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Old 12-25-2005, 10:06 PM   #1
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Changing sparks

OK well I went and got some spark plugs and some of that stuff you put on the connectors. What do I do with it, and how much do I put on there? Thanks.
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Old 12-25-2005, 10:43 PM   #2
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Using the dielectric gel enclosed with your wires will help increase the life of the product as a lubricant and as an anti corrosion material. Simply dab some gel from the package to the connection terminals on both ends before connecting. It is important to get the gel on the metal part of the terminal for the gel to properly function. On the plug end, it may be necessary to use a small screwdriver to get up into the plug end of the boot
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Don't forget the electrode gap should be .84-.97mm if it helps
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:01 AM   #4
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Don't forget the electrode gap should be .84-.97mm if it helps
Gap on my plugs has to be .035"-.040"
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:09 AM   #5
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.84mm=.0343in
.97mm=.0393in
pretty damn close wouldnt ya say?
actually metric is more accurate then standard
but it sucks ass

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Old 12-28-2005, 04:46 PM   #6
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both measurements systems are good. The OEM specs are given in Metrics since Nissan is a Japaneese company which builds in metric (eventhough the Altima was and maybe still is built 25 miles southeast of Nashville TN) They are translated to English since many folks still don't have metric feeler gages.

If you own or have access to a torque wrench, use it and torque to 16-18 ft-lb or what ever the Haynes manual for the Altima calls for. It is not too difficult to overtighten the plugs in the aluminum heads on this car and strip the threads (resulting in some expensive repairs to the head or a remanufactured heads)

I use a dab of high temp anti-sieze (Permatex 133 is an example of one) on the spark plug threads before installing them - the materials in the plug and the aluminum in the cylinder head sometimes forms a dialectric couple. This causes corrosion at this interface between the head and plug making the next tune up a real pain in the butt (plug becomes hard to remove and could result in head damage when the threads strip out)
Thanks for the NFO. But I have a Neon
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Old 12-28-2005, 10:27 PM   #7
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.84mm=.0343in
.97mm=.0393in
pretty damn close wouldnt ya say?
actually metric is more accurate then standard
but it sucks ass

Ummm, well the damned close statement is about the only thing that approached correctness on this occassion.
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