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Old 08-20-2007, 09:24 PM   #1
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Saw this today, thought it was cool.



In line spark checker $1.50
http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...do?itemid=4445
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My grandpa has one, they work pretty good.
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my wife has one but she says I'm better.
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my wife has one but she says I'm better.
12v for long car rides?
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that's more than 12v!
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:30 AM   #6
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save yourself a buck fiddy and just grab the head with one hand and the plug wire with the other. you'll know if you have spark. hurts a bit but... eh.

oh and this is what Arkmage needs to test his timing.
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I just stuff a spark plug into the wire...easy enough.

or stuff a random wire up in the plug wire to make contact and let the other end sit near a ground point....you can see the arch from the wire.
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yeah I think everyone here has stuck a screwdriver by the plug and strained to look for a spark. And when you don't see one, you readjust the screwdriver and try again.

This thing is cool because it makes the spark easy to see. Or not. And it's a buck fiddy.

I am going to get 4 and run them all the time to impress the kiddies at NOPi when I open the hood.
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i would get one but i would never pay shipping on one. i would have ot see it local for a 1.50
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:07 PM   #10
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harbor freight RULES like that.. i think i bought a heatgun there for $9? and a cordless screwdriver for.. $9!!!
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save yourself a buck fiddy and just grab the head with one hand and the plug wire with the other. you'll know if you have spark. hurts a bit but... eh.

oh and this is what Arkmage needs to test his timing.
I doubt that thing will fit down in the plug well.... I'll stick to Brain's idea and use the #4 wire.
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yeah i realized that after thinking for 20 more seconds. it's got the wrong plug-side end.
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I doubt that thing will fit down in the plug well.... I'll stick to Brain's idea and use the #4 wire.
It worked for Brian (Neo) after I suggested it to him./
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save yourself a buck fiddy and just grab the head with one hand and the plug wire with the other. you'll know if you have spark. hurts a bit but... eh.

oh and this is what Arkmage needs to test his timing.
Dude, that does hurt, I did that the first time I checked for spark. Felt like someone punched me in the chest pretty hard.
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yeah i realized that after thinking for 20 more seconds. it's got the wrong plug-side end.
nah the oe boot plugs on to the diode then the new wire goes to the oe plug so you dont have to worry about your ignitors, + seems this would let you watch while running might be decent for a laugh.
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nah the oe boot plugs on to the diode then the new wire goes to the oe plug so you dont have to worry about your ignitors, + seems this would let you watch while running might be decent for a laugh.
his comment about me was in reference to checking timing with COPs... aka, no stock wires.
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Dude, that does hurt, I did that the first time I checked for spark. Felt like someone punched me in the chest pretty hard.
I'm pretty sure if the shock is just right it can stop your heart. I won't touch spark plug wires on a cranking/running vehicle.
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I was using my 9 dollar heat gun from HF the other day when it started sounding like it was turbocharged. Damn thing went wild and started shooting lots of sparks out of it. Threw it down and unplugged it. Damn thing might have been used twenty times. I have got to wean myself off of HF. Thing is they just opened a store in my city.
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I was using my 9 dollar heat gun from HF the other day when it started sounding like it was turbocharged. Damn thing went wild and started shooting lots of sparks out of it. Threw it down and unplugged it. Damn thing might have been used twenty times. I have got to wean myself off of HF. Thing is they just opened a store in my city.
I live 6 miles from work... there is a HF on the way home about 3 miles from the house. Trust me... it's hard to pass up when they have the sale banners out.
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Dude, that does hurt, I did that the first time I checked for spark. Felt like someone punched me in the chest pretty hard.

Here I was thinking every kid grew up with their dad using them to check the spark that way.
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