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Old 09-30-2008, 01:16 PM
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560SEL spark plugs

okay is it me or is it extremely hard to change the plugs on a 89 560SEL? Is there a special tool needed??

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Old 09-30-2008, 01:25 PM
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What is so hard about it? On the 420sel I know I had to take off one of the heat shields from the exhaust manifold, and use a couple different extensions, but other than that it was a snap.
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did you use the "special tool" to remove the silver end of the ignition wire before removing the plugs?
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did you use the "special tool" to remove the silver end of the ignition wire before removing the plugs?
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I made one using a piece of wire coat hanger. I bent it in a U shape and bent the ends in a J shape to grab the tabs on the sides of the spark plug wire connector. This way, I can remove it without pulling on the wire.
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I found that a tool used for removing valve stem seals works really well for this. It looks like a long, cheap pair of pliers with a half a tube on each jaw. it was cheaper than a new set of wires, and was pretty cheap as it was.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:27 AM
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Maybe my car just has easy wires because I have changed spark plugs three times and never needed a special tool to do it except a range of different extensions.
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On my 560SEL I routinely changed the plugs every couple of weeks, for about 2 years. This was due to worn valve stem seals (yes, they were later replaced). I became very good at changing the plugs and could do all 8 in about 10 minutes or less; I'd clean the plugs up and reuse them 2 weeks later. I don't recall any difficulty at all with this task.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:05 PM
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Hmmm...what tools does it take to change the plugs? what extensions will I need. And whats this about removing a heat shield? I really have been wanting to change the plugs on my '90 560 SEL.
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am i missing something or is this a comedy relief thread.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:36 PM
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haha

We're just not top mechanics like you are
These things are complicated !!!

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