Originally Posted by CARLOS_PRO4X
Well the intake manifold has to come off. And move a few other pieces out of the way.
I did my own plug change with just ratchet, socket and extensions (and electrical tape for sockets). If you are careful (and I guess clever), this can be done without pulling the manifold. IIRC, it took me 45 minutes and I was talking my time. Granted, if I had sausage fingers, this would have been much more difficult (I wear size L gloves). If a mechanic told me he had to pull the manifold off to do this job, I'd look for another mechanic!
I think this would make a good litmus test
I'm not a "master mechanic" but I did once stay at a Holiday Inn....I guess.
ps. If I mechanic prefers to remove manifold, fine. But the customer shouldn't be asked to pay for gaskets because the mechanic is lazy.