Engine How-Tos

The Tools You Need To Change Spark Plugs

Changing your spark plugs is an important part of regular engine maintenance. Spark plugs are the device that ignites fuel inside the engine, so it’s essential to have these working properly for optimal performance and longevity.

There are a few tools you’ll need to do this job right. First, you’ll need some basic hand tools like screwdrivers and pliers and two jack stands or ramps for supporting the vehicle on one side while you remove whatever is blocking access to the plug. The key tool, though, will be a socket wrench set with various sockets plus extensions for getting at those hard-to-reach bolts (most sets come with hex keys too). This set should also include an 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm.

How to change spark plugs

If you’re like me and you never paid attention to how your car works, then this post is for you. For example, changing spark plugs seem like a daunting task, but it’s quite easy.

All that you require is a few simple tools and the willingness to learn something new about how your vehicle operates. The good news is that changing spark plugs isn’t as difficult as other tasks such as changing oil filters or rebuilding engines. So the next time I need to change my spark plugs, I’ll be able to do so with ease.

Spark plug removal tool

The tools you need to change spark plugs are a ratchet, socket, extension, and plug wrench. You’ll also need some safety glasses and gloves in case any of the parts start flying around.

Separate the wires before removing them from the coil pack. If there is an electrical problem with your car that has caused this issue, it will most likely be obvious when you check the connector for corrosion or burnt connectors. These connectors can often be replaced with new ones, so if they are not corroded or burned, don’t replace them.

spark plug removal tool

If you have access to compressed air, use it to blow out all of the dust bunnies under your hood while you’re working on this project, too, because nobody likes having their face covered in tiny dust.

You’ll need a few tools to change your spark plugs, but it’s an easy job. All you need is a wrench and socket set, some rags or paper towels for wiping away any oil or dirt from the engine block, and a torque wrench. Use the torque wrench to tighten your spark plug down to 45 pounds of force, which will take around 2 minutes with most cars. Once that’s done, reinstall the air filter housing cover in place by hand until it clicks into place. Then, you’re ready to hit the road.

Changing spark plugs is a straightforward task that can be accomplished with the right tools.  It’s important to have the correct size and type of socket, ratchet, and extension to loosen and tighten them correctly.