The best way to install new spark plugs is with a torque wrench, but sometimes you don’t have one and need to get the job done.
If this sounds like your situation, read on for advice on how to install them without a torque wrench!
How to Install Spark Plugs Without a Torque Wrench?
Here are the steps to install spark plugs without a torque wrench:
Step 1: Gather The Tools
Gather all the tools and materials you need to change your spark plugs such as the new spark plugs, socket, and ratchet.
Step 2: Remove Old Spark Plugs
To remove the spark plugs without a torque wrench, you will need to use a socket and ratchet. Turn the spark plug counterclockwise to remove it from your engine block. If it is stuck, spray some penetrating lubricant at the base of the plug so that it can free itself.
Step 3: Clean The Spark Plug Hole
The holes where your old plugs were will be dirty from the old plugs. Use a wire brush to clean out any residue that might remain in the hole, and then spray some compressed air into it, so nothing gets stuck while you are installing your new plugs.
Step 4: Install New Spark Plugs
Use an anti-seize compound on the base of each spark plug before installation. This will prevent them from being damaged when you come back to remove them later for future maintenance/replacement if needed.
Then install each one by turning it clockwise with your socket wrench until hand tight or just past snug. Next, tighten down each one another quarter turn using only your fingers (without the ratchet) so as not to overtighten. Finally, use your torque wrench set at the recommended torque (usually between 20 and 30-foot pounds) to tighten the plugs until they are snug.
Step 5: Replace The Spark Plug Cables/Wires
Finally, replace your spark plug cables or wires. Then start up your engine again to make sure that everything is working properly!
Safety Tips When Installing Spark Plugs
Since the spark plug is an essential part of your engine, you should not attempt to install them unless you are sure that nothing will go wrong. Make sure that there isn’t anything flammable anywhere near where you are working on your vehicle, and check all other parts or components around it, so they don’t start any fires accidentally. Also, make sure to let someone know what you are doing before starting work so if something does happen, they can help you.
Moreover, it is best to have the tools required for spark plug installation close by before you begin. You will be working around hot parts of your engine, so safety glasses are a good idea.
You need to make sure that everything has cooled down properly after work before touching anything with bare hands or skin otherwise, injury can occur quickly. Make sure no one else touches any components until they have also had time to cool down completely as well.
In conclusion, if you do not have a torque wrench and need to install new spark plugs, follow these steps. It is important that nothing else gets very hot before the engine has had time to cool down first or injury can occur quickly. When working on your car, it is best to let someone know what you are doing so they can help out in case of an emergency situation.
Now you know how to install spark plugs without a torque wrench! You can also check our post about using impact sockets in a regular wrench if you don’t have a torque wrench.