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Old 12-10-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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Spark plug removal?

I know where the plugs are located, but when I took off the bolt and the connector and went to pull out the coils, it doesn't pull out with ease, and I'm afraid to pull too hard and break them.

In all the "how to" guides online it says they just pop right out. Am I missing something here?
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I know where the plugs are located, but when I took off the bolt and the connector and went to pull out the coils, it doesn't pull out with ease, and I'm afraid to pull too hard and break them.

In all the "how to" guides online it says they just pop right out. Am I missing something here?
are you talking about the rear coilpack?
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are you talking about the rear coilpack?

Yup, right under the v6 3000 housing.
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Twist and pull. There's a Grommet in there to keep moisture out.
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unplug the coilpack from the harness right at the coilpack, thats the easiest way to do it, i've found. other than that..pull it..theres really no other way to remove it
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Twist and pull was the solution. Thanks alot!


..now hopefully these spark plugs are the reason why my car isn't starting lmao
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There are specialty spark plug boot pullers, too. I know I had to use them on the corvette. Sometimes they really get stuck on there.
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Twist and pull. There's a Grommet in there to keep moisture out.
Yeah the ones in the back are b1tch to get out on the 00-01 without taking the manifold off!!
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especially coil 5 (rear drivers side). had to finangle that one out.
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I know where the plugs are located, but when I took off the bolt and the connector and went to pull out the coils, it doesn't pull out with ease, and I'm afraid to pull too hard and break them.

In all the "how to" guides online it says they just pop right out. Am I missing something here?
Hahaha, you said "it doesn't pull out with ease"...
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On the '00/'01 you do NOT have to remove the IM to remove any spark plugs. It helps to remove the throttle/cruise control cable bracket above the #5 plug and move them aside, but that's it.
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finangle?
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I did mine and the most frustrating part was to get a spark plug out, when you try to do that with a magnet - it sticks to the inside wall . Took a bit of practice to aim properly))
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Speaking of spark plugs- Does anyone know the part number for the intake manifold gasket- the gasket you need to replace when changing spark plugs. My dealer told me 14010A, and he's selling it to me for $5 and change. I was under the impression this gasket was more like $30.00! Do I have the right one?
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finangle?
lol, i meant fanangle(jiggle it , and twist it so it could be extracted from the area)
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This new year I am doing something good to my maxima ( 2004 SE ).

Already purchased Royal Purple Engine oil and K& N oil filter.

Wishlist : to be completed before 2010. Some of these I might get as a x-mas gift
1. Racingline ground kit. Anyone done this ?
2.NGK Platinum tipped spark plugs. I had replaced in my earlier mustang never on maxima. Any precautions or speacial instructions wud be helpful.or do i need to visit a shop ?
3. Is there any wire set for these plugs or just this Coil on Plug

4.The big question again.. KYB struts or Monroe. For Front Monroe is appx $90 each while KYB is $53 each..rear shock absorber KYB $33 and Monroe $25. Is Monroe better than KYB or just the same ? I guess for 04 maxima users only these two choice

5.I have injen cai. so planning for exhaust upgrade. Catalytic converters - all that i saw are not CA legal. Any ideas ? Still deciding on Racingline Y-pipe.

Here I need ur advise...with my little knowledge i guess performane wise..
Header > Catalytic converter > Y-Pipe (or Pipe ) > Mufflers.
Header is too costly for me right now. Not even getting a good source to search for it. I am not going to spend at once for Catalytic converter and Y-Pipe. I doubt if only changing Catalytic converter will gain some performace or only Y-pipe will gain some performance. Pls suggest.

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My old spark plug..
Just removed ..now keeping an eye into the MPG..

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From the looks of it, that sparkplug could go another 100,000 miles.
Just about perfect color, very few deposits, looks like there has been minimal wear on the tip and the electrode.

I predict no change in mileage, at least due to spark plug replacement.

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Just removed ..now keeping an eye into the MPG..

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Yes, you are right.
Infact the above plug is the best among 6. I have another - may be I can take another pic of that - which looks like slight burnt.

[And I am happy that they were in acceptable condition ]

But yes, these plugs could easily go another few thousand miles.I just replaced it coz I am already in 82 K.
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I did mine and the most frustrating part was to get a spark plug out, when you try to do that with a magnet - it sticks to the inside wall . Took a bit of practice to aim properly))
A claw type grabber (see att pics) works well for fishing plugs out of the hole.
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Oh...trust me its a pain in the @ss.
I had to go to a local shop for exact tools. Its not something very easy - ofcourse thats for me..many of you might find it a piece of cake
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i just use a magnet to get my plugs out, no issues with me, since the first time i did them. i have to do them again real soon..in the next week or so anyway
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Spark plug socket w/ rubber grommet anyone?
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did that too...with the front ones
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Ok been getting the dreaded P1320 code gonna try new spark plugs but does anyone know which one is OEM the car is at my friends and I want to order them from Advance Auto online so I can take advantage of the online promo code and save money.
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Ok been getting the dreaded P1320 code gonna try new spark plugs but does anyone know which one is OEM the car is at my friends and I want to order them from Advance Auto online so I can take advantage of the online promo code and save money.
You only save like a dollar ordering online iirc and then do you have to wait to have them shipped or can you pick them up in the store? Isn't that code for a bad coil? Doubt changing plugs will fix it...anyway to, answer your q, NGK

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