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A few month few months ago I bought a 96 T-Bird lx sport. Today I deceided to change the plugs... It still had the original plugs!!!!! The electrodes were rounded and almost gone. Needless to say that she runs a whole lot smoother now.
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Not surprising, considering the general mindset of most people who drive cars these days.

"What do you mean I have to have parts replaced? I can't afford this! This car is too unreliable!"

I replaced the original plugs on mine two years ago at 116k; they gapped at .076". Might be a good idea to also replace the wires, fuel filter, clean the MAF sensor and replace all the rubber vacuum lines now; they can and do cause problems in the future due to age and wear.

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replaced the wires too. also cleaned the maf today. doing the fuel filter tomorrow. and already have plans to replace the vac lines this weekend. she only has 82671 miles as of today.
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A few months ago I replaced the original spark plugs in a customer's 95 Ford Ranger with 173K miles on it! Some of the plug gaps were over .100"!

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Not surprising, considering the general mindset of most people who drive cars these days.

"What do you mean I have to have parts replaced? I can't afford this! This car is too unreliable!"

I replaced the original plugs on mine two years ago at 116k; they gapped at .076". Might be a good idea to also replace the wires, fuel filter, clean the MAF sensor and replace all the rubber vacuum lines now; they can and do cause problems in the future due to age and wear.

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I'm not sure if all people are like this. Remember too these cars(brand new) were sold at the dealership and the new owners were told the ignition system is good for 100K miles before needing service. My parents owned my bird before I did and they went ~95K miles before doing the plugs and wires.

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I'm not sure if all people are like this. Remember too these cars(brand new) were sold at the dealership and the new owners were told the ignition system is good for 100K miles before needing service. My parents owned my bird before I did and they went ~95K miles before doing the plugs and wires.
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replaced the wires too. also cleaned the MAF today. doing the fuel filter tomorrow. and already have plans to replace the vac lines this weekend. she only has 82671 miles as of today.
Drop a can of Seafoam in the gas tank too. It will do wonders to clean the injectors.

Next oil change drop an ounce and a half per quart (about 8 ounces or half a can) into the crank case and run for 500 miles or so then change the oil.

It's great to hear that somebody is taking good care of another Tbird.

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... Remember too these cars(brand new) were sold at the dealership and the new owners were told the ignition system is good for 100K miles before needing service. My parents owned my bird before I did and they went ~95K miles before doing the plugs and wires.
I bought my Tbird brand new from the dealership and never heard such a thing. Preventive maintenance schedules for these cars is in the owners manuel. If anybody would ever bother to read them.

I can't believe your parents were told that (assuming that they are the original owners), prevenative maintenance is a dealerships' bread and butter. If anything they were probably told to bring it in ever 3K miles for an oil change and at regular intervals for prevenative maintenance.

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my 73 bird had everything original when I bought it......even the tires.
The car only had 51000 miles when I bought it, which was about 5 years ago now.

It too runs much better with everything replaced.

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wait til you clean the maf lol
What is a maf?
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Mas Air Flow = At your air-filter box

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Mas Air Flow = At your air-filter box
It's a small sensor that monitors intake air.

Here's the how-to about cleaning it.

http://www.tccoa.com/articles/intake/mafclean.html

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