Jim Grant's Tech Tips
Oldsmobile Bravada, Impossible Spark Plug
I was changing
the spark plugs in my 99 Oldsmobile Bravada and the #3 cylinder plug is
virtually impossible to get a socket on. The steering column runs directly in
front of the plug and the heat shield around the plug, making the plug inaccessible.
Can you tell me how to get this plug changed? Is there a special wrench or socket
that I need?
- John P.
that design some kind of fun or what? There may be a socket out there that is
made just for that tight fit problem on # 3 cylinder, but the techs in our shop
have made up their own. Look for a spark plug socket that has a hex head (looks
like a nut) on the top of the socket and it needs to be a short spark plug socket
as well. You can just sneak it by and get it on to the spark plug. Then use
a wrench on the socket to break the spark plug loose. If you find the right
wobble extension for your hand ratchet you can get right on it and spin it right
out. Use care when installing that spark plug. Weve repaired the damage
of those who are less calm. If youre taking the time to save the money,
be sure to take the time to do it right.