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Spark-plug wires for 5000ST ..
Well, I decided to do this weekend what I'd been putting off for
a while: check the spark plug wires/distributor/rotor.
Amazing findings: two of the five wires were *absolutely* open --
they would not register at all on my (admittedly cheap) multimeter.
The other three yielded the correct resistance (about 6K) after
some coaxing. I can only theorize as to how the car ran just
fine with two bad wires: possibly because of some high-voltage
I finally ended up replacing all the wires, the distributor cap
and the rotor for the ridiculous price of (choke, gag!) $106. A
couple of experiences to pass on:
1. Don't buy non-Bosch ignition wires. In particular don't
ever buy a brand called MSW: it doesn't fit, even though it's
2. A 17mm open-end wrench makes a good tool to push down on
the no. 5 plug connector, should you not be able to do it
with your fingers.
The patient (an '85 5000ST with 98K on the clock) is doing well,
except for a sound from the distributor when the engine's cold.
Probably the dust cover, but I'll have to check.
Also, starting it the first time after the wire replacement
was really hard .. it usually starts instantly.