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Old 05-03-2008, 11:28 PM   #1
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DIY: Spark Plug Change.

I've decided to get all the important data together on 1 post, so people don't have to hunt all around for information.

Tools Needed:
Brain
Glove/Eye protection
Jack Stand
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Magnetic Spark Plug Socket - 13/16 inch or the metric equivalent.
Ratchet + Extensions
You need 3 long extensions.
One of the extensions need to be a wobble. Similar to swivel, but it's a wobble. - expo1

Anti-seize(i have no idea about copper or aluminum anti-seize, i looked around and there is no big deal, just use copper if that's available)
2 Leading Spark Plugs - RE7CL
2 Trailing Spark Plugs - RE9BT

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114-156 in-lbf
http://www.rx8club.com/attachment.ph...9&d=1144614389
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Spark Plug Gap Specification
Standard [both]: 1.15mm-1.25mm (0.046-0.049in)
Maximum: Leading 1.5mm (0.059in) Trailing 1.4mm (0.055in)
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Instructions:
*write down your radio preset*
*Remove the driver's side wheel before starting*
*Disconnect the Negative Terminal on your battery*

#1 - Jack the car using a good hydraulic jack, placing a piece of wood between the jack and your frame rail. This will prevent you from denting the underside of your car. ALWAYS PLACE A JACK STAND UNDER THE CAR. THIS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...gox/rx8009.jpg

# 2 - From underneath the car, you have a clear reach at the rear plugs. I recommend breaking them loose with the wrench, but then removing them by hand. Not only do you avoid banging your knuckles on everything, but it goes faster.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...gox/rx8011.jpg

#3 For the front rotor, the plugs are tough to reach. Next time, I will remove the driver's side wheel, but since I didn't have my lug key with me, I still reached them by turning the wheels all the way to the right. Behind the wheel, remove the upper fastener on the rubber splash "thingy". (Oooohh....Technical terms! :D ) This is NOT a screw, but one of those that only requires a quarter turn to release it, similar to the clips on your wheel well liner. Once it pops out, gently pop out the washer by sliding a flat head screwdriver under it and twisting gently. Did I say gently? Seriously people, these things beak easy.

If you've got skinny arms, you CAN use this method, but as I said: Take the wheel off.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...gox/rx8014.jpg

The front plugs are now visible.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...gox/rx8012.jpg

#4 When reinstalling the plugs, be sure to apply a light coat of anti-seize to the threads.

#5 Each plug is marked with a T or an L, which indicates leading or trailing. It is VERY important they are reinstalled correctly. Double check this, and note the T and L cast into the side of the motor beside each hole. Match these up. Image for Which Wire/Coil goes to which plug here: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...rsgox/coil.gif

Also, you did notice that the trailing plug wires are marked with green and blue tape, right? If not, make sure upon reinstallation that you attach them correctly.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...gox/rx8013.jpg

Original Thread: DIY: Spark Plug change.......
Thanks to : Tony Orlando

Image for Which Wire/Coil goes to which plug here: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...rsgox/coil.gif

*reattach the negative terminal of the battery*
*start the car (warm it up)*
*to reset the DSC, turn wheel all the way left, than all the way right, shut down the engine*
DONE


Please Let me know if anything is inaccurate/out of date and needs update/change.
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Old 05-04-2008, 11:36 PM   #2
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Plugs, wires and coil packs done

Today I replaced my coil packs, wires and plugs using your techniques including removing the wheel for access to the plugs. That made it almost easy. Then I removed the corrugated rubber connector from the throttle body to the air intake box. That let me see and touch the coil packs.
BUT, when I started it up, it started right away and revved to 5K easily but as soon as I took it out for a test spin, the engine made sounds like predetonating or pinging or something under load and had no power. I limped home. Looked for disconnected vacuum lines and connectors. Any clues what to look for to fix this?
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Old 05-04-2008, 11:51 PM   #3
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Check to see if you have the wires hooked up right.....
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Old 05-04-2008, 11:54 PM   #4
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i reached a 20,000 mile mark, most of it is all highway driving. when should i change my plugs? should it be done now? i noticed when i bought the car they had 2 spark plugs in the glove box? why only 2? and why any at all.. lol
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i reached a 20,000 mile mark, most of it is all highway driving. when should i change my plugs? should it be done now? i noticed when i bought the car they had 2 spark plugs in the glove box? why only 2? and why any at all.. lol
Depends on how the car has been driven for the 20K miles. Take one of the leading plugs out and have a look at the electrodes and the color of the center electrode insulator. If the electrodes appear "worn" or the center insulator is black or very white (brown is good), replace all the plugs. A good place to purchase these very expensive items is Sparkplugs.com. Check the dealer prices and you will see why. [BTW, if the color of the center electrode is black, there is a problem that is causing an overly-rich fuel-air mixture, or if very white, an overly-lean mixture during the combustion cycle.]

