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2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

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Re: 2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

Post by cn90 »

Couple tricks:

1. Use either Volvo OEM or NGK Platinum or Iridium equivalent, search forum for info.
You can also use Copper spark plugs, but get NGK and replace every 30K or so.
For Platinum or Iridium, you can go to 80K or so.

2. Remove the cosmetic cover and its Torx bolts, store them away on your garage shelf.

3. Buy a magnetic spark plug socket. I already threw away the socket that uses rubber insert (a pain to use).
The magnetic socket is Godsend. About $15 on Amazon etc.

4. I use antiseize, just small amount.

Anyway, the DIY is below...

DIY: 2005 XC90 2.5T Spark Plugs using NGK Iridium BKR6EIX
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2004 V70 2.5T 100K+
2005 XC90 2.5T 110K+
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Re: 2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

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cn90 wrote: Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:22 pm 3. Buy a magnetic spark plug socket. I already threw away the socket that uses rubber insert (a pain to use).
The magnetic socket is Godsend. About $15 on Amazon etc.
Interesting and cool, CN. I've fished out the rubber bit once or twice when it's stuck on the plug end as I'm removing the socket from the well. It came out of the socket.

I added your XC90 spark plug writeup to the Repair Database just now.

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Re: 2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

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Was wondering if there was an advantage to different color anti-seize. The one I got is the Liqui-Moly (what I assume to be) copper. It's reviews online say it works great for spark plugs, but most of the how-to videos look like they're using silver colored nickel(?) based compound. Is one better for spark plugs or are they interchangeable? Is copper just as good, with nickel existing just for applications that can't use copper?

Edit: I see now that some of the silver-colored compounds also have copper in them. I guess they're just different formulations (Liqui-Moly / Permatex / Loctite)
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Re: 2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

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There is a tendency to explode things into much more complication than needed thanks to the internet.

A drop of oil form the end of the dipstick will lube plug threads just fine. You just need a touch of lubricant, don’t worry about the type. You can also touch the thread to the oil stuck on the filler cap
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Re: 2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

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Was looking at the engine (haven't gotten the tools yet), and noticed that the turbo hose clamp at the front of the car had the screw facing the engine block.
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How am I supposed to get a flathead in there?
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Re: 2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

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Try a 7mm socket with 1/4" ratchet from underneath.

If you cannot reach the top hose clamp then you'll need to remove the bottom hose clamp off the intercooler. You'll need a 7mm socket with extensions or a long flat screwdriver to reach it.
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Re: 2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

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Once you undo the two Torx screws holding the plastic over-engine tube, you should be able to pull the hose away from the engine and access the clamp screw. Might need to release the clamp at the back of the engine first.
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Re: 2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

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EngineeringBloke wrote: Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:06 pm Once you undo the two Torx screws holding the plastic over-engine tube, you should be able to pull the hose away from the engine and access the clamp screw. Might need to release the clamp at the back of the engine first.
+1

Try this first by removing the torx bolts then bending the hose.

I replaced those torx bolts with allen headed bolts. Easier to get an angled allen wrench than torx bit on that front mounting bolt.
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Re: 2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

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...Andy pull out your dipstick before you fuss down there. It will snap off at slightest side pressure.

I have three broken ones
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Re: 2004 S60 2.5TAWD spark plugs

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cn90 wrote: Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:22 pm Couple tricks:

1. Use either Volvo OEM or NGK Platinum or Iridium equivalent, search forum for info.
You can also use Copper spark plugs, but get NGK and replace every 30K or so.
For Platinum or Iridium, you can go to 80K or so.

2. Remove the cosmetic cover and its Torx bolts, store them away on your garage shelf.

3. Buy a magnetic spark plug socket. I already threw away the socket that uses rubber insert (a pain to use).
The magnetic socket is Godsend. About $15 on Amazon etc.

4. I use antiseize, just small amount.

Anyway, the DIY is below...

DIY: 2005 XC90 2.5T Spark Plugs using NGK Iridium BKR6EIX
viewtopic.php?t=64080
I think I'm going to buy the GearWrench magnetic socket. Is 6'' long enough to reach the plugs, or would I have to connect that to another extension?
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