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Changing spark plugs - VW Golf Mk5

A "How to guide" to replacing your spark plugs on a Mk5 Golf. Model shown is a BWA VW Golf GTi engine.

Other Volkswagen engines with indivdual ignition coils follow a similar procedure.


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Watch our "How to" guide to replace your MK5 Golf spark plugs video or scroll down for the static step by step guide.

To remove the engine top cover...

Unclip the Air Mass Meter plug

Unclip the pipe at the back of the cover

Remove the front intake pipe. Lift the top cover off, checking that the rubber fixing points stay in place

Carefully lever each coil up by a small amount at a time

Ensure that the coils are level with each other as they come up

Unclip each coil from the loom plugs

Remove the plugs with a 5/8th (small) plug socket.

Due to the depth of the plug hole and the risk of cross threading, initial start the plug off by using rubber pipe.

Refit in the reverse order.

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