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  1. #1
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    spark plugs - removal?

    Morning All
    Was doing a little fettling and cleaning at the weekend and came to a point where I wanted to remove the spark plugs on my AK with a 5.7 Chevy V8 for a check. And got to another new challenge that arises when you buy rather than build.

    So 1,2,3,4 all out and cleaned with no issue.

    but how the hell do you access 5,6,7,8 at the rear? - Couldn't get any sort of spanner/ratchet anywhere near them from above due to the exhaust manifold.

    So do you have to access from below to remove or is there a trick to it?

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    I remember this being discussed before. On my Dax i use a ring spanner/ Stepped ring . Once a plug is loose mine unscrew easily.
    I do mine from above, find the best way between the headers.

    AK might be different but not easy on any V8 cobra i don't think.
    Andy


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    Had the same problem.
    For the spark plug lead, get some long nosed pliers with angled ends - makes extraction and replacement a PoP - thanks to Neil Oakley for the tip.
    For removing the actual plug itself you need a suitable socket, a UJ to plug into it (this is the key to success), then a socket extension piece and a ratchet handle. - thanks to Steve Lacey of the tip.

    You might also need to remove the rocker cover to gain some more wriggle room.
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    open ended spanner on mine - albeit not an AK.

    Number 8 plug is the worst due to it's proximity to the drivers footwell. tend to do 8 & 6 from underneath as a bit easier

    rgds
    Gary
    Conny - A Carnival Red Metallic (paint code Ref: Jag CGG/1811) SRV8 with 383ci stroker chevy.

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    Thanks All. I'll have another attempt at the weekend - I have all the requisite bits of kit. At least I'm reassured I'm not a complete f*wit and missing something glaringly obvious.

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    The little 3/8" one, example shown here, I found to be very useful in many tight spaces:
    http://abtoolsonline.com/3pc-univers...3-8-1-2-te733/
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    16mm cranked spanner did the job - fed in from the front of the manifold

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    Easy when you know how.


    Andy

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