Torque spec on plugs

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Glomis, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. Glomis

    Glomis Guest

    It's probably in the owners manual, but...

    Anyone know the torque spec on spark plugs? Gotta change them in 3000 km
    and I wanna be ready/make sure I don't overtighten.


    Glomis, Jan 7, 2004
  2. Glomis

    Kirk Kohnen Guest

    I presume the make is a Saturn.

    Year? Model?
    Kirk Kohnen, Jan 7, 2004
  3. Glomis

    Glomis Guest

    Jeez.....sorry! That would help!

    2001 - SL2...

    Glomis, Jan 7, 2004
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    C. E. White Guest

  5. Glomis

    Kirk Kohnen Guest

    20 foot pounds.

    Kirk Kohnen, Jan 7, 2004
  6. Glomis

    Glomis Guest

    Thanks...Kirk and CE White

    Glomis, Jan 7, 2004
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    BANDIT2941 Guest

    It's probably in the owners manual, but...
    I always put them in 'wrist tight.' I screw them in by hand, then grip my
    ratchet at the top of it(near the socket) and twist my wrist to tighten. This
    way reduces all the leverage and makes sure you won't put too much force on
    them since you're not using your arm.
    BANDIT2941, Jan 8, 2004
  8. Does anyone use anti-seize compound, or do the plugs come pre-greased?

    I was reading a thread in a Chrysler forum and there was some dialog about
    misfires being attributed to anti-seize with cars and ignition systems using
    the wasted spark setup. On some models (like a PT Cruiser) tune-ups don't
    happen for 100k so I guess anti-seize might not be an issue...
    Jonnie Santos, Jan 9, 2004
  9. Glomis

    BANDIT2941 Guest

    I never did but now I use a little bit, ever since I had a plug 'weld' to the
    head(had to remove it with a breaker bar....). Luckily the threads repaired
    with a chaser......
    BANDIT2941, Jan 9, 2004
  10. Glomis

    Steve Barker Guest

    I use anti-seize on every thread I deal with. Especially spark plugs.
    Steve Barker, Jan 9, 2004
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    Napalm Heart Guest

    I've used anti-seize compound on spark plugs for at least 20 years.
    Never been a problem that I know of.

    Napalm Heart, Jan 9, 2004
  12. Glomis

    Kirk Kohnen Guest

    I use anti-seize compound and dielectric grease on every plug. Never had a
    Kirk Kohnen, Jan 9, 2004
  13. Glomis

    BANDIT2941 Guest

    I've used anti-seize compound on spark plugs for at least 20 years.
    I too, never, ever did.......until I had one weld into the head........
    BANDIT2941, Jan 9, 2004
  14. Glomis

    BANDIT2941 Guest

    whups disregard previous post.....
    BANDIT2941, Jan 9, 2004
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    Jerry Guest

    What anti-seize compound and dielectric grease do you use, are they special?
    Where do you buy them? I have anti-seize compound for a bike (copper color),
    should it work? And where do you use dielectric grease? Sorry for a bunch of
    questions, never used that before for a car...
    Jerry, Jan 11, 2004
  16. Glomis

    Napalm Heart Guest

    I get the anti-seize and dielectric grease from NAPA (most automotive
    stores should have the same). Nothing really special about them The
    anti-seize is usually gray. The dielectric grease goes in the ends of
    the sparkplug boots. It helps prevent the boot and the plug from
    bonding together. I use the grease at the coil or distributor ends,

    Napalm Heart, Jan 11, 2004
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    Kirk Kohnen Guest

    Anti-seize from autozone-pep-boys-kragen etc. Read the info on the tube - it
    will say that it's for plugs (among other stuff).
    The dielectric grease is also available from auto stores - I buy a bigger
    cheaper tube from the electronics stores, but I'm an engineer.

    I don't know about bike anti-seize. I don't think it sees engine temps...

    Dielectric grease on the insulator. It keeps the rubber from sticking to the
    ceramic on the plug so you can get the boots off easily 30,000 miles & 2.5
    years later.
    Kirk Kohnen, Jan 11, 2004
  18. Glomis

    Jerry Guest

    Thank you.

    Jerry, Jan 11, 2004
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    Jerry Guest


    Jerry, Jan 12, 2004
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