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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Replace spark plugs

Got charged $190 (including parts and labors) for replacing spark plugs. Is that too expensive?

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Sorry to say, but yeah I think you got took.
1. Spark plugs are not that expensive
2. Its not that hard of a job, shouldn't take a tech more than an hour to change them

How many miles were on the car? Was it running poorly? Did the shop do anything else to the car?
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Well don't forget the cost of the plugs alone (from Subaru) are like 70 bucks.

I would say that plugs on Subaru are way harder than average. They are slightly easier than the 6 cyl transverse engines. Its high but not outrageous.

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OK. That makes me feel slightly better. Plugs cost is $66. The rest are labor, maybe 1.5 hrs were charged.

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Well don't forget the cost of the plugs alone (from Subaru) are like 70 bucks.

I would say that plugs on Subaru are way harder than average. They are slightly easier than the 6 cyl transverse engines. Its high but not outrageous.

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Wow Subaru plugs are a bit more than I was thinking. I paid $25 or so for some Denso Iridium's I believe. An hour and a half may just be what thy are supposed to charge. Like adc said, they aren't too bad to do, but not as easy as a normal 4 cylinder when they are on top of the motor.

To me I would pick up a decent set of tools and do some of the routine maintenance myself, and save yourself a good amount of money. If you are comfortable with it anyway.
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To me I would pick up a decent set of tools and do some of the routine maintenance myself, and save yourself a good amount of money. If you are comfortable with it anyway.
Yea..it took me several hours the first time bc I wanted to be super careful. I also removed and resistance checked the wires. Also I wanted to write up the whole procedure:
N/A Spark Plug Replacement [Anal]

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how about changing the plugs on an 11 Forester non-turbo ? looking at it a little more complicated ? any write-up ?
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1.5 hours labour for a professional mechanic to change plugs on an H4? BS, methinks the stealer took advantage. First time round it took me less than an hour and I had never done a Subaru before, lots of cursing, but less than 60 minutes, now it's between 30 and 45 mins. That included removing siezed/stuck HT leads. One of a number of routine jobs that can be accomplished with a little knowledge and the vast range of help available here on SF.org.

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how about changing the plugs on an 11 Forester non-turbo ? looking at it a little more complicated ? any write-up ?
Should be close to this (08 N/A)
N/A Spark Plug Replacement [Anal]

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nope, it's a different setup where the boot meets the plug, with only 4K on the car no need to change the plugs but I will look at the spark plug area & report back !
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It should be similar to doing the plugs on the H6, as its similar with 2 less cylinders (timing chain and dohc and coil on plug)

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I've changed plugs on my MY03 & MY07 Fozzies. It wasn't hard at all. But I found it easier to use several universal joints & various size extensions on my ratchet. I haven't needed to change the plugs on my MY11, yet. It has less than 800 miles on it. Guess it took about an hour, including gathering tools & clean up.

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look at the setup on the 11 model, it appears the coil pack is on the outside of the spark plug port , take a look & tell me what you think, it's not the same etc
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any pics? the ones on that link no longer exist

Also, those instructions don't seem to match my 2010 - the washer bottle is not in the way at all, but it looks like I need to disconnect and remove the battery. Is that right??

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any pics? the ones on that link no longer exist

Also, those instructions don't seem to match my 2010 - the washer bottle is not in the way at all, but it looks like I need to disconnect and remove the battery. Is that right??
This link? N/A Spark Plug Replacement [Anal]

They are still there.

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