Step-by Step Guide to Fix a Disconnected Dodge Spark Plug
It is quite common for a spark plug end to be pulled out especially during a terribly rough bumpy ride. When this happens, you have to immediately fix it to avoid any accidents and further damaging other components. Repairing a disconnected spark plug is relatively easy for someone with a basic auto repair background. However, if you are not confident, a skilled mechanic may best do this kind of repair to avoid breaking the other adjacent components as well as the system. Below, you will see the step-by-step guide on how to fix a Dodge spark plug that has been disconnected.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- Needle nose pliers
- Work lights
- Wire cutters
- Lubricant (optional)
- Safety glasses
- Protective gloves
Step 1:Before starting the repair process, always turn off the engine and wait for it to cool down. This will prevent any accidents or injuries. In case you do not have sufficient lighting, set up some work lights.
Step 2:Start taking out the metal clip from the Dodge spark plug. You can use needle nose pliers to grip firmly the clip's end that extends from the plug. In case the boot is still attached on the plug, take it out also. You can take it out by gripping the boot firmly, then twist and pull. Older boot may need more effort in twisting and pulling it off. Under no circumstances should you use a screwdriver to try prying it off. It may cause the spark plug to break.
Step 3:Take out the other end of the plug wire from the distributor and press it through the boot until it goes out the other end. Check the wire for any dirt or grime. Use appropriate materials and products to clean the wire. Make sure not to twist or break it.
Step 4:When the wire has passed through the boot, use wire cutters to strip the rubber back, leaving around one inch of the inner black conductive material uncovered.
Step 5:Then, bend the inner black material back along the rubber wire and shift the metal piece over the black material. The metal will hold the conductive material back while gripping the entire wire. Squeeze it closed.
Step 6:Next, slide the metal piece that is connected to the Dodge spark plug wire back through the boot until it is positioned around an inch below the boot.
Step 7:Settle the boot on the spark plug and press down until it clicks into the metal piece in the boot. You can use a little amount of lubricant. However, if it did not click into the metal piece, the metal clip may not be securely attached to the spark plug. If this happens, take out both the boot and wire. Then push the wire further through, keeping the metal piece much closer to the edge of the boot. Then, press down again to let it click into place. Wipe the spark plug unit with a lint-free cloth and a correct cleaning formula to avoid dirt and grime build-up.