From what I've read in other places on the net, many people find
the easiest way to access the plugs and PCV valve on the backside of
the engine is to remove the upper intake manifold to make room to
In contrast, I was able to find out that the books at the
dealerships list removing and reinstalling the upper manifold a 2 hour
job but a tune-up only a 1.6 hour job, leading me to believe there
must be another, better way. Coming up from behind the engine seems a
poor way to access the back plugs in this engine bay configuration, so
I wonder if there is a good way to either "rock" the engine (3.8L), or
to remove the plastic part over the engine but on the underside of the
cowl, or if there is something I've missed?
What is the best way?
Also, I need to get the overhead console down, this model has
the computer and the sun roof. What is the proper way?