How to Change the Plugs on a 1996 Toyota Corolla

by Katebo
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Japanese automaker Toyota introduced the Corolla 1966. Since then, the company has enjoyed tremendous success with this line of moderately priced compact and subcompact vehicles. If you own a 1996 Toyota Corolla, you should change the plugs on your car every 60,000 to 100,000 miles to keep the engine running smoothly and conserve on fuel. This do-it-yourself job is straightforward and you should be able to complete the task in less than an hour. You'll only need a few tools that can be purchased at any auto parts store.

Step 1

Pop up the hood on your Toyota Corolla. Make sure the engine is completely cool before you begin. Find the spark plug wires, which run along both sides of the engine.

Step 2

Grasp one of the spark plug wires at the end or "boot." Twist left and then right to release the wire. Pull the wire away from to expose the spark plug below. Repeat this for each spark plug wire.

Step 3

Attach the spark plug socket to the socket wrench and slip it over a spark plug in your Corolla. Unscrew the spark plug, remove and discard. Do this for each spark plug.

Step 4

Insert a fresh spark plug into a cylinder well and turn it into place by hand. Test the tension with a tension tester and adjust it to the specs listed on the spark plug packaging. Repeat this step to replace each spark plug that you removed.

Step 5

Reconnect the spark plug wires by clicking one wire onto each spark plug.

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