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Auto Q&A: Does Van Need New Spark Plugs?

Dear Tom,

I own a 2000 Chevy Venture Van with 54,000 miles. The transmission fluid has been changed twice and the coolant was changed about one year ago. Should I get the spark plugs changed before they get stuck in the head? The dealer wants to just clean them and not replace them. Thank you.

Cole from Buffalo, NY

Cole, 

The spark plugs are probably platinum and therefore do not need replacing at this mileage. It's a good idea to have them removed, inspected, cleaned and re-gapped. Check to see if the dealer recommends using anti-seize on the plug’s threads before reinstalling and re-torquing them. Keep up the maintenance on that van and you should see 150,000 miles. Best to you.

Tom

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