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Old 05-30-2011, 01:19 AM   #1
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Spark plug socket

We recently bought a '98 4.0L Sahara. Making changes already and now want to check the plugs. The socket I have annoyingly doesn't fit. Does anyone know the socket size I need?

Also, whilst I note from numerous threads most people opting for 31x10.5, local recommendation here (in the UK) is to go for 30x9.5 tyres. Any suggestions, not much difference in price.


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Old 05-30-2011, 08:31 AM   #2
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Think my plugs take a 5/8" socket. Good luck.

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Old 05-30-2011, 09:31 AM   #3
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Yep 5/8" it is. And if you have the air conditioning compressor up top, you'll need a swivel too. Otherwise you have to take the belt off, and loosen the compressor to get at the front plug.

Clean out around the plug before you remove it. That way any debris won't fall in the cylinder.

Old piece of vacuum tubing to install em. Lets you wiggle em down in the holes and get em started, with out cross threading them.

And don't forget some anti seize on the plug threads to make em easy to remove the next time.
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Thanks for the response, as usual, very helpfull.
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[QUOTE=Shelby427;1269692]Yep 5/8" it is. And if you have the air conditioning compressor up top, you'll need a swivel too. Otherwise you have to take the belt off, and loosen the compressor to get at the front plug.

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It's tight, but the compressor does not have to be moved. You can snake the socket on a swivel right down in there.
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Yep 5/8" it is. And if you have the air conditioning compressor up top, you'll need a swivel too. Otherwise you have to take the belt off, and loosen the compressor to get at the front plug.
It's tight, but the compressor does not have to be moved. You can snake the socket on a swivel right down in there.
Or you can undo the 4 bolts that hold the a/c and move it out of the way in like a minute (just did this last week) and you can easily reach the number one plug to install the new one and remove the old one...
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i usually just put 2 or 3 small extensions together without a swivel and the 5/8 socket on the end, gives it enough flex to get down to the one next to the compressor
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:22 PM   #8
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Yep 5/8" it is. And if you have the air conditioning compressor up top, you'll need a swivel too. Otherwise you have to take the belt off, and loosen the compressor to get at the front plug.

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It's tight, but the compressor does not have to be moved. You can snake the socket on a swivel right down in there.

Umm, isn't that what I said?

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