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1995 Pontiac Firebird: oil filter and air filter..V6..eng..plug wires

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Don't be afraid, but I'm a "gal" and I usually change my own oil, oil filter and air filter in my 1995 Pontiac Firebird (V6, 3.4Ltr Eng.); so, I figure changing the plugs and plug wires CAN'T be that hard.... it has been missing a little here and there lately around 65 mph. Hopefully, not a transmission-thing.

My question is, do I simply buy the appropriate plug and wires for my make/model and then sort of "backtrack" as far as taking the old wires/plugs off and putting the new ones in? (just do them one at a time and compare sizes/lengths?) Never done this before. Need a little guidance. AND, is there anyting else I should look into while giving my car a "tune up" this time?

Thanks a lot,
Tee
Submitted: 3 years ago via Advance Auto Parts.
Category: Car
Expert:  Tim West replied 3 years ago.
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Tim West :

Hi I would recommend replacing one plug and wire at a time that way you do not cross the firing order.

Tim West :

Make sure to follow the correct gap and application and torque specs for the plugs.

Tim West :

I have provided all that information click here

Customer :

So, since I don't have a gapping tool, can I use the Bosch +2 brand (which is non-gap) and be good to go? Thanks, Tim!

Tim West :

If you need the firing order for any reason here it is for future reference,

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Tim West :

I also would recommend replacing the fuel filter as well.

Tim West :

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Customer :

Awesome. Very useful. So as far as knowing for certain I am using correct torque, I assume the is some other tool I'll need to use in determing that?

Tim West :

You can buy a small torque wrench and set it to 15lbs

Tim West :

15lbs isn't that tight

Tim West :

it's a snug fit

Tim West :

Also, I would recommend using an a/c delco plug fitted for the application.

Tim West :

I have had problems with Bosch for no apparent reason

Tim West :

that is just my opinion

Tim West :

Bosch does have a plug that fits this vehicle.

Customer :

: ) Yeah, sorta like the oil filter, not too tight, just right. LOL!


 


OK, I see a gapping tool is only about $1, so no biggie there. I think..... thanks to you and your knowledge, I can handle this task. I appreciate your time today, man.


 


Sweeeeeeeet Tee


 

Tim West :

Thanks good luck

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