How to Change the Spark Plugs in a Kia Sportage

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As in any car, the spark plugs can burn out in a Kia Sportage. Spark plugs are commonly used in gasoline internal combustion engines. The ignition of the air-fuel mixture is generated by an electrical discharge that causes a voltage of several thousand volts between the electrodes of the spark plug. Keep reading and discover here how to change the spark plugs in a kia sportage.

Spark plugs fire every cycle, at a certain point in the life of the engine. With all the advances being added to cars and all the components they have today, doing something as simple as changing spark plugs has become a very common challenge in car maintenance and repair.

Why do the spark plugs go bad on a Kia Sportage?

Spark Plug Problems In A Kia Sportage
kia car

In most cases, the spark plug is destroyed during operation and cannot be used again. Spark plugs usually have a special nozzle that only works during cranking, which protects the spark plug from burning during engine operation. Although there are many factors that cause them to fail, when they are damaged it is best to change them.

How to change the spark plugs on a Kia Sportage?

Bad Spark Plugs In A Kia Sportage
Kia Sportage EX 2012

You may already know this if you’ve considered changing the spark plugs on your Kia car and opened the hood to see where they are. Take the manual and a few tools and with this post we will try to help you change the spark plugs on your Kia Sportage.

  1. Open the hood of your Kia SportageDo not go into this repair with a hot engine. If it’s hot, you should let it cool down before continuing.
  1. Now you need to disconnect the negative terminal of the battery with the help of a hand wrench or ratchet and socket.
  1. Next you need to locate and remove the air intake hose assembly to get it out of the way. Use the corresponding screwdrivers to proceed to loosen the clamps.
  1. Find and remove the throttle cable bracket using the ratchet and socket or just a hand wrench.
  1. Remove the coil cover from the cylinder head cover using the ratchet or socket wrench. You should know that there are six bolts.
  1. Proceed to remove the cylinder head cover. There are usually four pins and only two coils.
  1. It’s time to twist the boot on the high tension wires attached to each spark plug and get ready to pull them out.
  1. You should inspect the spark plug cavity to make sure there is no dirt or debris inside. If so, blow or vacuum.
  1. Put the spark plug socket on the 12-inch extension and ratchet and put it on the spark plug. Then remove the spark plugs.
  1. You should now space the new spark plugs 0.039 to 0.043 inches.
  1. Add a very light coat of lubricant or anti-seize compound to the threads of the new spark plugs.
  1. Locate the spark plug in the cylinder using only the extension cord and socket. Do not use the ratchet to tighten until you are sure the spark plug has been threaded correctly into the hole. Cross threading of a spark plug can damage the cylinder head.
  1. It’s time for you to tighten the spark plug using the spark plug socket, extension and adjustable torque wrench.
  1. Reconnect the guy wires.
  1. Then reconnect the coils and the four bolts to the cylinder head cover that you had removed.
  1. Now put the coil cover and the six bolts back on.
  1. Reattach the throttle cable bracket.
  1. It’s time for you to reconnect the air intake hose.
  1. Now reconnect the negative battery terminal to where it belongs.
  1. Test drive your Kia Sportage to make sure it is working properly.

Items you will need

The tools to use to change the spark plugs on a Kia Sportage are as follows:

  • 3/8-inch ratchet wrench set
  • 3/8-inch ratchet wrench set
  • 3/8-inch wrench set
  • 3/8-inch wrench set
  • 12-inch long socket set (size of socket at parts store where spark plugs are purchased)
  • Flat head and Phillips screwdriver set
  • Metric Hand Wrench Set
  • Spark plug wrench set
  • Spark plug gap tool or dial gauge Compound lubricant
  • Antigripante
  • 3/8 Inch Drive Adjustable Torque Wrench

As in any car, the spark plugs can burn out in a Kia Sportage. Spark plugs are commonly used in gasoline internal combustion engines. The ignition of the air-fuel mixture is generated by an electrical discharge that causes a voltage of several thousand volts between the electrodes of the spark plug. Keep reading and discover here how to change the spark plugs in a kia sportage.

Spark plugs fire every cycle, at a certain point in the life of the engine. With all the advances being added to cars and all the components they have today, doing something as simple as changing spark plugs has become a very common challenge in car maintenance and repair.

Why do the spark plugs go bad on a Kia Sportage?

Spark Plug Problems In A Kia Sportage
kia car

In most cases, the spark plug is destroyed during operation and cannot be used again. Spark plugs usually have a special nozzle that only works during cranking, which protects the spark plug from burning during engine operation. Although there are many factors that cause them to fail, when they are damaged it is best to change them.

How to change the spark plugs on a Kia Sportage?

Bad Spark Plugs In A Kia Sportage
Kia Sportage EX 2012

You may already know this if you’ve considered changing the spark plugs on your Kia car and opened the hood to see where they are. Take the manual and a few tools and with this post we will try to help you change the spark plugs on your Kia Sportage.

  1. Open the hood of your Kia SportageDo not go into this repair with a hot engine. If it’s hot, you should let it cool down before continuing.
  1. Now you need to disconnect the negative terminal of the battery with the help of a hand wrench or ratchet and socket.
  1. Next you need to locate and remove the air intake hose assembly to get it out of the way. Use the corresponding screwdrivers to proceed to loosen the clamps.
  1. Find and remove the throttle cable bracket using the ratchet and socket or just a hand wrench.
  1. Remove the coil cover from the cylinder head cover using the ratchet or socket wrench. You should know that there are six bolts.
  1. Proceed to remove the cylinder head cover. There are usually four pins and only two coils.
  1. It’s time to twist the boot on the high tension wires attached to each spark plug and get ready to pull them out.
  1. You should inspect the spark plug cavity to make sure there is no dirt or debris inside. If so, blow or vacuum.
  1. Put the spark plug socket on the 12-inch extension and ratchet and put it on the spark plug. Then remove the spark plugs.
  1. You should now space the new spark plugs 0.039 to 0.043 inches.
  1. Add a very light coat of lubricant or anti-seize compound to the threads of the new spark plugs.
  1. Locate the spark plug in the cylinder using only the extension cord and socket. Do not use the ratchet to tighten until you are sure the spark plug has been threaded correctly into the hole. Cross threading of a spark plug can damage the cylinder head.
  1. It’s time for you to tighten the spark plug using the spark plug socket, extension and adjustable torque wrench.
  1. Reconnect the guy wires.
  1. Then reconnect the coils and the four bolts to the cylinder head cover that you had removed.
  1. Now put the coil cover and the six bolts back on.
  1. Reattach the throttle cable bracket.
  1. It’s time for you to reconnect the air intake hose.
  1. Now reconnect the negative battery terminal to where it belongs.
  1. Test drive your Kia Sportage to make sure it is working properly.

Items you will need

The tools to use to change the spark plugs on a Kia Sportage are as follows:

  • 3/8-inch ratchet wrench set
  • 3/8-inch ratchet wrench set
  • 3/8-inch wrench set
  • 3/8-inch wrench set
  • 12-inch long socket set (size of socket at parts store where spark plugs are purchased)
  • Flat head and Phillips screwdriver set
  • Metric Hand Wrench Set
  • Spark plug wrench set
  • Spark plug gap tool or dial gauge Compound lubricant
  • Antigripante
  • 3/8 Inch Drive Adjustable Torque Wrench

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