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Old 17 Jul 2009, 05:30 am
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Default 2006-Up Pt Cruiser Spark Plug Removal.

This guide will work on PT's 2006 and up I think it might work on '05s and '04s as long as you dont have a modesty cover.

If you do have one of those go here:
Spark Plug Guide
I recently replaced the spark plugs and wires in my '06 PT
and I figured i would create a photographic guide for all you other '06 and up PT owners out there.
Tools you will need:
Most of the tools you should have if you have a decent toolbox.
Get some dielectric grease if you are replacing the wires. Unless the wires come pre-greased.
The Anti-Seize and the T-15 Torx can be found at most hardware stores or just look at Sears:
Sears.com/T-15



Well here we go:
First of all Remove the air-box...
Since I have a custom air intake I cant show you how to remove that,
but if you really, really, really can't figure it out all by yourself
(which if you cant you shouldn't have a car in the first place)
Heres a link: How to remove an air intake, PT-wikianswers.

After you have the intake off remove the three bolts located on the Throttle Body using the 10mm socket and the extension.


Then remove the five bolts on the front of the intake manifold

And the one large bolt behind the back using the 13mm wrench.

Also remove the MAP sensor using th T-15 Torx driver there is two screws.

Remove the vacuum hose from the side of the manifold by strongly and carefully pulling it off.

You don't have to remove the other one. I didn't, because it didn't want to come off.
So i figured i'd just leave it.
Now lay the manifold out of the way.

Cover the intake openings with a t-shirt or an old towel to prevent debris from falling in

Pull out the spark plug sides of the coil wires

And pull of the sides connected to the coil

Now you can remove the spark plugs.
Sorry I didn't tell you what size the spark plugs are but i'm sure you could figure it out.
You're welcome.
Here's a picture of the spark plug.

Put everything back together the same way it came apart (Torque specs for spark plugs are 13ft lbs) and don't forget some dielectric grease in the coil boots.
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Originally Posted by CREWZIN
To end this thread I'll just go over why we recommend a small amount of Anti-seize be placed on the threads of the spark plugs and dielectric grease be put on both ends of the spark plug wires.

The anti-seize will stop the plugs from "sticking" to the cylinder block and make it easier for removal next time.

The dielectric grease with stop moisture from getting inside the openings of the plug wires, help make a better contact of the wires themselves and stop the wire ends from sticking so it will be easier to take them off at the next change.
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Originally Posted by Hooligan
A hint for the next time you change plugs. Cut one of the "plug" ends off and use it to pull out and install the new plugs, they will self center and makes it easier to install the plugs.
Now pat yourself on the back and go get a ice cold beer Unless of course you arn't 21, then go get yourself a cookie.
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Old 17 Jul 2009, 05:55 am
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Default Re: 2006-Up Pt Cruiser Spark Plug Removal.

Spot on with the guide... don't forget the grease for the plug wires
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Old 17 Jul 2009, 06:09 am
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Default Re: 2006-Up Pt Cruiser Spark Plug Removal.

Gosh dern it. I knew I was missing something.. lol
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Old 17 Jul 2009, 06:23 am
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Default Re: 2006-Up Pt Cruiser Spark Plug Removal.

Thanks Alex.

To end this thread I'll just go over why we recommend a small amount of Anti-seize be placed on the threads of the spark plugs and dielectric grease be put on both ends of the spark plug wires.

The anti-seize will stop the plugs from "sticking" to the cylinder block and make it easier for removal next time.

The dielectric grease with stop moisture from getting inside the openings of the plug wires, help make a better contact of the wires themselves and stop the wire ends from sticking so it will be easier to take them off at the next change.
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Old 17 Jul 2009, 09:32 am
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Default Re: 2006-Up Pt Cruiser Spark Plug Removal.

You can simplify this a lot by using a bungee.
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Old 17 Jul 2009, 02:12 pm
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A hint for the next time you change plugs. Cut one of the "plug" ends off of the old set and use it to pull out and install the new plugs, they will self center and makes it easier to install the plugs.
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Old 17 Jul 2009, 02:50 pm
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Cut one of the "plug" ends off and use it to pull out and install the new plugs
Make sure you cut one of the ends from the old wires or you'll end up buying a whole new set of wires to complete the job.

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Old 17 Jul 2009, 04:33 pm
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Default Re: 2006-Up Pt Cruiser Spark Plug Removal.

Thats a really good idea. When i first uninstalled mine I couldn't find my telescopic magnet so I used the T-15 and two kitchen magnets. lol. worked pretty good. Then to get them back in I used some really pointy pliers. worked fine to me.
Oh and Hooligan I'll quote you and throw it into the guide.
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Default Re: 2006-Up Pt Cruiser Spark Plug Removal.

You might mention to wait until the engine is cold before attempting spark plug removal to avoid stripping the threads in the cylinder head. Don't over tighten the new plugs...think the spec is around 13 ft-lb. When reinstalling the intake manifold, tightening sequence is from inside (center) outwards. btw, the "carburetor" is the throttle body. Thanks for the good pics.
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Old 18 Jul 2009, 04:13 am
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Default Re: 2006-Up Pt Cruiser Spark Plug Removal.

well if you are even attempting to remove your own spark plugs without letting the engine cool down, you probably shouldn't be doing your own mechanic work.

But thanks for the torque specs
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