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« on: Fri 30 May, 2008 - 10:17 am »

 

do I need a special tool for this?
do I need the right plugs for the right car?

I have an 88 Galant which is running rough and am hoping its just the plugs. After being quoted a lot for changing them  I found some I'd bought for a previous car (NGK's - BP5ES) but never put in.

can I use an adjustable spanner to change the plugs?
and are the plugs I have suitable for the car?

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« Reply #1 on: Fri 30 May, 2008 - 10:28 am »

You'll need a special spanner, or fitting if you have a socket set as they are a lot deeper.

You also need the right spark plug.  The packet should say whether it will it's the right spark plug for the car.  You could pull one out to have a look.

Lastly, the gap has to be set properly, for this you'll need a feeler gauge





they only cost a few bucks.  And you'll need to look up the correct gap for it.

I'd say it would probably cost from $20-$50 to do it yourself including buying the tools
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« Reply #2 on: Fri 30 May, 2008 - 10:37 am »

and finally, the best bit of advice I can give if you decide to do it yourself, only do one at a time, can be very easy to get the leads mixed up
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« Reply #3 on: Sat 31 May, 2008 - 12:35 pm »

  thanks stu

pic VERY helpful 

an ex was an auto sparky so I should remember more than I do... 

will call into repco
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« Reply #4 on: Thu 3 July, 2008 - 01:07 pm »

and remember before taking them right out?  Crack the thread, crank the ignition (blows all the crap away from the thread so it won't fall into the hole, and when putting your new ones in a THIN film of oil around the thread will make the next change easier 
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« Reply #5 on: Thu 3 July, 2008 - 06:04 pm »

  well, my son changed them for me cause I didn't have the oomph  to turn the nuts.

1 was rusty, the others pretty good, except the rubber at the end of the leads had melted to them *shrug*

it ran a little better but is starting to go back to its noisy idling - so I guess its leads next? or timing?


 
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« Reply #6 on: Thu 3 July, 2008 - 07:10 pm »

That can happen if the gap's not set properly, the sparkplugs will get buildup on them ... just pull 1 or 2 out and see if they're covered with black sooty buildup ... if so, use some wet and dry sandpaper to clean them, then widen the gap slightly
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« Reply #7 on: Thu 3 July, 2008 - 07:37 pm »

well I changed them all anyway - so do I look in a few weeks for soot?

and what about the part (casing?) that they screw down into - if I had one with rust does that mean I need to clean around the casing?




why can't they have had basic mechanics at school? 
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« Reply #8 on: Thu 3 July, 2008 - 11:37 pm »

no no and no!

you don't wanna drop s**t in the holes chick, it won't be leads if it ran OK for a while then reverted back and timing shouldn't need to be altered unless you've changed it (or the points)
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« Reply #9 on: Sat 5 July, 2008 - 04:01 pm »

I didn't even know what one of these are... (to be honest I still don't)

But I went to super cheap auto and the guy done heaps of things for me.. oil change, spark plugs even got my lighter thing working!
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« Reply #10 on: Sat 5 July, 2008 - 07:05 pm »

at Repco they aren't allowed to physically do anything for you. Just advice.
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