how do i change spark plugs

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Hi i own a 2000 mitsubishi triton. Ive just come to my 90000 service and mitsubishi wants to charge me $1100.00 dollars to do this. What a joke if anyone has done this them selfs i would like to hear from you with thanks
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Reply By: Leroy - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 19:42

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 19:42
well it surely cant be $1100 bucks for spark plugs? Sounds like a major service to me. Prob includes timing belt, valve adjustment amongst other things as well. My Rodeo had platinum plus which are about $200 on their own. Ask what you get for your money? Also you could check your service book to see what is supposed to be done.

leroy
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Reply By: Top Cat - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 20:04

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 20:04
Leroy got it pretty well spot on.

I do almost everything to my truck and with respect, the simple fact that you are asking the question, suggests that it would be a good idea to leave it to someone who knows what they are doing.

$1100 sounds about right to me..........there are plenty of parts and consumables involved and a mechanic charges in excess of $65 an hour for a good reason.

He knows what he is doing and he has all the tools including a computer that are needed to do the job.

The computer programmes themselves are worth a small mortgage.

Your 1100 will be money well spent.

Sorry, but its the facts of life.
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Reply By: big jimbo - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 20:14

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 20:14
Thanks guys you are right I think ill bit the bullet and get it down my four running on 4 clinders with me in it need all it can get
cheers guys
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 20:18

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 20:18
Have a look in your owners manual or service book. It will tell you what needs doing on your 90k service.

Ok, so if the valves need adjusting, write that on the "Mechanic to do list"
Oil needs changing, "your to do list"
Filters "your to do list"
Timing Belt "Mechanics to do list"

etc etc etc.

It's save you heaps and it's no big deal for you to do the easy stuff. Mechanics do charge reasonable rates for what they do, but if you can do half the labour, why the hell not!?

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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 21:07

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 21:07
Member Wombat owns a purple triton, maybe send him a member message and see if he can assist you.

Cheers
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Reply By: TonyH - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 21:19

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 21:19
I've got the same motor in my Triton.

Plugs are chromium and aren't cheap about $250 for a set.

Do the timing belt at the same time about $100.

8 hrs of labour for someone that's done one before more for a first timer, like a whole weekend.

In short they are a bloody headache to do got to take the intake maniflod off and all the junk strapped to the top of that.

I tossed up as to do it myself or get someone else to do it.

Ended up giving the work to Robson Bros 4wd in Kewdale Perth

Total was $900 including a new fan belt and the front rotors skinned and the pads unsiezed(bush ute hardly use the brakes) on top of the service. I'm not certain which plugs went back in standard or the chromy's

Ask anybody that's done one, it's a prick of a job

Cheers
Tony Harding
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Follow Up By: TonyH - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 00:04

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 00:04
Sorry Been standing in the sun all day. Should read Platinum plugs not chromium :-)

Tony Harding
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Follow Up By: TonyH - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 00:07

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 00:07
Sorry forgot. The tappets are hydraulic so not adjustable

Tony Harding
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Follow Up By: big jimbo - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 09:07

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 09:07
Its a hell of a job thanks Tony Ill have to save and get mitsubishi to do the job i throught i was being got at once again I need to remove the sucker tag from my fore head lol. The triton in my opion is a good looking car thats about it I took it of road for the fisrt time in its life and it has sh.. it self. THe cost of keeping and running this piece of junk out does the looks. If anyone is looking to buy a triton be perpared to have your hand in your pocket
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Follow Up By: TonyH - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 16:28

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 16:28
Mine lives on the gravel and hardly goes on the black stuff. No real problems, no more than I've had out of any of the 'cruisers anyway.

Musta got one built on a Monday morning ;-)

Tony Harding
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Reply By: flappan - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 08:57

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 08:57
Not sure on the Triton's , but changing the timing belts on the Pajeros with the same motor would have to be one of the biggest PITA jobs EVER invented.

