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Old 01-24-2005, 04:24 PM   #1
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After about 7 cuts, 1 broken spark plug, a broken vacuum line and 5 hours of labor, I finally finished my tune up. (For the exeption of a air and fuel filter) I am so proud of myself now.
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You broke a plug?? i'm assuming the ceramic part broke.. How tight did you tighten the plugs in your heads?
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till i couldn't tighten it any more. i broke the one plug by putting on the wire and didnt realize i didnt have it on an angle. i applied to much pressue and the plug broke. it was in the rear. thankfully, it was the top part that broke and was saved.
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u shouldnt put them in untill u cant turn them anymore... if ur heads were aluminum u would have striped them out... and u better be lucky ur week, cause u didnt strip out urs...

i broke a spark plug once... it was one i was taking out, and i dropped it, and it broke
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Did you put some anti-sieze on them first? Cause if you cranked on them hard without it, they will be impossible to get out in the near future. I normally go finger tight plus a turn.
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nobody told me this. i just started it myself. thanx and i will remember next time not to tighten them so tight.. When should I do another tune up? I have 194k on the car now. 20, 000 miles?
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Did you put some anti-sieze on them first? Cause if you cranked on them hard without it, they will be impossible to get out in the near future. I normally go finger tight plus a turn.
No. I didnt know all of this. I just went on and did the changes.
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Then I suggest in the near future, like a week or two, get yourself a little 97 cent packet of antisieze from Walmart, pull the plugs, put little on the threads (about enough to go around the threads in a path about 1/5 to a 1/4 as wide as the threads) and put them back in. Not too tight now.
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I'd do it right now Also pick up some dieletric grease and coat the inside of the boot on both ends of the wire (coil and plug).

BTW I applaud the initiative to work on your own car, youll learn a lot (and you have already started).
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thanx Todd! Feels like I've taken this car apart and put it back together. I am resting now and getting ready for this road trip. I hope I can do this when I get back. In fact, I will get the solvent on my way out.
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