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twelveMonkies

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 8:05 am
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This is weird. I have a 1998 Dodge Neon Sport. On the air duct, it says 2.0
DOHC. Anyways, I need to change plugs and bought the Autolite. On the
Autolite chart, it list the same plugs for both SOHC and DOHC, but the gaps
are different. The chart also says that the gap for DOHC should be .045
where as .035 for SOHC. My underhood chart says that my plugs should be
gapped at 0.035.

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 8:20 am
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On Sun, 02 Nov 2003 02:05:58 GMT, twelveMonkies may have
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 >This is weird. I have a 1998 Dodge Neon Sport. On the air duct, it says 2.0
 >DOHC. Anyways, I need to change plugs and bought the Autolite. On the
 >Autolite chart, it list the same plugs for both SOHC and DOHC, but the gaps
 >are different. The chart also says that the gap for DOHC should be .045
 >where as .035 for SOHC. My underhood chart says that my plugs should be
 >gapped at 0.035.

..035 is correct.

In my experience, the Autolite book has quite a few inaccuracies.
They probably show a plain plug as appropriate for that vehicle, but
if I'm not mistaken, the original equipment is double platinum. Plain
will work, but it won't last as long.

Autolites aren't a particularly bad choice by comparison to some
others. I'd clean and reinstall the original plugs before I'd put in
a set of Bosch Platinums, for instance, but that's because I've had
terrible results from the Bosch plats.

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 8:26 am
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Ahh. Thanks for setting me straight. I bought the car used at 58k miles
and the plugs in the car is not platinum. It how has 75k miles and the
plugs looks like they need replacing in about 5-7k miles. Maybe the
original owners changed them to copper ifthey were originally platinum. I
thought about getting platinum plugs but I've read that platinum plugs
actually degrads performance for the Neons.

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 > said:
 >
  >>This is weird. I have a 1998 Dodge Neon Sport. On the air duct, it
  >>says 2.0 DOHC. Anyways, I need to change plugs and bought the
  >>Autolite. On the Autolite chart, it list the same plugs for both SOHC
  >>and DOHC, but the gaps are different. The chart also says that the gap
  >>for DOHC should be .045 where as .035 for SOHC. My underhood chart
  >>says that my plugs should be gapped at 0.035.
 >
 > .035 is correct.
 >
 > In my experience, the Autolite book has quite a few inaccuracies.
 > They probably show a plain plug as appropriate for that vehicle, but
 > if I'm not mistaken, the original equipment is double platinum. Plain
 > will work, but it won't last as long.
 >
 > Autolites aren't a particularly bad choice by comparison to some
 > others. I'd clean and reinstall the original plugs before I'd put in
 > a set of Bosch Platinums, for instance, but that's because I've had
 > terrible results from the Bosch plats.
 >
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(Msg. 4) Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2003 8:56 am
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On Sun, 02 Nov 2003 02:26:54 GMT, twelveMonkies may have
said:

 >Ahh. Thanks for setting me straight. I bought the car used at 58k miles
 >and the plugs in the car is not platinum. It how has 75k miles and the
 >plugs looks like they need replacing in about 5-7k miles. Maybe the
 >original owners changed them to copper ifthey were originally platinum.

Not uncommon, particularly in a vehicle that's about to be sold. The
conventional plugs work just fine in most cases, for far more than
long enough to get the car sold and delivered, and well beyond the end
of the usual used car warranty.

 >I thought about getting platinum plugs but I've read that platinum plugs
 >actually degrads performance for the Neons.

I would have no problem believing reports that swapping to *Bosch*
Plats had degraded performance. That mirrors my experience with
Fords, GM, Harley-Davidson, BMW (bikes and cars), VW and Mercedes as
well. I first tried the Bosch Plats over 25 years ago, and they were
a complete flop. Since then, at the request and insistence of various
people, I've tried them several more times in various other people's
cars, with uniformly poor results. The most recent attempt was about
two years ago, with the multi-ground Plat. It was no better than the
previous ones.

Double-plat plugs from other manufactuers have never given me any
problems. Bosch *conventional* plugs are actually my first choice for
most European makes. But I'd tell somebody to take the vehicle
elsewhere before I'd install Bosch Plats. In the words of a long-ago
friend, "If this item were being evaluated for its military value, it
would be marked 'to be supplied to the enemy in the largest available
quantity.'"

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