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#4502046 - 08/30/17 07:58 AM Iridium Spark plug Gap
DarylZero Offline

Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 43
Loc: IL

Do Laser Iridium spark plugs usually come pre-gapped correctly?

I got some for my 2009 Nissan Rogue. I got NGK DILKAR6A11 stock #9029.

The largest of my feeler gauge is .70mm and it fits between all of them. Mine are supposed to be .43mm per the field service manual.

I have also read you are not supposed to gap Iridium plugs as it ruins them...

#4502054 - 08/30/17 08:08 AM Re: Iridium Spark plug Gap [Re: DarylZero]
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Dont force a gapping tool between the electrodes. Its ok to lightly ck the gap.
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#4502067 - 08/30/17 08:23 AM Re: Iridium Spark plug Gap [Re: DarylZero]
SHOZ Offline

Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 5603
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Bend the electrode with a needle nose or the special tool. My Gen Coupe plugs come gapped at .044" or so, the car runs best gapped at .030".
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#4502072 - 08/30/17 08:27 AM Re: Iridium Spark plug Gap [Re: DarylZero]
Sayjac Offline

Registered: 10/13/08
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Per NGK site info pre-gapped to 0.044. Shouldn't need to touch them.

#4502089 - 08/30/17 08:46 AM Re: Iridium Spark plug Gap [Re: DarylZero]
danez_yoda Offline

Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 407
Loc: texas
1mm (milimieter) is .039"

Are you sure you are not mixing inches and mm? .43mm is .017" which is very tight for a spark plug gap.

#4502091 - 08/30/17 08:51 AM Re: Iridium Spark plug Gap [Re: DarylZero]
ARCOgraphite Offline

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That should be 1.1mm not .43mm !!!

See the 11 at the end of the part number.

that's .043 INCHES GAP.

I don't mean to be a Big Richard, but Are you sure you should be doing the plug job without help?

Maybe a bit gruff since I worked as an Engine Mechanic ( U call them master techs) for years and had to fix more than a few of amateur "Tune Downs"
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#4502117 - 08/30/17 09:10 AM Re: Iridium Spark plug Gap [Re: DarylZero]
DarylZero Offline

Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 43
Loc: IL
thanks for all the quick replys.

here is the info from the FSM

So yes I read it wrong tired

Edited by DarylZero (08/30/17 09:11 AM)

#4502130 - 08/30/17 09:26 AM Re: Iridium Spark plug Gap [Re: DarylZero]
i_hate_autofraud Offline

Registered: 05/19/16
Posts: 697
Loc: Canada

For years I always gapped plugs .003" tighter then spec, reason being they do burn/wear
to a larger gap later and can misfire near the end of their lives when operated in extreme cold
or humid conditions, etc.

This still applies to Iridium plugs, they just take 80 to 100K miles to get to that point,
wear on the iridium is hard to see without a good magnifier!

But yeah, make sure you don't mix up metric and inch gaps! LOL

#4502184 - 08/30/17 10:33 AM Re: Iridium Spark plug Gap [Re: DarylZero]
mattwithcats Offline

Registered: 06/13/13
Posts: 1614
Loc: Virginia
Funny, I just gapped some iridium plugs...

First, feather the edge on the feeler gauge with a little 600 grit wet/dry ssandpaper. I found mine to be curled up.
Note the shiny edge.

To open the gap, insert the tail into the hole (insert joke here), and hook the electrode on the lip.
Push gently on the tool, gap will open without touching the tip.
To close, push electrode gently against a hard surface...

Note that these are 8 heat range plugs, the OEM is 7, I went colder, less insulation, more heat is transferred to the head...

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#4502311 - 08/30/17 01:47 PM Re: Iridium Spark plug Gap [Re: DarylZero]
Leo99 Offline

Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 2874
Loc: NJ
I've only changed iridiums less than 10 times but I've never checked the gaps. Just inspect them for gross damage and install them. Buy the same ones as what came from the factory.
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