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Old 04-09-2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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Ok all, this will be my first attempt at fixing anything on my car.

I purchased spark plugs and wires..........I want to try to replace them myself.

Where can I find instructions?

I have a 2000 Bonneville SSEi

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It'* quite simple really. I think the most important piece of advice may be to do one wire at a time. If you get the wires mixed up, you'll be looking at firing order diagrams trying to figure out why the car won't start or runs poorly.

Make sure you gap the spark plugs... .060" IIRC.

What kind of plugs/wires did you get?
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Ok all, this will be my first attempt at fixing anything on my car.

I purchased spark plugs and wires..........I want to try to replace them myself.

Where can I find instructions?

I have a 2000 Bonneville SSEi

Thanks
Not much to changing them. Do you have the correct socket? You will need a sparkplug socket, it has a rubber insert to protect the plug.

Best way is one at a time. Remove the first plug wire, then with a socket wrench and the sparkplug socket, crack the first plug loose. If you have a air compressor, blow air around teh base of the plug to remove any dirt. Remove old plug and inspeck for problems. Should be grayish in color. No fowling. Check gap on new plugs and set to recomended gap. put plug in engine, do not over tighten, if I remember right, it'* finger tight then 1/4 turn. Then change your wire and run it along the same path as the old one. Front plugs will be easy, the back ones are more of a pain. Good luck.

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The back set on your car are going to be a tight squeeze, I suggest a stubby flex head ratchet to remove the plugs and remove the rear engine lifting bracket for easier access.
The bracket is bolted on with a 10mm nut to the rear exhaust manifold.

What brand of plugs and wires did you get?
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Definitely one at a time. The biggest obstacle will be getting the old boots off of the plugs, especially in the back. I just changed mine(plugs only) over the weekend and it took a little over an hour, nearly half of which was spent on one plug(#6) that I had a tough time getting the boot off of.
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The more I read the more I’m wondering if this is not the best choice for me………

I did get 2 estimates from local shops.
One who works with me quit often ( I set up my work'* fleet account with them), they have given me deals on my personal car. The price I was quoted was $75 to replace them for me. I thought it was a bit much…………but now I am starting to wonder.

I ended up getting Bosh wires.........and I think AC Delco plugs with the double platinum. Good choice.....or not?
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The more I read the more I’m wondering if this is not the best choice for me………

I did get 2 estimates from local shops.
One who works with me quit often ( I set up my work'* fleet account with them), they have given me deals on my personal car. The price I was quoted was $75 to replace them for me. I thought it was a bit much…………but now I am starting to wonder.

I ended up getting Bosh wires.........and I think AC Delco plugs with the double platinum. Good choice.....or not?
You said you have a SSEi? Dont put those plugs in your car. No platinum in a supercharged engine.
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Definitely one at a time. The biggest obstacle will be getting the old boots off of the plugs, especially in the back. I just changed mine(plugs only) over the weekend and it took a little over an hour, nearly half of which was spent on one plug(#6) that I had a tough time getting the boot off of.
Interesting. I just did the plugs on my 03 and #6 wire was a monster to get off. I used up an entire BAG of cuss words on it. Then wound up popping the terminal end off the wire when the boot came off. Had to get a new set of wires.

If you have reasonable mechanical ability and a few tools, it'* no big deal to do it yourself. It'* a little bit of a PITA, but doable. if you'd rather not mess with it, $75 probably isn't too bad.
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If you can get him to do it for $75, including new wires and plugs, do it. Otherwise, just do it yourself, we can work you through any problems that may arise.
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You said you have a SSEi? Dont put those plugs in your car. No platinum in a supercharged engine.
See..... and I thought the platinum are better......... :(

Now I have to return them..............Advice please............what kind do you think is best?

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If you can get him to do it for $75, including new wires and plugs, do it. Otherwise, just do it yourself, we can work you through any problems that may arise.
No, that is just to put them in. I already purchased them.
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