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One of my spark plug resistors got corroded and needs replacing. Anyone know the part number for the spring and/or resistor, or if it's even possible to buy them separate from the ignition coil?

Another possible avenue, if anyone knows the name of the package type for the wire wound resistors that are in there (cylindrical, with fuse-like caps) that would also help.
 

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As far as I know you need to purchase an entire coil. They run around $90 on Amazon.com.
 

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I believe these are the correct coils for the US/Canada Cruze.

1.8 coil

1.4T coil
 

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That's what I was afraid of. I can't believe it's not itemized out. I'd expect the boot, spring, and resistor to all be cheap serviceable parts, but I expect too much sometimes. Looks like I'll be cleaning the contacts on mine and living with it until it dies.
 

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Been dealing with aluminum head engines for over 40 years now, if you do not coat the threads of the spark plugs with anti-seize, the threads of the head will come out with the spark plug. Current flows through the base of the plug to the head causing electrolysis, they don't write this in books, dissimilar metals and all this steel against aluminum.

Never was a problem with cast iron heads, sure is with aluminum. My K-D kit is about that old, 1968 as I recall, ream out the old hole, tap it and insert a steel sleeve, don't car if that corrodes solid with the head, don't ever want to remove that, Why they don't do this in the factory is beyond me, want you to have major problems as save a couple of bucks. But the only correct way to do this is to remove the head first.

Boots are boots, Model A Ford didn't have this problem, used brass strips, no boots, if left on for any period of time would bake on solid, and trying to pull them off from the top was next to impossible, like that Chinese finger puzzle, the harder you would pull the tighter it would be. Did make a tool with a U shaped hole in it where you could insert it under the boot and pull it out. But you can't do this on the Cruze, a blind hole. Not new, this concept is over 25 years old now.

Prevention is to coat the inside of the boot with dielectric grease, did this the day after I got my Cruze. Okay, the spark plug wire was replaced with a spring with a very poor plating on them, also coated that thickly with dielectric grease. Helps to retard corrosion. Also use this on battery terminals and ground points.

How about having to lay out 450 bucks for a new carburetor because a friends mechanical broke off a mixture jet, could buy these in the 60's, but not anymore. He didn't want to sue his shop, just gave me 450 bucks to buy a new one. At the rate this is going, even with a bad spark plug, will want you to replace the entire engine.

They could do all this stuff at the factory, but they don't, if you want your vehicle to last have to do it yourself. Didn't want to take my Cruze all apart, but one thing I had to do what to remove all four wheels and coat the hubs with anti-seize, aluminum wheel on cast iron. Ran across vehicles where with a flat tire, couldn't even remove the wheel the rust was so bad. How about spending a half day trying to remove a wheel bearing hub, never was a problem with tapered bearings, is a major problem now.

Want to hear a lot more? Could write a book, come to think of it, almost did with this post.
 

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I know I'm reviving an old thread but I found the exact replacement for the 1.4 plug boot. Mine ripped in half just like everybody elses and I was all over the web (and this forum) looking for an answer. A great guy at O'Reillys got with BWD and they had a dead-on replacement boot. Came with a new spring as well. Paid $12 total to have it shipped to my house. Now all of them have dielectric grease on them so this doesn't happen again lol.

Part BWD SPB251

With as often as this happens and there being 827 threads online with no solution we need to sticky this somewhere if possible. May save a few of us a headache in the future.
 

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You can clean them up and it will last a few thousand miles, then will have the same problem. It will eventually leave you down. Once it starts, may as well order a new coil pack. Just ordered one for my daughter's yesterday. May regret it, but I got a new aftermarket one off ebay for $50. Probably should have ordered the Delco, but I will see what happens. I'm willing to try it, sometimes you get lucky. And I agree with making sure you use anti-seize and dielectric grease. Will save a lot of problems in the future.
 

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The replacement boots are listed at NAPA.
 

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I looked at the link and its a special order from BWD, no store has in stock. It looks like I have to order it from O'Reilly's. Im just going to order 4 for $30, better than $90 for a coil and boots. Thanks for your help.
 

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Standard Motor Products is part number SPP188E. I see it on ebay but they want $10-$15 for each one.
 
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