That would be a neat trick if he could prop up the engine with one
hand and at the same time change the rear plugs with his other hand.
Seriously though, I think GM makes a sort of ratcheting strap to hold
the engine in place after its been pryed up.
A couple of things make it a little easier...
Geoff mentioned pulling the engine forward using a rachet strap wrench. I
picked my first
one up at the auto parts store for $ 10. and found one on sunday at a flea
market for a
buck. Remember to put the transmission in neutral.
second... on plug one and three.... two end plugs one on each side,
little easier (if you have small hands), to reach around the side of the
rather than over the top.
Last, (and I'm off my soapbox), some cars have a metal case around the spark
This case is NOT connected to anything and can be grabbed with a vise grip to
plug boot loose. (makes it a lot easier). Try not to bend or dent the case.
Use di-electric grease on the inside of the boot (lightly please), when you
Makes it easier to get the boots off second time around.
Pulling the plug wires ain't easy but thanks to the advice by Geoff and some
this ng, it can be done !!!
OK, it's done. Just finished before latest 2" rain storm. Took about an hour
and a half, because 2 of the 3 rear boots were pretty tough to break loose.
It was tough to get a good grip with wrist so contorted. I used an old
motorcycle tie-down strap to hold the engine tilted about 1 1/4 in. forward.
Used the big hoisting point next to one of the dogbones, and a sheet metal
lip near the headlight as hook points. Rear plugs swapped using braille
system. Couldn't see anything. Overall, not too much bloodshed.
Oh yeah- the old plugs looked very good at 96K. Clean running engine, I
guess. And since I rarely buy plugs anymore, $6 each for the AC 41-940s was
a bit of a surprise, but they last so well I not complaining.
Thanks again for all the good tips.
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