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Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by Brian Matthews, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. I was just wondering how hard it is to change the spark plugs on the 6
    cylinder Sonata? The dealer quoted me an outrageous price and I was
    thinking of just having my local mechanic doing it. I know some cars
    can be quite difficult. I've heard stories about having to remove
    motor mounts to get to the plugs. Any major difficulties on this 2004
    Sonata? TYIA.....

    Brian
     
    Brian Matthews, Jul 25, 2009
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  2. Brian Matthews

    Partner Guest

    I did it on a 2003 Soanata V6 and its not too terrbly dificult. Certainly
    something any local mechanic could do. There are tutorials on the web
    complete wth photos if you wanted to try it yourself.


    "Brian Matthews" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I was just wondering how hard it is to change the spark plugs on the 6
    > cylinder Sonata? The dealer quoted me an outrageous price and I was
    > thinking of just having my local mechanic doing it. I know some cars
    > can be quite difficult. I've heard stories about having to remove
    > motor mounts to get to the plugs. Any major difficulties on this 2004
    > Sonata? TYIA.....
    >
    > Brian
     
    Partner, Jul 25, 2009
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  3. I took it to the dealer for an oil change and was talking to the
    service rep about upcoming maintenance. He was telling me the price
    for the upcoming timing belt, which I knew about. He then said the
    plugs would be $225.00, which I thought was totally outrageous. He
    told me it was very labor intensive but they're the same dealer that
    tried to charge me well over $1200.00 for new brakes and rotors. They
    said that was labor intensive too but my local mechanic did the job
    for under $600.00. I just wonder what the real time hours are to see
    if the dealer is padding it too much.


    On Sat, 25 Jul 2009 16:49:35 -0400, "Partner" <>
    wrote:

    >I did it on a 2003 Soanata V6 and its not too terrbly dificult. Certainly
    >something any local mechanic could do. There are tutorials on the web
    >complete wth photos if you wanted to try it yourself.
    >
    >
    >"Brian Matthews" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >>I was just wondering how hard it is to change the spark plugs on the 6
    >> cylinder Sonata? The dealer quoted me an outrageous price and I was
    >> thinking of just having my local mechanic doing it. I know some cars
    >> can be quite difficult. I've heard stories about having to remove
    >> motor mounts to get to the plugs. Any major difficulties on this 2004
    >> Sonata? TYIA.....
    >>
    >> Brian
     
    Brian Matthews, Jul 25, 2009
    #3
  4. Brian Matthews

    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    "Brian Matthews" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I took it to the dealer for an oil change and was talking to the
    > service rep about upcoming maintenance. He was telling me the price
    > for the upcoming timing belt, which I knew about. He then said the
    > plugs would be $225.00, which I thought was totally outrageous. He
    > told me it was very labor intensive but they're the same dealer that
    > tried to charge me well over $1200.00 for new brakes and rotors. They
    > said that was labor intensive too but my local mechanic did the job
    > for under $600.00. I just wonder what the real time hours are to see
    > if the dealer is padding it too much.


    After all that you still went back to the dealer? Shame on you.
     
    Ed Pawlowski, Jul 26, 2009
    #4
  5. Brian Matthews

    hyundaitech Guest

    On Jul 25, 2:13 pm, Brian Matthews <> wrote:
    > I was just wondering how hard it is to change the spark plugs on the 6
    > cylinder Sonata? The dealer quoted me an outrageous price and I was
    > thinking of just having my local mechanic doing it. I know some cars
    > can be quite difficult. I've heard stories about having to remove
    > motor mounts to get to the plugs. Any major difficulties on this 2004
    > Sonata? TYIA.....
    >
    > Brian


    Nothing major, but you'll need to remove the intake plenum. Whether
    this is hard for you depends on your level of experience.

    If you have someone else do it, make sure you take it to a reputable
    mechanic. I've seen far too many that didn't have stuff properly
    bolted back up to the rear of the plenum.
     
    hyundaitech, Jul 26, 2009
    #5
  6. Brian Matthews

    Partner Guest

    Actually, $225 doesn't sound too bad, I had independent garages quote me
    over $300.

