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Hello,

I meant to share this story with you all awhile back, but with being in the process of selling our home I lost the photos deep in my iPhone's photo gallery. I recently was looking back through my photos though and came across them once again and decided to share with all of you my spark plug story from this past summer.

It was a beautiful June day and I was finally feeling better after being sick and out of work for almost a week. So I decided I would spend sometime out in the garage changing my 04 2.5T's spark plugs (didn't feel like paying the $215 my mechanic quoted me for something I could do myself). A friend of mine, who is a mechanic and owns a c70, came over and hung out with me while I changed the spark plugs.

The first two coil packs and spark plugs came out without any troubles. It was the third one that doomed me in. I got the coil pack and spark plugs out just fine, but while screwing down the coil pack the screwed snapped after only two turns of my socket wrench. I was not happy as now the coil pack would not stay down and thus my Volvo was useless for the weekend. My buddy and I decided to figure out a way to get the coil pack to stay down so that I could at least use the car until the shop that I bring my xc90 to opened on Monday.

Here was the solution we came up with...
<a href="http://imgur.com/UDIa6qR"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/UDIa6qR.jpg?2" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

Now the Mountain Dew bracket wasn't good enough for my friend and I. It just didn't seem right using a soda can to remedy a small issue on my Volvo so we called another friend of ours and drove over to his place where we actually made a bracket out of some scrap metal...
<a href="http://imgur.com/RAiiTmU"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/RAiiTmU.jpg?3" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

After getting the metal bracket to fit right so that I could get the plastic cover over the coil packs I was pretty excited to drive it and see if I noticed anything. Half way across town on the way home I decided to give it some gas and see if anything "weird" happened. This was a mistake...it turns out we didn't fully tighten the turbo line after reinstalling the spark plugs and as soon as I put the gas pedal to the floor the turbo line blew off and the engine instantly died and I had to coast to the next neighborhood turn off. Luckily though I had all my tools in the back of the car and was able to just pop the hood and reattach the turbo and off we went.

I had actually completely forgotten about the bracket going over the coil pack until rediscovering the photos on my phone today. Oops...looks like I'll have to address that at the next oil change.

Thanks for reading!
 
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