1993 Ford Probe spark plugs for dummies

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1993 Ford Probe 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual alot miles

ok so im a hopeless case I cant even tell you which is a phillps and which is a standard screw driver but its up to me and no one else to change the spark plugs on my car so its time to strap on my man pants and get the job done so what I need to know is how to change spark plugs this is what I do know you have to do it in some kind of special order and you have to gac them but I have no clue what that means and you need a special spark plug puller outer tool but im afraid im going to get electricuted that wont happen will it?

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 AT 9:21 PM

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Wow! I just read your posting. I have to say it is the best I have read in some time. My favorite is mileage "a lot," "Puller outter tool" and don't worry, you won't get shocked unless you start the engine and place you hands on the end of the spark plug or the plug wire. I have to thank you. I needed this. (LOL) I just wish I was there to help you. It's a lot easier to show than explaine. Regardless, I would be happy to help you with the plugs. I'll try to make it as easy as I can.

First, open the hood and locate the plug wires on the top of the engine. Here is a picture.


Once located, give a slight twist and pull the wire off the plug that is down inside.

Next using a spark plug socket, extension and a ratchet, loosten and remove the spark plug from where the wire came out of. Turn it counter clockwise to remove it. Here is a picture:


Once the old plug is out, you will need to prepare the new one by making sure the GAP is set correctly. You need what is called a feeler gauge that measures in thousands of an inch. Most parts stores have a cheap one for a buck. THe setting for your car is .044. Here is a picture of how and what to set when setting the gap.


After you have the gap set at .044, the plug is ready to be replaced. Place the new plug in the plug socket. It has a rubber grommet that holds the plug in place. Place it back down in the hole. Using your fingers to tighten it, turn the plug clockwise to tighten it. Make sure it goes in smoothly. If it only goes like 1/2 a turn and stops, loosten it and retry so you don't cross thread it. Next, using the ratchet, tighten the plug into place and replace the same wire that came from the old plug on to the same plug. DO ONE AT A TIME SO YOU DON"T MIX UP THE WIRES. THEY HAVE TO GO ONTO THE SAME CYLENDER / PLUG.

Do that to all 4 plugs and you are done. I hope this helps. However, if you have any questions, let me know and I'll help you.

Take care and good luck.


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