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Old 01-13-2018, 09:33 PM
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Default Spark Plug DIY tool...a great tool!


Just finished changing my spark plugs at 40k miles. Big shout out to Plenum for his YouTube video!

Anyway, for those taking on this job, I HIGHLY recommend getting this $12 tool from Amazon. Magnetic spark plug socket with universal extension attached. This tool got absolutely perfect on our 991’s. You can attach the ratchet directly or another extension. So much better than the rubber insert socket.

Have fun!

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Old 01-13-2018, 09:47 PM
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Thanks for sharing.

One day, I may even have a 911 to use it on.
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by cdelrosario View Post

Just finished changing my spark plugs at 40k miles. Big shout out to Plenum for his YouTube video!

Anyway, for those taking on this job, I HIGHLY recommend getting this $12 tool from Amazon. Magnetic spark plug socket with universal extension attached. This tool got absolutely perfect on our 991’s. You can attach the ratchet directly or another extension. So much better than the rubber insert socket.

Have fun!


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i think this is it..

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I found the item on eBay. I included the link.

GearWrench 80546 5/8-Inch x 6-Inch Swivel Spark Plug Socket (Magnetic)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/120997131923
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It’s less expensive on Amazon if you’re a Prime member.
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Originally Posted by cdelrosario View Post

Just finished changing my spark plugs at 40k miles. Big shout out to Plenum for his YouTube video!

Anyway, for those taking on this job, I HIGHLY recommend getting this $12 tool from Amazon. Magnetic spark plug socket with universal extension attached. This tool got absolutely perfect on our 991’s. You can attach the ratchet directly or another extension. So much better than the rubber insert socket.

Have fun!
How difficult is the DIY?
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I cannot seem to find Plenum's you tube video. Could you pls direct? Thanks. D
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It's not a difficult job at all; far easier to get access and remove the heat shield covers on both sides of the 991 engine then in the 997.2.

Here is a very good youtube video that covers the replacement on the 991 GT3.

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How difficult is the DIY?
On a scale of 1-10...I would rate spark plugs change at a cool 6.7. You have to find the perfect space to get that torque wrench in there. Also, if car was On a lift, bump it down a point. I had car on ramps & I’m an old 55 yo and my creeper was a tad to high so I was crawling around on my back...my stomach muscles were utilized a lot!

For perspective, I’d give an oil change difficulty rating of 3.5 and air filters change a 5.7. Serpentine belt change a 6.3 out of 10.

I was really apprehensive about working on my car. But after pouring over all the YouTube videos & forum information, I am very glad I did all the work myself. I really took my time on all projects and made sure I had all the right tools. I am no mechanic but I did work at Pep Boys as a teenager! I wanted to get to know my Porsche a little better and after completing the 40k scheduled maintenance myself, I bet I saved at least $1200.

After completing all this work, I really appreciate the engineering that went into our cars. Everything went back as easily as it was to take off & everything “just fit”. I didn’t believe that doing this basic maintenance myself would be a hazard if I royally screwed up...unlike say a brake job!

Anyway, just my 2 cents. I’m very satisfied and when I do this again I’ll be almost 60 yo!



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Tool List Torx 30 * 1/4 ratchet * #10 reverse torx (for heat shields) * 3/8 flexible head fine tooth ratchet * Magnetic spark plug socket * 3/8 torque wrench * 3/8 universal joint (not in pic) * Bosch Spark Plugs * magnetic dish * creeper * rhino ramps
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