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How to Replace Spark Plugs on 1996 Honda Accord (4-Cylinder)
If you ever had a tough time starting your 1996 Honda Accord, you may have fouled or worn fouled spark plugs. Fouled spark plugs make it difficult to start an engine because the electrode at the end of the spark plug is worn. When the electrode is worn, a larger spark is necessary to jump the spark plug gap and ignite the fuel mixture thus making it hard to start the engine. Whether you’re using iridium spark plugs, ngk spark plugs, bosch spark plugs, e3 spark plugs, denso spark plugs or performance spark plugs, changing your spark plugs on your 1996 Honda Accord will create better fuel mileage, increasing engine performance and make your 1996 Honda Accord engine run more efficiently.
Remove your new spark plugs from the packaging. Using your spark plug gap gauge, adjust each of your new spark plugs to the proper gap. The recommended gap for your new spark plugs is 0.039 to 0.043 inch.
Remove one spark plug wire and boot by grabbing the boot with two fingers and pulling straight up. If you have a tough time getting the spark plug boot loose, twist slightly while pulling straight up. Do not remove more than one spark plug wire/boot at a time to prevent them from being mixed up. Replace only one spark plug at a time.
Assemble your 3/8″ torque wrench, 3/8″ ratchet extension and spark plug socket. Slide the torque wrench, extension and spark plug socket combination into the spark plug shaft. Line up the socket with the spark plug and turn counter-clockwise to loosen. Remove the old spark plug from the spark plug shaft. Remove the old spark plug from the spark plug socket and discard it.
Remove the 3/8″ torque wrench from the extension and spark plug socket combination. Place a new spark plug that has been properly gapped into the extension and spark plug socket combination. Using your fingers, carefully slide the new spark plug into the spark plug shaft and thread the new spark plug clockwise into the engine.
While the extension and spark plug socket combination is still in the spark plug shaft, attach your 3/8″ torque wrench and torque the spark plug to specification. Refer to the spark plug torque specification chart at the bottom of this page.
Repeat step 2 to step 5 for each spark plug replacement. Do not over torque your 1996 Honda Accord spark plugs or you will have a difficult time removing them in the future.
1996 Honda Accord Spark Plug Torque Specification Chart
F22B2 Non-VTEC 4-Cylinder Engine = 13 ft-lbs of torque
F22B1 VTEC 4-Cylinder Engine = 13 ft-lbs of torque