1998 Chevy S-10 spark plugs

Tiny
FARLEYKP
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  • 1998 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 103,000 MILES
Ok, I am new to working on cars my dad has typically done most of my repairs but I don't live near him right now.
So I need to change the spark plugs on my '98 s-10, how long will this take and how do I do it? I am limited on tools at my disposal but if there is only one or two things I need I could get a hold of them. Otherwise I
have to take it to the shop and pay a lot more.

Also when I do go home I am going to need to change the fuel filter, I believe it is still the stock fuel filter after 103000 miles yeah I know thats not good. But what do I need to know to be able to do that as well?


Please explain in a way that a beginner would understand
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 AT 1:56 PM

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Tiny
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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.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/249084_poopi_1.jpg



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.

Let me know if you run into trouble, and thanks for using 2carpros.com.

Joe
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 AT 11:43 PM
Tiny
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That makes sense but as I was reading up on doing this alot of people mentioned that the '98 s10 model can be kind of tricky to get to the drivers side of the engine where the plugs are located. When I looked at it I found that the steering column seemed to get in the way on at least 2 of the 3 plugs on the drivers side.

How do I get to these 3?
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 AT 11:44 AM
Tiny
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You will need to use swivels and extensions.
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 AT 6:01 PM

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