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Changing Spark Plugs

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bajaracer, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Mar 10, 2009 at 8:33 AM
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    bajaracer

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    Do I need any special tools to change the spark plugs on my '05 v6? Is there a thread as to how to do this? ps the dealer told me that iridium spark plugs were not an option for this truck and are not recommended,,, is this true?
     
  2. Mar 10, 2009 at 8:35 AM
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    chris4x4

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    No need for the Iridium plugs. No gain or advantage to be had from them. Im in Tempe, and if you want, PM me, and I can help you change them. No write up yet, but we can make one while we are at it. Use OEM Denso plugs, and Anti Seize.
     
  3. Mar 10, 2009 at 9:09 AM
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    Dealer told me they were pre-gapped... But i havent shecked.
     
  4. Mar 10, 2009 at 9:13 AM
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    What should they be gapped at?
     
  5. Mar 10, 2009 at 9:26 AM
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    .040....When are you installing them?
     
  6. Mar 10, 2009 at 9:27 AM
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    Be sure to get the Twin Ground plugs. Both sides need to be gapped.
     
  7. Mar 10, 2009 at 10:02 AM
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    Dealer told me that those are not an option for that truck. Also, i just started by removing the first spark plug (single electrode) on the passenger side and think i made a BIG error. I loosend both BOLTS that i thought were holding the coil-pack wire. I soon came to realize that the second bolt is longer and IS attached to the valve cover, not the wire. DID I MESS ANYTHING UP???
    ps book say 0.043 gap???
     
  8. Mar 10, 2009 at 10:07 AM
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    Ok.. Are you the original owner? The manual calls for the twin ground plugs. Your truck will run better with them. Only reason I cant think of yours haveing a single ground plug, is that someone used the wrong lug before. Manual calls for a .087 to .043. I always gap to .040 to account for gap expansion during use. I dont think you messed anything up by removeing the valve cover bolt. Just put it back.
     
  9. Mar 10, 2009 at 10:14 AM
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    No, i am not the original owner. I know the guy who owned it before me and took very good care of it. (Im sorry my profile says its an 01 but i just purchased this '05 v6 a month and half ago) Thats strange because the dealer told me different and i cant find anywhere in the owners manual thats says twin electrode.
     
  10. Mar 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM
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    Ok...the 05+ uses a single electrode. How far along are you changeing the plugs?
     
  11. Mar 10, 2009 at 10:31 AM
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    I'm glad someone started this thread. I need to do mine here in a little bit as well.:eek:
     
  12. Mar 10, 2009 at 10:37 AM
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    How long before you do yours? Im going to do a write up in a couple of weeks..
     
  13. Mar 10, 2009 at 10:39 AM
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    I'm due for a tune up too!

    I use to do all my own stuff 20 years ago; now these threads have me second guessing?

    Tools are not an issue but the keeping the kids from grabbing them to play guns really limits my time.

    Any post would be appreciated. Any threads on tune-ups for do-it- yourself guys? :eek:
     
  14. Mar 10, 2009 at 10:39 AM
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    Ummm, I'm at around 23,500 now so not for a while since I only drive my truck on the weekends now. Maybe I jumped the gun when I said I will be changing them soon!!!:D Hey chris, are you just going to do a write up or have pics as well?:cool:
     
  15. Mar 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM
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    It took me 2 hrs to change them. You will have to remove the airfilter box on the passenger side to reach the 1st plug and disconnect each clip from the driver side before removing the rubber part that goes into the spark plug. You will need a 10mm socket & wrench, spark plug socket, needle nose pliers, and flat head screw driver......... and alot of patience.
     
  16. Mar 10, 2009 at 1:18 PM
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    I'll have some pretty detailed pics.
     
  17. Mar 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM
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    Okay sweet. Are you going to be doing your it on your personal truck?
     
  18. Mar 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM
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    far as i know, the NGK plugs are .44 and pre-gapped and works fine for the tacoma.
    I have 20k to go then I would need to do my plugs too... I wish I had a garage!
     
  19. Mar 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM
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    who has details pics on how to do this?
     
  20. Mar 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM
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    I dont know..but I will in the near future.
     
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