Re: spark plug replacement - anti-sieze?
Just curious... Why are folks replacing spark plugs?
One of the reasons I replaced my plugs was I was about 15k miles over 100k. The stock NGK plugs are rated to go a 100k. I figured it was about time to replace them.
Also, I plan on doing the timing belt service here soon. My dealership will be doing the work for me (oddly enough, the estimate they gave me was one of the lowest of the 7-8 shops I got estimates from) and they recommended doing the plugs also; at a rate of $220. $120 for the plugs and $100 for the installation.
I have replaced plugs numerous times on quite a few vehicles, so I figured I would try and save myself a few $'s on the timing belt service, by doing it myself. I found the plugs on line (RockAuto.com) for under $10 a piece. Shipped to my door, it was less than $63. Took me about an hour. I could do another spark plug replacement on my RL in about 1/2 that time now that I have done it once. Pretty easy and it is suprising the amount of room you have to work with. Anyway, when it was all said and done, I figured I saved myself over $130.
Piece of advice, if you decide to do it yourself, make sure you have either a 5" deep sparkplug socket, or a couple of short extensions for your ratchet...it will make your life mucho easier.
Finally, I went by the advice of NGK and Honda and did not put anti-sieze on the plugs (as they had the shiny/silver coating on the threads) and torqued them to 13 foot lbs. I guess time will tell if I did the right things....of course, by the time the plugs need to replaced, I probably won't be the owner. I'll have sold it/traded it by them.
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