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We get started. I'd just like to point out real fast that the tool tool that i'm about to show you is not exactly designed for this specific. But i think it's going to work out real quick uh short video. I want to show you guys.

A cool party trick on these transverse gm engines. Especially the uh like the older three eighths three fours and three ones uh. I need to get to the spark plugs on that back side. But uh you can see that there's really not much space over there to play with uh disregard.

The intake manifold being removed that's for a different project. But i need to get back there to get to these bugs and uh. I think i've got a clever way to go about that we shall begin by removing this engine mount right here i need to make space and i can't do that with this mount in the way let's just pull this guy off everything's a hammer reverse click okay the mount is out of the way this little guy is going in in its base. And i'm just gonna bolt.

It right in using the same bolts for the mount it's either gonna work or it's not oh you know what i have an idea. I found a longer bolt in my uh pile of spare bolts that should make this operation a little bit more safe okay check this out you guys are gonna like this wrong way. It's not working perhaps i need to reconfigure. I know i know i'll just tighten this down all the way then it can't flex.

There now the idea being as this thing tightens up and gets smaller. It's going to draw the engine away from the firewall one more revision needed. We're going full sketchy on this one yeah here we go some welding clamps maximum sketchiness. This is totally gonna work uh.

Yeah. Yeah. It can it can go a little bit more a little bit more all right now that may not have been much. But the one inch or so.

That i got out of this procedure is going to allow me to get those spark plugs out i thought you guys would like this little tool. It's ancient. But it does its job thanks for watching see you guys later.

100 thoughts on “Slightly risky but necessary front wheel drive ls v8 spark plugs”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tony D says:

    Had Changed my head gasket on my 2001 Montana by tilting the engine forward. Removed the upper mount and then used a ratcheting strap to pull the engine forward.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chewy Snack says:

    My dad and I used to use ratchet straps to do the same thing on Pontiac 6000's

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GU EST says:

    Put used bolts in the brackets, the use a rachet strap.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brent says:

    I used a couple of ratchet straps for my 2008 Impala SS 5.3L

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SALVADXR RIVERA says:

    Nifty, I like😅

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AdamantineAxe says:

    I always used a ratchet strap

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ron stiles says:

    Hello the newer version of that same tool there's two 1-in straps with 3/8 holes about an inch and a half long they go into that mount bracket really use the right tool for the job bud

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Luke Christian says:

    I use a ratchet strap to rock the engine forward and hold it, works great.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jody Norris says:

    Necessity is the mother of invention

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Vaagen says:

    I hate to "rain" on your parade but that "trick" was used in GMs 3100 and 3800 series of engines because I had a 3100 grand am and grand prix that I used that method. Disconnect the motor mount then using the trans roll the engine forward or toward the bumper to give you access.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Evan Kibbe says:

    Hummmmmmm sketchy 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Macklin says:

    Some tomes on your sign outs ray, i almost feel like your gonna say "keep your dick in a vice" . Love that channel too

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bowhunters says:

    Had a friend many years ago that put a 350 cu in. engine in his tiny Chevy Vega and he disconnected his engine mounts while jacking the engine one one side to give him room to change his spark plugs.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Wood says:

    There was a lot of "tool not designed for this" in what I just watched. But, I loved it regardless.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars datsunruss says:

    Hahahahha "Maximum Sketchyness indeed – But it worked Ray !

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 55ATA3 says:

    You guys need special tools so much now, I don't understand how some of you make money after paying the tool truck guys for the tool of the week. When I was building machines it was the same way, every week I was paying out to get another tool. Got to a point that I just told one place if they were going to use equipment that needed some new tool I was not paying for it. Because you would use it on that build and then it was never used again.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Sicca says:

    If you invent something new, you are an inventor! But some times shit happens!!

