Changing the spark plugs - Smart Car Forums
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: SW NH
Posts: 73
Thanks: 3
Thanked 9 Times in 4 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Changing the spark plugs

Is there anyone in New England that has done their own? Looking for someone willing to help me.
Pasde2 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 10:48 AM
68K miles of smiles
SCOA Club
 
chieftmc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Terre Haute, IN
Posts: 10,700
Thanks: 4,426
Thanked 2,288 Times in 1,417 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pasde2 View Post
Is there anyone in New England that has done their own? Looking for someone willing to help me.
It's not really hard; if this "fluffy", old, crippled geezer can do it ........

read this over: Plug Change


chief..................
chieftmc is offline  
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 10:52 AM
SCOA Club
 
tigerwong58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: MidWest
Posts: 459
Thanks: 21
Thanked 73 Times in 28 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Garage
It's easy to do, just invest in the correct length extensions for your spark plug socket. Lube the new spark plug with spark plug lube or anti sieze and do not tighten too tight, once it's snug maybe another 1/8 turn.
tigerwong58 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to tigerwong58 For This Useful Post:
Smart Bob (03-15-2012)
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 04:33 PM
SCOA Club
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 1,019
Thanks: 15
Thanked 1,045 Times in 478 Posts
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
If you choose to replace the spark plugs yourself, you might keep this in mind. Instead of putting the replacement spark plug into a socket to start the threads in the spark plug hole, use a piece of rubber hose, like fuel line, and push that over the porcelain upper part of the spark plug. One does not have to push it all the way on because you only want to use it to start the plug. That way, if the plug is not started correctly the plug will catch and the hose will slip on the plug. If that happens, back it out and try again. You should be able to screw the plug in with the hose until the sealing washer contacts the cylinder head. Then remove the hose and tighten with your socket. This also works when removing the plugs if you do not have the proper spark plug socket with a rubber insert to hold the plug. Loosen the plug, then remove the socket and push the hose on it and back it out.
Rustedwrench is offline  
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Rustedwrench For This Useful Post:
ca smartone (03-15-2012), CharlieK (03-15-2012), HGB (03-15-2012), Smart Bob (03-17-2012)
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 05:58 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Keene NH
Posts: 35
Thanks: 3
Thanked 24 Times in 13 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yes....I've done it....easy job!!! Happy to help.
djp55 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to djp55 For This Useful Post:
Pasde2 (03-17-2012)
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 06:25 PM
CT Chapter President
SCOA Club
 
smartcar111's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 4,792
Thanks: 631
Thanked 504 Times in 304 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Garage
I did it too!
smartcar111 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to smartcar111 For This Useful Post:
Pasde2 (03-17-2012)
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-17-2012, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: SW NH
Posts: 73
Thanks: 3
Thanked 9 Times in 4 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yay

I'm looking for moral support I will do the work, just like the idea of an experienced person around.
Pasde2 is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-17-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Fort Myers
Posts: 133
Thanks: 7
Thanked 55 Times in 22 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
just changed mine yesterday.

Only thing I would add to all of the posts I've read....make sure and remove the airpump hose near the right coil - it makes getting the socket on much easier.

And....use a little dielectric grease in the coil boot before pushing on installed plug. That stuff is magic!!
m3456y is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to m3456y For This Useful Post:
Smart Bob (03-17-2012)
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-21-2012, 02:43 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Keene NH
Posts: 35
Thanks: 3
Thanked 24 Times in 13 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Great meeting you today Pasde2. Hopefully the drive home was smooth and the new plugs helped a bit. Next time you'll be a pro at it doing it yourself.
djp55 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to djp55 For This Useful Post:
Kermit (03-21-2012)
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-21-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 340
Thanks: 101
Thanked 129 Times in 70 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
And I found the most comfortable way to work on it was from the front passenger area with the seat push up all the way and the back folded forward. Then I just laid in the open area and I was able to get a good view of the work I was doing.

Hope that helps too!
tablist180 is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to tablist180 For This Useful Post:
kesmith (08-22-2012), wahi (07-25-2012)
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Smart Car Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


331

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



  Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pulstar spark plugs chieftmc smart Operation and Maintenance 19 08-28-2014 10:22 PM
Spark Plugs? GeekGirl smart General Discussion 40 04-11-2014 09:11 AM
451 spark plugs jwight smart Operation and Maintenance 24 01-02-2014 05:31 PM
Changing the spark plugs - Evilution guide. Evilution smart Operation and Maintenance 7 12-06-2010 03:42 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On