Kia Sportage 1998-02

Spark Plugs

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Inspection



Inspect the spark plug tip for wear and damage. If the tip is covered with carbon, replace the plug. Do not drop or shock the spark plug. If the ceramic body is broken replace the plug.

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Fig. Spark plug inspection points

Removal & Installation




WARNING
Do not attempt to remove spark plugs when the engine is hot.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the air intake hose assembly.
  4.  
  5. Remove the accelerator cable bracket.
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  7. Remove the six bolts and coil cover from cylinder head cover.
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  9. Remove the four bolts and the two coils from the cover.
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  11. Disconnect the high tension leads from the spark plugs by twisting the boot and removing.
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  13. Use compressed air to remove any dirt from around the spark plug hole.
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  15. Make sure the spark plug socket fits squarely on the spark plug, and then remove.
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To install:

  1. Be sure the spark plug gap is set to 0.039-0.043 in. (0.98-1.09mm).
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  3. Apply anti-seize compound to the spark plug threads.
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  5. Carefully install the spark plug into the cylinder head and torque to 11-17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
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  7. Reconnect high tension leads.
  8.  
  9. Install the two ignition coils and torque four mounting bolts to 14-19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
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  11. Install the coil cover and secure with six bolts
  12.  
  13. Install the accelerator cable bracket.
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  15. Reconnect the air intake hose assembly.
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  17. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
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