Hey, this isn't an auto news group. So, maybe there is an active news group
I did have a look, but didn't see any that looked active.
My Dodge van has 8 cylinders. Eight plugs. Two bucks each. $16. I know
that's not a heck of a lot of money, but it hurts to throw them out just
cause they have a little bit of carbon on them.
How to clean spark plugs? Ideas?
<< How to clean spark plugs? Ideas? >>
<< Wire brush or sand blast. >>
Wrong. Wire brushing leaves metal particles on the insulator and shorts out the
spark. Sand blasting with the usual silica sand or silicon carbide tears up the
ceramic insulator and erodes and rounds off the electrodes. Professionals use
glass bead blasting to restore plugs if replacements are an impossibilty at the
Definitely need a tune up. The last fellow who had the van, I don't think he
did much maint. I did get the timing set (took some doing). And the plugs
were all coated with carbon. A 87 Dodge van isn't going to do 50K on a set
I have done wire brush before (spray it out with STP carb cleaner) and they
look pretty good. Don't have access to sand or glass bead blaster.
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