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    sPARK pLUG wIRES

    Got about 16,000 miles on AC spark plug wires intalled in Feb of '18. Should I replace them? One failed under hard acceleration.
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    Wow you drive your van a ton of miles! thats impressive

    the first question should be ; why did one fail already? did something injure it? or was it a bad wire, or are they big enough gauge wires for what ever coil and spark plug gap you are running? I know you said AC but is that made in china AC wires?
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    Don't ask me!! I'm still stuck on "who am I?" and "What do I want?"

    1965 G10 all window "ChevyVan" with 1988 305 Tuned port injection V8, 700R4, 1980 10 bolt posi.
    1968 G10 "sportVan Custom" under construction.

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    Yes, one failed. How to tell when ordering which are made in China?
    LARRY OF THE PACIFIC NW
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    Quote Originally Posted by lvjjj View Post
    Yes, one failed. How to tell when ordering which are made in China?
    Unfortunately, you can't.

    Even the American brands (like Delco) are now outsourced.....meaning you order a newly boxed AC Delco product, open the previously unopened box and find a Made in China sticker or stamp on the item. This just happened to me again with wheel cylinders. I now do homework and choose a more specialized manufacturer for certain items. For instance, your wires......I would consider a Taylor Universal fit Pro Wire (resistor core) set. You choose color, type of boots and cut them to length and install ends (not hard at all). Terrific product! The only other alternative is to find a Mom/Pop auto parts store that still has older (made in USA) inventory. Watch out for DBags (eBay) that put Chinese stuff in old original boxes and pass-it as old stock. This happened to me w/motor mounts!. They were supposedly "original Wagners" but had metric threads!

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    I choose not to dwell on this subject....its kinda sad
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    Bought 'em. They're made in Mexico. Working fine.

    Probably okay cause my Fender Bass Guitar was made in Mexico and its the best bass I've ever had (had a lot of em, started playing in 1965).
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    Quote Originally Posted by lvjjj View Post
    Bought 'em. They're made in Mexico. Working fine.

    Probably okay cause my Fender Bass Guitar was made in Mexico and its the best bass I've ever had (had a lot of em, started playing in 1965).
    Glad to hear.....I got a buddy who plays a NaftaCaster (Mexican Tele). He plays it more than his '71 USA.

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    so I probably got a Naftacision. Ordered it on-line, sight unseen or played. straight neck, in tune at the first fret, no warping and didn't have to touch the electricals or pick-ups, and it was in tune when I got it, still is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lvjjj View Post
    Bought 'em. They're made in Mexico. Working fine.

    Probably okay cause my Fender Bass Guitar was made in Mexico and its the best bass I've ever had (had a lot of em, started playing in 1965).

    They have been making guitars down there for quite some time, as well as all the Toyota Tacoma beds. I did hear that there were quality issues for a while but Fender straightened things out in the mid 2000's. I've heard that all Fender MIM necks are cut and quality checked at the US factory in Corona, then shipped to Ensenada for assembly.

    I work not too far from the Taylor factory, that is a cool tour, they make really nice guitars. They also have a factory just on the other side of the border for the 100 and 200 series guitars.

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