Tag: spark plugs

45 Posts

Jun 01, 2008

What would cause one of Shannon's spark plugs to shoot for low-earth orbit?

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Yesterday I was driving my 1998 Honda Accord down the highway when I heard this horrible noise, like the tire blew. So I pulled over. All the tires were fine, but the car was still making a horrible noise. I lifted...

spark plugs

May 01, 2007

Today: four reasons why it might be time to change your spark plugs.

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How do I know when I should change my spark plugs? I mean, will my car do anything different? I was getting my oil changed, and the guy said I should change my spark plugs. How would he even know...

spark plugs maintenance

does it really matter what brand of gasoline i buy
Nov 01, 2004

What's the white crud on my spark plugs caused by?

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My husband insists that the white crud that he finds deposited on the spark plugs of my Camry are the result of using any gasoline other than his favorite brand I do use name-brand gasoline but I tend to stop...

spark plugs

how can i remove a broken spark plug still stuck in the engine
Aug 01, 2004

Repairing a spark plug that broke off flush with its hole.

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Yesterday my son broke off a spark plug in his Ford F- with a six-cylinder engine It broke off flush with the hole Egad How do we get the rest of the spark plug out and what other concerns must...

spark plugs

what should i do one of my spark plugs ejected itself out of my engine
Feb 01, 2003

After new spark plugs are installed, what causes them to come loose?

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I recently had new plugs and wires installed in my ' Chevy Cavalier V- After about miles I was driving home from my local grocery store when the car started making a horrible noise followed by running extremely roughly and...

spark plugs

Aug 01, 2001

What can I expect from premium spark plugs?

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I'm wondering if you have any firsthand experience with the latest in spark-plug technology the not-yet-famous Iridium spark plug The Iridium plugs are supposed to be more efficient than their platinum counterparts I just ordered a set of Denso Iridium...

spark plugs

Jul 01, 2001

Is it possible for an ignition spark to be TOO hot?

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Can one have too hot an ignition spark There are several aftermarket ignition systems available for older car engines most claiming to produce more voltage than stock systems But can you overdo it Will too hot a spark wear out...

ignition spark plugs

Nov 01, 1999

How important is the spark plug gap recommended by car manufacturers?

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I have a ' Nissan Sentra I changed the spark plugs at miles and just did it again at The owner's manual says the spark plug gap should be between and inches I set them at and the car runs...

spark plugs

Jun 01, 1999

What could cause spark plugs to blow out?

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My wife owns a Ford Contour About three months ago while driving she began to hear a loud clacking noise After inspecting the engine I found that a spark plug had been completely ejected from the head The threads on...

spark plugs

May 01, 1999

Ideas for removing a spark plug that is stuck in place?

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After my wife left her Mercury Tracer at the dealer for a tuneup she received a call from the service manager He said one of the spark plugs was stuck and could not be removed without the risk of breaking...

spark plugs