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Old 10-02-2004, 06:59 PM
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Hi Everyone,

This is my first post. I have a 2000 Millenia (regular, not S), and will be changing its spark plugs soon. I have plugs already.

1-I can get my lazy butt up and measure the plugs if necessary, but does anyone know off the top of his head what size socket I'll need?

2-Also, anyone know where I can find the appropriate socket -- i.e., the kind with the rubber boot inside (I have plenty of regular sockets)? My local Advance Auto Parts doesn't have much. Anywhere I can order on the internet?

Any other things to keep in mind whilst changing plugs? I've got some slime to put around the boot; I suppose I could also get some slime to put on the threads too.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

-James :P
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Old 10-02-2004, 08:17 PM
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look in the technical guides section, theres a spark plug changing guide...i think it's by gsrex?

might help you out a lot
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Old 10-03-2004, 12:08 AM
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The socket you should be able to get at any auto parts shop. Use an anti-seize compound on the threads. Once you've placed the new plugs in the wells and caught the threads, change the socket from the sparkplug socket to a normal deep socket of the same size (which I can't remember). The reason is that if you just use the sparkplug socket then it gets jammed and gets stuck in the well. Whereas if you use a normal deep socket it just tightens like it should. Oh and if you can, use a torque wrench.
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Renboy,

As far as I know there is no reason to change from the spark plug socket to a regular socket to tighten up the spark plug. The only major difference is the rubber insert in the spark plug socket to hold the plug in the socket while installing/removing the plugs.

James,

Sears is my choice for tools, the lifetime warranty is hard to beat but as mentioned above, you can get them at any auto parts store....
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Renboy,

As far as I know there is no reason to change from the spark plug socket to a regular socket to tighten up the spark plug. The only major difference is the rubber insert in the spark plug socket to hold the plug in the socket while installing/removing the plugs.
Well the socket does get stuck on the plug sometimes. But most times, it is easy to remove with a bit of jiggling.

Anyway, the correct size spark plug socket for the Millenia is 5/8". Pepboys sells all kinds and sizes of single socket pieces.
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The correct size spark plug socket is 5/8 inch. If you use a quality spark plug socket, Sears Craftsman, for example, it will not jam and there will be no need to change to a standard deep socket. I do not recommend using an anti seize compound, or oil, when installing new plugs. The torque specs are given for a dry fit, using a lubricant or anti seize drastically alters the torque required. Their use can also alter the heat range of the spark plugs.
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The correct size spark plug socket is 5/8 inch. If you use a quality spark plug socket, Sears Craftsman, for example, it will not jam and there will be no need to change to a standard deep socket. I do not recommend using an anti seize compound, or oil, when installing new plugs. The torque specs are given for a dry fit, using a lubricant or anti seize drastically alters the torque required. Their use can also alter the heat range of the spark plugs.
I didn't know about the anti-seize, good to know. The sparkplug sockets that I have are actually from Sears (Craftsman). They jammed in the well every time, on both my mx6 and my gf's milly. I know I didn't overtighten because I do have a pretty good torque wrench also. I just find it a lot easier to use the sparkplug socket to get the thread started on all the spark plugs first and then switch to a normal deep socket.
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I clean out the spark plug well with a test tube brush so there's not much oily crap left in there. I've always applied a very thin film of oil to the threads before putting them in... didn't know the torque specs were rated for dry, but then again I never use a torque wrench, I just tighten 'till it's "good enough".
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Old 10-19-2004, 04:40 PM
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Thanks guys. I was able to find the socket at Sears. I'm still mulling over whether it's best to lube up the spark plug threads with oil/anti-seize (and get a less accurate torque wrench measurement) or just go dry and get the more accurate torque specification. I'll stew on that stuff, but thanks again!

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