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Old 13 Jun 2016, 04:21 pm
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Question How often to change the spark plugs???

I think its been a couple of years now since I changed the plugs and wires.

I notice that a cold start seems to be just a little slower now... if it was "2 revs before catching" before, now its maybe 4-5 revs. No biggy, still reliable starting. New plugs might help??

I'm taking it in to get oil pan drain plug repaired tomorrow, wondering if I should ask for new plugs while they are at it! (I found that changing plugs myself was a bit of a hassle, what with them being buried down in the back of the engine and all...)

PS: I drive this car about 6,000 miles a year....
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Old 13 Jun 2016, 04:40 pm
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Spark Plugs are cheap (champion copper tops)and mostly easy to change(but not everybody enjoy the task)...sounds like once a year 6000 miles would be good idea for you.

If you lived closer I would do an ignition tune up for you for FREE.(labor that is)
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Old 13 Jun 2016, 04:48 pm
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This brings an idea that some members may not be aware of.

Some may check local colleges or automotive training schools out for offer's to have students perform various work for free on their PT cruisers .

I can assure you that the work is well above par comparing even some quality service shops because every aspect from beginning to end is carefully monitored by the instructors and/or voluntaries that have extensive training and experience in the field.
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This brings an idea that some members may not be aware of.

Some may check local colleges or automotive training schools out for offer's to have students perform various work for free on their PT cruisers .

I can assure you that the work is well above par comparing even some quality service shops because every aspect from beginning to end is carefully monitored by the instructors and/or voluntaries that have extensive training and experience in the field.
Years ago...I had some high school kids working for me that were taking paint & body classes at school. They did a little body work, then painted my '73 Mustang for about $150.
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The "manual" recommends to replace plugs every 30,000 miles, and wires every 60,000 miles. But you drive about half what the normal 12,000 mile/year estimated for the average driver, so you could probably do it sooner, or more often.

If you take it to a shop, many will charge an "access fee" required to remove the upper plenum to gain access to the plugs. Typically this fee is around $150, so it would be wise to have any additional work (replace thermostat, replace upper radiator hose, replace leaking valve cover gasket, etc) done at the same time while the plenum is off, to avoid having to pay another access fee.

When my PT developed a long crank on a cold engine, it ended up being the fuel pump. With yours, on a warm engine, does it start right up or still take a long crank?
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This brings an idea that some members may not be aware of.

Some may check local colleges or automotive training schools out for offer's to have students perform various work for free on their PT cruisers .
Do you know some school in Bloomington/Indianapolis or Indiana area ?
I'm getting prepared to replace the timing belt, serpentine belt and alternator belt, along with the related hardware (pulleys, water pump, tensioners, etc). I know its a expensive service....

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When my PT developed a long crank on a cold engine, it ended up being the fuel pump. With yours, on a warm engine, does it start right up or still take a long crank?
On a warm engine it 'starts right up', generally. The difference is subtle, though. Even on the "slow" crank its only about 0.6 seconds (vs maybe 0.3 seconds for a "fast" crank)
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BTW, on my 2004 turbo lite, I didn't have to remove anything to change the plugs. I just found it awkward reaching over the engine to get them out, and VERY awkward putting them back in ( stuck on the end of some fuel line ). Plus I had to use a u-joint on the torque wrench. Just generally an unpleasant enough job for me to want to farm it out. By comparison, changing the cam position sensor was a piece of cake!
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Spark plug recommendation have always been were based on the fuels available during the time or close to the time they were written.

This is one time I may debate the original released Factory Service Manual of some model vehicles regarding spark plug changing intervals. . But then I am sure I could find Factory Service Manual Updates that would support my information should I feel the need to argue my points.



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Do you know some school in Bloomington/Indianapolis or Indiana area ?
I'm getting prepared to replace the timing belt, serpentine belt and alternator belt, along with the related hardware (pulleys, water pump, tensioners, etc). I know its a expensive service....

thanks!
I used the internet and found a few close to you? Here is one. You would really need to contact each one and ask if they have a program that I mentioned early.

Good luck, I hope you can find one that can help you!

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