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Hard to get to plugs on 02' Pre Runner?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by PrerunnerPaul, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Feb 22, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    PrerunnerPaul

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    I need to change the plugs on my 02' Pre runner V6. I've heard that there are 1 or 2 plugs that are really hard to get to and change. I've had 2 different places tell me they want $120.00 to change the plugs because of the plug, or plugs that are hard to get to. Even the parts guy at Toyota told me, that alot of mechanics will only do a 5 plug change, because they don't want to mess with the one plug that's hard to get to.
    Anybody know what I'm talking about, or what I need to do to get to that one plug that's hard to get to? I want to change them myself, but I want to do all 6. Thanks.
     
  2. Feb 22, 2011 at 8:27 PM
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    kumaWRX

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    I've done many spark plug replacements on the 3.4s and none are really difficult. $120 is a fair price as I would guess book time is about 1.2 hours. On the passenger side, you have to remove the intake boot so that you can remove the coilpacks, on the driver's side, you have to remove some of the ground wires on the intake manifold and the coilpacks should come right out.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2011 at 8:36 PM
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    jblaze805

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    did mine about a couple months bak...just need to unbolt some of the clamps holding some of the hoses that kinda are in the way of the last two plugs on the driver and muscle them to the side and you should be fine. its a bit of a pain but you can do it man just believe in urself...
     
  4. Feb 22, 2011 at 8:41 PM
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    kumaWRX

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    Me being a mechanic, I find it very hard to believe that they would only replace 5 out of 6 plugs, that is just stupid and this truck isn't even hard to work on. It's either you change it all or none at all, sorry had to vent :)
     
  5. Feb 22, 2011 at 8:48 PM
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    tacomaforlife

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  6. Feb 22, 2011 at 10:01 PM
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    SlimDigg

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    I want to do this but don't want to pay the dealership 120. Especially when the plugs cost 3.50 each.
     
  7. Feb 22, 2011 at 10:14 PM
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    PrerunnerPaul

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    Thanks everybody on the input.
     
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