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Take care of your automobile and it won't strand you. Howcast helps you keep your ride running smoothly with this video series on car maintenance.
You Will Need
- A vehicle owner's manual
- New spark plugs
- A socket wrench
- A spark plug socket
- A socket wrench swivel joint
- And a socket wrench extension
- A spark plug wire puller
- A cleaning rag
- And rubbing alcohol
Let car cool down
Park your car and wait for it to cool down. This may take a few hours, since the spark plugs are among the hottest parts of your engine.
Locate spark plugs
Pop open the hood and locate your spark plugs by referring to your owner’s manual.
Remove one spark plug
Remove one spark plug wire from the end of the row by pulling its boot, or the little cap where it connects to the engine -- not by yanking on the wire itself.
Attach spark plug to socket wrench
Attach the spark plug socket to the socket wrench. You may need to use a swivel joint and/or a socket wrench extension to reach the spark plug.
Remove spark plug
Remove the spark plug by turning the socket wrench counterclockwise.
Make sure hole's clean
Make sure that the spark plug hole is clean. If necessary, use a rag and rubbing alcohol or compressed air to clean the spark plug hole.
Install new spark plug
Carefully install a new spark plug into the empty hole and tighten it by hand.
Secure new spark plug
Use the socket wrench to secure the new spark plug in place.
Reconnect spark plug wire
Reconnect the spark plug wire onto the new spark plug.
Move on to next spark plug
When you have successfully changed a spark plug, move on to the next one until you have finished installing all new plugs.