What precautions should I take when removing spark plugs on my Dodge Neon?
Is it necessary to disconnect the battery before doing so? (I don't want to
disconnect the battery if I don't have to) I know I will need to buy some
special tools, since the plugs are recessed down into the engine; can any
one give me the correct description of the socket and extension I will need
to buy to do this?
My engine has over 150K on it, and I suspect one of the plugs is fouling,
evident in some hesitation at low RPM (1K to 2K RPM).
During the winter, my check engine light was on most of the time (I forget
exactly what the code was, but they suggested I get a new gas cap first; it
is the same code you would get if you ran your car without a gas cap) but
since the nice weather came, it goes off & comes on sproadically. Usually
it goes out after some highway driving at higher speeds. This is what makes
me suspect a fouling spark plug.
Thanks to all for any help/advise you can offer.
What, no help? I am surprised I was unable to get even one drop of wisdom
from this whole collective group. Surely the questions posed were not so
difficult that everyone was stumped! This group was what I considered a
possible resource, but that was a mistake; I guess I should have written in
poor grammer and incomplete sentences, then I might have had a few hits.
Using my own intuitive abilities, I suspect MAYBE my exhaust may have a
slightly higher level of emissions due to the number of miles on it, thus
causing the carbon canister becoming saturated quicker when it is cold out
(since the car does have a lot of miles on it, it's entirely possible that
the cannister needs to be refurbished or replaced). With the warmer
weather, the check engine light rarely comes on. I do need to change or
clean a plug or two though, and my mechanic (in my opinion one of the best
in central NY) will be more than happy to advise me on the tools necessary,
whether I need to disconnect the battery, & what to gap the plugs at, and
all at no charge. I just figured that the drive is about 15 miles, he is
very busy and quite in demand so I hate to bother him when he is working OR
relaxing. Besides, I thought I could sit in my own home and click away and
get some advice, maybe even a couple of suggestions that would help me avoid
some pitfalls. You know, your two cents worth...
nothing special about an extension except that it needs to be long
enough,a socket for removing spark plugs would be good too or you can
just use the plug wire to pull the plug from the tube.
if your plugs are copper core plugs they should be replaced every 30k.
nope,if it has an evaporative system leak a spark plug won't fix it.
take it to a dealer or a garage that knows what they are doing.
you seem like a smart person,you may not have gotten a reply because you
are asking a very simple question that you can figure out on your own.
technicians can get a little perturbed when a person calls on the phone
to ask what size socket to use.
also this isn't a chat room,you won't get an immediate response,it
could take a couple days at times. some people post through Google and
goggle is having issues right now.
this is likely a good group for advice though. I just decided today
to check out this group and I see some people from other groups post
here that are knowledgeable Chrysler technicians. patience is a virtue.
Sorry & thank you for the info in your reply. I figured most would look at
my questions and think what you did, but I wanted some sort of reply, good
or bad. Besides, I waited for about a month before replying to my own
I was wondering if there were special sockets that were required to "fit"
into the holes, so I could avoid buying a socket with the right size on the
inside, but too fat to fit into the hole where the plugs are. Plus I
remember reading that, years ago, the battery needed to be disconnected when
changing the plugs or damage to the electronic ignition might result. That
is why I asked what I asked.
Anyways, thanks again. My MIL has not turned on in over a month, except
when I start the car, so I am feeling good about that.
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