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There is really no need to take off the intake hoses as it is possible to access all of the plugs with the engine in. Replacing the plugs is not difficult you just want to have a good assortment of extensions with your socket set and make sure the engine is stone cold when doing it. I can do all 12 plugs in about an hour.
 

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Another invaluable tool is a magnet on an extendable rod (like an antenna). I always use one of these to lift plugs out and lower plugs in. I don't like to rely on the rubber adapter in the spark plug socket because if the plug drops it can land on the electrode and change the gap. Using a magnet you can eliminate this problem.

In fact I have a 4-5 different magnets on rods in my toolbox because often times you need different access and different levels of magnetic pull. A magnet that is too strong can be difficult to lower into an assembly because it gets pulled off course by surrounding steel. Other times you need a strong magnet to lift heavier items so having an assortment is useful.

That said I tend to use my lowest strength magnet the most. It is strong enough to handle the weight of a spark plug and it is the easiest to lower into tight to reach spots.
 
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