How I spent R8500.

TheChamp

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8500 seems like alot to remove a broken spark plug.
It's the whole job that it involves, look at any quote for a cambelt change to understand. Removing the head and torqueing it back and setting the timing is all specialised skill.
 

WesleyDB

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It's the whole job that it involves, look at any quote for a cambelt change to understand. Removing the head and torqueing it back and setting the timing is all specialised skill.
I know , even with all of that, it's still seems like alot
 

upup

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8500 is a bit much actually to remove and fit a head, its at most four hours of work with only a gasket and coolant that needs replacement
I was at the workshop quite a few times, 2 persons were working all the time for 2 days. There is a bantam bakkie, that one is a quick job. They did took the head to "skim" it, he said because of the turbo , he did not want to take chances.
 

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I was at the workshop quite a few times, 2 persons were working all the time for 2 days. There is a bantam bakkie, that one is a quick job. They did took the head to "skim" it, he said because of the turbo , he did not want to take chances.

okay if the car is turbocharged then there is a bit more work to it, but not that much
 

ForceFate

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Was thinking the same thing, I would understand if there extensive work needed on yhr head, broken spark plug is a pretty straight forward job
There was a broken spark plug to deal with first. Maybe that added to the time?
 

K213N

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Were the spark plugs Iridium? Didn’t know they were that much more expensive than regulars.
 

TheChamp

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Iridium indeed. Now wondering when to replace them after how many kilos.
Follow the schedule, the problem is not that it took you too long to replace them, it's that someone went wild with a torque wrench.
 

Rhein

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Those should be good for at least 100k I think? Probably much more.


That's like 160,000km. While the article does not recommend anti seize compound, I would add a little copper slip to the threads.
 

WesleyDB

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That's like 160,000km. While the article does not recommend anti seize compound, I would add a little copper slip to the threads.
Agree with that, although they say that spark plugs are coated with anti-seize with it already, a little copper or nickle slip can't hurt. Especially with cylinder heads being made of aluminum now
 

Rhein

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Agree with that, although they say that spark plugs are coated with anti-seize with it already, a little copper or nickle slip can't hurt. Especially with cylinder heads being made of aluminum now

Any opinion on giving the spark plug a small spray of Q20 before fitting?
 

WesleyDB

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Any opinion on giving the spark plug a small spray of Q20 before fitting?
You just wasting your q20. Even any oil or grease is pointless. You need a good anti seize compound. Q20 will burn up after a few minutes of the engine running
 

K213N

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Any opinion on giving the spark plug a small spray of Q20 before fitting?

Not really necessary. Just a dab of copper compound (if you want, plugs are usually coated with anti seize anyway) and set the plugs to the proper torque, or follow the tightening guide on the plug itself. Make sure you don’t cross thread, and I can almost guarantee you will never have a problem removing the plug years later.
 
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