Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Dirt in the spark plug housing.

asked by on

Hi, i got 4.6L V8 i was going to change the spark plug's and found some rocks & dirt in the plug housing. I vacuumed and used pressurized air but still have a small amount of dirt in the hole. Whats the best way to remove the plug without getting any dirt in the cylinder?

My car has 650002 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. You need to get all of the dirt out ...

Hello. You need to get all of the dirt out prior to removing the spark plugs. I typically add a small amount of cleaner or WD40 to the spark plug hole to loosen it up and then I blow it out with compressed air. In some cases I even have to get in there with a long screwdriver and make sure that everything comes loose. Failure to do this can cause some serious engine damage. If you want to have the spark plugs changed for you, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to repair this.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How to I take care of the inside of my vehicle during storage?

There are certain steps you should take to help maintain the condition of your truck if you ever need to put it into storage. To prepare the inside of your vehicle for storage. Clean the inside of the vehicle....

Q: Oil pan gasket leak

From the provided description, it sounds like your Nissan Rogue is experiencing a few different concerns. Let us address the concern with the oil leak first. If you are 100% sure that the oil pan is leaking, it is best...

Q: Parasitic load on battery.

Cars basically use the battery at start up. Once the vehicle is running the alternator takes over and provides the car with the electricity it needs to run. If the alternator stops producing the electricity the car needs, the car...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.