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Old 07-11-2011, 01:26 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Changing spark plugs on a 4.0 SOHC

Is there any good way to change the spark plugs on a 4.0 SOHC? Looking at the engine from the top it would be next to impossible, and dread the eventual time they will need to be replaced... hell and I thought the ones on my '93 2.3 were a PITA to change.

So just short of sending it to a shop to save my time and sanity how have you DIYers been able to change them?
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:39 PM   #2
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through the wheel wells?
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:02 PM   #3
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yep, through the wheel wells. next to impossbile to get to from the top
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Don't be scared, it's super easy.

Step one, pull passenger wheel and inner fender plastics



Step two, remove, they are right there and don't get any easier.



Driver side you can get from the top.
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Thanks for the input.
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This is the setup I use at work to change the right side plugs, just pull the inner fenders and they are right in front of you.



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I just did all the plugs in my 94' 4.0 4WD. And I did them all from the top. I just disconnected the tiny vaccum lines on the passengers side so I could get my arms down there. For the farthest one back on the passengers side I needed a swivel. For the others, I used either a 6" or 3" extension, or both on a couple. It was actually pretty easy.

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Kloque, In case you don't know, the 94 4.0 is not SOHC unless you did an engine swap.
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Don't be scared, it's super easy.

Step one, pull passenger wheel and inner fender plastics



Step two, remove, they are right there and don't get any easier.



Driver side you can get from the top.
I take it the way to remove the inner fender is to remove the 3 bolts up front, and the two that run up the middle of the wheel well, and then it should come out? After I have it jacked up and the wheel removed of course.
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Finally completed it, it was almost right at a 3 hour job. Went thru the passenger side by removing the inner fender. Driver side from the top. Only trouble was getting the plug wire boots loose (I believe it still had the factory plugs/wires), especially the middle one on the passenger side, with the trans dipstick tube right in the way. Sprayed the boots to kingdom come with WD40, to help aid in the removal process. Of course made sure to coat the threads of the new ones with anti-seize.
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