Use Anti Seize on New Plugs ???


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Getting ready to install new plugs and wire's on a 2009 Ranger, 2.3.
Curious if any recommendations about using anti seize, speciffically nickel anti seize because of steel plug and aluminum head. On my previous Mustang GT with 4.6 that used the dreaded 2 piece plugs, we were advised by Ford that when installing new plugs into the aluminum heads to use nickel anti seize. Never had a problem with the plugs after that.
Wondering if same holds true about the standard plugs/aluminum head.
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i use on antiseize on spark plugs and literally every bolt on the truck. copper stuff works best. nickel is fine.
 

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Some of them come with antisieze on them already. If not, yes I add some. But I too use copper.
 

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I have both regular and the nickel. For some reason Ford advised, when they had the problem with the 2 piece plugs, to use the nickel when replacing the plugs. The nickel was supposed to be better at least when it came to steel plugs, aluminum heads, and high temp's.
I'll probably use it on my change out.
And yeah, I pretty much use anti seize when called for, and thread locker when it's called for.
I was just inquiring as I haven't seen any info on any of the forums, owners manual, ect about it's use.
I bought a set of the Motorcraft SP-439-A and they don't have any coating on the threads. Pre gapped to .044, so a dab of anti seize and I'll be good to go.
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Believe it or not, in a pinch, Maalox also works well in high heat applications. It's all my uncle would use on exhaust bolts. He kept a bottle in the garage at all times. Right next to his industrial size garage container of Vaseline. lol
 

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Ahhhh, yes, Vaseline. Used to keep a jar of it in the garage. Back in the "olden days" like the 60's, before the protectants and tire shines were invented, we would lightly coat the tires with Vaseline to make them shine.
Attracted and held dirt and dust like it was glue, but it sure did shine those tires.
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Nickel works better at the temperature spark plugs see. I use an anti-seize that I developed for aircraft jet engine bolts and nuts that see 1400 F. It is over kill but I never have a problem.
 

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Nickel works better at the temperature spark plugs see. I use an anti-seize that I developed for aircraft jet engine bolts and nuts that see 1400 F. It is over kill but I never have a problem.
Can you give the formula or is it proprietary?
 

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It is extremely proprietary. Some of the components were not even commercially available after I developed it (which took 10 years) and wanted to scale up. I had to find a company with the capability to make them for me. You would not want to pay the cost of the materials anyway.
 

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I’ve always used anti seize on spark plugs. Use it in other places as well (like 4wd front spindles, sure helps the NEXT time you need axleshaft universal joints changed)
 

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You can, but it isn't necessary. I think Ford suggested plugs with nickel plated threads instead of using anti-seize. I didn't use any when I changed my plugs last month. I just snugged them up to specs, which I think was 9 ft lbs. The original NGK double platinum plugs lasted 150,000 miles. I replaced them with Autolite double platinum. If Autoline is as good as the NGK plugs the wheels will probably fall off this truck before I have to replace the plugs again.
 

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Ever have a spark plug body twist in two on an air-cooled VW bug? I have. What a pain in the a**. Like I see above, I use anti-seize on any bolt subject to the elements (water, salt, corrosion, etc.) as well as spark plugs. I use Permatex anti-seize just because it has always worked well for me.
 

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