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2005 Toyota Camry V6: How to Replace the Spark Plugs (and Air Filter)

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Published on Feb 12, 2012

This video shows you the basics of replacing the spark plugs in a 2005 Toyota Camry V6 engine. This job is not for the weary. Approximate time of completion for DIYers: 6 hours.

Tools needed:
1) 1/4 ratchet
2) 3/8 ratchet
3) 5/8 spark plug socket (this special socket has a grommet inserted into it for the removal of spark plugs)
4) 10mm socket (1/4 & 3/8)
5) 14mm socket (1/4)
6) 8mm Allen (3/8)
7) 6mm Allen (3/8)
8) 6-inch extension (3/8)
9) 6-inch extension (1/4)
10) 12mm short wrench
11) 14mm short wrench
12) Shop towels (throw-away) for cleanup

Tips:
1) Always unplug the battery's negative terminal before doing any work on your engine - especially electrical work.
2) I used a jack underneath the car to raise it approx. 10 inches for easier access (and to save my back).
3) Covering the battery and intake area (front-right of engine compartment) with a large work towel will give you a great place to put your tools and parts.
4) Purchase anti-seize compound (lube) and Dielectric grease before starting (both are shown in video).
5) Spark plugs are "gaped" from the factory for you - there is no need to change the spark plug gap. If they are not gaped for you, the gap is: 0.043 (1.1).
6) Using medical gloves (as seen in the video) allow you to keep your hands clean of dirty engine parts.

I am not a mechanic, so excuse my terminology of parts (I intermittently exchange "manifold" with "throttle body" in some parts of the video and the long plastic tubes in the spark plug shafts are called, "coil packs."

I made this video for my reference only. I take no responsibility for anyone using this video and, in doing so, rendering their car useless. Use common sense when working under the hood of any car.

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