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How To: Spark Plug Change (1 GR-FE)

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by chris4x4, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Dec 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Interesting.
     
  2. Dec 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    hey, just thinking.

    people disconnecting battery prior to changing plugs? cant believe it, but i bet i am changing plugs AGAIN this spring.
     
  3. Dec 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM
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    I didn't, but the thought did cross my mind.
     
  4. Dec 6, 2011 at 1:36 PM
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    thanks for the great write up. i definitely took the tape the socket to the extension tactic and at one point i had a 2 six inches and a 3 inch extension set up on the driver side. did the whole thing in an hour and change. first time ever doing plugs and it was painless.
     
  5. Dec 6, 2011 at 2:57 PM
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    I dont disco the batt.

    :)
     
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  6. Dec 10, 2011 at 1:42 AM
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  7. Dec 12, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    Changed my plugs this weekend for the 30,000 mile service. Old plugs looked great. It had NGK on the driver side and Denso on the passenger. I'd love to know the reason Toyota does that. I replaced them all with Denso I bought from the dealer. Very simple DIY job. Thanks for the great write up Chris!
     
  8. Dec 14, 2011 at 8:20 AM
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    Yeah, I lost the engine cover bolt during this. Anyone know the Part Number or equivalent? Or should I not worry about it.
     
  9. Dec 14, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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    Take the other one to a local hardware store, and match it. It should only be about $0.30 or so.
     
  10. Dec 14, 2011 at 8:32 AM
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    Ditto. Beat me to it.
     
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    At the parts counter just tell them you need 4 spark plugs. They will ask for your vehicle info. They should give you the right plugs.
     
  13. Dec 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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    I just asked the dealer for plugs for mine. The ones they gave me matched the part number. No issues. Not sure about the 4 vs. 6 question.
     
  16. Dec 16, 2011 at 12:39 AM
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    Engine cylinders I'm guessing :notsure:
     
  17. Dec 16, 2011 at 4:30 AM
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    Cylinders indeed. Just wasn't sure if the plugs were the same for the 4 cylinders as they are for a 6. Looks like someone answered this one a little earlier. Apologies for the confusion.
     
  18. Dec 16, 2011 at 12:03 PM
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    thank you for that answer now i am excited to go buy and change them the next time i get a free day ! =D
     
  19. Dec 17, 2011 at 8:06 PM
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    Do you all use dielectric grease? If so, where do you apply it to the boot?
     
  20. Dec 17, 2011 at 11:14 PM
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    Did mine today with Chris's awesome write up, I found the hardest plug to be the one closest to the firewall, but took me an hour tops, and Im a rookie with ratcheting unless its a dirt bike. lol. Truck does seem to run smoother. Plugs werent too alarming, orignial factories (first owner never did them since one side was NGK)gapping ranged from .50-.53 on the old ones and Im at 52k. My 60k service is now complete, all performed by me, except the tranny drain and refill (dealer did that one). Thanks again Chris!

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