|Originally posted by Formula88:|
Today's Lesson: Change plug wires one at a time.
A rule I have followed religiously for the last 40+ years that has never failed me. I did have a friend call me one morning at 7 AM, 7 AM I was working the night shift the night before and did some overtime so I hadn't gotten home until 4 AM he called and asked me what the firing order was on his car, WTF. I told him it was on the intake manifold, he said he couldn't find it, so I looked it up read it to him and then went back to bed. he called me again a few hours later saying it still wouldn't start, I described the cap shape and hold down screws in relation to number 1 plug and again gave him the firing order. Go by the cap and the screws relationship to number 1 and you should never be wrong, unless the manual is wrong. I have only run into that once, in a Haynes manual on an Astro van. but it does happen, I had to look the firing order up online to realize it was wrong in the manual.
so in all the time I have ever changed plugs, unless it was a complete engine rebuild I have only messed up that one time, because I only change one plug at a time.
|Originally posted by rogergarrison:|
Great advice I ALWAYS follow with no exception. I also label any wires I disconnect with masking tape and a pen. A great invention for someone to make is a kit that has permanent snap on (like loom) labels for everything under a hood. I had them for spark plug wires on several cars I bought at Jegs. Ive bought wire kits for car restorations that had every wire permanently labeled with what it went to and wondered why no one makes them separately.
Factory wire sets used to have them on them as well Roger, remember them, I know you do,
was for ease of assembly at the factory. If I remember right it was printed right on the wirers and the cap.
Technology is great when it works,
and one big pain in the ass when it doesn't
Detroit iron rules all the rest are just toys.
[This message has been edited by 84fiero123 (edited 03-16-2014).]