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How to Replace Spark Plugs 1995 - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

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Created on: 2012-09-18

Learn how to replace spark plugs, part of a general tune-up, in your 98-01 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T with this video from 1A Auto.

  1. step 1 :Remove the old spark plugs
    • Use a flat blade screwdriver to remove the plastic cover.
    • Disconnect the wiring connection from the ignition coil.
    • Unplug the ignition coil.
    • Use a 5/8 inch spark plug socket, ratchet and extension and remove the spark plug.
  2. step 2 :Install the new spark plug
    • Insert the spark plug and torque it to about 20-25 ft lbs.
    • Install a new ignition coil and connect the wiring harness.
    • Repeat for each spark plug and coil.
    • Replace the cover with your flat blade screwdriver.

Tools needed

  • Socket Extensions

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    5/8 Inch Spark Plug Socket


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In this video, I'm going to show you how to replace spark plugs on this VW Passat. This vehicle has the 1.8T engine, which is basically the same engine for a lot of the different VWs and Audis. The tools you'll need are a large flat-blade screwdriver, a 5/8 sparkplug socket, and then a ratchet and extension for that socket. As you'll see in this video, my socket is old and warn, so I use a magnet to make up for that, as well as I also use some gasket material just to glue the plug into the socket when I'm reinstalling it. You want to remove this cover here. There are three little clips. Use the large screwdriver. Turn 90 degrees. Let them pop up. 90 degrees Then you tap them a little bit. 90 degrees. It will pop up.

This cover comes right up and off. Each coil has a little plug on it. You just push on that tab and pull the harness off. Obviously, if you're doing all four you do that for each one. Just move the coil a little bit. Pull it right up and out. Now, it helps to have a sparkplug socket. Mine is a little old and warn, so what I actually do is just take basically a piece of paper towel and just stuff it in a little bit. These sockets are designed to actually grab onto the sparkplug, but since mine is as old as it is it doesn't actually do that anymore. The paper towel just helps it accomplish its mission. You just put that right down in. This sparkplug seems nice and loose. It didn't work. The other option is to take a magnet and pull it up and out. I'm going to reinstall the plug. I put a little gasket material in there, so that the plug pretty much stays in there even upside down. This just gives me a couple seconds to put the plug right down in. I'm just looking, making sure there's equal space right around here to make sure that I put the plug in nice and straight. Then, you want to tighten these two about 20 to 25 foot pounds.
A new coil from 1A Auto; it's just like the original. Go down in. Put it in nice and straight. Just press it right down in and reconnect it. It's a direct fit. Then, repeat for the rest of them. Just place your cover back on. Basically, just use your oil filter or your oil fill as a separating point. Large screwdriver. Press those down and turn them 90 degrees.

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