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Old 01-07-2020, 10:32 AM   #30
jmo69
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Originally Posted by Knight View Post
I've always done plugs when the engine is cold.



NGK, who makes the plugs, says to not use anti-seize which is where the recommendation comes from.

You can still use it, but need to be super-careful when it comes to torquing them down (same reason why anti-seize isn't recommended on wheel bolt threads).

What the OP is experiencing is unusual. I pulled original plugs at 110K miles with no issues and that was without any anti-seize from the factory.
The last plug I pulled had even resistance all the way out, more than I expected but it didn't increase. I replaced it and haven't had a problem.
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