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#1 Old 07-24-2011, 11:43 PM
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Spark Plug socket

I want to buy the correct socket to remove my 2009 2.5's plugs.

What I need is a 16mm thin wall socket which a couple of online places do have but the 5/8" (15.875mm) are far more popular and have more options eg. magnet, retaining ring etc.

If I cant easily find a 16mm locally will the 5/8" socket work?
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In all of my efforts with various 5/8" sockets, they just spun around the spark plug.

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Thanks Tom. I will hold out for a 16mm then. I see that some Sears do carry them otherwise I'll order online.
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16mm/25.4mm per inch= 0.629 inches

5/8"= 0.625 inches

if you need a 16mm, 5/8 is smaller so it might not be big enough.

Just asking...but why are you changing out your spark plugs on a 2 year old car? Do you have 105k miles on the car?

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I bought the car used and just wanted to do a visual inspection of the plugs and to see what type and brand have been used.
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I think it would be safe to say the OEM plugs are still in there.

Good luck with finding a socket. Is there a difference in wall thickness for single or double hex sockets?

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All the texts recommend a deep thin wall six side socket.
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Used standard deep wall 16mm 6pt socket on mine. Then used a piece of hose to remove the spark plug from the well. You don't really need a special "spark plug" socket.

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2007-2009 Nissan Altima Spark Plugs Replacement Procedure = use a 14mm socket

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Thanks Tom, it really is that easy!
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I just went and bought one for like, $8.00

The dealership wanted $80 to install them - even though the engine cover was already off, while they did the valve cover gasket job. I said, no... that'll be fine. For $80, I'll buy my own socket.

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You don't really need a special "spark plug" socket.
Dedicated spark plug sockets have rubber inside the socket that holds the plug in the socket, and the rubber also protects the ceramic part of the plug from damage. They're nice to have around in your tool box, and it's a trivial expense IMO.
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Dedicated spark plug sockets have rubber inside the socket that holds the plug in the socket, and the rubber also protects the ceramic part of the plug from damage. They're nice to have around in your tool box, and it's a trivial expense IMO.
I am aware of this...and I have just about every size except the 16mm. I was just saying that it is not a necessary tool for this job.

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Oh. 16mm was still too big. I had to buy another socket. 14mm.

...for the densos, that is.

So, just an fyi - its 14mm. Period. If you have densos.

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Convenience is the key here. I have 07-2.5s and I needed 14mm socket. I ordered one and got the job done a lot easier. You probably will need to add a little grease like SilGlyde or something of that sort inside the rubber groove of the socket. I have seen in many cases that spark plug get stuck in the socket too tight; after installing a plug when I try to pull the socket the socket extender comes off and socket stays inside. If the socket is greased it comes off the spark plug easy.

Changed mine @92k miles. Idling is definitely smoother; did not test on highway yet. Not that much of a difference, but I would have needed to change the plugs soon any how. Top valve cover gasket is leaking a bit.

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