How To Replace Kia Sportage Spark Plugs

Owners of the Kia Sportage will likely want to learn how to replace Kia Sportage spark plugs. Replacing the Kia Sportage spark plugs is not an overly complicated process although it does vary slightly from other vehicles. You may have noticed that the spark plugs in your Kia Sportage are not immediately visible and are covered by quite a bit of different things. The process of replacing Kia Sportage spark plugs is fairly simple and does not require any special tools aside from the usual for spark plug replacement.


  • Socket wrench
  • Extension for Socket Wrong
  • Spark plug socket
  • Standard socket set
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  1. Open the hood. Open the hood of your Kia Sportage. If the engine is hot, allow it to cool for twenty to twenty-five minutes. Disconnect the negative battery terminal, as you should always do before performing any engine maintenance.
  2. Remove any obstructions. Remove the air intake assembly by using the flat-head screwdriver to remove the clamps. Remove the accelerator throttle cable bracket with the socket wrench.
  3. Remove the coil cover. Locate and remove the coil covers over the cylinder head cover. Use the socket set to remove the six bolts.
  4. Remove the cylinder cover. Remove the cylinder head cover with the ratchet, wherein you will find four bolts. Remove these and the two coils you will see as well.
  5. Remove the boots. Twist the boots and pull them free from the high tension leads.
  6. Clean the spark plug cavity. Before inserting the new spark plugs, clean the spark plug cavity using compressed air or a vacuum.
  7. Replace the spark plugs. Insert the new spark plugs into position using the socket wrench, extension or spark plug socket. Ensure the spark plugs are positioned correctly before tightening them.
  8. Tighten the spark plugs. Tighten the spark plugs with thirteen to fifteen pounds of pressure.
  9. Reconnect everything. Reconnect the coils. Reconnect the coil cover and the six bolts that were removed prior. Reconnect the accelerator throttle cable bracket using the clamps that were prior removed. Reconnect the air intake assembly. Reconnect the negative battery terminal. You have now successfully replaced the Spark plugs in your Kia Sportage.


Gap the spark plugs to .39 to .43 inches.

Make sure to use a vacuum or compressed air to clean the compartment before installing the new spark plugs.

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