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post #51 of 85 Old 4th February 2013, 01:11 AM
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Just knocked this out. Been fretting a bit over the coil stick and access.

Using the fulcrum approach and being cautious...no issues other than three grommets (minor ones), one hose clip and three gashes in my digits.

Overall quite successful...nice saving that kind of money for typical maintenance. 30K change interval is a good plan-fresh plugs only helps the engine maintain what its got and minimizes other issues (cats, fuel mileage, driveability, etc)

Thanks for posting all the instructions/images-worked like a champ!

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1.) Do the plugs come pre gapped? Can install straight out the box?

2.) Anyone confirm nothing has to be reset when changing to new plugs?

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So, looking through TIS, I don't see anything specific, but there is a comment in the Complete Vehicle PDF that mentions the importance of following the service directions when replacing plugs.

"The information provided in the repair instructions must be followed precisely when replacing the spark plugs as the spark plugs are an integral part of the ionic current measuring circuit."

Is there anything that should be done after replacing plugs for Ionic Current module to calibrate properly to the new plugs? I've never heard this mentioned before, just curious.

Sort of like the General Info buried in TIS that tells you to change the transmission fluid and clean the filter with every other oil change or something like that...
Been trying to find an official answer to this but it seems like the answer is no.
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I do not think anything needs to be reset when you replace plugs. There isn't a spark plug service interval listed under the iDrive menu like there was on my old 530i.

When I replaced them 4,000 miles ago I never reset anything and still have no issues...

I did feel a slight gain in torque when I replaced the plugs though. I think the worn out plugs were detecting false knock due to their condition, resulting in less aggressive timing and therefore less power/torque.
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The only thing that needs to be reset is the spark plugs maintenance reminder. No need to do anything else!
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I do not think anything needs to be reset when you replace plugs. There isn't a spark plug service interval listed under the iDrive menu like there was on my old 530i.

When I replaced them 4,000 miles ago I never reset anything and still have no issues...

I did feel a slight gain in torque when I replaced the plugs though. I think the worn out plugs were detecting false knock due to their condition, resulting in less aggressive timing and therefore less power/torque.
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The only thing that needs to be reset is the spark plugs maintenance reminder. No need to do anything else!

Good to know, any info on if the plugs have to be gapped, or they come pre gapped I assume?
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Spark plugs come pre-gapped to 0.020". I measured my old plugs and they were reading 0.025" but otherwise looked in good condition. I see no reason why these can't be reused with a proper re-gapping. I will try it out at my next change out in 37000miles.

Couple of hints after performing this procedure:
- get yourself a knuckle-joint for the extension
- when pulling up the coil, try twisting it as well
- add some dielectric grease to the tip of the coil and where it seats on the valve cover and it won't be as hard to come out next time.

I did have a coil break on cyl 5 when the retaining clip broke and ended up giving me a misfire. So I had to purchase one online (about $60) and It took me about 15 mins to complete the swap from a completely assembled system. I do have the Dinan intakes so that may have been a factor too.

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When I took mine in for the last oil change, my tech told me that the spark plugs were at 21% life remaining. I would assume that would need to be reset? Or will resetting the service reminder change that?
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