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Exalted Emperor Woof Woof of the Woofmourne Empire says:

    It's not an improper use of tool if it works for what you are doing. Everythingis a hammer or prybar.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kenneth bode says:

    I had a 95 Olds Cutlass you could take the top mount loose on and tilt the engine back by hand quite a bit.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cosmic Shadow says:

    hey, sometimes sketchy shit be necessary to get the job done, by the book dont always work, you either take longer than the job is worth, or the by the book way is sketchier, ive seen that before

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim C says:

    I think you lost part of it there should be 2 metal legs off the one side and able to bolt it in straight i have kept mine and I also have the old oil filter tool for the 2.5 gm with filter in the pan.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Application User says:

    I know you know they have engine tilters.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars L.A. Commander says:

    I had to change plugs and wires on my dad's old 1986 Cadillac Seville with the transverse V8. It was kind of a pain but not so bad as this car because it was the small 4.1 Liter V8 engine, this was the "transitional" engine Cadillac was using with throttle body injection before they came out with the infamous 'Northstar' design. Fortunately, I have medium size hands, so I was able to get back there and change out those plugs and wires. My dad had been driving it for a while with the engine missing and I kept telling him to let me change out the plugs and wires but he was too cheap but finally he let me do it and it solved the problem lol.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Saul Goodman says:

    Who was the dumb ass genius engineer that thought that was a good place to put a spark plug, where it is so hard to reach?

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Jones says:

    I had a '92 lumina v6 that we Un bolted the top motor mount and then used a c clamp to pull the motor forward to get at those plugs. It worked once a champ.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joe fitness says:

    That’s what she said

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 404 not found says:

    Sure beats what we used to do, shoving a long pry bar and pulling back lol, great video ray.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars blautens says:

    Smart!

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Herberg says:

    This video needs more cowbell.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Page says:

    The engineers that designed that mess were laughing at the mechanics that they knew would have to deal with future spark plug replacements.
    Every new car I have ever bought, I would look first at all the basic mechanical things that would have to be done in future. If there was any kind of problem then that particular model car was eliminated from my purchase.
    The one car I did buy at one time was a Subaru that when one of the headlights needed a simple bulb replacement, you had to remove the entire battery to get to it.
    But, I like the car so well that it was my only trade-off.
    Great SHOW!!!

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stormspark says:

    Front wheel drive V8 is one of the stupidest design decisions ever.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ruley73 says:

    On the old Twin Dual Cam 3.4L in the 1990s W-bodies you MUST do this for access to the rear plugs. I'm pretty sure that's the application that tool was originally created for.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrAr15 says:

    This is an old trick for front wheel drive cars we do it with a ratchet strap. rock the engine forward then set the park brake .

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Honda si alte cele says:

    Sketch-o-meter went off the charts with that move :))

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rob Morse says:

    Try turning the front black mounting plate upside down, then you can get your tool in the middle of the bracket.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tracy Sellman says:

    My mon had a 1973 chevy Vaga 4 cylinder that the Book said to pull the engine to access the rear two plugs as some fool of an engineer pointed right at the firewall. The one on the driverside was a real mother lover to get to but you could get it out with a 1/6" turn at a time with an opened wrench, but that dang passenger side was impossible to get out, as a 16-year old I took a punch, and lined it up with the sparkplug end and punched a mark in the firewall, went into the passenger floorboard folded back the carpet and padding found the mark and used a 1" hole saw and cut that bad boy right out, put my sparkplug socket and 4" extension on the plug from inside and took out the plug, installed a new plug, got everything buttoned up started the car and drove it down to the local hardware store got a 1" rubber grommet popped it in and never had to remove the engine. Frigen GM engineers. LMAO

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Kehrli says:

    There used to be a sticker on that tool that said to put transmission in neutral before using tool

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Bailey says:

    Who cut that floor jack in half?

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sid Walker says:

    That's what ratchet straps are made for

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DAVID MARTIN says:

    A few years ago I had the same problem, removed the mount and pushed the car to rock the engine forward and blocked a tire
    Had plenty room !!!

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jack Martin says:

    Brilliant on the 4th, true independence of the mind ! 😎👍🏆👑

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars boeli space says:

    With 4 cilinder you do not need that party trick.😁

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Kennedy says:

    👏👏

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars pete d says:

    Cool Tool I hadn't seen before. Ratchet strap was all i had till axed to retyre.