    "Brian Matthews" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I took it to the dealer for an oil change and was talking to the
    > service rep about upcoming maintenance. He was telling me the price
    > for the upcoming timing belt, which I knew about. He then said the
    > plugs would be $225.00, which I thought was totally outrageous. He
    > told me it was very labor intensive but they're the same dealer that
    > tried to charge me well over $1200.00 for new brakes and rotors. They
    > said that was labor intensive too but my local mechanic did the job
    > for under $600.00. I just wonder what the real time hours are to see
    > if the dealer is padding it too much.
    >
    >
    > On Sat, 25 Jul 2009 16:49:35 -0400, "Partner" <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>I did it on a 2003 Soanata V6 and its not too terrbly dificult. Certainly
    >>something any local mechanic could do. There are tutorials on the web
    >>complete wth photos if you wanted to try it yourself.
    >>
    >>
    >>"Brian Matthews" <> wrote in message
    >>news:...
    >>>I was just wondering how hard it is to change the spark plugs on the 6
    >>> cylinder Sonata? The dealer quoted me an outrageous price and I was
    >>> thinking of just having my local mechanic doing it. I know some cars
    >>> can be quite difficult. I've heard stories about having to remove
    >>> motor mounts to get to the plugs. Any major difficulties on this 2004
    >>> Sonata? TYIA.....
    >>>
    >>> Brian

    >
     
    Partner, Jul 26, 2009
    #6
  7. Brian Matthews

    Steve in AZ Guest

    $1200 for brakes and rotors? Were they Brembos?

    I just had the timing belt done on my wife's Infiniti J30- $930 which
    included water pump and tb tensioner. Not bad for an Infiniti dealership.

    My Hyundai dealer knows that I used to wrench and I make it a point to let
    them exactly what I want. Next up- tranny flush, only because of the heat
    out here in AZ. Quoted price- $170

    Steve in AZ


    "Brian Matthews" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I took it to the dealer for an oil change and was talking to the
    > service rep about upcoming maintenance. He was telling me the price
    > for the upcoming timing belt, which I knew about. He then said the
    > plugs would be $225.00, which I thought was totally outrageous. He
    > told me it was very labor intensive but they're the same dealer that
    > tried to charge me well over $1200.00 for new brakes and rotors. They
    > said that was labor intensive too but my local mechanic did the job
    > for under $600.00. I just wonder what the real time hours are to see
    > if the dealer is padding it too much.
    >
    >
    > On Sat, 25 Jul 2009 16:49:35 -0400, "Partner" <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>I did it on a 2003 Soanata V6 and its not too terrbly dificult. Certainly
    >>something any local mechanic could do. There are tutorials on the web
    >>complete wth photos if you wanted to try it yourself.
    >>
    >>
    >>"Brian Matthews" <> wrote in message
    >>news:...
    >>>I was just wondering how hard it is to change the spark plugs on the 6
    >>> cylinder Sonata? The dealer quoted me an outrageous price and I was
    >>> thinking of just having my local mechanic doing it. I know some cars
    >>> can be quite difficult. I've heard stories about having to remove
    >>> motor mounts to get to the plugs. Any major difficulties on this 2004
    >>> Sonata? TYIA.....
    >>>
    >>> Brian

    >
     
    Steve in AZ, Jul 26, 2009
    #7
  8. On Sun, 26 Jul 2009 09:29:49 -0700 (PDT), hyundaitech
    <> wrote:

    >On Jul 25, 2:13 pm, Brian Matthews <> wrote:
    >> I was just wondering how hard it is to change the spark plugs on the 6
    >> cylinder Sonata? The dealer quoted me an outrageous price and I was
    >> thinking of just having my local mechanic doing it. I know some cars
    >> can be quite difficult. I've heard stories about having to remove
    >> motor mounts to get to the plugs. Any major difficulties on this 2004
    >> Sonata? TYIA.....
    >>
    >> Brian

    >
    >Nothing major, but you'll need to remove the intake plenum. Whether
    >this is hard for you depends on your level of experience.
    >
    >If you have someone else do it, make sure you take it to a reputable
    >mechanic. I've seen far too many that didn't have stuff properly
    >bolted back up to the rear of the plenum.



    TY. Do you have a link to an online manual? I would like to show it to
    my mechanic so he knows what he's in for. I talked to him yesterday
    and he told me to go ahead and buy dealer plugs if I wanted them. I
    really don't want to void the warranty so I use stock parts whenever I
    can. Again, TY for taking the time to help everyone out.

