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Trying to figure out why my cougar is missing What should the spark plugs be gapped ?

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SOURCE: whats the recomendid gap for spark plugs on a 97

.017 inches i believe

Posted on Jun 14, 2009

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SOURCE: car wont stay running

first off i would take compression test and go from there.
that should tell you if valve timing is the problem i am not sure .....but are fords still 1,2,3 mabee4 all on drivers side?

Posted on Dec 19, 2009

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