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Old 07-05-2011, 06:58 PM   #11
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Re: Spark plug wire removal without damage?

Autolite makes a good wire but denso or ngk is the best for imports, bosch for europeans, and ac delco or autolite for domestic.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:56 PM   #12
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ding ding ding, farlander got the prize! haha

the xact brand i get maybe 20-30K outa em before they start misfiring.

i think i have bosh in the truck now and thier starting to misfire again...maybe been 40K...
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Autolite wires were the ones that always fell apart on me when I tried to check the plugs. Don't forget, Autolite comes from the same people that bring you the orange can of death. I buy OEM, except for Rusty and the BWH because their distributors use distributor rings, and the OEM wires no longer come with nipples to fit into the ring. In those cases I buy Niehoff, I find the quality is just as good, if not better than OEM, and they still have available wire sets with nipples for the older distributors.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:10 AM   #14
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the xact brand i get maybe 20-30K outa em before they start misfiring.
This seems odd to me. In what way are they failing? I know people replace wires all the time, but I had convinced myself that people just like to spend money. Theoretically a set of wires could last twice as long as the car. They are just wires, though they do have to deal with a lot of vibration and heat.
I understand that they do fail, but it seems like people need to gap their plugs and put a new distributor cap/rotor in, so they buy wires too.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:34 AM   #15
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I think it is all of the heat that eventually does them in- maybe something like dry rot. I buy lifetime warranty silicone wires from autozone and after 5-6 years I start getting shocked when I touch them. When that happens, I know it is time for a new set...
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I think The Beast had about 130,000 miles on the original wires before I replaced them. I wasn't having any problems, it was mostly out of guilt. I usually think about replacing plugs and wires at about 100,000 miles. (OEM Platinum plugs & OEM wires)
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I think it is all of the heat that eventually does them in- maybe something like dry rot. I buy lifetime warranty silicone wires from autozone and after 5-6 years I start getting shocked when I touch them. When that happens, I know it is time for a new set...
What do you tell the Auto Zone guys when you ask to get them warrantied?
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:34 AM   #18
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What do you tell the Auto Zone guys when you ask to get them warrantied?
I also use the Auto Zone lifetime wires. All you have to do is take them in and tell them you need another set.
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What do you tell the Auto Zone guys when you ask to get them warrantied?
I just hand them the wires and tell them that I was getting shocked when I touched them so I know they are bad. Then they look up the warranty info on their computer using my phone number and hand me a new box of wires for the same vehicle.

I guess they figure that if the wires are several years old, they really can't dispute that the insulation may have broken down.
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Re: Spark plug wire removal without damage?

I'm sold. The next time I need wires, I hope I remember to buy lifetime warrantied wires from AutoZone.
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