    Brian
     
    Brian Matthews, Jul 26, 2009
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  9. Brian Matthews

    Hal Guest

    "My Hyundai dealer knows that I used to wrench and I make it a point
    to let
    them exactly what I want. Next up- tranny flush, only because of the
    heat
    out here in AZ. Quoted price- $170 "

    That one is actually pretty easy to do yourself. Did on a '99 Sonata a
    while back, took about an hour. Just pull the lines to the oil cooler
    in the radiator and start the engine. When the fluid stops coming out
    hook the lines back up and refill the transaxle.

    Just make sure you get the fluid from the dealer....

    Chris
     
    Hal, Jul 27, 2009
    #9
  10. Brian Matthews

    Hal Guest

    > for the upcoming timing belt, which I knew about. He then said the
    > plugs would be $225.00, which I thought was totally outrageous. He
    > told me it was very labor intensive but they're the same dealer that
    > tried to charge me well over $1200.00 for new brakes and rotors. They
    > said that was labor intensive too but my local mechanic did the job
    > for under $600.00. I just wonder what the real time hours are to see
    > if the dealer is padding it too much.
    >


    I would find a new dealer, in my opinion $1200 for brakes and rotors
    is a complete and utter rip-off. Hell I don't even think the local
    "Brake Masters/Brakes Plus/We-Rip-U-Off Brakes" places would charge
    that much for a brake job. See below for a similar situation.....

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/45658/the-simpsons-free-tire-balance

    Good luck with it. :)


    Chris
     
    Hal, Jul 27, 2009
    #10
  11. Brian Matthews

    hyundaitech Guest

    On Jul 26, 4:55 pm, Brian Matthews <> wrote:
    > TY. Do you have a link to an online manual? I would like to show it to
    > my mechanic so he knows what he's in for. I talked to him yesterday
    > and he told me to go ahead and buy dealer plugs if I wanted them. I
    > really don't want to void the warranty so I use stock parts whenever I
    > can. Again, TY for taking the time to help everyone out.
    >
    > Brian


    You or your mechanic can register for an account at www.hmaservice.com.
    I'm not sure how instructive that will be, though. The Hyundai
    manuals tend to be rather sparse on disassembly and reassembly
    instructions. I typically find it easier to figure these things out
    myself.
     
    hyundaitech, Jul 27, 2009
    #11
  12. Brian Matthews

    Partner Guest

    http://santafemods.com/Mods/SparkPlugReplacement.htm


    "Brian Matthews" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Sun, 26 Jul 2009 09:29:49 -0700 (PDT), hyundaitech
    > <> wrote:
    >
    >>On Jul 25, 2:13 pm, Brian Matthews <> wrote:
    >>> I was just wondering how hard it is to change the spark plugs on the 6
    >>> cylinder Sonata? The dealer quoted me an outrageous price and I was
    >>> thinking of just having my local mechanic doing it. I know some cars
    >>> can be quite difficult. I've heard stories about having to remove
    >>> motor mounts to get to the plugs. Any major difficulties on this 2004
    >>> Sonata? TYIA.....
    >>>
    >>> Brian

    >>
    >>Nothing major, but you'll need to remove the intake plenum. Whether
    >>this is hard for you depends on your level of experience.
    >>
    >>If you have someone else do it, make sure you take it to a reputable
    >>mechanic. I've seen far too many that didn't have stuff properly
    >>bolted back up to the rear of the plenum.

    >
    >
    > TY. Do you have a link to an online manual? I would like to show it to
    > my mechanic so he knows what he's in for. I talked to him yesterday
    > and he told me to go ahead and buy dealer plugs if I wanted them. I
    > really don't want to void the warranty so I use stock parts whenever I
    > can. Again, TY for taking the time to help everyone out.
    >
    > Brian
     
    Partner, Jul 27, 2009
    #12
  13. Brian Matthews

    Guest

    On Jul 26, 6:57 pm, Hal <> wrote:
    > "My Hyundai dealer knows that I used to wrench and I make it a point
    > to let
    > them exactly what I want. Next up- tranny flush, only because of the
    > heat
    > out here in AZ. Quoted price- $170 "
    >
    > That one is actually pretty easy to do yourself. Did on a '99 Sonata a
    > while back, took about an hour. Just pull the lines to the oil cooler
    > in the radiator and start the engine. When the fluid stops coming out
    > hook the lines back up and refill the transaxle.
    >
    > Just make sure you get the fluid from the dealer....
    >
    > Chris


    You ran the Trans. until it was dry of fluid ??!!! Ummm... doesnt
    sound like a good idea to me.
     
    , Jul 31, 2009
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