How to change spark plugs in a Toyota Camry 4 cyl

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Old 07 Mar 2005, 08:11 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to change spark plugs in a Toyota Camry 4 cyl

I have a Toyota Camry 4 cyl 2001 and I wanted to change the spark plugs.
But I was surprised to see that they are located deep inside the engine
and I can't reach them with the tools that I used before for Ford Taurus
or Oldsmobil. Do I need a special wrench that can reach deep inside and to
pull out the spark plug? Thank you.

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Old 07 Mar 2005, 08:25 am   #2 (permalink)
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5/8" spark plug socket and a 10" extension with locking end.
Observe torque figures when tightening! You're working with an aluminum
head.
Slight amount of anti-seize on threads can be helpful.
Be grateful you're not doing this job on the six cylinder engine.
Check for other maintenance items. There are a many other items that
should be done at the same time as spark plug replacement.

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Old 13 Mar 2005, 10:38 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Have any idea what the torque is? Thank you again.

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Old 14 Mar 2005, 03:32 am   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Mark,

Haynes manual says 18 Nm, or about 13 ft-lb. This seems to be seconded in
previous posts. Use a little anti-seize compund on the threads as Daniel
says.

Geoff


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Old 14 Mar 2005, 07:10 am   #5 (permalink)
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Can I use Bosch Platinum 4+ spark-plugs?
http://www.boschusa.com/AutoParts/Sp...PlatinumPlus4/

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Old 14 Mar 2005, 07:11 am   #6 (permalink)
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Can I use Bosch Platinum +4 spark plugs?
http://www.boschusa.com/AutoParts/Sp...PlatinumPlus4/

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Old 14 Mar 2005, 11:27 am   #7 (permalink)
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Can I use Bosch Platinum 4+ spark-plugs?
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They will fit, but not recommended.
Bosch + 4 is a marketing gimmick.
The spark will only discharge to a single point.
The Bosch plugs have a very tiny sliver of platinum in the center
electrode which has been known to cause problems with fouling in
Toyota, whereas the stock ND plugs do not have this potential problem
and show zero plug gap erosion after 60,000 miles.
Especially with the electrical items, you should stay with genuine
Toyota parts.
Personally, I use genuine parts throughout - they just have generally
better quality and fit overall, plus you know they were designed
specifically for your exact application.

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Old 14 Mar 2005, 12:15 pm   #8 (permalink)
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I couldn't find the exact torque, but I want to warn you about another
issue, and maybe get an advice from other members. I don't have much
experience with working on cars, but I did use the extension with the
special plug socket. Sometimes the grip between the socket and the plug is
a little stronger than the grip between the socket and the extension. In
that case the plus socket will be left deep down after you finish
tightening the plug.
One way to get it out would be to just unscrew the plug again.I have a
socket with a rotating arm, which bent down after the extension was pulled
and I couldn't reattach it. Luckily I was able to fish it out with a hook
that grabbed the joint. Later I tied an electric cord to the joint and now
I can pull it out.
Probably other members would have better solutions to avoid loosing the
socket, but I just wanted to warn you about it. After you place the plug
in the socket, connected to the extension, try to pull the plug out and
see if you also have the socket in your hand.

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Old 01 Sep 2018, 08:33 pm   #9 (permalink)
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On Monday, March 14, 2005 at 11:15:36 AM UTC-7, bauz wrote:
> I couldn't find the exact torque, but I want to warn you about another
> issue, and maybe get an advice from other members. I don't have much
> experience with working on cars, but I did use the extension with the
> special plug socket. Sometimes the grip between the socket and the plug is
> a little stronger than the grip between the socket and the extension. In
> that case the plus socket will be left deep down after you finish
> tightening the plug.
> One way to get it out would be to just unscrew the plug again.I have a
> socket with a rotating arm, which bent down after the extension was pulled
> and I couldn't reattach it. Luckily I was able to fish it out with a hook
> that grabbed the joint. Later I tied an electric cord to the joint and now
> I can pull it out.
> Probably other members would have better solutions to avoid loosing the
> socket, but I just wanted to warn you about it. After you place the plug
> in the socket, connected to the extension, try to pull the plug out and
> see if you also have the socket in your hand.


The solution: Duct tape. Just tape the socket to the extension. EZ peazy.
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