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post #1 of 11 Old 11-23-2012, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Tried Spark Plug Replace

I was all ready to replace plugs this morning. I have 128k on Titan. It still runs great but figure it's time to get new ones in there. I get my spark plug socket on the plug but it seems I have to put more torque on it than I should and I don't want to break it or strip it. Dealer wants over $300 to do the job(yikes) but I'm afaid i'll f_ it up if I try to hard. What are your experiences with hard to get out plugs? I don't want this to turn into a $900 repair bill because I broke something.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-23-2012, 07:22 PM
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try making sure your motors hot before u hit them to hard most of the time i have found that it does the job on stuck plugs but if they still seem like they wont move ya i wouldnt risk it snapping one off in the head is a pain .
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^^^X2. I usually plan to do it after the trip to the parts store. You got the parts and motor is good and hot.

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I was told to change the spark plugs only when the aluminum block is cold.

However, the service manual does not provide any guidance as to if the block should be cold or hot.

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Mist a little WD-40 down on the plugs.....wait a few minutes. I've pulled them hot and cold.....obviously you'll need gloves pulling them when hot. I did'nt really have a preference, just be careful and use a slow torque motion with the wrench and don't over tighten when they go back in....
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Mine were tight and I changed them at 50k. I installed the found them on sale for 5.95 ea.

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I don't remember mine being that hard at 105,000 miles.

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Real easy to pull thread in aluminium. Lots of penetrating oil and back and for motion to break the bond. If it's hard, muscle are not the smart way to go, helicoil job suck. Never-seize is king.

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I don't know why they don't use antisieze from the factory

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I know you can pull them hot but never put them in hot. Learned that the hard way on my first car that had an aluminum block.

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