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My step-dad went to change my spark plugs in my 2001 Kia Optima 4 cyl and can't seem to find them. Where the heck are they and how do you get to them? We have no owners manual.
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Welcome to the KIA forums. Not sure on your particular car but most likely there is an engine cover that sits on top of the engine , that has to come off and the plugs and leads will be under there.

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P86 is correct, I have a 2002 4 cyl Optima.

Remove the 4 bolts that hold the engine cover on.

On top of the engine you will see 2 ignition coils, each one has 1 wire going to it leading to a spark plug.

That's 2 of your plugs, the 3rd & 4th plugs are right under the ignition coils themselves.

2 bolts hold each coil on. I believe it's a 10 mm socket that removes the bolts. Just remove them and pull the coil straight up.

If the plugs are the original Iridium ones you remove them with a 13/16" spark plug socket.

If the plugs are the regular resistor type you remove those with a 5/8" spark plug socket.

Either way you'll need an extension on the socket as the plugs are recessed.

Torque the new plugs to 15 - 21 ft-lbs.

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