Unless you are 100% certain of EXACTLY what you are doing . . . PAY someone else.

Bishi are pretty religious about Timing belts at 100,000
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 09:23

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 09:23
My Pajero is coming due for the same in a few more thou. The price seems about right according to what I was quoted. On the Pajero they do the timing chain on this service and the plugs on the next service. Might make the cost easier to bear if they'll do the same for you....

Cheers, John.
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Reply By: big jimbo - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 10:49

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 10:49
Thanks for everyones reply its seems to be right ive rang mitisubishi. It is the major service. Each time ive had a service on this thing it cost me no less then five hundred dollars. Its had services at every point in its life im the only one who ever has driven this truck. I had the time of my life on the weekend. ive read books got all my off road equipment. Its taken a small fortune to get ready four years in the planning. The car loved the work out in and out of mud up and down mountains. now this. Four wheel driveing will lose me after my car is running again, There will be one well looked after triton for sale soon, Once again thanks Point is taken i will not try and fix it myself cheers.
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Reply By: TerryGLS - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 13:12

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 13:12
Big Jimbo I`ve got some pdf files which show how to change the timing belt,engine specs and exploded assembly diagrams.It`s for the Montero/Challenger which is the same as the Triton.I`ve used these to service my Triton and have found them to be quite good.
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Follow Up By: slyonnet - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 13:39

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 13:39
Terry,

I've got a Challenger so I would be interested in getting those files. Where can I find them?

Thanks,

Sly.
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Follow Up By: TerryGLS - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 14:53

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 14:53
I got this off a Mitsubishi forum just after I brought the Triton... Been awhile since I`ve been to the site but it was:

www.pajero.dn.ru/Factory-manual-89.html

It gave a few models I went to 1998 Montero Sports pdf

It covered engine, fuel Injection, electricials ,air con,fault codes
etc in about 25 pdf files
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Follow Up By: slyonnet - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 16:46

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 16:46
Thanks Terry,

The link still works.
I am no mechanic but could become handy to have that if I get in trouble in the middle of nowhere.

Cheers,

Sly.
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Follow Up By: big jimbo - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 16:59

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 16:59
cool terry That would be of great help thanks how or where do get these pdf files Cheers mate
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Follow Up By: big jimbo - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 17:31

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 17:31
You bloody beauty Terry that what i was looking for disregrade last post seen your link it works well

Thanks its bloody hard to get over spending money lol yes i think the car was built on a monday
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Follow Up By: TerryGLS - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 17:34

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 17:34
Yeah just refer to the second follow up in response to Sly for the website details Jimbo.
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Follow Up By: TerryGLS - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 18:02

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 18:02
No worries Jimbo.... I came across that website by chance on a Mitsubishi forum after finding out the cost of the workshop manuals.Those pdf files have certainly saved me money
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Reply By: Member - Camper (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 14:12

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 14:12
Change the plugs?????????
I cant even see where the wires end up on the Challenger!
This is one of the things which p*sses me about new vehicles. The 'keep it simple rule' has been bypassed in the interests of people who want luxury and couldn't fix anything anyway. I'm happy to wind up my own windows, adjust my rear view mirrors manually and do my own services. But now it is all too hard.
But I do like the fact that the computer tunes the motor as I drive and so less fuel is used. Better seats dust proofing etc make life easier too but it worries me when there is potential for the pooter to poo itself away from home, let alone the cost of fixing it and the impossibility of me being able to jury-rig the car to get me home.

Camper
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 17:02

Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 17:02
There's probally the same chance of a clyinder exiting the side of your block then the computer blowing up. I'd like to see you jury rig either of those ones to get you home!! ;-)
They are not that bad, they still make sense you just have to think 4th dimensionally!! LOL
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Reply By: big jimbo - Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 16:34

Thursday, Jan 13, 2005 at 16:34
update on the triton 1700.00 is the total cost of the service very disappointed
just giveing this info for a gride
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