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

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

  1. May 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM
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    Thanks for the how to Chris4X4! I did mine last month, using your guide. My 2005 only has about 27500, but it's been 8 years (Yeah, I only use my truck for trails and running errands). They were nice and hard to break loose, the gaps weren't off at all, but the electrodes were def. browned.

    While I was doing it, I also cleaned the MAF, the TB and my TRD air filter. AND flushed the brake fluid too! TB was really black and it took a half tank before the computer relearned everything. First tank of gas after all that was like 10 mpg, but now I'm back up to 16 (city driving).
     
  2. May 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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    114,300 miles on mine and just changed for the first time. The gaps on the old ones were between .068 and .073. I gapped the new ones at .042. It feels smoother and quieter, but maybe it's just me
     
  3. May 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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    My sons truck is a 2002 Tacoma SR5 Prerunner, he stuck it in a water- mud hole and drowned it out, after pulling out it wouldn't crank. His friends told him the starter was bad, after I went and got the truck I pulled the starter off and had it checked and it's fine, but after putting it back on it still does the same thing, makes a loud clank at the starter and flywheel, almost sounds like the flywheel is locked. the oil looks good, and suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance...
     
  4. May 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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    Did he make sure that the cylinders were dry before he tried to start it up??
     
  5. May 22, 2013 at 4:41 AM
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    Pull the plugs out and crank it for a few secs.
     
  6. May 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM
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    Changing the plugs because of the gap going out of spec is good, but better than that is, making it easier to take the plugs out when you do change them.

    Taking factory installed plugs after 100,000 miles could present a problem I would never want to deal with.


    Jim
     
  7. May 23, 2013 at 5:18 AM
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    I'm sorry but my brain is not processing "TB". All I can come up with is Turbo. Is that what you are talking about?:confused: Just wondering if there's something on my 2006 to which I haven't paid proper attention. I don't have a Turbo on it...:)
     
  8. May 23, 2013 at 5:20 AM
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    throttle body
     
  9. May 23, 2013 at 6:41 AM
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    ^^^^This^^^^

    If you've never cleaned yours, you'll be surprised what kind of crap is on there. I took mine off the housing, but left the hoses still hooked up, then sprayed the shit out of it with cleaner and used a ton of Q-Tips. If you do it at the same time you do the plugs, it's easier since you have the air intake mostly out of the way.

    Here you go my man....
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/technical-chat/94203-how-throttle-body-cleaning-2005-v6.html
     
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    I'm at 76,000 miles and I've had the plugs sitting in my garage for so long. I'm going to finally change mine now too. I've always wondered what would happen to the truck if they never got changed. I figured it'd just start running poorly. I hope I can get a noticable change in performance.
     
  12. May 28, 2013 at 6:13 AM
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    AHHHH! Pictures, Pictures, Pictures, I love em! Really helps stoopid people like me in figuring out what's being discussed! Thanks for the reply and the great "reference" (link). Also a big thanks to GenXer36 for the excellent tutorial!
     
  13. Jun 8, 2013 at 3:15 AM
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    Great post I was wondering if this was difficult. The stealership wanted $110.00 to change my plugs. They told me the last 2 plugs were hard to get to.
     
  14. Jun 8, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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    Just make sure you have a 15" extension or two extensions that you can double up. On driver's side bank, the front and rear are a bitch, but not impossible. Take your time, or if you have elf sized hands you should be GTG.

    Passenger side bank is a breeze.
     
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    sub'd for later reference
     
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    I finally replaced mine today at 76,000. The measurements of the worn plugs from back to front:
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    Pretty worn out. I hope I get some better fuel mileage. Thanks Chris!
     
  17. Jun 9, 2013 at 9:04 PM
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    Worth pointing out that you don't have to remove the Surge Tank Stay or the Intake Hose (Just take off the intake filter housing).

    The lower bolt connecting my Surge Tank Stay was rusted on there really freakin' tight, so rather than risk shearing it I managed to get by just fine leaving all that in place. Sure wish the dealership/factory used antiseize when they put the plugs in - not pleasant to take them out without it.
     
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    I'm debating on trying this. I'm for sure going to do my front/rear diff oil change and transfer case. I always changed the plugs in my 94 5.0 GT but this looks so much more complicated. All the clips and stuff to take off. That and the fact that I don't have a torque wrench never used one before either. I've always been good about not stripping bolts but this would be a more costly fix than a stripped oil drain plug. Any first timers with this modern stuff have any problems ??
     
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    First props for the op. Follow this thread and you can have a cold one in your hands in 90 minutes.
    09 DCSB with 38K and switched them out to NGK iridium IV after experiencing some pinging after going up a tire size (265/70-17 Geolander ATS) Gaps were all between 50 and 60 and plugs looked decent but I notice immediately quicker startinf and smoother acceleration. Big props to OP.
     
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    I'm used to just a plug wire and a plug, no deeply recessed plugs or coil packs, so I was a little concerned before taking this on. It isn't that bad, Chris 4X4 takes you step by step.

    I don't usually need a reason to buy tools, but for this job I sprung for a 5/8 magnetic spark plug extension set
    http://www.amazon.com/KD-Tools-3-Pi...66&sr=8-4&keywords=spark+plug+socket+magnetic

    and I poked around on eBay and found a Sturtevant-Richmont deflecting beam torque wrench from 0-25 ft lbs. for less than $20. My other torque wrench is for up to 250 ft lbs and wouldnt work on this job.

    So, for less than the cost of the dealer changing out plugs, I bought my 6 plugs, got two sets of tools and did it myself
     
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