A spark plug warning


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  • martinfan30

Posted July 19, 2007 - 08:52 AM

#1

just want those of you who use bosch platinum plugs to know i recently have rebuilt an engine in a tacoma. the cause you ask?? the ground electrode came off and destroyed the cylinder head and piston. absolutely amazing to me how a little piece of metal can cause so much damage. i have seen this before , but the customer caught it soon enough we could save the engine.

  • Coolidge

Posted July 19, 2007 - 10:35 AM

#2

Yikes. Good thing you caught it in time! Was it a V-6 or 4-banger? Ive got a 04 Taco PreRun w/V-6. So far, so good. But Im about ready for plugs...

  • martinfan30

Posted July 19, 2007 - 11:04 AM

#3

Yikes. Good thing you caught it in time! Was it a V-6 or 4-banger? Ive got a 04 Taco PreRun w/V-6. So far, so good. But Im about ready for plugs...


v6 3.4, same as yours. they are awesome trucks! stick with toyota parts and you cant go wrong. trust me im a master toyota tech.:thumbsup:

  • XR650L_Dave

Posted July 19, 2007 - 01:32 PM

#4

One of those bosch pieces of carp lost part of the insulator on my wifes minivan.

Dave

  • martinfan30

Posted July 19, 2007 - 01:48 PM

#5

:thumbsdn:

One of those bosch pieces of carp lost part of the insulator on my wifes minivan.

Dave


junk!:thumbsdn:

  • NavyNuke

Posted July 19, 2007 - 06:40 PM

#6

toyota plugs arn't that pricy either. however my 3.4 V6 cracked both cyl. heads last summer, that cost me a penny or two, and my stepdad had one good head in the garage.

  • martinfan30

Posted July 19, 2007 - 08:01 PM

#7

toyota plugs arn't that pricy either. however my 3.4 V6 cracked both cyl. heads last summer, that cost me a penny or two, and my stepdad had one good head in the garage.



wow, how that happen? do you have an early 3.4? did you have the X01 head gasket recall done on it? it gets hot here, but ive never seen any 3.4 crack both heads. maybe you either had the early bad head gaskets or a water pump leak undetected for some time.

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  • NavyNuke

Posted July 19, 2007 - 08:19 PM

#8

its a 97, and it had the head gasket recall done on it before then. not sure how it happend, owned it for 3 weeks when it happend. assumed it was a failed head gasket, but when pulling heads off, cracks between intake and exhaust valves in the middle cyl. on both sides. 142,000 miles or so when it happend. water pump was good, my stepdad works for toyota of kingman now as the shop foreman. oh well, glad I got it back on the road.

  • martinfan30

Posted July 19, 2007 - 08:26 PM

#9

its a 97, and it had the head gasket recall done on it before then. not sure how it happend, owned it for 3 weeks when it happend. assumed it was a failed head gasket, but when pulling heads off, cracks between intake and exhaust valves in the middle cyl. on both sides. 142,000 miles or so when it happend. water pump was good, my stepdad works for toyota of kingman now as the shop foreman. oh well, glad I got it back on the road.


Huh. im a master for carson city toyota and i remember when the recall came out there was a time when toyota couldnt produce enough gaskets to fix em all. so they had us use after market gaskets, maybe you had a bad set of napa gaskets installed. well atleast its running good now.:thumbsup:

  • NavyNuke

Posted July 19, 2007 - 09:37 PM

#10

yeah I dunno, had the L and R stamped into em just like the topend kit I got from the dealer here in town did. but who knows. fixed now, and running like a champ.
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  • HeadTrauma

Posted July 20, 2007 - 01:41 AM

#11

I just use plain copper resistor plugs in everything, even my turbo 2.3 Mustang. In fact, the large majority of 2.3T enthusiasts don't recommend anything else. Not platinums, not iridiums.

I like to think of platinums as plugs for people who can't be bothered to change spark plugs. They last a long time, but that means they are borderline bad and inefficient for a longer time also.

My '94 Toyota pickup w/22RE has coppers in it. 32mpg on the highway can't be wrong! When it comes time to change them, it will only set me back about $8.

Besides, with the Bosch Platinum +4s, there are three more electrodes per plug available to come off and munch a piston. :thinking:

  • Huffa 2

Posted July 20, 2007 - 02:51 AM

#12

wow, how that happen? do you have an early 3.4? did you have the X01 head gasket recall done on it? it gets hot here, but ive never seen any 3.4 crack both heads. maybe you either had the early bad head gaskets or a water pump leak undetected for some time.


What's with Toyota and head gaskets ? From approx 90-96 (maybe longer) all the 3.0 V-6's (4 runner) had possibly bad head gaskets, flipped the wrong way, :excuseme: who knows what but I had to have mine redone at timing belt change (paid for by toyota) at 70,000, at 120,000 miles it KABLUIED and cost me 3000 to have rebuilt by Toyota and of course the word "Jasper Engines" is :naughty: NOT to be mentioned there (dealer I delt with anyway) so I was unaware that I could have gotten it done for far less with a 3/36 warranty.

142,00 ........it went again, had to sell the truck at 1/2 what it was worth.

The 3.0 has to be (4 runner motor), just got to be the worst engine ever made by Toyota. It was a DOG !

:excuseme: :bonk: Crazy that this is STILL going on ???

I'll stick to my rare Accord Wagon :thumbsup:

Bosh products, everything that I had is below par in design, came on vehicle, I certainly didn't buy them.

  • NavyNuke

Posted July 20, 2007 - 02:57 AM

#13

the 3.0 was used in toyota pickup, when the tacoma designation was added in 96 they went to 3.4L motor. the 3.4 is much better, and other than the first couple years that had the same headgasket on each side(later recalled for ones designated left/right) havn't had too many problems. I figured my truck was an early 3.4, may not have had the gaskets done, so was hoping thats all it was.

  • Motosprtman

Posted July 20, 2007 - 05:42 AM

#14

v6 3.4, same as yours. they are awesome trucks! stick with toyota parts and you cant go wrong. trust me im a master toyota tech.:thumbsup:


I had a Tacoma with teh 3.4 V6 126K on it when I traded it in and still ran like new, only thing done to it was a timing belt and water pump at 90K (recommended interval) I now have a 2006 Tundra with the V8 seems to be like my Taco only bigger :-)

  • martinfan30

Posted July 20, 2007 - 06:49 AM

#15

ya the 3.0 is a boat anchor. toyota seems to have solved the gasket issue. its amazing how many of you also own toyota's. i have a 95 t100 and 03 sequoia. love em both!:thumbsup:





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