to...(I'm 5'10" and look like a dwarf next to him) why would any normal sized person?
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I've never removed the brace either. It'* kinda tight, but I'd rather grunt a little extra, and take a couple of extra scrapes, than risk screwing up my suspension.

But once you find that "magic spot" to stand and work on the rear plugs, the job is easy.

4 to 6 beers, less than a pint of blood, and maybe 2 dozen cuss words.
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Autolite plugs work well also.
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But once you find that "magic spot" to stand and work on the rear plugs, the job is easy.

4 to 6 beers, less than a pint of blood, and maybe 2 dozen cuss words.
If it takes 4-6 beers..you are either guzzling or milking the job to stay away from the wife.

It'* no where near as bad as some make it sound. You can see them..and where they go, and reach all from the top. It'* a walk in the part compared to some cars.
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