I was at Autobarn today in search of a single spark plug lead for the car, my #1 having split somehow. A single lead was $6, but it didn’t look like the ‘about right’ one would reach, due to the configuration of the pokery bits. I’m sure they have names. The guy who was serving me calls Repco and they don’t have anything. So he checks their Top Gun brand (ebay, 24ish), I’m not sure if they will fit, coz the engine end is wider. The guy calls Bursons. Their set is 78$. So the fella LEAVES THE STORE and comes to my car, parked across the road and checks the fit with me. It fits, then we go back to the store leaving the lead on the car! I mention the oil on the thingy, and he says its the gasket. I ask if they have one…yep, they do. The work experience guy gets to look up the gasket and find it..coz I encouraged it (wasn’t in a hurry)..its 17$ or so (better than the 45 + I was expecting). I then got him to check out the availability and price of the cv boot kit and the entire joint.
I ended up getting a full set, and the valve cover gasket.
After watching this video in YouTube, I determined that changing the valve cover gasket was well within my capabilities. I even had the right tools to do it. Yay!
I got the bits together and went to try it.
Turns out that the screwy thing on the back of the cover needed a 14mm spanner. But I couldn;t move that at all, so I tried the pliers on the clip and that worked. But the pliers were too small to span the other clip.
I tried the small ratchet and the socket, ‘to see’ if 10mm, as per the film, was right, and it was. Except…I needed an extension for it. I didn’t have enough room to swing the ratchet. I was about to pack up when I remembered the actual gizmo that was in my tool lot for the sockets. That gave me enough height to use properly, but being cheap shit, the post spun in the handle, so no go there either.
Ok..foiled at every turn there, so I decide to switch over the spark plug leads. #1 lead was in the right place, having been put there by the guy from Autobarn. (I really ought to write to head office and let them know he was great.)
Problem is…the OLD leads were numbered. Great! The new ones aren’t, and I made a stupid stupid error of yanking the remaining 3 off, without marking the leads, OR where they went on the blocky thing, which is called a coil pack.
The book says the firing order is 1-3-4-2. Great. *I* know that the engine side #1 is the far left, and the coil pack #1 is the top. After that? No clue.
Lots of Gooling later and I determine that the engine spark plugs are 1-2-3 4 across the front. Great! But the coil pack? was it 1-2-3-4 up and down? This link, for an Accent, says no.
We looked at a lot of pictures, and determined that #3 will NEVER be on the bottom – er…for an Excel.
A page for a Tiburon shows my firing order, and the coil pack being different.
More Googling, and it seems that the actual coil pack numbering is 1-4-3-2 – on my 1996 Hyundai Excel anyway. As per this picture.
I rearranged the leads, and put them on in the correct configuration.
I started it. It worked and sounded normal. Whether it drives is another matter. But I will have to put it in the car port later, so we will see. If it doesn’t, then I know I have to switch #3 and #4
For the record, I called Hyundai in town. They were less than helpful, saying they couldn’t tell me that information (coil pack numbering) over the phone – but I could take it down and they will look at it!
I need better tools to do the gasket.
If you ever try this at home, number your coil pack…or change the leads one at a time, then number them.