The spark plugs are easy to replace. Here is what you do. First, each spark plug has a spark plug wire going to it, and they are located on the both sides of the engine. THere will be 3 on each side. Here is a picture of the plug wire. THis picture shows one being tested, but I wanted you to see what they look like.
You will need to remove the plug wire from the plug first. Twist the plug wire as you pull on it to remove it. NOTE: Only do one at a time. You do not want to mix up the wires, so only do one at a time.
Next, you will need to remove the spark plug. It will either require a 5/8 socket or a 12/16 socket and a ratchet. The spark plug unscrews from the engine by turning it counter clockwise.
Once it is out, take a new plug. Look at the bottom of the plug and you will see a porcelain center with a small steel rod sticking from it. It will be pointing at another steel component that is bent toward it. You need to make sure those two items are the correct distance apart. You will need a feeler gauge to set this. The gap is to be set at .060. What you do is select the correct gauge and bend the bent tab until it is just touching the gauge. Once you have done that, it is ready to install. Reverse the sequence of removing the old plug. Please make sure the same wire goes to the same plug. Also, most of the parts stores have feeler gauges that you can purchase. Auto Zone always has one at the counter about the size of a silver dollar that has all sizes on it for around a buck.
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 AT 11:43 PM