This guide will show you how to change your spark plugs on a 2.0L MK4 Volkswagen Golf.
Spark Plug Socket
x4 Spark Plugs
Socket extensions, CV joints
Remove the engine cover, and locate the four spark plugs. You can find them by following the spark plug leads coming from the distributor.
Each spark plug lead has a large metal end which is secured onto the spark plug. We will gently remove these by grasping the metal section with pliers and lifting upwards.
Remove and replace each spark plug one at a time to ensure the leads are not mixed up. This is the removed lead.
Using a spark plug socket, remove the spark plug from the engine. You may need to use a series of extensions or CV joints as the angles can be tight.
This is the spark plug we removed from the engine, which is in reasonable condition.
Install your new spark plugs into the engine. A light coating of anti-seize on the threads can be helpful and reduce the chances of seized threads. Gently hand-turn the spark plugs into position, ensuring they are not cross-threaded. Hand tighten until snug.
Reinstall the spark plug lead, which will ‘click’ into place. You may need to use pliers again to manoeuvre the leads into position.
Repeat this process for all four spark plugs. Once completed, start your engine and ensure it is running smoothly. This will confirm all spark plugs have been correctly installed.
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