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Old 03-07-2011, 03:44 PM
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Default Changing Spark Plugs/wires

I have a 97 2.3l engine and have replaced the spark plugs and wires on the passenger side. The driver side is another issue.

Do I have to remove the intake manifold in order to get to the plugs to remove and replace them?

Three of those plugs have some kind of plastic fitting that fits on the plug.
The set of wires I bought from Auto Zone all had the regular rubber boot
type and not plastic. Will I be able to remove the new wire from the new boot and run it through that plastic part to fit over plug?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 03-07-2011, 07:19 PM
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Default Re: Changing Spark Plugs/wires

I did the all the plugs and wires on my 1998 2.5l with out pulling the intake. It takes a couple extensions if I can remember correctly I don't think I needed a universal. The plastic things on the boot are to help pull the wires off the plugs, they snap around the boots. The hardest part is fishing the plug wires and making sure they are on the plugs. it just takes some time. I couldn't see it being that much different for a 1997 but I'm not 100%.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:11 PM
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Default Re: Changing Spark Plugs/wires

Thank you for your reply Flareside2.5. I was concerned about the plastic things (as well as removing intake manfold).

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Old 03-07-2011, 11:35 PM
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Default Re: Changing Spark Plugs/wires

no reason to remove it and everything should stay as they come ...including the rubbers and all that, u will need a spark socket wrench (deep style)
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:11 PM
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Hazardousranger..

Thanks for your feedback. Much appreciated.

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Old 03-08-2011, 09:14 PM
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Default Re: Changing Spark Plugs/wires

can the plastic parts around the boots with the hook be put on the new wires? or do you have to get wires with the plastic hooks?
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:23 PM
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Salranger2...

Look at Flareside2.5 post #2 for the answer he gave me.

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Old 03-09-2011, 01:04 PM
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ok yea i think i get the idea, they come apart for the new wires i think then
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:31 PM
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is there a how-to anywhere for doing this job? If not perhaps I will take on the job and try to contribute one, lol.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:41 PM
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Default Re: Changing Spark Plugs/wires

I just did this two weekends ago and I also have a '97 with a 2.3. If you haven't installed the wires yet, I would return them and go to Advance Auto and pick up a set of Autolites, they already have the plastic piece on and I think they are the same price. If you don't have an Advance Auto around, then never mind that tidbit. I'm not sure that you can transfer the plastic from your old plugs to the new ones. I looked at it and I thought the boot without the plastic was too big to snap the plastic piece over.

Anyway, the plastic really makes pulling the wires off easier. I actually ripped the non-plastic boot right in half when I tried pulling it out. I can't for the life of me figure out why they only put the plastic on three of the four plugs.

I was afraid that I'd have to remove the intake as well, but with a long extension (12" or so), a plug socket, and a universal adaptor, it took me all of an hour to do all four driver's side plugs. If you use a universal joint, you'll want to wrap some tape around the joint to keep if from flexing so you'll be able to aim the plug into the hole.

The hardest part for me was pulling the wires off. I just got the truck about a month ago and it looks like whoever had it before me hadn't changed plugs in about 10 years. The plugs (bosch platinum) were so worn out that I'm suprised they even fired. One of them was actually cracked with no visible eletrode. The engine runs so much smoother now.

I only changed two of the exhaust side plugs because I didn't think it was worth the hassle of removing the forward-most or rearward-most plugs.

If you take your time it really isn't as bad a job as it looks.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:47 PM
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is there a how-to anywhere for doing this job? If not perhaps I will take on the job and try to contribute one, lol.
haha i was just wondering the same thing today. yea when i do mine i could chip in or whatever
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:58 AM
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Default Re: Changing Spark Plugs/wires

I"m about to tackle the same thing in my 99 2.5L I went out and bought an extension, 5/8 spark plug socket and a universal just in case. I'll keep you guys posted on how long it takes.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:04 AM
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I don't do my own spark plugs LOL I'd rather change an axle in the rear end than mess with those suckers....I have my brother's garage change the plugs : )-
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:39 PM
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Default Re: Changing Spark Plugs/wires

Haha well it took me basically all day to get them. but i finally got them all. couple busted knuckles but i got it lol
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:56 PM
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