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Old 02-13-2009, 08:01 AM   #1
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changing spark plugs

well I guess you all will be able to tell how darn OLD I am by this question. How do you change the spark plugs?? I race drag race my boat and work on the outboard but the only type plugs I am familiar with are the ones you just pull the rubber boot off and unscrew the plug. The ones on my Ridgeline are a mystery to me. Any help appreciated just rolled over 102000 and same plugs and no problems yet??
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:32 AM   #2
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Re: changing spark plugs

Check you manual for the spark plug removal. Locate the "plug ejection" switch towards the rear of the firewall and set it to "autoeject" and stand back. You might want to have a catchers mitt handy for the front three plugs.


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Old 02-13-2009, 10:44 AM   #3
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Check you manual for the spark plug removal. Locate the "plug ejection" switch towards the rear of the firewall and set it to "autoeject" and stand back. You might want to have a catchers mitt handy for the front three plugs.


sorry, it's Friday and I'm ready for the weekend.
I was unable to find the switch...
But I have an easier way... I change plugs with my cell phone.
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:07 AM   #4
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Re: changing spark plugs

..Butcher, if the above tips don't help the Ridgie still uses plugs they are just under the ignition coils. Each cylinder has its own now so just take the engine cover off then it should be pretty clear. At 100K probably a good idea to replace them with some anti-sieze compound. Hope they come out ok.
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:30 PM   #5
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Re: changing spark plugs

that's one thing I miss on my ridgeline...6 spark plugs. replaced my ridge with a ram1500 quad cab w/5.7L hemi with MDS (uses 4 cylinders under light load) and surprisingly get almost exactly same gas mileage. back to the point though, it has 16 spark plugs and manual recommends replacement every 30,000 miles. dealer quoted ~$240 and I know why...took me 2.5 hours to change them. 2 plugs and one coil pack per cylinder w/2 bolts per coil pack and 2 of the coil packs were hidden under the master cylinder and firewall. funtastic!!
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:53 PM   #6
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Re: changing spark plugs

Changing the plugs on my supercharged Ford Expedition.....over $500.00 After walking out and attempting it myself, I realized why. It took my an entire weekend and about 25 bucks for bactine and bandaids before I was able to change all eight plugs. I didn't help that I had lifted the damn thing, so I had to stand on a stepladder half the time. I finally had to remove the supercharger, move the power steering resivour and both coil packs and then disconnect the water hoses to the heater core before I finally got all the plugs. This was the first time I'd every done a coil pack vehilce and it was a PITA. Hopefully, the Ridgeline looks a heck of a lot easier. I'll be pulling my plugs out at 36,000 for a quick cleaning and just to make sure they don't get welded to the head. I know the plugs are supposed to be good for 100,000, but better safe than sorry.
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:12 PM   #7
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Re: changing spark plugs

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well I guess you all will be able to tell how darn OLD I am by this question. How do you change the spark plugs?? I race drag race my boat and work on the outboard but the only type plugs I am familiar with are the ones you just pull the rubber boot off and unscrew the plug. The ones on my Ridgeline are a mystery to me. Any help appreciated just rolled over 102000 and same plugs and no problems yet??
Butcher,
Think old hemi head.
Remove the bolt on each coil.Twist to unseat boot and pull.
You might have a connector at the boot to make removal easier.
A little air down the hole to remove debris.
Use a cheater for some toque.Those plugs have been in for a while.
Anti-sieze the plugs and install.
Hope this helps I am not a Ridge owner.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:34 AM   #8
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thanks for replys guys going to do soon
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:04 PM   #9
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Re: changing spark plugs

Did you ever change those plugs? How do I get to the rear ones?
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:40 PM   #10
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Re: changing spark plugs

I had a tough time changing the plugs on a ford exp 97. I put the grease recommended by auto zone, I had to replaced them 10k miles later because I put Bosch plugs, I learned to never put a German plug in domestic car, When I removed them it felt like the grease was glue and not grease, tight process all the way out perhaps the heat does that to the threads.
Is there any other grease you can use? high temp grease? white or black brake wheel bearing grease?
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