Has anyone been gutsy enough to change plugs on thier SantaFe ?!

Discussion in 'Hyundai Santa Fe' started by dave, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. dave

    dave Guest

    The back 3 are a bear. Looks like the intake manifold has to come off.
    Has anyone done this ? Or...do u suggest leaving to a professional
    mechanic ?
    dave, Feb 26, 2005
  2. dave

    afob3 Guest

    You are right that the intake needs to be removed to reach the back 3
    plugs. I was going to do it myself when the dealer told me what they
    would charge me. Once I took a closer look I relized what was involved
    to get back there and gladly paid the dealer to do it.
    afob3, Feb 26, 2005
  3. dave

    dave Guest

    How much did it cost you to have it done ? And, was it a hyundai dealer
    dave, Feb 26, 2005
  4. dave

    Jacob Suter Guest

    I'm assuming a 2.7L - the 3.5's are kinda new to need plugs yet...

    I've done it on both of my santa fe's (01 @ 82k, 03.0 @ 48k), its not

    Step one: release the intake air hose clamp off the throttle body.

    Step two: pull all the electrical plugs off the manifold. The
    pull-clips are easy for disassembly - I suggest vice grips to control
    your cursing during reassembly. The plugs around the throttle body and

    Step three: pull the crankcase vent hose and the other small vaccum
    hose. Do note I didn't tell you to remove all hoses. There are two
    hoses for the throttle body warmer (yep, those hoses have antifreeze
    running through them, odd stuff eh?). I leave those alone...

    Step four: There are three bolts on the back of the intake. You'll need
    a small rachet and a reasonably sized socket for this. One of them is
    kinda hard to get at. The 12th time I dropped it reassembling it and
    had to chase it with a magnet, I decided 2 bolts was enough to hold it
    together back there :p

    Step five: Remove all the obvious bolts on the top of the manifold.

    Step six: Start slowly lifting and working the upper manifold. It
    should be easy enough to move at this point. If you work slowly and use
    your eyes you'll quickly find anything else that needs to be removed
    (theres always a sneaky connector). You won't be able to move it far,
    just off the mounting studs. At this point you should be able to pivot
    it out of the way enough to get at the plugs.

    The first time I did this I had no instructions and it required about
    two hours. Last time I changed plugs took just over half an hour (with
    the help of an air rachet) so this is by no means a hard job.

    The next question is - what spark plug? :)

    Jacob Suter, Feb 27, 2005
  5. dave

    dave Guest

    Thanks JS. I think ill have a go at it using your instructions. Im
    going with Bosch Plus 4 plugs ; ive had a few people tell me the
    economy and performance improves.
    dave, Feb 27, 2005
  6. Dave you uneducated fundy POS, you would believe anything that another
    moron (ie: a few people) would tell ya
    The Truth Squad, Mar 7, 2005
  7. dave

    Jacob Suter Guest

    This has to be the most random post I've ever seen on usenet.

    Right on!

    Jacob Suter, Mar 8, 2005
  8. I changed the plugs on the 27 Liter 6 on my 2002 Sonata...not very hard at
    all...I saved a bundle of money and did it right! Just take it easy and
    follow instructions..take your time...Stan
    Stanley Schaeffer, Apr 12, 2005
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