Where can I get that extra deep socket? I'd rather not lose one of mine in there! Oh yeah, and how much was it?
Not sure of the cost because it's always been in my tool set, but they sell a spark plug socket. Mine is a Craftsman (Sears), but it's probably pretty common. It's just a deep socket with a rubber insert for gripping the ceramic plug insulator so the plug doesn't fall out of the socket during installation/removal. The socket is not so deep it extends out of the engine, so it requires an extension. The only problem is when it was new, sometimes the rubber gripped better than the socket extension and the extension detached first, leaving the plug and socket in the hole. A little duct tape between the socket and extension took care of that.
Anyone know a good (and fairly cheap) torque wrench suitable for the spark plugs?
I forget the torque required for the spark plugs, but Autozone and probably others sell a torque wrench small enough for the plugs. Just see that the required torque falls within the range specified on the wrench packaging. I think mine was around $20. Be sure to get the settable "click" type, not the dial, it's well worth the extra few bucks.