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Old 10-10-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Her plugs were a little past due

I hate doing any work on my mom or sisters car because when we do they always seem to find more things wrong that "wasnt like that before you fixed it"

So over the summer she felt a little miss or hesitation so we just changed the plugs and the air filter because they were due. Didnt help shorty after that the alternator went out. Thats what she felt

But ide say her plugs were due anyway...



How can you tell when plugs need changed? ide say when they look like this.


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Old 10-10-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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I know Haynes manuals have a nice color chart on the back page. I just googled "spark plug chart", and this came up:



Not sure how long the linked image will work.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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But on my sisters look at the electrode its cooked on one side. And the gap is so big its not only burnt way down but on its side as well.
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Very worn plugs.
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My sister did better than your sister............



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LOL wow that cooked both sides. It makes you wonder how they ran like that. The gap is so wide.
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Posted via FF Mobile My car was choking on acceleration. Thought it was bad gas. Ended up having to have the plugs, wires and coil pack all changed. There was a short somewhere and the plugs were pretty bad.
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the old Lady was complaining about her Go-veo running "funny", so I thought it was because the car is a pos, but I ended up replaced the air filter and plugs anyways. Turns out they were shot, looked liked the op's plug.

And at 85 bucks for a set they were a steal from GM..

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my buddy had an old jetta with a misfire in 2 cylinders. o man you should have seen those spark plugs. and his cap was cracked.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:22 AM   #10
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Had a buddy with an SPI that was dogging it really bad getting it up to speed. Cyl 3 was misfiring and he was too ignorant to think about replacing his plugs (as it's pretty cheap). He ended up needing new wires and coil pack as well. Not a bad idea to check your plugs every so often either.
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