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Old 29-06-2010, 05:48 PM   #1
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Spark Plug!

It turns out one of my spark plugs was destroyed.... like proper messed up! does anyone know what could have caused this?
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Old 29-06-2010, 06:31 PM   #2
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first step is to tell us what it looks like or....


that being said, is the tip blown off the plug, can you see small grey dots on the ceramic core as this indicates knocking.
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Old 29-06-2010, 07:45 PM   #3
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The Tip is Blown off however i cannot see any dots on the core... heres the picture!
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your next question other then this plug should be WTF i may have bits in my combustion chamber!
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Old 29-06-2010, 09:21 PM   #5
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Tell me about it! theres no way round having to take the head off anyway i dont think! im not the best with skylines as ive only owned this one for about 3 months now so im still learning!
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oh its good fun but....id be scared what to find when that cyl.head comes off the block.
i feel sorry for ya m8. OwcH!
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Old 29-06-2010, 09:57 PM   #7
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haha i know i dont want to take it off! has to be done though! altough i might not evan know what im accutally looking for tbh! im going to hope its nothing that i wont be able to fix myself as i was looking forward to taking a trip down to the nurnburgring soon! anytips on what i should get before starting to take the head... for example new head gasget is obviasly needed but more then that im not to sure!
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Might as well do the cam belt while the head is off and the belt tensioners, Also check ancilery belts. May as well get a top end gasket set, Even if you dont need them, its always good to change to fresh gaskets for piece of mind
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yeah im not to sure if i can do all the myself haha....but its pretty much changing everything....aswell as cam seals and stuff aswell. just ashame means it will be off the road for a while!
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Na man, you could do it one saturday, whip the head of friday night, Work late! Have it in to the engineers in the morning to check it over, Reface (skim) whatever else it needs. Whack it back on in the evening Work late again in to the night and have it done for sun morning. Its 100% do-able. Ive don e it and im sure many others have. I know its not the same but did my MG van in march, head off, head skimed, head back on and running for the afternoon.

Thats considering the dodgy spark plug bit thats melted off hasn't scratched up your piston or barrel
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doesnt sound to bad! ill give it a go! so all i will really need is a new haed gasget and not any other things as such if all im doing is taking the head off and putting it back on when skimmed
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Ive never done a head gasket on a skyline before but on many many other motors, If all your doing is taking the head off for inspection purposes and there is no damage and your happy, Then all you will need at the minimun is:

Head gasket
Head bolts
Manifold gaskets
Tube of instant gasket (always handy)
Antifreeze

But this is the absolute minimum, As i said before depending on how old your cam belt is, other belts, tensioners ect you may as well go to town and do the lot.

I state again the list of parts ive stated is the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM

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acyually the minimum he will need is
head gasket
anti freeze
depending on exhaust side gasket

head bolts are re-usable
inlet ones are reuseable assuming you dont damage it


i have just had my engine rebuilt with forged pistons and all i have fitted is a new headgasket as all other gaskets on the head have been re-used
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Awesome thanks for your time and help mann! looks like i will be learning alot in the next couple of days! haha im sure if i run into any problems the will be more posts from me on here haha again thanks!
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As i said i wasn't sure about the head bolts because ive never done a skyline head gasket but thats normally the minimum for most motors
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