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Old 10-25-2010, 08:49 AM   #1
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I have a 2005 Hyundai Elantra (4-cylinder). I don't know TOO much about automotive service, but I imagine changing plugs and wires can't be too difficult.

My car has 105k miles on it. Never changed plugs or wires. Do I need to change the wires? Or just the plugs?

I have changed spark plugs on my lawn mower...is it as simple?

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Yes, it's generally pretty simple. I'd change the wires - they're not that expensive. And get yourself a spark plug socket if you don't have one.

I think it's kind've funny that changing plugs is a tuneup these days. When I started doing my own 40+ years ago there was a lot more to it.

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Old 10-25-2010, 12:44 PM   #3
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Thanks - any preference on manufacturer? For the wires and the plugs?
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:59 PM   #4
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Get the best wires that you can----I suggest the Hyundi parts---You got 105,000 miles on the last set.


Oops---I thought --Well,obviously you want wires for your car--

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I think that I would just suggest Hyundai parts. Don't forget the pcv valve and the fuel filter if they haven't been done also.
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The fuel filter in that car is in the tank....could be a little difficult for someone who doesn't even no how to do plugs and wires....no offense

You need to remove the rear seat. If you want the instructions...here you go...

http://www.ehow.com/how_6208514_replace-filter-2005-hyundai-elantra.html

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Well too late...I got plugs and wires from Napa. The plugs were the exact same manufacturer as the old ones (NKG I think). I did get the "premium" wires they offered. Car started fine last night and this morning. I am not sure if I'm being paranoid (I probably am) but could an incorrect installation of plugs/wires lead to slight vibration of the steering wheel when driving? It might not be anything new, I am just paying closer attention after changing the plugs.

I'll probably let the mechanic do the fuel filter, but I don't think it's been done yet.


PCV valve...how hard is that to change?
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Well too late...I got plugs and wires from Napa. The plugs were the exact same manufacturer as the old ones (NKG I think). I did get the "premium" wires they offered. Car started fine last night and this morning. I am not sure if I'm being paranoid (I probably am) but could an incorrect installation of plugs/wires lead to slight vibration of the steering wheel when driving? It might not be anything new, I am just paying closer attention after changing the plugs.

I'll probably let the mechanic do the fuel filter, but I don't think it's been done yet.


PCV valve...how hard is that to change?
I would let someone else do the full filter. A spark from any where static or who know's. and than history ?
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If you want to try, then replacing the fuel filter from the tank is not so hard. You can save $$$ too.

It happened that I had to replace my Windstar fuel pump. The car shops would charge around 225-300 dollars (just for the labor!), so I tried and got it done!

When you buy the PCV valve, you can ask where it is located in your car. It is quite easy. I can do it; you can do it too!
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A pcv valve is a calibrated vacuum leak use an OEM.
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not always so simple.

can you get to all of your plugs?

I've seen some vehicles that need the removal of the intake manifold or other similar crap.
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has any one tried the online manuels fronm Auto zone. the Chiltons and Haynes just show blurry pictures
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has any one tried the online manuels fronm Auto zone. the Chiltons and Haynes just show blurry pictures
The online instructions at Autozone says you have to remove the engine cover. That shouldn't be too big of a deal, since it isn't the plenum (which requires a gasket to reinstall).

If it were me, I would sign up for Alldata rather than use autozones free instructions.

http://www.alldatadiy.com/?gclid=CNa...FcV_5QodUQojyw
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As far as changing a fuel filter that is built into the fuel pump, which is located within the gas tank: Would you like to see the photos of my cousins four-bay shop after the fire? One of his best mechanics was changing the fuel pump/filter in a Ford pick-up truck, had dropped the tank with a special jack just for this, and while they were away from the truck-----it exploded. Thankfully no one was hurt nor burnt. The State Fire Marshall's inspector ruled that they did not have a "ground strap" which would have been connected to the building and then the gas tank to prevent a static spark. No one is sure how the spark generated, but it did. The new building has plenty of "static grounding straps".

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