All you need is a flexible spark plug wrench.

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Dear Car Talk | Sep 01, 1991

Dear Tom and Ray:

I want to change the spark plugs on my wife's 1988 Chevy Beretta with a 2.8 liter V6 engine. From the estimates we've received, this is a fairly expensive job. We were told that to get at the three back plugs, the engine must be rocked forward. If this is true, how is it done and what special tools does it take to change the plugs?

RAY: The story you heard is not true, Bill. GM has, in the past, built cars that required Eastern European gymnasts for spark plug removal. But they don't do that anymore. All you need for the Beretta is a flexible spark plug wrench.

TOM: That's a socket wrench that pivots, and allows you to reach into those far away places to unscrew the plugs.

RAY: If you want to do this job yourself, go down to Sears and get a flexible socket for $20 or $30. And when you're not using it on the Beretta, you'll find it's great for scratching those hard-to-reach spots in the middle of your back.

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