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Unread 02-27-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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changing spark plugs

After trying (without success) to pull the plug wires off the plugs, I pulled up some posts about changing spark plugs. I suppose I will have to twist & pry the wires off with a screwdriver...right? I do NOT want to damage the wires. Any other suggestions??

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Unread 02-27-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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My suggestion...Pull harder. It's not likely to damage them,but they make special pliars if you really want to look into that. Google 'spark plug removal tool'.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 02:48 PM   #3
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If you're changing the plugs, you'd be better off changing the wires at the wires at the same time.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 08:55 PM   #4
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IDK how yours is, jut I have an 01 and I have a coil pack rail. The whole rail comes off, put it out of the way and go to town. But I'm new to this jeep thing, inherited from the lady. But first time doing the plugs took about 35 mins start to finish.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 11:44 PM   #5
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If you're changing the plugs, you'd be better off changing the wires at the wires at the same time.
Was going to say this exact thing. If the wires are that hard to get off, it sounds like they could use replacing anyway. When you re-install what you have, or replace your wires, be sure to use dielectric grease on your connectors. You may or may not want to use anti seize compound on your spark plug threads, I don't recommend it, but it's up to you. If you do end up using it, less is more. Be sure not to over torque your plugs, using anti seize compound on them makes them more susceptible to over torquing.
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Unread 02-28-2012, 05:02 AM   #6
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If you're changing the plugs, you'd be better off changing the wires at the wires at the same time.
Along with the dizzy cap and rotor.........
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Unread 03-02-2012, 01:02 PM   #7
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When was the last time they were changed? Might be a good idea to get new ones too. Also hope you have a correct fitting spark plug socket.
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Unread 03-02-2012, 02:18 PM   #8
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Ah ... it's nice not having to worry about caps and rotors and wires.
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Unread 03-02-2012, 02:48 PM   #9
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Ah ... it's nice not having to worry about caps and rotors and wires.
You prefer to worry about a cracked 0331? Personally, I'd take the cap/rotors worries over the head worries.
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Unread 03-14-2012, 10:28 AM   #10
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purchased some autolight wires and nkg plugs. All but 2 The mopar wires came off without breaking...LOL Anyway, I now have new plugs & wires. I can tell the difference. Thanks for everyone's input/advice.
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Unread 03-14-2012, 02:20 PM   #11
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Ah ... it's nice not having to worry about caps and rotors and wires.
You still have to worry about the plug boots, which are a PITA to get off my wife's 01. I dislike just about everything in that engine bay, especially because its a CA compliant model with a bajollion converters and 02 sensors.
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Unread 03-14-2012, 07:03 PM   #12
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I just went through this with my '99... still had the original plugs and wires as far as I could tell. I ended up using channellocks to get the boots off and just replacing both. Yes some of the wires came apart, but it was time. To prevent this in the future, put some silicone grease (or dielectric grease, pretty much the same thing) on the spark plugs before putting the new boots on.
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Unread 03-16-2012, 11:11 PM   #13
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You prefer to worry about a cracked 0331? Personally, I'd take the cap/rotors worries over the head worries.
lol true that
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