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Embarrassed by Spark Plug Condition.

Blown

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I have had plugs and wires sitting on a shelf for 6 months, since I bought this X.............. It started running a little rough so I did them yesterday. The old plugs had a nice tan color but the gap was worn way open! They are just worn-out and likely the stock motorcraft plugs and wires with 135,000 miles on the clock.

Here's a representative though some of the plugs center electrode was worn down to the level of the insulator:
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Anyway, it's done now and I noticed a little better performance. It idles better and no longer stumbles coming off idle. I should see a little better mileage.

She got new hoses, flush and water pump last month.

Next I am going to drop the tranny pan, clean the solenoids, add a drain plug, and refill it.
 



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Blown

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I had more issue with old plastic plug wire retainers breaking. I guess I got lucky, they all came out easy.

The new ones went in with anti-seize on the threads and dielectric grease on the other end.

I am amazed at 135,000 mile plugzzzzzzz. Damn good ignition system!
 






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Well done, good for another 50k miles. I just bought a 92 Lincoln with 52k miles on it, with original plug wires. I'm betting the plugs are original too, but I only bought plug wires so far. It has a leaking radiator, so Rock Auto was the place to get that and all hoses, a belt, and T-stat. People are proud of the original parts, I'd rather have newer than 25 years.
 






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Don,
Ya newer like my 17 year old, ha,
Soon I will be able to spank most SUV's with my old X and have seen your old projects. Fun stuff.
 






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