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tool for spark plug change

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I have a 6 cylinder 2005 frontier, and am thinking about changing the spark plugs this weekend. I have read the thread by shinermiller and it looks doable. My question is this, can I get the job done with just one of those spark plug sockets with the long straight extensions that they sell at autozone? or do I need some specialized extensions? Thanks
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It can be done with basic plug socket and straight extensions but a wobbly plug socket does make it a bit easier to sneak it in and out with the extension on the socket. Otherwise you have to just drop the socket into the forward (pretty sure it's the front plug on pass side but it's been a while since I did it) plug hole and follow it in with the extension-ratchet if you plan on doing it without pulling the plenum

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Phoenix - it sounds to me like you are somewhat inexperienced, as you apparently don't even own a spark plug socket and ratchet wrench.

Given that, and you want to try, I'd get several extensions of different lengths, and you may be glad that you did.

I've got a lot of stuff from over the years, and I did the plugs on my daughter's V-6 Pathfinder on Jan. 1. The "dreaded" #6 plug required two 3-inch extensions with the spark plug socket put on the spark plug, then a 1.5 inch extension and the ratchet handle added to that. Take back what you've left in the packages.

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Thanks for the responses.


cusser- Yes I am inexperienced, but I've been able to get a fair number of jobs done over the years by coming onto the forum, reading DIY stickys, asking questions and so far so good. this forum has saved me a lot of $$
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That's what it's all about.
Just remember to go slow, especially when re-installing. You don't want to crack a plug and wonder why you have a miss after you get everything buttoned back up. Or worse, cross-thread a plug and have to pull a head to re-thread, they should screw in by hand all the way down to the crush washer. Don't want to scare you off, just a heads up.

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Even though it's a bit of a pain, I'd recommend pulling the upper intake off to change #4 and #5 plugs. It took me about 2 hours start to finish and didn't have any issues at all.
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I would recommend a 5/8 (16mm) flex spark-plug socket with a 6 in extension and a std 3/8 ratchet for the#1 and #3 positions. You can do it without pulling the intake but you have to have patience to remove the coil bolts with a 10mm wrench a little at a time. Other that that this is no big deal. FYI the cyl's are numbered front to back 1,3,5 on the right side and 2,4,6 on the left side (drivers side) and the std plugs are NGK-PLFR5A-11


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I would recommend a 13/16 flex spark-plug socket with a 6 in extension and a std 3/8 ratchet for the#1 and #2 positions. You can do it without pulling the intake but you have to have patience to remove the coil bolts with a 10mm wrench a little at a time. Other that that this is no big deal.
And be careful reinstalling your coil bolts, I apparently crossthreaded the #6 bolt and snapped off the head. It runs fine, but I think I'm going to try drilling and an easyout before dropping the $$$ on a new valve cover.
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phoenix pete, I recommend a torque wrench for the work so as to get things tightened correctly without any surprises. On the VQ, plugs at 18 FT/LB and the coil pack bolts are a very light 62 IN/LB (that's INCH pounds, not FT/LB). A light duty torque wrench will cover both of these. Use some anti-seize on the plug threads too. Have fun and good luck with the work.

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