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Been on Oahu two years and shipped my 2003 E from Boston. Just hit 100K. Thinking of changing the spark plugs...I live in Aiea. Can anyone recommend a good mechanic.

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If you are in the Pearl City area there is M.L.K on kam hwy. Two brothers.
If you are in Kalihi I would recommend GENTECH an honest mastermechanic. Hope this helps you. Let me know if you need more. Hey you are welcome to join us on our next meet. Just check the boards we will prob have a meet next month.
 

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spark plugs are a snap to change. just need the right deep socket and a long extention for your ratchet.
 

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If you are in the Pearl City area there is M.L.K on kam hwy. Two brothers.
If you are in Kalihi I would recommend GENTECH an honest mastermechanic. Hope this helps you. Let me know if you need more. Hey you are welcome to join us on our next meet. Just check the boards we will prob have a meet next month.
I'm in Aiea so closer to Pearl City...whereabouts is M.L.K on Kam Hwy?
 

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spark plugs are a snap to change. just need the right deep socket and a long extention for your ratchet.
Hey aching1972,

Besides my nickname Buzz, the other is "all thumbs". If I try to change the spark plugs myself, I might accidently remove the muffer........sad to say I need a shop to do it....
 

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I'm in Aiea so closer to Pearl City...whereabouts is M.L.K on Kam Hwy?
If you're headed East along Kamehameha Hwy from Pearl City toward Pearlridge/Aiea, they're on the right-hand side of the road, past Antonio's and right before where the freeway passes over the highway. If you pass the HECO powerplant, you've gone too far.

They're in a little white building that used to be an old service station, almost directly across from the entrance to the old Sears Distribution Center. I just drove past the place earlier this evening.
 

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Dude, it's so easy, you'll kick yourself if you pay somebody to do this.


Using a 10mm wrench/socket, remove the 4 bolts holding the cover on. #12 and #13 in this pic and the two on the other side.

Unplug the ignition wires from the coil packs. "C" in this picture


Use a 3/8" ratchet, a 6" extension and a 5/8" spark plug socket to get the spark plugs out. If you don't have an actual spark plug socket with the rubber inside, just use a regular deep well 5/8" and loosen it all the way up. Then use the ignition coil thingy to hook back into it and fish it out. Magnet on a string will work too. :D

Apply optional anti-seize compound to the plug threads and tighten to where it feels "right". Put the coil packs back on, plug in the plugs to those, reattach the cover (DON'T over tighten these bolts) and you're all set.

30 minutes tops even for a beginner with the following tools
3/8" ratchet
10mm regular and 5/8" spark plug sockets
6" long 3/8" drive extension
anti-seize compound for the spark plug threads (not really necessary)
 

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If we have enough interests we could have a tech meet. First things first though. We need to find out about the upcoming bike ride.
 
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