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Old 06-13-2010, 08:20 PM   #1
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Remove fuel rail for spark plugs?

Hello,
Just bought an 01 GT. I've changed all the fluids and was looking at the spark plugs and it didn't look like there would be enough room to lift the coils out without them hitting the fuel rail.

Will I have to remove the fuel rail to do the plugs? There is about 1/4" of clearence between the tops of coils and fuel rail.

Car has about 49k on it.

Also I've replace the IAC and cleaned the MAF and car still idles about 450-500rpm when hot. Is this normal? I've never seen a car idle less than 700-800. It's a 5 speed. it sounds like it's running well though.
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Re: Remove fuel rail for spark plugs?

The coil packs are flexable. All you have to do is unbolt and unplug them, then twist them out. You do not have to take off the fuel rail
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Re: Remove fuel rail for spark plugs?

There is no need to remove the fuel rail to gain access to the spark plugs
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Re: Remove fuel rail for spark plugs?

Thanks for the quick reply. Is that normal for the idle?

I also have a slight squeek that subsides when I push in the clutch. Do the pilot bearings or throwout bearings go back early on these cars? Since it only has 49k on it and it's an 01 I figure sitting has caused the bearings to rust maybe. I don't really want to take out the tranny just to do bearings.
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Re: Remove fuel rail for spark plugs?

if it goes away when you push in the clutch its the throwout bearing. You can adjust your clutch (manually if needed) up a notch or so and it MAY go away for a while. You have to get under the dash face down, hold right hand on the quadrant above the gas, the left hand pushes the clutch to the floor. Ease off the clutch and hold the quadrant as it tries to turn (let it turn just hold pressure) the clutch will "click" very noticeable. Then test drive it only do one click to start.

Make sure you drive the car at about 45-55mph hold the gas steady with your foot and ease in on the clutch if the rpms slip after an inch of pushing in~ you should be fine, if they start to clip (jump up) before that you took to much slack out of the clutch so just lift up on the underside of the clutch and it will go right back to where it was.
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:55 PM   #6
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^ That's good advice thanks. I will try that. Plugs went in good by the way. I didn't know the coils had that much play in them.
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