How to Replace the Spark Plugs in a Toyota Avalonby Robert Good
The engine in the Toyota Avalon has six spark plugs, located on each side of the engine block. On the top rear of the engine is the distributor cap. This component is what powers the spark plugs. To replace them, follow the wire leading from the distributor cap to each spark plug. You will need a few tools and about 30 minutes to gap each plug and install them.
Open the Avalon's hood and allow the engine to cool completely. Follow the wire on the top of the distributor cap to the side of the engine and spark plugs.
Pull the rubber wire off of one spark plug. Remove the plug with the ratchet and socket.
Place the gapping tool between the pin and the arm at the top of the plug. Turn the gap tool until the number .034 is in the center of the gap tool. Insert the plug into the engine and tighten it. Replace the wire to the new plug. Repeat for all the other plugs.
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- "Toyota Camry 1997 thru 2001 Haynes: All Camary Models Includes Avalon, Solara & Lexus ES 300"; Robert Maddox, Jay Storer, and John H Haynes; 2001
- "Toyota Camry,Avalon,Solara,... ES300/330 Repair Manual 2002-2005 (Haynes Repair Manuals)"; John Haynes; 2006
Things You'll Need
- Spark plug socket
- Spark plug gapper
Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.