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pmh
07-02-2004, 09:14 AM
I saw a special spark plug tool ( shortened socket ) in a magizine. The plug stick through the socket and you use a 3/4 wrench on the hex portion of the socket. Seems like it could be good. Has anyone ever tried one? As much "fun" as the 6 and 8 are I'm looking for an extra shortcut.

PMH

hourang
07-02-2004, 03:01 PM
I saw a special spark plug tool ( shortened socket ) in a magizine. The plug stick through the socket and you use a 3/4 wrench on the hex portion of the socket. Seems like it could be good. Has anyone ever tried one? As much "fun" as the 6 and 8 are I'm looking for an extra shortcut.

PMH

uhhh this has been around for years, you get them in socket sets, all of them have a rubber ring in them to hold the spark plug and a hex on the end for just using a wrench on. is this something different?

derekdpt
07-02-2004, 03:05 PM
If you remove the coil packs off of the pass side you can change all plugs from the top with a standard spark plug socket and 3/8 swivel head rachet. If you do not remove the coil packs you are going to have a hard time.

ActionJack
07-02-2004, 03:15 PM
I have seen similiar advertising for a shorter spark plug socket that works with a closed wrench vs a ratchet and the closed wrench has a ratchet device (so it is a ratchet but is the size and shape of a closed wrench).

But I have not changed my plugs yet and do not know if it would help.

pmh
07-02-2004, 09:29 PM
uhhh this has been around for years, you get them in socket sets, all of them have a rubber ring in them to hold the spark plug and a hex on the end for just using a wrench on. is this something different?

Yeah, This was short, about a little over half as long as the "standard spark plug socket with the rubber. The plug actually goes though and sticks out the oposite side of the socket. It can't be used witha rachet. You have to use a wrench with it.

pmh

derekdpt
07-03-2004, 12:05 AM
If you have headers that socket will not work weel. IMHO

chupr0kabra
07-03-2004, 10:58 AM
The last time I did mine, I used these:

3/8" ratchet
3/8" swivel
spark plug socket
10mm gear wrench (to remove the coil pack rail on the passenger side)
10mm socket (I think that's the right size for the AIR bolts...can't remember at the moment)
3" extension
6" extension
A blanket (to lie on while you reach in to get 6 and 8)
A magnetic retrieval tool (you will likely drop stuff during your adventure)

Since this was the first time I removed the coil packs, it took a few hours, especially because I didn't have the gear wrench at the time.

FWIW, my spark plug socket has a molded "nut" on the back of it, so you can slip a box wrench around the end. In that tight space for 6 and 8, I doubt I would have been able to use it anyway.


-Mike

derekdpt
07-05-2004, 02:22 AM
man I just used a 1/4 " ratchet with a 10 mm deepwell socket, and an extentsion, to remove the coil packs. I just put the socket on and then stick the extension in the socket. It doesn't snap att of the way in but it takes the bolts out no problem.