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  Posted 11 May 2009 - 04:21 AM

So, the other day I thought I'd go ahead and start teacher my 13 year old daughter how to change the spark plugs on my 1996 Firebird. Well, my bird has the Pace Setter headers on it, needless to say I go to change the 1st plug on the passenger side and realized that there was no room for the rachet. That was problem number 1, so while I was messing with that issue using the socket and a wrench to get the old on out, I had my daught go ahead and gap the plugs. I figured that once I got it loose I'd go ahead and let her do the rest of getting that plug out...haha! That wasn't gonna work at all. I didn't have room to get the damn socket out! Needless to say I ended up having to change the plan and sent my daughter on her way being that this was obviously not gonna be a job for a novice, even though typically it would be. So, I ended up loosing up the header to try to get this socket out with no avail. Well, I took me a good while to realize hey dummy why don't you push the socket all the way back in and just hand tighten the plug back down. So, that is what I did. After all that fun..haha!...I decided that this is gonna be a PITA to do the rest of them and decided it would be a good idea to remove the rubber piece in the socket to make life a bit more pleasant to get the job done. Well after that first plug and the leason learned everything else went fairly smooth. Got the rest of them out, retightened the header which btw got rid of my exhaust leak as well. What fun it was. I really wish it would've been an easy job so that I could teach my daughter how to do this being that she'll be getting the car for her 16th bday. Oh well, she's gonna be doing the rear brakes as soon as the weather gets a little bit better. Just had to vent a little. Hope everyone has a great day!
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 05:21 AM

Ya, and the headers make the job easier too. Plugs are a real PITA on the 4th gens.
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 05:36 AM

Yes, a 4th gen Fbody is the last car I would use to teach someone how to change plugs. I hated doing it on my '95. My 87 is 1000x easier!

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 08:34 AM

It depends how many times you do it as well. The first time I did the ls1 it took me 8 hours. But now I can do it in 30 minutes. Just takes practice.
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Posted 20 May 2009 - 06:04 AM

After 4 hours and considerable blasphemy my V-6 had new plugs in it. Then I found SLP has a nifty spark plug socket for the forth gens. It's worth the 30 bucks just to save the aggravation.
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 06:21 AM

I need to change my plugs bad. I dont have the cash to take it to a shop. Do you go at it from the top or bottom?
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 07:47 AM

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I need to change my plugs bad. I dont have the cash to take it to a shop. Do you go at it from the top or bottom?

both top and bottom. the driver's side isn't too bad, it's the passenger side that is a PITA.
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 08:40 AM

It helps out immensely if you can get some help to change 'em. One to work the top and the other to work the bottom.
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 06:21 PM

it gets easier to change them the more times u do it. Just dont put cheap plugs in it cause u dont want to have to change them all the time just because you wanted to save money. It is not worth it. I learned the hard way!!!!!

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