Subaru Forester 1998-05

Spark Plugs

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Inspection



Check the plugs for deposits and wear. If they are not going to be replaced, clean the plugs thoroughly. Remember that any kind of deposit will decrease the efficiency of the plug. Plugs can be cleaned on a spark plug cleaning machine, which can sometimes be found in service stations, or you can do an acceptable job of cleaning with a stiff brush. If the plugs are cleaned, the electrodes must be filed flat. Use an ignition points file, not an emery board or the like, which will leave deposits. The electrodes must be filed perfectly flat with sharp edges; rounded edges reduce the spark plug voltage by as much as 50%. Take care not to wear away the porcelain.

Check spark plug gap before installation. The ground electrode (the L-shaped one connected to the body of the plug) must be parallel to the center electrode and the specified size wire gauge (please refer to the Tune-Up Specifications chart for details) must pass between the electrodes with a slight drag.


NOTE
NEVER adjust the gap on a used platinum or iridium type spark plug.

Always check the gap on new plugs as they are not always set correctly at the factory. Do not use a flat feeler gauge when measuring the gap on a used plug, because the reading may be inaccurate. A round-wire type gapping tool is the best way to check the gap. The correct gauge should pass through the electrode gap with a slight drag. If you're in doubt, try one size smaller and one larger. The smaller gauge should go through easily, while the larger one shouldn't go through at all. Wire gapping tools usually have a bending tool attached. Use that to adjust the side electrode until the proper distance is obtained. Absolutely never attempt to bend the center electrode. Also, be careful not to bend the side electrode too far or too often as it may weaken and break off within the engine, requiring removal of the cylinder head to retrieve it.

Removal & Installation



2.5L Non-Turbo Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the mass air flow sensor connector.
  4.  
  5. Remove the air intake assembly.
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  7. Remove the battery, if removing Spark Plug No. 2 or No. 4.
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  9. Remove the washer tank mounting bolts and move the washer tank upward, if removing Spark Plug No. 4.
    NOTE
    Do not disconnect the washer tank hoses.

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  11. Remove the spark plug cable by the grasping the boot firmly.
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  13. Using a spark plug socket with an extension and universal joint, remove the spark plug.
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To install:

  1. Install the spark plug and tighten to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
  2.  
  3. The remainder of the installation is the reverse order of removal.
  4.  

2.5L Turbo Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower air intake assembly.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the electrical connector form the ignition coil.
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  7. Disconnect the washer motor connectors, unbolt the washer tank mounting bolts and move the washer tank upward, if removing the left side spark plugs.
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  9. Unbolt and remove the ignition coil.
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  11. Using a spark plug socket with an extension and universal joint, remove the spark plug.
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To install:

  1. Install the spark plug and tighten to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the ignition coil and tighten to 12 ft. lbs. (16 Nm).
  4.  
  5. The remainder of the installation is the reverse order of removal.
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