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Old 09-13-2004, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1996 328i. I wanted to replace spark plugs but could not located where they are.
I opened two plastic covers but could not see it. On the left side i see six electronic modules and thought they must the plugs but when opened, it turned out to be i think injectors.
Please tell me where are my plugs.

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Old 09-13-2004, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They are under what appears to be fuel injectors, (little square things)
Those are the coilpacks. Remove the two bolts that hold them on, Be sure to remember which one goes to which cylunder, and pull them out, A stem looking thing should come out with it. Under that, are the spark plugs.
E36 Spark plug DIY <-- Read that.

BTW: DO NOT USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN OEM SPARK PLUGS! I have read countless posts saying that every other plug produces adverse effects in their car, and few posts that other sparkplugs work just fine.
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Wow! that was a speedy reply. Thanks for that attachment which will help me immensely. I'll try and replace plugs (OEM NGK) today. $11 a piece in Chicago area.

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Old 09-13-2004, 11:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah NGk is the only ones to put into your bmw are you doing wires too? or just plugs?

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Bosch Spark Plugs are good as well. I suggest NGK or Bosch. $11 a plug!?!?
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yeah NGk is the only ones to put into your bmw
i second that
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BMW's OEM spark plugs are both NGK and Bosch.
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yeah NGk is the only ones to put into your bmw are you doing wires too? or just plugs?

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Hey Red,
I know you have a 318 with a 4 banger, becuase I have rea lots of your posts. The I6 motor has direct ignition. No ditributor, no cap no rotor and no wires. Just thought I would bring this to your attention, becuase you have suggested changing wires to a bunch of folks trhat dont have wires, and that may cause some confusion. also, just so you know, whipping out the starter on the 4 banger is easy... it is a freaking nightmare on the I6... about 6-8 hours if you know what you are doing ten to twelve if it is your first time.
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uhm, We have wires.

I don't see why we need to switch to "better" wires cause there isn't much of a preformance gain at all... plsasma coils would probably give you more of a gain than just wires.... which already don't gain you too much.
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Even though there are no wires on a direct ignition system you should change out the resistance boot periodically to prevent excessive loss due to carbon streaking. NGK plugs are good, but are not the only recomended plug for the E36. Bosch is the BMW recommended plug for an 1996 328i. Part number for your plug should be Bosch F8LDCR, non-adjustable plug gap.
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