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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Spark plug change = blood on driveway in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Whoever thought changing the plugs on the V yourself is a great idea...was wrong. Ah, that was me. I almost ...
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    Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    Whoever thought changing the plugs on the V yourself is a great idea...was wrong. Ah, that was me. I almost forgot until I looked away from the screen and looked at my hands with scrapes, cuts, and band aids.

    Anyone considering this, please do yourself a favor and remove the coil packs before removing anything. I got the right side done and started the left before putting the coil packs back on and calling it a day.

    At this point, I will be headed to the shop with 4 AC Delco plugs and 4 NGK TR6 plugs. Not ideal, but ideally less pain.

    Beating.

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    Ahhh..that doesn't sound promising! I hear it's easier if you remove the battery too, and I have headers so that should make it a little easier. I am going to be changing my plugs/wires this weekend!

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    Yip, I still have the scars.

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    blood on driveway...and clothes...and in garage...and pretty much all the way to the sink.

    Forgot to mention it also helps if you have carney hands, or have a strong child to get in the tight spots. The right side was ok once I saw what I needed to do, but the left side just doesn't have the same amount of room. Removing the battery help, but you still have to work around the battery cradle, which doesn't come out. Also, you have the oil dipstick and the fuse box wire bundle RIGHT IN THE WAY.

    I was quoted a max of $85 before I began, and should have taken the deal. Now, I am wondering if it will be half price....?

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    getting mine put in with the headers and motor mounts at the same time... 200.00 to install headers, plugs and motor mounts.

    thanks for the heads up, now I know I am glad I took my shop up on the install.

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    Yup. I remember this when I did the headers. Forearms and hands looked they did battle with giant eggbeaters ...



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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    Quote Originally Posted by dannboss View Post
    I was quoted a max of $85 before I began, and should have taken the deal. Now, I am wondering if it will be half price....?
    I had 21st change mine on the CTS-V when they put the headers on (at about 28K miles) simply because they were already in there taking things apart and I figured it was a good time to pay somebody else. On the STS-V the dealership has quoted me between 120-160.00 to do it because they say they need extra time to pull the air intake off ? I may go back to 21st and let them.

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    Definitely remove the coil packs! I feel ya about the bloody knuckles....if you try and wear gloves, then you can't feel the holes to line em up! Lose - Lose.

    I don't see how removing the battery would help at all. I remember the back passenger side being the major B outta the group.

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    Plugs weren't bad, it was getting the boots off that sucked. I could get my hands in there but there was no where to go. Tough to get an leverage to pull those bastards off.


    Try coming into work the next day, when you work with your hands all over people, with cuts, blood, grease, .... all over them.

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    Quote Originally Posted by BacDoc View Post
    Plugs weren't bad, it was getting the boots off that sucked. I could get my hands in there but there was no where to go. Tough to get an leverage to pull those bastards off.


    Try coming into work the next day, when you work with your hands all over people, with cuts, blood, grease, .... all over them.
    Yep, the boots are the problem. If you can get all the way to the plugs, you are home free. How are you supposed to twist and pull the stupid boot when you are only able to get three fingers on it at best and have something on the back side of your hand already digging in? Hence, where the cuts come from.

    Anyway, just wanted to give a heads up to people. Not trying to beat a dead horse. Unless it is Tanto's horse. That guy can suck it.

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    Passenger side rear is the only one that gave me a real problem.

    Coil packs definitely need to come off, and it's a good time to clean up those valve covers.

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    So you guys recommend the NGKs over another set of AC Delcos? I came from a modular Ford that took Motorcrafts or nothing.

    I'm bone stock approaching 40k miles...don't think my plugs have been changed yet...

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    Quote Originally Posted by BacDoc View Post
    Plugs weren't bad, it was getting the boots off that sucked. ...

    Quote Originally Posted by dannboss View Post
    Yep, the boots are the problem. If you can get all the way to the plugs, you are home free. How are you supposed to twist and pull the stupid boot when you are only able to get three fingers on it at best and have something on the back side of your hand already digging in? Hence, where the cuts come from. ...
    Totally agree.

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    Im about to change mine and I cant remember what Im running, I think its NGK T6s with the Maggie. T7s for a stocker? 1 cooler for the Maggie right?

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    Re: Spark plug change = blood on driveway

    Blood and machine become as one...welcome to the CTS-V Wolf Pack haha!

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