Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 19:32:24 GMT
From: (Brandon Thomas)
Subject: Re: Check Engine light and Platinum Plugs...

On 29 Apr 2003 17:49:03 GMT, wrote: or a few seconds...Anybody else have this problem? <liberal snip> >the spark plugs are used as sensors for the engine management system. >Their properties are carefully mapped and understood by the >system. <additional snipping> >There's a good reason why the whole car is full of Bosch parts and >yet Saab uses NGK for the spark plugs...go get some NGKs of the >right variety, and all will be well. My post is not a direct reply either, but I can attest to the plugs making a difference. My '88 SPG has been stuttering and balking for the last year or so, and I thought it was something that I was going to have to troubleshoot and replace all kinds of expensive components. I read the part about the plugs being used as 'sensors' in the system. So off to the parts stores I went. Sadly, no one had the NGK plugs in. So I ordered some and will be picking them up this weekend. However, I just couldn't wait to see what would happen with the new plugs, so I bought some AutoLights (hiss/boo), and threw them on the car on Saturday. WhooWeee!!! I cannot believe the difference it made! Before, I could barely get the turbo boost into the orange and that with a whole lot of bucking and missing. rips right up to the edge of the orange/red mark! And goes like a bat out of h...., uh, you know! I can't believe I waited that long for such a performance gain. As soon as the NGK's get in, I will be putting them in. Nonetheless, I am amazed at the difference and even more amazed at the way they are 'tied-in' with the engine control systems. I was also hoping to get better gas milage with the new plugs, but I just can't seem to stop myself from mashing down on the gas just so I can feel the 'oomph' from the engine. <BIG GRIN> Thanks for the 'heads-up' Dave. And others! Brandon Thomas 1988 SPG

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