At every tune-up/inspection, visually check the spark plug cables for burns cuts, or breaks in the insulation. Check the boots and the nipples on the distributor cap and/or coil. Replace any damaged wiring.
Every 50,000 miles (80,000 km) or 60 months, the resistance of the wires should be checked with an ohmmeter. Wires with excessive resistance will cause misfiring, and may make the engine difficult to start in damp weather.
To check resistance, an ohmmeter should be used on each wire to test resistance between the end connectors. Remove and install/replace the wires in order, one-by-one.
Resistance on these wires should be 4,000-6,000 ohms per foot. To properly measure this, remove the wires from the plugs and the coil pack. Do not pierce any ignition wire for any reason. Measure only from the two ends. Take the length and multiply it by 6,000 to achieve the maximum resistance allowable in each wire, resistance should not exceed this value. If resistance does exceed this value, replace the wire.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Remove the air cleaner inlet tube.
- If equipped, remove the center cover from the valve cover.
- Label each spark plug wire and make a note of its routing.
- Starting with the longest wire, disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug and then from the coil pack or distributor cap.
- If replacing the spark plug wires, match the old wire with an appropriately sized wire in the new set.
- Lubricate the boots and terminals with dielectric grease and install the wire on the coil pack. Make sure the wire snaps into place.
- Route the wire in the exact path as the original and connect the wire to the spark plug.
- Repeat the process for each remaining wire, working from the longest wire to the shortest.
- Install the air cleaner inlet tube.