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      04-10-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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DIY: Spark Plug Change N55 (2011 335i Sedan) Video

Feedback appreciated. Some advice before you start:

1.) PLEASE USE METRIC TOOLS! This is a European car and guess what measuring system their engineers use? I see other DIY's saying to use SAE or English size sockets and such... It MIGHT work, but you run a big risk of rounding off the nuts/bolts! If you do that, you will need special tools to extract.

2.) Be patient and take your time (2-3 hours). Its tempting to do things right before a run or such, but trying to do a repair under time pressure is not ideal. You run a big risk of doing something wrong and then having to redo it.

3.) Try to do this on a level surface as you are removing a strut brace. And for your own safety should parking brake fail, etc...

Here's Part 1 of the video. Takes you all the way through removing the first spark plug.



And here is Part 2. Takes you all the way through starting the engine back up!

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      04-11-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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That was a great DIY video sir. I'm sure plenty of us on the forum will use it!
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      05-09-2013, 12:20 PM   #3
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one of the best made DIY's ive seen great job
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      03-02-2014, 09:06 PM   #4
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Excellent DIY. Congrats! Really helpful as Im lining up to do this soon.
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Excellent video!
I want to add that I always cover the pipe going down to the turbo after you removed the air intake at 3:10. If anything falls down there you are screwed. I use a plastic bag and a tie wrap.
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Excellent DIY - many many thanks.

One hiccup - I thought I could use my existing 14mm spark plug socket. WRONG! You need the thin walled 14mm socket. AutoZone Part No. 72-376.
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Also worth bearing in mind that if your cylinder head spark plug access passage has the 'kink' shown in this video, you may like to think about using an articulated socket:

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Old post but deserves appreciation since I used these vids today to change my plugs. First time I've done it to any car and this made it extremely easy.
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Old post but deserves appreciation since I used these vids today to change my plugs. First time I've done it to any car and this made it extremely easy.
This DIY Post is definitely not getting the the love and respect it deserves.
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Thanks for the video, attempting later this afternoon on my 135i! Does anyone know what the exact etorx socket sizes are for the strut brace bolts?
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Thank you for this DIY, just changed the spark plugs in my 135is using this. Was pretty easy, just take your time people!
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Definitely use a wobble extension. I prefer the skinny Ko-ken ones. The risk of cracking plugs using straight extensions is too great.

Strut brace bolts are supposed to be disposable items. ie they are a torque plus angle bolt. Usually i just put a 2ft breaker bar on them
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      07-12-2017, 11:35 AM   #13
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Doing this soon. This will be a great help!
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