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Spark Plug change tips

Discussion in 'Kia Stinger How To's and Do It Yourself' started by DiabloStinger, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. M'Kehyah

    M'Kehyah United States Member

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    One more...
    1. OEM plugs were gapped at .031 and looked okay at 18K miles.
    2. My center coil on passenger side came out (aft) in one piece.
    3. Big Thank you to a great forum and all the info (above). It went well.
    :)
     
  2. David Truax

    David Truax United States Member

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    I got that coil out in one piece.... getting it back in was another story lol
     
  3. M'Kehyah

    M'Kehyah United States Member

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    I found if I "fed it" from aft with one hand and encouraged progress with a screwdriver to make the turn down into the well it helped...
    My Lovely Bride (with tiny hands) got the coil mounting bolt started ;)

    One more tip:
    Use wheel grease in the socket to hold bolts to make it easier to lower the bolt to the hole and start them ;)
     
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  4. David Truax

    David Truax United States Member

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    I also had to use my wife's smaller hands in the process... mainly to unclip the connections to some of the coils :D
     
  5. RUFFSTUFF

    RUFFSTUFF United States Active Member

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    That's why we use a magnetic socket...!
     
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  6. M'Kehyah

    M'Kehyah United States Member

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    I bought the magnetic swivel sparkplug socket, I just needed help with the 10mm coil bolts ;)
     
  7. RUFFSTUFF

    RUFFSTUFF United States Active Member

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    I found that replacing the stock coil bolts made the job much easier. You can get better ones for cheap.
     
  8. turboAWD

    turboAWD United States Stinger Enthusiast Sustaining Member

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    What are the specs on those?
     
  9. RUFFSTUFF

    RUFFSTUFF United States Active Member

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    Post #26
     
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  10. cncBilly

    cncBilly Canada Active Member

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    Changed my plugs for the first time today and to be honest it really wasn't as difficult as I thought it was going be. I had a full complement of swivels and extensions in 3/8 for the plugs and 1/4 for the coil bolts so both were very easy to get out. The plugs were also a snap to get back in but 4 of the 6 coil bolts were a royal pita to put back in, probably the slowest part of the whole job. I'll definitely have new ones to replace them next time. I found getting the coils in and out to be the trickiest part particularly squeezing them past each others wiring. I took the centre one on the passenger side apart to put back in which made it a breeze compared to taking it out. So I took my time, actually poked away at it also it was a hot day, I was doing it in the sun so of course I had to take a couple fluid breaks. All said and done it was two glorious hours draped over the front of my Stinger.:cool: What a great day! Thx so much to all of you previous posters for guiding me in the right direction . Cheers:)
     
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  11. RUFFSTUFF

    RUFFSTUFF United States Active Member

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    Yeah, I don't know what the deal is with the coil bolts but replacing them is cheap and easy and I highly recommend doing so... for your sanity.
     
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  12. cncBilly

    cncBilly Canada Active Member

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    I should have got new ones first but I thought "how hard can it be to rethread a bolt". Pissiest part of the job hard that's how hard. Get new ones first probably the smallest but biggest time saving tip.
     
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  13. Manchuz

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    Do you just pull it apart or is that a screw. That would definitely make those coils a lot easier to remove and maneuver.
     
  14. MrSmoofy

    MrSmoofy United States Stinger Enthusiast Sustaining Member +

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    Unplug them and remove the screw to remove the coil pack.
     
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  15. Manchuz

    Manchuz Canada Active Member

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    Cool, thanks. Removed the driver's side pretty easily but couldn't get to the passenger side. Think I need to buy one more swivel at 1/4".
     
  16. Ahawk1968

    Ahawk1968 United States Active Member

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    When you pull the coil pack, it is press fit into the lower portion. There is a spring in there, so be aware of that. ( Sorry for a late response)

    The only one I separated was the one under the manifold, and it was because I was working it out from underneath... If I knew it separated at the time, I would have popped it apart to start with.
     
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  17. cncBilly

    cncBilly Canada Active Member

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    This and the replacement bolts are the two key points to save the fiddely time.
     
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  18. treston_cal

    treston_cal United States Newish Member

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    Best option I found is this flex extension. Didn't have to worry about swivels. (just put home depot's website in front of it since I am too new and cannot post links)
    /p/Husky-3-8-in-Drive-8-in-Flex-Extension-H3DFEXT7/206038458
     
  19. StingerLover

    StingerLover United States Member

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    "Ideal for low-torque applications"
    24-ish for plugs low enough?
     
  20. treston_cal

    treston_cal United States Newish Member

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    Didn’t have any issue with it. Does feel springy when loosening but tightening not a problem.
     
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