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The Spark Plug Gap Specs for the 2004 Grand Prix

by Justin Cupler

In 1962, Pontiac introduced the Grand Prix -- a luxurious, high-performance car. Pontiac reduced the Grand Prix's size and converted it to a front-wheel-drive vehicle in 1988. The 2004 Grand Prix had two engine options available: a 200-horsepower, naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V-6 and a 260-horsepower, supercharged 3.8-liter V-6. When replacing the Grand Prix's spark plugs, it is important to check the gap on each spark plug, as an incorrect gap could cause a misfire or even engine damage.

Spark Plug Gap

Both of the 2004 Grand Prix's 3.8-liter engines -- supercharged and naturally aspirated -- use the same spark plug gap of 0.060 inches. There is a tolerance of 0.002 inches, meaning the gap may be 0.058 to 0.062 inches.

Spark Plug Torque

When replacing the spark plugs on the 2004 Grand Prix, it is imperative that you tighten them to 11 foot-pounds. Over-tightening the spark plugs could strip the cylinder head, resulting in a major repair. Too little torque may allow the spark plugs to come loose and fall out.

About the Author

Justin Cupler is a professional writer who has been published on several websites including CarsDirect and Autos.com. Cupler has worked in the professional automotive repair field as a technician and a manager since 2000. He has a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Cupler is currently studying mechanical engineering at Saint Petersburg College.

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