Introduction

It's recommended that you change your spark plugs every 30,000 miles.

Locate the hood latch beside the driver's side door, right next to the left foot rest.
  • Locate the hood latch beside the driver's side door, right next to the left foot rest.

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Pull the latch toward you to release the hood.
  • Pull the latch toward you to release the hood.

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  • Walk around to the front of the vehicle.

  • Slide your hand under the hood, directly above the Honda emblem. Locate and pull the hood tab to unlock the hood.

  • Once the tab is released, lift the hood up.

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  • Use your left hand to hold the hood up. Locate the hood stand and pull it out of the clip.

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  • Place the tip of the hood stand into the hole located in the upper left of the hood.

  • Let the hood rest on the stand.

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  • Use a 10 mm hex driver or socket to remove the four screws that hold the spark plug cover in place.

  • Lift the plastic cover and set it aside.

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  • Remove the spark plug wire by pinching the locking tabs on either side of it and pulling it out.

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  • Use a 10 mm hex driver or socket to remove the four spark plug boot screws.

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  • Lift the boot screws out of the spark plug bores.

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  • Locate the spark plug at the bottom of the bore.

  • Use a ratchet, extension, and 5/8 socket to remove the plug by turning counterclockwise until it's free.

what length of socket extension needed for 2005 honda accord

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  • Pull the plug out of the bore.

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  • Determine if the spark plug needs to be replaced by examining the gap for the problems listed below:

    • The gap is bridged by corrosion.

    • The gap is too large.

    • The area around the gap is black and dark.

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  • If the spark plug doesn't need to be replaced, return it to the spark plug bore. If it does need to be replaced, use a new one.

    • Use of Anti-Seize on the thread of spark plug is highly recommended to ensure threads don't get damaged while tightening.

  • Use a ratchet, extension, and 5/8 socket to tighten the spark plug by turning clockwise. Use your hand to tighten as well.

    • If a torque wrench is available, tighten to 13 ft-lbs.

  • Repeat Steps 10-13 for the three remaining spark plugs.

Can I tighten the spark plug properly without a torque wrench?

Parimal - Reply

You can get a torque wrench at Harbor freight for less than $20 and if you are a do-it-yourself person you will need this for every mechanical job you do. Lawn equipment,automobiles , or anything that uses machined parts you will always need a torque wrench. They will last a lifetime if you clean it and zero it after every job.

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Conclusion

After reinstalling all four spark plugs, follow Steps 3-9 in reverse order to reattach the spark plug cover and close the car's hood.

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Great instructions! I was able to change them pretty quickly.

JOEL DENNIS - Reply

First rule of thumb when changing spark plugs is to do it when the engine is cold. If you don't have a torque wrench it's ok, you can still tighten them properly. Easiest thing to do is put the new plug in the spark plug socket, attach the extension (8 or 10 in. is perfect) but not the ratchet. Thread the plug in until it is snug, then attach the ratchet to tighten. Most spark plug manufacturers put on the box (especially NGK) how much to tighten. Usually if the plug has no gasket, tighten 1/16 to 1/8 of a turn. If it has a gasket, tighten 1/2 to 2/3 of a turn. For an '05 Accord 4 cyl. they have a gasket.

wingmaneh - Reply

Thanks for the clear instructions & photos!

Steve T - Reply

I appreciate the thorough and precise instructions. I would add using anti-seize on new plug threads.

ssnider727 - Reply

On an '05 Accord, are there any wires that need to be replaced at a regular interval?

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