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June 10th, 2013
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Jazz plugs
Oh Honda Jazz, how I hate your tiny little sparkplugs and their over-generous number.

Two plugs per cylinder mean that half of them are hiding down the back. As they're all buried beneath plugtop coils, none of them are exactly easy to get at.

The fronts are accessible, but the (fragile) plugtop coils are stuck in place like the distributor of a winter-rallied Mini. They have to be pried out with my claw-like walnut-cracking fingers, hopefully without pulling their tops off.

Removing the plugs needs a plug spanner with a rubber insert. Putting them back in needs a spanner without an insert, otherwise it's stuck more to the plug than the square drive. You can of course haul them out afterwards with a nose hook, but it's easier to just have two plug sockets, with and without the insert.

Now the fun starts, the back row. Give up, abandon your fingers and evolve some tentacles. You're going to need them. At least the coils probably come off, but you can forget about even being able to see the plugs. Phone the Snap-on van and order one of every sort of 3/8" drive extension and UJ they have. Did I mention that the bonnet seal and even the windscreen are in the way? I did most of this with a spiral flex drive, but it's not enough torque to break the old plugs free.

Allow an hour to do it. It won't take all that long - you either have the bars to get to the back ones, or else you don't. At least they don't need changing very often

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From:jarkman
Date:June 11th, 2013 07:40 am (UTC)
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So, in summary, shiny new tools ? :-)
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From:quercus
Date:June 11th, 2013 09:51 am (UTC)
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No, I already have All The Tools.

I was reduced to using the 5/16" square drive set (Air Ministry, 1940s, it has some nice flexies) at one point though.
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From:jarkman
Date:June 11th, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
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:-) Very nice.

I'm sure this will all be done by robots one day.
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From:quercus
Date:June 11th, 2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Did I mention that they also ought to be indexed on installation?!
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From:jarkman
Date:June 11th, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Indexed ? As in, rotated to a particular angle ?
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From:quercus
Date:June 11th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
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The Rice Rocketeers will have it no other way!
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From:jarkman
Date:June 11th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Did it make you feel all Fast & Furious ?
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From:quercus
Date:June 11th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Still pumped from hauling the brake yokes off the Volvo
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From:petrichor_1
Date:June 12th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry to tell you you're wrong. I've looked under the bonnet in my car, and I can reveal that it's made of squirgly bits of metal wot no man shud kno wot of (absolutely none of which sparked, and I watched them for a really long time) and it runs on demon farts and the death of prehistoric molluscs.
Sorry you had a wasted afternoon. And evolved tentacles unnecessarily.
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From:quercus
Date:June 13th, 2013 09:14 am (UTC)
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It's yer gunwales, innit?
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