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How do you change the spark plugs and wires on a 97 kia sportage.

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How do you change the spark plugs and wires on a 97 kia sportage. Incude size of tools I will need
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Kia
Expert:  Randall C replied 6 years ago.
Hello, below is info for plugs, wires and coils. Just be sure to either mark which wire goes to what plug or do one at a time. Tools? the most common will be a 10 mm socket. You will also need a 6" +/- extension as well as 5/8th plug socket,. maybe a phillips and regular screwdriver, basic tools except for the 10mm and unsure if any other size socket needed maybe? 12 mm as well


  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove air intake assembly.
  3. Remove accelerator cable bracket.
  4. Remove six bolts and coil cover from cylinder head cover.
  5. Remove four bolts and the two coils from the cover.
  6. Disconnect the high tension leads from the spark plugs by twisting the boot and removing.
  7. Use compressed air to remove any dirt from around the spark plug hole.

  1. Make sure the spark plug socket fits squarely on the spark plug, then remove.


  1. Apply anti-seize compound to the spark plug threads.
  2. Install the spark plugs into the cylinder head and tighten to specification.

Tightening torque: 11 - 17 ft. lbs. (15 - 23 Nm)

  1. Reconnect high tension leads.

  1. Install the two coils and secure with four bolts.
  2. Install the coil cover and secure with six bolts.
  3. Install the accelerator cable bracket.
  4. Install air intake assembly.
  5. Reconnect the negative battery cable.

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