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Fresnobuell
Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Took me a while to figure out what tool to use for the front spark plug. I just wanted to document what worked excellent for me....

The small black piece is called a "socket cap" an allows you to turn the socket with a lower profile ratcheting wrench.

https://www.harborfreight.com/3-piece-square-drive-socket-caps-67011.html










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Fresnobuell
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

PS--This tool allows for removal of the front spark plug WITHOUT rotating the motor.
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Bubba_
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 - 11:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

thanks Fresno!
so..
the wrench (w/ ratchet) is a 9/16
the spark plug socket is a 5/8

thats helpful.. appreciate the info
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Fresnobuell
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 - 12:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yep...good eye Bubba.

Sorry for the dark pics. Not my best!
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Wesbronco
Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 09:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Can we get any more advice on how you did your spark plug or valve adjustment without rotating the engine?
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Willmrx
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 - 12:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You have to rotate the engine to do the valve adjustment, but you can replace the front spark plug without rotating the engine.
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Fresnobuell
Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 - 10:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

There are threads and youtube vids (probably most helpful) on the process to remove the front spark plug without rotating the engine. There is also a thread that refers to this tool sans pics...so I am not the originator of this tool.

Basically you have to remove the airbox and the airbox base/rubber throttle body gasket to gain access to the front spark plug. By far the most difficult part for me was getting the coil tube back in the hole. I used some grease and lots of swear words, and it finally dropped in after several attempts.
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