If the plugs in the glove box were new, those plugs should have been installed by the dealer prior to delivering the car to you. Standard procedure. Long story, but basically, the new cars are likely to be repeatedly shut down without fully warming up the engines when moving them in the port area and around the car lot. That can lead to engine flooding. The newly installed plugs at delivery were intended to avoid that.

They were probably leading plugs ("L" on them) since those are the key plugs for this car. The trailing plugs ("T" on them) are not as critical to startup.

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Old 06-26-2008, 02:47 PM   #6
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Standard [both]: 1.15mm-1.25mm (0.046-0.049in)
Maximum: Leading 1.5mm (0.059in) Trailing 1.4mm (0.055in)
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What do you mean Standard and Maximum?
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:57 PM   #7
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Check to see if you have the wires hooked up right.....
Much as I hate to admit it, you were correct. I had a pair swapped. Doh!
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Much as I hate to admit it, you were correct. I had a pair swapped. Doh!
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im going to remove my spark plug tomorrow and let them dry out because i my car is flooded but i have a question on those picture i see the 2 sparkplugs...are the other 2 plugs right next to the first 2 are they groupped tgether will i be able to see all 4 with the wheel off
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Front set is IN the motor mount area; rear set is to the right of that - you can see and get to all 4 really easy from under the car / wheel well area. Looks like this

T - * *
L - * *

With the front two resting in the motor mount bracket.
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Just did this Yesterday along with fresh coils. and i gotta say holy crap, i was driving a hybrid compared to now, the leading plugs had 58k on them and look like a toasted bagel with cheese burnt in the center aka i cant even see the damn probe spark wire thing. and the coils were putting up some teribal ohm numbers when i tested them. so i totally recommend this to someone who is feeling a lack of power. great diy every thing spot on.
bad thing i got 4 stitches changing the plugs, they were on so tight when i went to loosen the last leading i busted it open to the bone on my knuckle, lots of blood... and shot.. huge needle... so i'd add WEAR A PAIR OF GLOVES. its worth it. my pinky looks like a blue thumb.
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Why are you disconnecting the battery for a sparkplug change?
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:23 PM   #12
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no clue i didn't do it, and i changed coils and plugs same time.

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Did that once changing a start years ago. Wrench slipped and it cost me 10 stitches on my hand. @ssholes made me scrub it out with that damn brush and green cleaner crap they use, that stung a little! That big needle was not bad after that experience!
ya i got the shot first then the scrub where i got to see flesh and a little oil and dirt and road grime. i thought i cleaned it pretty well but then they just rip it open and scrub and fold back over. bad experience. aka use gloves
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Just did this Yesterday along with fresh coils. and i gotta say holy crap, i was driving a hybrid compared to now, the leading plugs had 58k on them and look like a toasted bagel with cheese burnt in the center aka i cant even see the damn probe spark wire thing. and the coils were putting up some teribal ohm numbers when i tested them. so i totally recommend this to someone who is feeling a lack of power. great diy every thing spot on.
bad thing i got 4 stitches changing the plugs, they were on so tight when i went to loosen the last leading i busted it open to the bone on my knuckle, lots of blood... and shot.. huge needle... so i'd add WEAR A PAIR OF GLOVES. its worth it. my pinky looks like a blue thumb.
Did that once changing a start years ago. Wrench slipped and it cost me 10 stitches on my hand. @ssholes made me scrub it out with that damn brush and green cleaner crap they use, that stung a little! That big needle was not bad after that experience!
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Awesome writeup. I will be sure to knock this out soon.

Quick question, obviously vehicle abuse would dictate this.... but could someone make some notes on how often these Laser Iridium spark plugs need to be replaced?

Light abuse: XXX miles
Mediocure abuse: XXX miles
Heavy abuse: XXX miles
Track abuse: XXX miles

Maybe something like that. Then add it to the first post?
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I added new coils - wires - plugs and a HKS Grounding kit 2 days ago.. its like a different car! 34K miles.
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is a spark plug socket necessary?
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good stuff here for a Rotary noob like me....couple questions...

the plugs with the grooves in them, by the electrode...are these the trailing, or leading ones?

also, where can i buy new coil packs?
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is a spark plug socket necessary?
its a good idea...some of these you really gotta torque on...and you dont want to break one off in the block...makes for a bad day
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...... the plugs with the grooves in them, by the electrode...are these the trailing, or leading ones?
Leading - see these spark plug pictures

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When you guys change spark plugs do you actually check the gap before install?
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nice im going to try this in the next 1000 miless....thanks
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When you guys change spark plugs do you actually check the gap before install?
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Also, someone mentioned in another thread that you must use the copper based anti-seize compound. How necessary is that, or is aluminum compound okay?
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When you guys change spark plugs do you actually check the gap before install?
Bump! x2 I was also wondering the same thing. Im planning on doing this tomorrow (Sunday). If you do check the gap, do u use the same coin things as you would for other spark plugs? Any info on the gapping issue would greatly help!! Thanks!!
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Well after waiting for a reply to my gap question and not getting any answers I justed plugged and played the spark plugs.

1500 miles later Im getting same performance and better gas mileage. No problems.
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