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Old 06 Nov 2009, 06:37 pm
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A couple of questions.

1) I have just purchased a 2006, turbo-lite, convertible w/ 26,000 miles on it. I would like to replace plugs and wires b/4 winter. Researching here has given me a bit of a headache I am leaning to iridium plugs NGK?? and these wires found on ebay: PT CRUISER TURBO 10.2MM RACING SPARK PLUG WIRES BLUE:eBay Motors (item 260403263272 end time Nov-27-09 13:28:17 PST)

Sound ok? What gap? I have seen .040 and .028 to .032 posted..

2) I have seen a strut tower bar advertised. Would that improve anything on an 06 vert? It seems to have a tendency to have front end shimmy over slight bumps, windshield shakes a bit etc.. To the best of my ability, I have looked at tie rod ends, bushings etc...(Maybe this is just a vert thing??)

3) This one is a bit... well hard to ask.. How fast should the starter crank the engine over? Car starts fine BUT the engine seems to crank slow. (At least slower than the other cars I have owned unless the batteries were low) No warning codes...should I have the battery checked??

Thanks in advance..

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Old 06 Nov 2009, 10:04 pm
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I've got a 2006 GT vert!
-New battery before 2 years old. Check the battery and if terminals are clean.
-I put on a Freedom strut bar, thinking it might improve the shimmy you feel between your butt and what you see on the windshield. No difference!!
But, the techies would tell you that it will perform better turing curves.


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Old 07 Nov 2009, 02:11 pm
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The plugs and wires should be fine.
Be VERY careful when gapping - the center is very brittle.
I gapped at 0.038 and it's been fine.
The strut bar certainly can't hurt - I found steering got sharper.
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