How to replace the spark plugs

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    Question How to replace the spark plugs

    I have a 2001 Tundra V8 4.7 access cab. It has about 108K on it (I bought it a few days ago) and I do not think that the spark plugs have never been replaced. I understand that the OEM NGK Irridium are the best. The only thing I do not know is how to replace them. Is that difficult? I am a handy man and good with tools. How can I replace them?

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    Default Re: How to replace the spark plugs

    These trucks are very easy to change plugs on. Go slow, pay attention, and do them one-at-a-time. There are four coils on each valve cover (if you have the V8). Remove the fasteners on each coil, pull straight up, removing the coil and "tube". Then get at the plug with a spark plug socket attached to an extension. I like to tape the socket to the extension, due to a previous disaster on another vehicle, that involved removing the intake to retrieve the socket that I managed to hopelessly jam in the hole. My truck performs very well on the cheapo, non-iridium Denso plugs. I also like to add a touch of anti-seize compound to the threads of the new plugs.
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    If you don't have a torque wrench, now is the time to buy one. When you torque a fastener, pull evenly on the wrench until you reach the desired value. Just my 2 cents...

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    Do-It-Yourself Re: How to replace the spark plugs

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    2nd everything Bamafire said, in particular the part about the tape . I prefer electrical tape, personally!

    All joking aside, it REALLY sucks to lose the rubber-lined socket down the hole on a new plug, because the only ways to get it out are either remove the plug you just installed, or try tape over the end of the socket extension to get more friction between socket and extension than suction between the plug and the plug liner in the socket. Grumble.

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