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Old 02-07-2004, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default Outback plug replacement?

Is there an "easy" way of replacing the spark plugs on my '99 Outback? I just bought it recently and there doesn't look to be much room to access the plugs. Is it just going to be a P.I.A., or is there a trick to it? Thanx,

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Old 02-07-2004, 08:24 PM   #2
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All the Legacies (and actually most "newer" Subies) are a bit of a pain to do plugs.

I find that dismounting the washer tank and the intake, it is a lot easier.

I also drop on the socket, then piece the extension and ratchet. This makes it easy as well.
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Old 02-08-2004, 08:14 PM   #3
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Look at the bottom of page 4. Subaru has some recommendations to make the job a little easier; basically, pick out your U-joint and extensions in the right lengths.

I haven't tried this yet, but the next time I change plugs on an EJ25 I plan to try to make it a little easier by jacking the engine up on its mounts by an inch or so.
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Old 02-08-2004, 10:39 PM   #4
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Yeah... I'm 75% done with it as we speak (1999 OBS, 2.2L).
On the passenger side, I just removed the entire intake (except the torque chamber right before the throttle body).
On the driver's side, I took out the battery and unbolted the washer fluid tank. That way, you can manuever the tank out of your way (or at least to a better place than it is mounted) and the removed battery gives you lots of extra space.

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Old 02-12-2004, 07:38 PM   #5
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Thanx for all the advice... They sure made it a tight squeeze!
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