2005 T&C 3.8 Spark Plugs



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    2005 T&C 3.8 Spark Plugs

    Itís time to change the ole spark plugs. My factory shop manual calls for Champion brand RE14PLP5 plugs. When I check with Auto Zone it lists a Champion part number 7440.

    This is a copper core fine wire platinum plug. Auto Zone sells them for $5.29 each. For six that would be $31.74.

    My questions are:

    1) Is this the correct plug? I'm not into gimmicky plugs.
    2) What, if any lubricant goes on the plug threads?
    2005 Town & Country Limited

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crashmaster View Post
    1) Is this the correct plug?
    Yes, that is the OEM plug.


    Quote Originally Posted by Crashmaster View Post
    2) What, if any lubricant goes on the plug threads?
    None. The threads have a special plating and do NOT require any anti-seize.
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    Anti-seize on spark plug threads is generally good practice just use a small amount. Although probably more important is using compressed air to blow dirt off the heads around the spark plug before removing old ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbrat View Post
    Anti-seize on spark plug threads is generally good practice just use a small amount. Although probably more important is using compressed air to blow dirt off the heads around the spark plug before removing old ones.
    As stated by georgef, no anti-seize needed on those spark plugs. Modern spark plugs already are pre-coated with a special coating, adding any other anti-seize product is not recommended.

    Let's not confuse people asking for advice.







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    Haha, no confusion intended! Maybe I should have offered my opinion this way: Sure it's not required. Anti-seize won't hurt anything but use at your own risk. I think the main reason plug manufacturers don't want people lubricating threads is because it can increase the risk of some knuckle head over tightening and stripping threads. Or getting it on the electrode (use small amount and don't over tighten and you will be fine) Or dry **** them in there like these guys want you to

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbrat View Post
    Haha, no confusion intended! Maybe I should have offered my opinion this way: Sure it's not required. Anti-seize won't hurt anything but use at your own risk. I think the main reason plug manufacturers don't want people lubricating threads is because it can increase the risk of some knuckle head over tightening and stripping threads. Or getting it on the electrode (use small amount and don't over tighten and you will be fine) Or dry **** them in there like these guys want you to
    That is correct, but I wouldn't call them "knuckle heads", you might quickly get some enemies here.

    Stating that using of anti-seize is generally a good practice might came back and haunt you!







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    Quote Originally Posted by rbrat View Post
    Haha, no confusion intended! Maybe I should have offered my opinion this way: Sure it's not required. Anti-seize won't hurt anything but use at your own risk. I think the main reason plug manufacturers don't want people lubricating threads is because it can increase the risk of some knuckle head over tightening and stripping threads. Or getting it on the electrode (use small amount and don't over tighten and you will be fine) Or dry **** them in there like these guys want you to
    I use some when I change out our plugs, even though its not needed. As you said, I only use a little and have never had a problem of them coming lose or over torquing them.

    Quote Originally Posted by LEVY View Post
    As stated by georgef, no anti-seize needed on those spark plugs. Modern spark plugs already are pre-coated with a special coating, adding any other anti-seize product is not recommended.

    Let's not confuse people asking for advice.
    Your correct.
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    I used just a dab when I did mine ~ 30k/3yrs ago; seems to be holding up A-OK.
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