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Old 02-21-2005, 09:48 PM   #1
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Just bought plugs for my '02 SE and took a look to see how big a job its going to be. It looks like I can get to the firewall side plugs easy enough, but I am having trouble getting the boots off. Is there a secret or what?
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Twist your booty and pull hard. Make sure you are wearing some protective gloves when doing this. When putting the booties back on your new plugs, apply a little di-electric grease inside the boot before you snap it onto the plug.
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Those stock boots suck. Takes a while if its the first time youve done it.
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I got the front plugs changed and am going to work on the rears later. What a pain though. It helps to finally see how that metal shield is configured onto the boot. I'm going to change oil tomorrow so I'll see if those backside plugs might be easier from underneath.
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They are easiest from the top. Stock plug wires will probably break if they have any kind of mileage on them.. Your best bet is to just get them off, and replace them with wires such as Beldins 8mm available from NAPA with a lifetime warranty.
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Default get you a good set of pliers

I just replaced my '02 plugs and was able to pull 5 of the plugs by hand. It took quite a while and really boogered up my hands on the rear 3. So, I went to harbor freight and bought a set of hose grip pliers... They work great!! They cost $12 for a set...

Better than any of those crummy boot pullers....



Just push the heat shield in and clamp on, then twist and pull. Took about 15seconds to remove the last boot....

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=37909
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Thanks for the info, those plug wire pullers look like the shiznit. This is the 4th vehicle that I've had that has had the iridium plugs and everyone of them I waited until 100,000 miles before I changed them and am absolutely amazed at how good they still look. At this point I feel like I'm changing the plugs more for the threads and ceramic breaking down more than the element. I'm feeling pretty lucky so far with my '02, I've changed tires, oil, front pads, egr valve and now plugs and that'* it for service. I've got a small power steering hose leak and a valve cover leak and those are the only issues so far after 101,000 miles and counting.
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