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Old 12-20-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Got bored and decided to check out my spark plugs because I've been getting some rough idle and boy did I get a surprise. This was just the first one. As far as I know these could be the factory plugs. Shes a whole new animal now. I'm actually semi-impressed with the difference in performance.

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Old 12-20-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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wow.. some people and their in-ability to do simple preventive maintenance..

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Old 12-20-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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In ability to perform simple maintenance or working 14+ hour days 7 days a week chasing down wires on F/A-18's with back to back deployments. I've been a civilian for only two weeks and I've accomplished more on my little break from employment than I did in two years.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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What kind of plugs you going use? I need to replace mine too
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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NGK ZFR5N. I'm pretty sure they're factory spec. I'm curious to see how this affects my fuel mileage, it's got more pep in it's step and runs butter smooth.
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How often should plugs be done? My baby is still new to me but coming up on 56K....
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In ability to perform simple maintenance or working 14+ hour days 7 days a week chasing down wires on F/A-18's with back to back deployments. I've been a civilian for only two weeks and I've accomplished more on my little break from employment than I did in two years.
All I can say is a big Thank You for your service to the country and good luck to you in the future. Merry Christmas!!
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:26 PM   #8
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Thanks BGT! Coming back to the midwest where people are friendly was priority number one! Merry Christmas to you!

Virus you should be okay but it never hurts to make sure. It's a pretty quick task. Most plugs are safe to 100k. My moms 2010 G6 for example rolled over 120k today and she had her plugs checked last week and they looked fine.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:23 PM   #9
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Copper plugs should be changed out around 50k and platinum and iridium's are 100K+ depending on the Manufactors recommandation.
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Double Platimum plugs and you will not have to change them for 60k miles
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How often should plugs be done? My baby is still new to me but coming up on 56K....
Depends on the plugs you choose, cheap OEM type replacements should probably be changed every 30k or so. Double Platinum or E3's can go well over 50k if not 100.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:32 AM   #12
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I'm curious to see how this affects my fuel mileage, it's got more pep in it's step and runs butter smooth.
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:59 AM   #13
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that pix of the spark plug is classic! thanks for the motivation, I plan to change my plugs in the spring, I am getting excellent fuel economy and power so I bet my plugs are not as bad as yours were.

On the F/A-18, I am jealous. My company makes engine components for the F404 engine in that aircraft as well as engine components for the F-15 and F-16 fighters and KC-135R tanker aircraft.....but I never get to see the actual aircraft in person (for obvious reasons of course). Post a pix if you have one of your F/A-18 in maintenance, thanks.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:15 AM   #14
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Thanks for the reminder, I'll have to check mine out this weekend.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:45 AM   #15
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that pix of the spark plug is classic! thanks for the motivation, I plan to change my plugs in the spring, I am getting excellent fuel economy and power so I bet my plugs are not as bad as yours were.

On the F/A-18, I am jealous. My company makes engine components for the F404 engine in that aircraft as well as engine components for the F-15 and F-16 fighters and KC-135R tanker aircraft.....but I never get to see the actual aircraft in person (for obvious reasons of course). Post a pix if you have one of your F/A-18 in maintenance, thanks.

Haha so your company played a big roll in my hearing loss!! I never really took pics of them while we had them torn apart due to the comsec issue. I've got a couple pics from this most recent deployment on the stennis and the camo bird from my previous squadron
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Holy crap the gap in that plug is huge! No wonder you were idling rough!
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Man, that photo brings back memories! I was a ship's company corpsman on the old Indy back in the early 80s and our badest fighter was the F-14 Tomcat. I think they were VF-114 Tophats and VF-32. Something like that.
Is that an A-6 to the far left?
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Man, that photo brings back memories! I was a ship's company corpsman on the old Indy back in the early 80s and our badest fighter was the F-14 Tomcat. I think they were VF-114 Tophats and VF-32. Something like that.
Is that an A-6 to the far left?
Yup. Most everyone i know who worked on/flew the Tomcats swear by them. I think I saw one at an airshow when I was a little kid. The Tophatters? Theyre VFA-14 now, they were in my CAG along with 41, 97 and 192 (my squadron)

Thats a variation of the A-6 called the EA-6 Prowler. Thats the electronic warfare bird soon to be replaced by the F/A-18Growler.
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Wow. I'm getting old.
But back on topic, I love routine maintenance. It feels good to replace plugs, air filters, hoses etc. Makes the Jeep feel refreshed and trail ready.
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great aircraft pix thanks for posting those up for us. your job looks to be a lot of fun. i'm stuck behind a computer doing design work for the engine but you get to be in the slop.

the F/A-18 is a great aircraft but I have a soft spot for the F-14, it is such a classic. So many great air to air victories in the F-14 in the 80's and 90's. I was doing R&D on thermal imaging of the F-14 engine high pressure turbine shrouds back in the late 80's and i was proud to help our pilots get the maximum out of those great P&W engines.

...........then that jerk Tom Cruise went and ruined the whole F-14 experience with that lame movie (riddled with technical errors) in 1986.

wranglers and navy fighters...what a great combo!

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