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Old 12-26-2019, 11:21 AM   #183
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Did this on my car over the weekend, and doing it with a friend on his FR-S this evening.



It's way easier to do after releasing the engine/transmission mounts and jacking up each side of the engine. It takes <20 minutes to do and will make the rest of the job a breeze.


edit: followup - we did the entire job in just under 2 hours, from pulling into the garage to pulling out and including test starts for every plug. One little question I had, however. On both of our cars ('13 and '15), after doing the third spark plug (closest to the passenger), the car would start and then immediately stall out (over a few trials). We would re-do it, lower that side of the engine, and...it would work! My theory is that either I wasn't getting the coil pack on correctly for that particular plug, or that the engine doesn't like to be lifted up on the RH side (relative to the engine bay) on start. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Old 05-19-2020, 04:48 PM   #184
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I'm at 35K, 5 years, according to the intervals, I am due..... well my plugs are due. Does the charge capacity in the plugs wear out over time?

Should I wait another 1-2 years till 50k-60k, or do it right meow?
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spark plugs are not like pizza. they don't go bad sitting.
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I'm at 35K, 5 years, according to the intervals, I am due..... well my plugs are due. Does the charge capacity in the plugs wear out over time?

Should I wait another 1-2 years till 50k-60k, or do it right meow?
I didn't change my plugs until 120K miles when I had the spring recall done, and the one I saw basically looked new. Your wear may vary.
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spark plugs are not like pizza. they don't go bad sitting.
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I'm at 35K, 5 years, according to the intervals, I am due..... well my plugs are due. Does the charge capacity in the plugs wear out over time?

Should I wait another 1-2 years till 50k-60k, or do it right meow?
Did mine at 50k and they looked perfect. So you can wait for sure. I would only change early if getting a protune, but even that is overkill.
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I'm at 35K, 5 years, according to the intervals, I am due..... well my plugs are due. Does the charge capacity in the plugs wear out over time?

Should I wait another 1-2 years till 50k-60k, or do it right meow?
i would wait. Only times you should consider it unless youre at the interval would be if your car isn't starting up right away, misfiring, running weird, bad fuel economy, etc..

theres alot that problems that should be apparent when you got bad spark plugs.

i did mine at 62k and when i took off the old ones, they looked worn sure but still usable for probably at least 20k more miles so yea you should be fine.
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Good write up, there Scenic Driver ......thanks for posting ......

I think when my FR-S gets up to that point ..... I'll just trade it in .....

Oh, the "good old days", ...... just open the hood, climb in the engine compartment and change the plugs; a 5 minute job.....


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i'd call you a cheater, but that's much more setup work than a set of plugs!
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