I heard that you can buy a pair of "boot pullers" from any auto place, and purchased a set for 10 bucks. I tried 'em out and decided that they're probably not really necessary, unless you've never done this before, are really unsure about the whole process, and are completely convinced your wires are stuck. However, the last set of wires I bought for my 2000 Neon in May of '08 cost me just under 25 bucks, not too shabby. The car that I was replacing the wires on I had just purchased, so I wasn't sure what I would find when I pulled the boot out of the cylinder. Unfortunately, 3 out of the 4 wires I pulled left behind their metal sleeves attached to the plug itself! I picked up a packet of 'boot protector' for a buck, smeared it on the outside of the new plug and on the inside of the new wire which should keep that from happening again.
Tug, rock, and twist the wire, very gently you shouldn't need a lot of force to pop it off of the distributor or out of the cylinders. Once you've removed it, replaced the plug, and applied the boot protector, you can simply press gently into the engine or onto the distributor until you feel a quiet pop telling you it's connected. Once you've replaced all of your plugs and wires, make sure that you give a gentle push on the ends again, just to be sure that they're seated properly.
I had just ONE misfiring cylinder, replaced all my plugs and wires, and I doubled my mileage. It's really not as hard as you would think! Just make sure you have the proper tools and about an hour of free time!
This is easier said than done, but the idea is correct. I have found that you need to disconnect the plug wire from the distributor. (I would only do one at at time to keep you from crossing the wires.) With the wire free from the distributor you can then twist the wire back and forth where it enters to connect to the plug. Twist the wire as close to the large section as you can till it breaks loose. You should then be able to pull the wire straight up from the plug.
you start by taking hold of the wire then you pull it off the spark plug
I would replace them "one at a time" and match each new wire as close as possible to the length of the one being removed being careful to keep the wires in their respective holders so that they do not continually rub or cross each other. (One at a time, then put back on exactly as you took them off). You then eliminate the risk of mismatching cylinders/wires which can be a pain to match back up. Experience talking here...
I don't know how to change wires and plugs on 2004 Neon. I tug on wires and they don't budge. I have been told not to damage wires or pay $200 each! Also, there is supposed to be a screw I can't find. Help!
every neon I've worked with merely requires a tug on the wires.:
whoever told you (guy two up from me) that spark plug wires were 200 each is a complete moron or was just pulling your leg.
....spark plug wires (the ones sticking out of the top of your engine) should easily come out by just pulling them out, if not then just twist and pull as much as you can until they come out, then just replace the spark plugs and those wires because they should NOT be that hard to take out. wires run for no more than $30 or $40 at an auto parts store and plugs for no more than $10.
or if those of you who have litterally no knowledge about cars and this stuff just take it to a shop and have them replace the plugs & wires. This should be done (for proper maintenance) about every 40,000 - 60,000 miles.
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