What should the spark plugs be gapped at?

Tiny
STARLORD1976
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  • 2008 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 3.5L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
My friend changed plugs in my car, and he gapped them at 60, is that correct number?
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Monday, April 18th, 2022 AT 9:38 AM

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Tiny
STEVE W.
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They should be gapped to.040 -.044 depending on the actual plug type not.060, the larger gap may cause issues in a coil as it takes more energy to fire across that gap. Sorry for the news. You should also have a sticker under the hood that tells the gap as well.
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Monday, April 18th, 2022 AT 10:06 AM
Tiny
STARLORD1976
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I read the same thing also, I just called AutoZone and I have the Autolight plugs, and they said they come pre-gapped at 60 and that s what it uses. So, I m not sure now.
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Monday, April 18th, 2022 AT 11:22 AM
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STEVE W.
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Those are the only plugs that are gapped that way and those are Ford plugs that are "equivalent" to the OE plug, however they should be gapped to the OE spec, not what they come as. The equivalent idea is that they use the same threads, same heat dissipation, same electrode design and similar materials. However, they should still be gapped to the OE spec.
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Monday, April 18th, 2022 AT 8:02 PM
Tiny
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So, do I need to have them taken out and gapped to.040?
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Monday, April 18th, 2022 AT 8:23 PM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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It's your call, personally I would have gapped them to.040 on install. As I said the wider gap takes more energy to fire and can stress the coils leading to secondary ignition codes or coil failures but it's your vehicle.
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Monday, April 18th, 2022 AT 8:55 PM

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