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#541237 - 2nd Jul 2011 9:34pm Spark plug gap
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Its been a while since I have seen a spark plug from a car but does this seem an excessive gap it was taken out of a ford focus thanks.


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#541240 - 2nd Jul 2011 9:39pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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Gap for Ford Focus is usually about 1.3mm, to me the gap does look excessive, the arm looks bent and the electrode looks as if it has burnt, possibly due to the excessive gap.

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#541241 - 2nd Jul 2011 9:46pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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Thanks Dr I thought it looked a big gap but have not seen a modern car spark plug so just thought i'd check.

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#541262 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:20pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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thats a platinum spark plug it should look like that, dont regap them as you will damage the electrode (as its platinum & delicate wink )


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#541266 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:26pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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So I dont need to replace them then?

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#541270 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:30pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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how long have they been in? have you measured the gap?

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#541271 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:32pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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Gap still should be 1.3 smile

Ford did try change their rec to 1.0mm to handle the idling on the zetec engine, but most stick with the 1.3, if yours are much bigger than that you might want to have a look at some (pre-gapped) new ones.

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#541276 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:37pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: chris_gilly]
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Originally Posted By: chris_gilly
how long have they been in? have you measured the gap?


Dont know they were in when I bought the car. The gap looks to be 3-4 mil.


Edited by baldybrewer (2nd Jul 2011 10:38pm)
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#541278 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:37pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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how longs that been? smile

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#541279 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:37pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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spark plugs should be changed every 37.500 mls that's Auto data's advise
when where they last done ?
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#541280 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:40pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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Ive had it since Jan it was supposed to have a full service but dosent look like it has.

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#541281 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:40pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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I remember when the gap had to be set to 0.025" - Adam was a lad at the time!
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#541283 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:41pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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maybe worth changine for the sake of it then, be prepared to pay some decent cash for a set due to them being platinums. 20-30 odd quid a set

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#541286 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:44pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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Was expecting them not to be cheap do halfrauds sell em? and do I need to replace them with platinums.

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#541289 - 2nd Jul 2011 10:54pm Re: Spark plug gap [Re: baldybrewer]
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lol dont go halfords they,ll be 50+ lol
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