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Old 07-31-2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default 2004 Malibu Maxx LT spark plug replacement

Hey guys, I am trying to give my 04 Maxx a tune up but I noticed the rear plugs are virtually impossible to get to. What is the best way to get the rear plugs replaced on the 3.5 liter v-6? I know on my dad's Impala with the 3.4 I was able to unbolt the front motor mounts & use a ratchet strap to move the engine forward but I don't see that as a possibility on my car, as I don't see a mount to unbolt.

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Old 07-31-2011, 04:12 PM   #2
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I don't have one to look at for reference so forgive me if this idea doesn't work.

On other V6's that I couldn't access from the top I've gone in from underneath.

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I don't have one to look at for reference so forgive me if this idea doesn't work.

On other V6's that I couldn't access from the top I've gone in from underneath.

Safety first: I ALWAYS HAVE USED JACK STANDS AFTER LIFTING THE CAR. Don't die!
Hmmm, I might have to give that a try. I got a set of ramps in the garage that I can drive the car up on so I'll see if I can get them that way.
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Nope, unable to access the rear plugs underneath. I ended up having to remove the ignition module/coil assembly to get to the rear plugs. A little inconvenient but it beats taking the car to the shop for a simple tune up.
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My sis used to have a '97 Cadillac Seville STS with the 32-valve V8. Changing the plugs was easy but I had to R&R the coil pack on it. Once it was out of the way it was a 5-10 minute job.

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Nope, unable to access the rear plugs underneath. I ended up having to remove the ignition module/coil assembly to get to the rear plugs. A little inconvenient but it beats taking the car to the shop for a simple tune up.
I have a 2005 V6. Was the coil pack removed with just two bolts? It looks like either removing the coil pack or alternator is the only answer? Used to be able to unbolt the motor mount and pull the engin forward, but I haven't read anything about that being an option.

Looks like you have to move the air cleaner tube to get at the front, which I did when I changed the fan belt.
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Did you remove the entire coil assembly, including the bracket, or jut move the coil pack out of the way?
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