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S-10 & Blazer 1982-2005
The S-10 and Blazer was arguably the most versatile and accessorizable mid-size truck and SUV on the market.
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Old 03-16-2008, 09:21 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
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Default No. 3 cylinder spark plug removal on 96 chevy blazer

For anybody that's having difficulty removing the spark plug from the #3 cylinder of a 4.3L vortec engine because the steering column is blocking it I have the answer to this problem.

The problem is that you can get the 5/8 inch socket on the plug but cant get a socket wrench attached to turn it because the steering column is in the way.

Use a 3/4 inch ratcheting crescent wrench (5" long) and a 5/8" spark plug socket (2 3/8" long) with a hexagonal head.

Push up the rubber steering column boot up and temporarily secure it out of the way with a plastic slip tie around the boot and the steering column. Put the socket on the plug by passing it under the steering coumn.

Put the ratcheting end of the 5 inch open faced cresent wrench on the hexagonal end of the 5/8 inch socket plug. It fits perfectly in the heat shield surrounding the plug and doesn't present any clearance issues with the steering column allowing removal in under 3 minutes.

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Old 01-12-2014, 04:08 PM
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Do you have photo's still attached?
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:08 PM

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