How to change spark plugs

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GARYHEBB
  • 1998 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 230,000 MILES

Change spark plugs 1998 Chevy Malibu

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Sunday, January 30th, 2011 AT 2:50 AM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Here is a guide that will help you get the job done, though the rear plugs are a little tough but hang in there and you can get it done. Here is a guide that will help you get started.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-change-spark-plugs

REMOVAL PROCEDURE

Turn the ignition key OFF.
Remove foreign material from around the spark plug holes.
Remove the spark plug using a spark plug socket.

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE

Adjust the spark plug gap. Use a round wire type spark plug gap gauge. While gapping the plug be sure to keep the platinum pads aligned to ensure maximum plug life.
Install new plugs and tighten properly.
Reapply dielectric lubricant to the insulator boot.
Tighten
Tighten to 19 N.m (14 lb ft) .

Diagram (below)

"I have seen my mechanic roll the engine forward by undoing the strut engine mount and moving the car forward while the transmission is in park.

Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers, Ken

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:09 PM
Tiny
DALTON1
  • 1998 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 6 CYL

What's the easiest way to remove the spark plug right near the firewall?

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:10 PM (Merged)
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WRENCHTECH
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I use a socket, a short extension and a ratchet with a swivel head and reach around.

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:10 PM (Merged)
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MRLUCKY32
  • 1998 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • 150,000 MILES

1998 malibu 2.4 liter. I changed spark plugs and drove it maybe 15miles, no problems. Then out of the blue it started skipping and now it I can hear a vaccum leak comeing from under the power steering pump but I can not find where it is comeing from. Anybody have any suggestions please thank you

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:10 PM (Merged)
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LENEX
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You might want to check the intake manifold gasket

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:10 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ROGBULKLEY7
  • 1999 CHEVROLET MALIBU

Electrical problem
1999 Chevy Malibu 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 103000 miles

I need to change the spark plugs in my 3.1L malibu, but can not figure out how to access the plugs next to the firewall. Should I remove the coil pack to better access? Thank you for your help.

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:13 PM (Merged)
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Yes you will have to take of the coil pack. I just got doing a head job on a 99 malibu and it was fun.

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:13 PM (Merged)
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SCOLLINS1347
  • 2003 CHEVROLET MALIBU

HI,
HOW ARE YOU TODAY THIS PAST WEEKEND MY HUSBAND AND SON CHANGED MY SPARK PLUGS ON MY CAR, NOW THE ENGINE LIGHT IS COMING ON AND TODAY WATER WAS COMING OUT OF THE CAR ALSO WHILE CHANGING THE SPARK PLUGS A VALVE BROKE OFF WHICH I BELIEVE CONNECTS TO THE AC ITS HARD TO DISCRIBE BUT IT IS A WIRE THAT IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE SPARK PLUG VALVES ITS A PLASTIC VALVE ATTACHED TO A RUBBER WIRE THAT LOOKS TO BE CONNECTED TO THE AC UNIT. WE HAVE PUT SO MUCH MONEY ALREADY INTO THIS AND CANT REALLY AFFORD A MAJOR FIX CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US WHAT TO LOOK FOR.
THANKS
SUE IN CT

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:14 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:14 PM (Merged)
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ISUMMITT
  • 2001 CHEVROLET MALIBU

I have changed the front plugs and I can not reach the back ones

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:15 PM (Merged)
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FIXITMR
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Youtube may have some vids. Most say they just reach around and remove by feel, not by sight.

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:15 PM (Merged)
Tiny
DURPH
  • 2003 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 53,000 MILES

How to replace spark plugs on Malibu 3.1

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:15 PM (Merged)
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WRENCHTECH
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Twist and pull wires to remove them from plug. Insert spark plug socket and unscrew plug. Reverse directions to install.

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:15 PM (Merged)
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GALLETA
  • 1999 CHEVROLET MALIBU

Electrical problem
1999 Chevy Malibu 6 cyl Automatic

I am trying to replace the spark plugs and wires in my car and I think I switched the wires. Can you please tell me how to get the wires in the right position because I do not have an owner's manual. Thank you in advance.

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 10:16 PM (Merged)
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_malibu_2.jpg

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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_malibu_3.jpg

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