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Old 04-15-2013, 06:48 PM
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How difficult is this? I am actually past my scheduled mileage for the change. Just wondering if I can do this myself, or should I let this be done by the dealer? I certainly would prefer to save the labor charges and do it myself. Any special tools, etc.?
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it easy. get a magnetic spark plug socket. only special tool u need. the back ones on either bank are the most difficult. for the drivers side where the brake booster is, remove the wheel/tire and inner fender to get to them. took me and. a buddy 2 hours and I'd never changed plugs before
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let me say i did mine and im not much of a mechanic, nor have very much experience. was fairly easy to do. just take your time and be careful. took this n00b around 6 hours. i havent messed with a V8 before. i also replaced my PCV valve but mine has 162K miles, not sure what yours has
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I just did mine. The 4 on the drivers side under the booster are the worst. I did them from the top.

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1. Magnetic spark plug socket
2. 3 inch and 1 inch ext (I used a 3/8 to 1/2 and 1/2 to 3/8 adapters to make a 1 inch extension). Use a small 3/8 ratchet.
3. Remove both coils near the firewall at the same time on both sides.
4. Lay across the fender to reach them.
5. Insert the socket and use one hand to hold the socket as you lower it and then add the extensions. Removal the same way.
6. Use copper anti-seize
7. Use the magnetic socket to insert the plug and hold it with one hand as you attach the 3 inch ext so you don't drop the plug in the hole.
8. ON the pass side you'll need to move the heater hoses out of the way.

It is time consuming, but not that bad. I actually did the 4 hard ones first, went to bed, then finished up the rest the next day.
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I'm curious as to why everyone is recommending magnetic spark plug sockets.

A normal spark plug socket comes with a rubber grommet inside that grips the top of the plug (often lost after the first few uses, but it's there).
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I'm curious as to why everyone is recommending magnetic spark plug sockets.

A normal spark plug socket comes with a rubber grommet inside that grips the top of the plug (often lost after the first few uses, but it's there).
because you can't lose the magnet. how would you like to lose the rummer grommet in the middle of install?

you buy the $8 magnetic once...then you have it forever
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Thanks, folks. Guess before I get to it I will pick up that magnetic spark plug socket. I've changed plenty of plugs in the past, but never on the Hemi.
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It's definitely something you can do yourself. If you haven't bought the plugs yet I have a brand new set of Mopar SPLZFR5C11 Spark Plugs (all 16) that I bought from my dealer a month ago to do the change in my truck, but then bought a supercharger and needed one stage colder plugs. Dealership has them for $4.95/plug or $85.93 after tax for all 16. I will let them go for $75 shipped to you.
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If you do not want to buy a magnetic socket,
you can instead use about 1' of fuel line over the insulator (the white) portion of the plug.
Just break plug loose with socket then slide fuel line onto plug and unthread buy hand to remove.
To install check gap of plug, then slide fuel line onto plug and thread it into the hole hand till tight, pop fuel line off and torque to spec.
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What size is the socket & is it best to get 3/8" drive?
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