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btzj02

03-24-2020 17:49:36




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I have replaced my spark plug wires with wires from ST tractor. I was testing for spark strength today, good strong spark, and was feeling little shocks through the spark plug boots on all 4 cylinders. I turned off the lights in the shop while the tractor was running and I do NOT see any sparks or tracking but when I touch the boot with my finger I can feel the shock. Dad would say: Stop touching it! The shock is a lot less then an electric fence, but it does wake me up. I noticed the boots are made of a spongy soft rubber not the solid heavy rubber I am familiar with. Currently the machine is running good, and if I keep my fingers away from the boot I have no other problems, but I can't help but think these boots will eventually fail. Anyone have a source for good quality spark plug wires that not only have quality conductors but quality boots?

Thanks for any advice. Joe

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Tim PloughNman Daley

03-26-2020 04:01:56




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to btzj02, 03-24-2020 17:49:36  
You got booties? Your wires are fine. That is indicated when you turn out the lights and observe there is no arcing on the plug wires. Plug wires matter. The good, copper core type is recommended. There are cheaper harnesses out there so it matters where you buy from. The OEM spark plug worse never had booties on the plug connection, only on the cap connections. Leave your hands alone ---

FORD N-TRACTOR, BEFORE S/N 8N-263843, OEM SPARK PLUGS & WIRING:


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Btzj02

03-25-2020 12:58:36




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to btzj02, 03-24-2020 17:49:36  
I will freely admit that I have fixed many things until I have broke them. Reminds me of the joke about the scorpian and frog trying to cross the river.....Its in my character! But I never walk away until I fix the opportunity I created. Thanks everyone. I enjoy the feed back of this forum. No better way to learn!

Joe



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Btzj02

03-25-2020 12:57:41




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to btzj02, 03-24-2020 17:49:36  
I will freely admit that I have fixed many things until I have broke them. Reminds me of the joke about the scorpian and frog trying to cross the river.....Its in my character! But I never walk away until I fix the opportunity I created. Thanks everyone. I enjoy the feed back of this forum. No better way to learn!

Joe



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R Geiger

03-25-2020 11:19:40




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to btzj02, 03-24-2020 17:49:36  
Fix it until you break it!



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Jim L WA

03-25-2020 10:13:55




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to btzj02, 03-24-2020 17:49:36  
Joe, NAPA, and possibly others used to carry good rubber boots. I haven't had the need to buy any lately. I would listen to what your Dad would have told you.



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Bob - MI

03-25-2020 09:49:19




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to btzj02, 03-24-2020 17:49:36  
I would guess that a good hardware store or a Menards would have plug boots for mowers.

Soft and spongy doesn't sound good from an insulation standpoint. Also, are you sure these are completely dry?

Start it up at night and shut the lights off. I had to do that once with an intermittent miss that was driving me nuts. Turned out to be a small worn spot on a wire that was close to the fan belt that would arc once in a while.

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TheOldHokie

03-25-2020 05:52:11




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to btzj02, 03-24-2020 17:49:36  
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Reminds me of the story about the mental patient who at every chance banged his head against the wall until he was bloody. Therapist asked him why he did it and he answered because it felt so good when he stopped :shock:
TOH



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Tim PloughNman Daley

03-26-2020 04:04:14




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to TheOldHokie, 03-25-2020 05:52:11  
Patient: It hurts when I do that.
Doc: Don't do that!



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John in Mich

03-26-2020 05:15:55




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to Tim PloughNman Daley, 03-26-2020 04:04:14  
Like the blond telling the doctor that everywhere she touched herself it hurt. What is wrong with me? You have a broken finger.



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Stevob671

03-25-2020 05:31:10




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to btzj02, 03-24-2020 17:49:36  
Means you got good spark! :) I try not touching any plug boot with engine running! (along with other "live" parts)



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JMOR

03-24-2020 20:55:03




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 Re: 8N spark plug boot. in reply to btzj02, 03-24-2020 17:49:36  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seejust another guy to envy with nothing to worry about in life!



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Bob

03-24-2020 17:55:03




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"Thanks for any advice."

STOP touching the boots when the tractor is running and put it to work.



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