So today is the day to do my second plug change in my '98 Toyota Tacoma V6 4X4. Ain't it just great working on late model engines?
Not! First time it took me 1 1/2 hrs., being in uncharted territory and all compared to my previous '84 model. Today is smooth sailing, start to finish time looks to be 45 minutes. Then it happens, sixth and last plug going down the chute and, oh phuck, it slips out of the socket and travels to god knows where into the deep bowels of the engine compartment. Phuck!!! I get out the extendo-magnet and probe blindly. I get out the flashlight and peer everywhere to no avail. I get under the truck and remove both extremely greasy-ass skid plates, front and rear (nice design Toyota!
) No plug. It is obviously lodged in Murphy territory, never to be seen again. I decide to turn the engine over, hoping that the vibrations (Pete and stegen can relate here) might dislodge it. No way, but the engine does
sound rather cool on 5 cylinders.
Finally I say "uncle" and drive to the local Checker to buy a seventh plug. Just hope the missing bastard doesn't eventually dislodge itself and wind up between a belt and pulley. Sooo, a potential 45 minute job turned into a 2 hour, 45 minute cluster-phuck (minimal travel time included
Anyone else have any pleasant mechanical horror stories to relate?
By the way, I have always used NGK spark plugs in both cages and bikes because, well, just because I always have and have been happy with their longevity. What do you use and why?
And yes, sorry matt, I realize that this could have been two posts...