In this article, we will show you how to change the spark plugs of your vehicle from your home. The tools that you need and everything you need about this simple and inexpensive change is part of this article.
- Spark Plugs: you must buy new spark plugs at auto parts stores or at the dealership of your choice. Not all spark plugs are the same, make sure you buy the right model for your vehicle. If you have any questions, you can ask the sales consultant.
- Spark plug wrench: A wrench of a specific width is needed for your spark plug to be able to take out and put them inside the engine.
- Hexagonal Ratchet: This piece is to facilitate the removal of the spark plugs.
- Air Compressor or Blower: This is needed for thorough cleaning of the spark plug holes.
- Safety glasses: To protect your sight against any element that may jump when you are going to blow the holes of the spark plugs.
- Gloves: To protect the hands against the manipulation of the spark plug wires and the change of them.
How to Change The Spark Plugs?
Here’s how to change the spark plugs of your vehicle in 7 easy steps:
1) Locate Your Spark Plugs
First of all, you must bear in mind that these changes are made with the engine off and you must wait at least 2 hours from the last time you used the vehicle. Spark plugs are normally located at a glance or are under a protective plastic housing that covers the engine.
2) Disconnect The Spark Plug Wires
Remove the wires one by one by pulling the cap and not the cable itself as you can damage them. Remember where each cable came from and what coil they were going to. If you put them wrong then the vehicle will not even start on.
3) Remove the Spark Plug And the Ignition Coil
Grab the hexagonal ratchet and spark plug wrench and unscrew the ignition coils to remove it. To remove the spark plugs, turn them anticlockwise then finish them off with your own hands.
NOTE: In some vehicles it is not necessary to remove the ignition coils.
4) Blow the Orifices of the Spark Plugs
Put the safety glasses on and then with the blower begin to blow each hole of the spark plug to make it free of particles or unwanted elements.
5) Screw the New Spark Plug
Grease the spark plugs and begin to screw it by hand very carefully and with little pressure. When the spark plug is screwed in, use the wrench and turn clockwise to tighten it. Be careful not to apply to much pressure. You should leave them similar as before.
6) Place the Ignition Coil
Put the ignition coil back into place using the hexagonal ratchet to screw them. Remember that you should not exert too much pressure when tightening them as you could damage the thread and break the coil itself.
7) Connect the Wiring and Repeat the Process With Each Spark Plug
Once the ignition coil is fixed, reconnect the wiring each as it was in place.
Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to change the spark plugs on your own