How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby Leeann_93 » January 14th 2011, 11:13pm

I jack up the front end until the tire starts to move, then reach in through the wheel well. I've got a pair of long reach pliers that I use to pull off the boots. They've never destroyed a boot or wire yet.

Like these, but with the tips from below:
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These tips, above look and reach:
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby redfury » January 15th 2011, 2:38am

Anyone do plugs on a v8 stuffed in a gen 2 van yet? I'm planning on that feat this spring with mine. I'll be sure to do a write up on it with as few cuss words as I can manage :D
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby rev_les » January 15th 2011, 3:30am

Those should be about the same, I THINK the difference is they go further to the front of the van( with a v-8) ..that rear driver's plug is the worst one, but once you've done it a few times, it's not so bad. :D
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby cowboydan » January 17th 2011, 3:18pm

i remove the front wheels. then i remove/ or peel the plastic cover back to expose the plugs. they are just plastic push clips. i didn't touch the doghouse. then i used a panel popper to release the plug wires. the rest is simple if you have the proper socket. the hard part is making sure when you install the new plugs that you don't bang them. then you might fight with reinstalling the plug wires. you will want to make sure they click.
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby chevymaherchevymaher is online! » January 17th 2011, 3:23pm

cowboydan wrote:i remove the front wheels. then i remove/ or peel the plastic cover back to expose the plugs. they are just plastic push clips. i didn't touch the doghouse. then i used a panel popper to release the plug wires. the rest is simple if you have the proper socket. the hard part is making sure when you install the new plugs that you don't bang them. then you might fight with reinstalling the plug wires. you will want to make sure they click.
I thought about doing that but went from underneath. Next time that what I Doing. Good post ,Leann said same thing.I gonna buy a set of needle nose like she posted for next trip down that road.All I know is the way I did it was torture.
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby cowboydan » January 17th 2011, 4:09pm

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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby Zebediah III » January 17th 2011, 8:32pm

They're not bad on a V-6, and not any worse on a V-8.
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby Uncle Fester » February 7th 2011, 3:53am

Is a first gen (1992) 2wd different ? I just did mine for the first time ever on a Astro, did it all from the dog house in less than 45 mins. . . . . :confused:
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby chevymaherchevymaher is online! » February 7th 2011, 4:03am

Got to be something different.If you can get that front drivers plug out from inside on mine you got some tiny hands.Or they bleeding when you take em back out.No room whatsoever.I laid in front of van and reached from there.
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby dakota dave » February 12th 2011, 2:58pm

I just changed mine yesterday. the pictures in the link really helped. Last time I bought plugs for this van I never changed them After I pulled one plug and it looked good I quit. Putting on a hoist and removing the wheels it only took an hour to change them all. to bad the wires were not as easy. it took a couple hours to get all those clips open new wires in and clips closed. Cap and rotor were easy,
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby redfury » February 14th 2011, 3:29pm

I haven't changed the plugs, but I did change the wires yesterday. The rear-most plug on the drivers side is the hardest to GET to, but the 2nd plug from the front was the hardest to get the wire on. The heat shield is just a little too tight to the plug, so it doesn't want to go on straight, and getting your hand in there..well, if you don't have elf hands, it's akin to putting your head through the metal rails at your uncles house and getting your head stuck trying to pull it back through as a kid. The rear plug itself is going to be the challenge though. Getting it out, no problem...it's feeding it in and getting the threads started that will be the challenge.

The sad thing is, you can see the plug from beneath, but the heat shield doesn't give you much to work with.
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby chevymaherchevymaher is online! » February 14th 2011, 3:36pm

I used a piece of vacuum hose on plug to guide it in and tread it.
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby lukeman » January 2nd 2014, 3:03am

You can access all three driver side plugs(1,3,5) from the left front wheel well very easily.
I do not need to waste tiem on the first (1) and the second (3) ones as they can be done by everyone.
The rear one (5) is a little bit harder but still a piece of cake:

1)make sure to remove the mud shield to the rear as much as you can so that you can see through the gap between the frame and the body for the #5 plug;
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2)use a 5/8 plug socket, a swivel joint, 2 x 12" extensions and ratchet to get the job done;
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Total work time is not longer than 1 hour for all three plugs done. Good luck!
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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby RECox286 » January 2nd 2014, 8:28pm

Roll under the truck and you will see that #5 is easily accessable.

I like to do 5 & 6 while I'm on my back and comfy. The others

from the wheel wells with a 2' long extension and a flex spark

plug socket. Then a 6" piece of fuel hose (stiffer than vac hose)

to extract the old plug and start the new one.

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Re: How to get at the spark plugs on the driver side?

Postby akmo23 » June 14th 2014, 10:14am

It is a hard one, next time I am going to just remove the cross bolt on the motor mount. Then see if the I can play with a few inches up or down for clearance on the driver side.
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