Has anyone replaced the plugs on a 2000 malibu (or similar motor)?
I wanted to have the 6 plugs on my 2000 Malibu replaced and I was told
it would cost $191 to do it. Is there that much labor in the job?
Looking on the web ("spark plugs 2000 Malibu"), it seems as if the hardest
part is removing the sparkplug wires - they sometimes attach themselves like
a barnacle to the plugs. Plan on replacing the sparkplug wires along with
One poster said the easiest way to remove the back three was to drive the
car up on a ramp and attack the suckers from underneath.
I have 127K on my 2002 Pathfinder. I monitor every drop of gasoline
that goes into the vehicle, and do a cumulative interval mileage check
every 4K or so. So far I have not had any decrease in mileage, so I
have to assume all cylinders are firing ok. I won't worry about
replacing the platinum plugs until I see the mileage showing signs of
Don't bet a lot on that. Granted I waited until 140K- but on my
'95 Taurus they were widened a bit. I did my Impala right around
the 100K mark & the plugs looked like they had just a couple thousand
miles on them.
And then there are those gapless plugs that are becoming popular.
that's true, the gaps do grow. But with the high energy systems we have
now (since about '74) the spark can jump a gap in excess of ONE INCH.
So there's really no need for an electrode on the plug at all. The only
reason for one is to keep the spark from jumping to the crown of the
remove the "not" from my address to email
I love it when the shop manual has no instructions for just the job at
hand. Ie: clutch job that has total engine removal as a step then
engine removal that has total transmission removal as one of the steps.
If you followed the steps you'd be taking the knob off the shifter and
dismantling the dashboard center console to do a clutch job.
WOW !!! Guess it is worth the $191.
BTW I am p4o2 (different computer).
I should have know this since I had the serpentine belt on the 2000
Malibu replaced and they had to remove a motor mount and lift the
Not sure of the motor size, but a fellow at work was quoted $ 1200 for the
timing belt on his PT Cruiser at a dealership. He drove it and the belt
broke. Got it replaced for only $ 850. Thing was he was about 150 miles
from home and had to get a ride back home and it took 3 days for the
independent shop to do the work.
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