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Old 08-19-2003, 02:59 AM   #1
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Got's a question for youse? I have a 2001 SL, just hit the 50,000kms mark, time to change the plugs right. I went to my local Canadian Tire, the carried 2 brands of plugs Champion & Bosch Platiniums. The carry NGK Platinium plugs but didn't list a set for my car???{Saturn OEM is NGK}. So I figure I'd spend the few extra dollars & get the better plugs. Tonight coming to work I noticed I slight bit of misfire on acceleration. {Side note I've put 1000kms of Cape Breton Highland torture on the car since I changed them & didn't notice any misfire} Here's the question anyone else notice getting a mild bit of misfire after changing to Bosch plugs? Should I pull em out & get the Champion plugs or is it possible that they may have gotten slightly glazed after it's "workout" on the weekend?

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Old 08-19-2003, 07:43 AM   #2
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Some Saturns don't like platinum plugs. Plain ol' NGK's are the best.

Is there a chance you got your wires crossed?

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Old 08-19-2003, 06:37 PM   #3
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I know your wires aren't crossed but the platinum plugs are problematic in Saturns. Get the ngk's and see if there's a diff. How's your valve cover gasket? Do you see any oil in the plug holes? That's another common problem that causes misfires.

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Hop on down to Moncton Saturn Saab Isuzu, and pick up a set of the original NGK's If that is a touch too far, have them give you the number to source locally, or have them ship to you.

Check also the wires and coil towers for any type of corrosion - and replace the wires as a set if you find any.

Saturn's (especially 96 and up) tend to be finicky about ignition parts. If you use OEM, and make sure the coils are ok, then you can't go wrong.

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Old 08-20-2003, 01:36 PM   #5
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remove the platinum plugs and put regular ones in.

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Thanks for the help guys. The car has been working fine the last 2 days, may have been a bad tank of gas. If I have any further problems I'll drop down to Moncton Saturn{3kms from my front door} and get some NGK's. I've always used Champions for years in my Fords & Chryslers without problems, should have gone that route at the time I guess. I found it odd though that they didn't list NGK's at Canadain Tire{NGK makes Canadian Tire's house brand for spark plugs}. I figured at the time I'd spend a couple of dollars more for the "better" plugs.

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Old 08-21-2003, 02:00 PM   #7
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Chances are the NGK book didn't show them. The actual NGK numbers are as follows. Single cam: BKR4ESA-11 Dual cam:BKR5ESA-11, you should be able to get them through a decent parts store who doesn't mind trying, with those numbers.

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