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Old 09-20-2022, 11:08 AM   #1
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Default Spark plug wire keepers

My 2002 SC2s has the retainers that lock the plug wires to the coils and engine.l

I take them off and leave them off. ( replace coil bolt wirh shorter one)


Has anyone ever actually had a plug wire fall off?

I haven't.
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Default Re: Spark plug wire keepers

Nope, not in 56 years of car ownership.
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Default Re: Spark plug wire keepers

I think some engineer was worried about his job - so he created a problem - and surprise, surprise - he also had the remedy.........
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Default Re: Spark plug wire keepers

Come to think of it - I DID have a plug wire fall off once.

On a R/C airplane I built. A 42 inch wingspan biplane with a Quadra 42 cc gas engine (basically a chainsaw engine)

It was literally 10 times the needed power. ( or more).

Somewhere I have a VHS tape showing me doing a deadcstick landing with this monstrosity. It had the glide ratio of a brick.

The plug wire fell off due to the extreme vibration...
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Old 09-22-2022, 04:10 PM   #5
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I always thought they were just to make things neater under the hood. I'm all for making things neater if I can.
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Default Re: Spark plug wire keepers

I think perhaps we are talking different bits.....

The locks are at wire' s ends - and do nothing to neaten things up. They affix the spark plug end to the valve cover bolts and the coil end to the coil mount bolts...
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Ooooh, I get it now... I don't think I've ever seen that before. I've only ever seen the plastic bit that holds the wires down on the coils themselves, which is odd because not every car/manufacturer does that.
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Old 09-24-2022, 08:22 AM   #8
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Default Re: Spark plug wire keepers

#4 on every '98-'04 Subaru I've owned has fallen off the coil. No other cylinder, just #4. New, old, good-used...every stupid one.

I never had that issue with the S-Series and they didn't add the retainer until '00 while I only drove '93-'97's.
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