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Old 07-19-2009, 03:32 AM   #1
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Question autolite spark plugs?

I have a 1997 Saturn SC2 and just bought spark plugs from advanced auto and they gave me autolite spark plugs. The general consensus here on the forum seems to be buy NKG spark plugs, but I was wondering is it that big of a deal or can I just use the autolite plugs and be fine? Thank for the help.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:42 AM   #2
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I've used Autolite and AC Delco for years with no problems, as long as their not platinums you'll be ok.
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:47 AM   #3
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You just HAD to ask a spark plug question....
I use NGK but have also used Autolites, didn't notice any difference. The car (single cam) is bog-slow either way.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:31 PM   #4
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Just changed mine yesterday from ac delco to ngk. Had a tune-up last year that had the ac delco added. So not long ago.
With the ngk's in, my car is purring. And it's not just a slight difference either, it's totally noticeable. Even my wife noticed how smooth the car was driving when I took her out last night.

I don't know if it's possible that the shop didn't set the wiring right during that previous tune-up. I was pretty amazed at the difference though when I went to ngk's. Not sure why, so I'm guessing that it has to be the previous wires or the way it was wired. I would notice if only 3 cylinders were firing right?

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Old 07-19-2009, 12:40 PM   #5
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I had a set of Autolites go 55K miles in my DOHC, were still working when I swapped them out, and were WAY better than the Bosch Platinums I had in there for 5K miles. I can't tell any difference between the Autolites and the NGKs I have in there now.
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:07 PM   #6
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When asked, I say NGKs, ACs, or Autolites in order of preference. The Autolites will be fine.
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:34 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input. Will let you know if I have any trouble.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input. Will let you know if I have any trouble.
It's doubtful you will have any trouble with the plugs. The trouble will be those telling your that your plugs (which are working just fine) are the wrong ones and won't work!
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:47 PM   #9
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Any copper plug seems to work fine. NGK, Autolite, AC as mentioned above. Champions have been fine, too. Make sure your wires are good.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:53 AM   #10
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I have Autolite coppers in the '96 and just put AC coppers in the 2001 which my son will be taking to college. I'd had Autolite platinums in the '01 which seemed to work fine and looked good when I took them out. Keeping them as spares.
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Old 07-21-2009, 02:59 PM   #11
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I've had good luck with the Autolite coppers. They've run nicely in all my Saturns.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:21 AM   #12
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I use NGK but have also used Autolites, didn't notice any difference.
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I switched from Autolites to NGK last time on the advice of these fora, and noticed no difference. Both are fine.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:12 AM   #13
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I am running the Autolite copper plugs.

I think the main thing to mind is the "copper" spec. All these fancy multi-electrode, money coated plugs never work well, in any car I've owned.
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