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Getting belt service on my Stradale - Is it time for new plugs?

Discussion in '360/430' started by rzundel, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. rzundel

    rzundel Formula Junior
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    I’m taking my Challenge Stradale into Ferrari LA for Belt Service and Fluid Changes. It only has 4900 miles. Do I need to change spark plugs? They haven’t been changed but with the low mileage I’ve been told no need to change them. Is that true?
     
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  3. arizonaitalian

    arizonaitalian F1 World Champ
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    I had mine changed every 4 years or so despite low miles. Its cheap-ish in the scheme of ferrari ownership. When you say they haven't been changed...in "how long"? If its been over 4 years, no doubt I would change them. But your car obviously isn't really for driving (with 5k miles in 14 years, so how it drives is likely not much of a concern).
     
  4. Ingenere

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    If the car is running well (it would run better if driven), leave them alone.
     
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  5. rzundel

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    #4 rzundel, Sep 29, 2019
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    Thanks guys. I know you are both long time CS owners like myself so I appreciate the response. However different opinions and that is what has me confused. I agree that it’s a low cost maintenance item so better to lean into the wind. However at $400 I just want to make sure I’m not spending it on something totally unnecessary given my miles. Open to hear what others think.
     
  6. Motob

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    Although the plugs have low miles on them, they have been screwed into the heads for 15 years now if they are original. It is a good idea to at least remove, inspect and either re-gap or replace them and reinstall them with anti-seize. You don't want the plugs to seize into the threads in the heads, as that is a very expensive repair.
     
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  8. rzundel

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    That’s a great point to consider. And it only makes sense to replace them if you go through the labor of removing them. Thx!
     
  9. ttforcefed

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    i say change them - what are you getting charged to do the belt service on the CS - curious where prices are on the other side of the country
     
  10. rzundel

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    I’m being total all-in between $4-5k for the Service.
     
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  11. RedNeck

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    I thought that NGK discouraged the use of anti-seize because their plugs are already coated, not to mention that it affects the rather sensitive torque spec.
     
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  13. kiryu

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    they charged me $850 for the plugs replacement on a 458 (which i regretted doing now i know how to do it myself), at $400 it's a no brainer to do it just for the records of having it done. If you do it yourself it's prob just $200 and 1/2 a morning of work
     
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  14. LARRYH

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    interesting i had the dealer quote me 400 per plug for a 12 cylinder I passed I could not imagine where he got those numbers it also only had 3500 miles on a 2011..crazy
     

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