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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:48 pm    Post subject:  New Idea Spark Plug Access Reply with quote

Yet to change plugs on impala 3.8L but feel it is time (81k orig plugs.

Have read much on the plug in back ( you know the one).

Really dont want to loosen motor mount and tug engine forward.

Has anyone removed the radiator over flow bottle and came in from the side. Looks like this could be another way?

Thoughts?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

That's not going to help you much, if at all. The problem is the engine sits so close to the firewall getting tools back there is a royal pain. Personally, I wouldn't have been able to do the plugs without tilting the engine forward.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:00 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Now im looking forward to doing mine....... Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:03 pm    Post subject:  Re: New Idea Spark Plug Access Reply with quote

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Have read much on the plug in back ( you know the one).


Which one? The one near the power steering lines or the one near the oxygen sensor?

I chronicled my spark plug change in this wonderful thread. It should go more smoothly for you.
http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....spark+plug

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You 3800 people are such crybabies. I can change the 3800 plugs in about 30-45 minutes and I don't even touch the engine mounts. The 3400 is a whole nother story. Unbolt the coil pack bracket, rock the engine forward, etc. The 3400 is a bigger PITA to change the plugs on IMO.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:11 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

<<----- see avatar Laughing

I'd imagine if I didn't have to deal with my motor mount issues and didn't need to route PRJs, I could have had my plugs done in 4 hours for a first go around. If I had to do them again right now, it would probably take an hour and a half.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I dont really see it being too bad but many complain.

Have been in a few tight spark plug spots that looked worse than these but the rear far passenger side does appear tight and so many write ups on this issue.

Did plugs on a 95 s10 and one of them had the steering shaft pass buy, what a PITA

Looks like a lot of room can be gained removing the overflow bottle, will try just going after it first.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:39 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I'd imagine if I didn't have to deal with my motor mount issues and didn't need to route PRJs, I could have had my plugs done in 4 hours for a first go around. If I had to do them again right now, it would probably take an hour and a half.


I got puny arms so I guess that helps me. The hardest part before I switched to the PRJs was getting the old plug wires and boots off. After that, it's cake.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:06 pm    Post subject:  Re: New Idea Spark Plug Access Reply with quote

IffyG wrote:
Fallguy wrote:

Have read much on the plug in back ( you know the one).


Which one? The one near the power steering lines or the one near the oxygen sensor?

I chronicled my spark plug change in this wonderful thread. It should go more smoothly for you.
http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....spark+plug


Thanks for the LINK!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I did my plugs on my 3400 without removing the coils, but I did tilt the engine forward and parked on an incline.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

When I changed my plugs last year the only thing I had to do was remove the STB.

Once I removed the STB I was able to get to the plugs fairly easily. The SP wires took a little twisting and pulling but they all came off without much problem.

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