Spark Plug Gap
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Spark Plug Gap

  1. #1

    Default Spark Plug Gap

    Hello all,
    I will be changing the spark plugs for the first time. 2001. around 58k I bought the NGK Platiums (just like the Elantra Maintance Log Suggests) I have no mods on the car. So my question is. The spark plugs come gapped at .044 Under the hood the tag says spark plug gap should be .039-.043
    Should I be changing the gap to (lets say) .041?

    Doesn't mean that much to me
    To mean that much to you.

  2. Remove Advertisements
    Hyundai Elantra XD
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2

    Default Re: Spark Plug Gap

    Quote Originally Posted by bmedeiros678 View Post
    Hello all,
    I will be changing the spark plugs for the first time. 2001. around 58k I bought the NGK Platiums (just like the Elantra Maintance Log Suggests) I have no mods on the car. So my question is. The spark plugs come gapped at .044 Under the hood the tag says spark plug gap should be .039-.043
    Should I be changing the gap to (lets say) .041?
    IMO do what you need to in order to keep it within the specs on the car.

  4. #3

    Default Re: Spark Plug Gap

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlite5hadow View Post
    IMO do what you need to in order to keep it within the specs on the car.
    I just found out that the spark plugs can not be adjusted. The box says "Do not adjust spark plug gap due to possible damage to fine center electrode."
    The gap is "incorrect" for the car, but yet it is made for my car. I guess .044 it will stay.

    Doesn't mean that much to me
    To mean that much to you.

  5. #4
    EXD Pro Member 04 elantra cvvt has not yet proved knowledgeable 04 elantra cvvt's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Georgetown, Texas
    Posts
    3,501

    Default Re: Spark Plug Gap

    I am glad that you found your answer, but was it really necessary to open a new thread and resurrect a two month old one?

    I am not trying to stir up crap here, just a little advice for a newb.

  6. #5

    Default Re: Spark Plug Gap

    Quote Originally Posted by 04 elantra cvvt View Post
    I am glad that you found your answer, but was it really necessary to open a new thread and resurrect a two month old one?

    I am not trying to stir up crap here, just a little advice for a newb.
    I am sure that two months ago I was not interested in changing the spark plugs. I am also sure that two months from now someone else will ask this question again. You should know that no thread on here stated what spark plug Hyundai recommends. It seems most people go for cheaper ones, or the real expensive ones. I like to put the OEM parts in. I was asking for some advice from the people on here that would be able to help me. Hopefully you will be more helpful to the next person that asks this question. Probably two months from now.

    Doesn't mean that much to me
    To mean that much to you.

  7. #6
    Senior Member 2001VE has not yet proved knowledgeable 2001VE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Newmarket,ONT, Canada
    Posts
    535

    Default Re: Spark Plug Gap

    Great signature quote ; Neil Young a personal favourite of mine.

    Some people do adjust the gap on platinum plugs; I have numerous times on NGK without any issues. You need the correct round wire gauges, not flat valve gap feeler gages. You also could leave the gap at .044 , a larger gap theoretically gives a stronger spark , asuming the coil has the power.

    If you have a tube of dielectric spark plug grease, its not a bad idea to use a dab on each boot.

  8. #7

    Default Re: Spark Plug Gap

    Thanks 2001VE. I saw a video lastnite of people changing the gap on plugs. The only gap tool I have seen has been the one that looks like a coin. I think that I will try the plugs as is. I will pick up some grease though. Of course it's 7:19 in the morning and it's raining. I hope it stops soon so I can get to work.

    Doesn't mean that much to me
    To mean that much to you.

  9. #8
    Senior Member 2001VE has not yet proved knowledgeable 2001VE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Newmarket,ONT, Canada
    Posts
    535

    Default Re: Spark Plug Gap

    Just stopped raining here too. Worked a 12 hour night shift , man I'm dead.
    Coin style is a flat gap , better than nothing , but the "experts" always recomend the round wire style for a true measurement. Price wise I think they cost about the same for a set. When gap is right there should be a slight tug as wire passes through. People like to go slightly smaller than the middle recocomended range so as the electrode wears you still stay close to spec. Good luck.

+ Reply to Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts