Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, AC Delco platinum plug gap settings for N* in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; Just replaced the plugs in my 2001 DTS with AC Delco platinums. Hooked every connector and vacuum hose back. Car ...
Just replaced the plugs in my 2001 DTS with AC Delco platinums. Hooked every connector and vacuum hose back. Car misfires with P0300 DTC. Spent hours double checking everything. I ended up resorting to take the car to stealership and they just called and said I must have just "dropped" the plugs in the holes because "every" plug is not gapped correctly! Really!? Every plug!? Everything I read on this forum said platinum AC Delco's shouldn't have to be gapped. My question is how could they know that every plug is not gapped properly without removing all plugs from the engine and physically measuring them? Can they do this with diagnostic equipment while the plugs are in place? Also, I use a piece of tubing to set the plugs in place and begin threading them before I put a socket on them. They have never been "dropped in". Oh and they will be happy to re-gap them for me for $225.00 on top of the $120.00 to diagnose. Happy Times!
Automobile(s): 2002.5 F55 STS/65500mi, 2004 Ford F150 SuperCab4x4
MD Eastern Shore - Kent Island
Re: AC Delco platinum plug gap settings for N*
The ACDelco #41-987 plugs for your engine come gapped to .050". If an elephant didn't squash them during shipping they should have been OK. Impossible to read a plug gap without the actual plug in your hand.
Did the plug boots look clean with no dirt or carbon tracks visible ? Same for the 2 ICM multi-pin connectors on the coil cassettes.......
If the dealership is in the $80 - $100 per hour labor range, they're hitting you at book rate for a plug change: diagnosis + 1.6 hours.
Just picked the car up from the dealer. I'm going to verify that the gap is correct on each plug.
The car was still misfiring on the way back. One thing I noticed on the way home was the temp gauge bouncing when I would stop at a light or stop sign. It would only bounce from the 10 o'clock position to 12 o'clock position. Not sure if this is a fluke or related to the engine misfiring. Time to go check gaps.
In the Bay Area right now its around 80-100 degrees, which is very unusual (and sucks IMO), and I was parked and turned on the A/C for about 30 seconds; my temp rose to about the 2 oclock position and once I turned on the car and turned the A/C off and drove it went back to the 12o'clock position.