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    How can I tell?

    I had my car tuned up and a couple days later I heard a ticking sound?!?!? So I took it back to the place that did it and it was a loose spark plug. So they fixed it but just recently i noticed that my car is idleing rougher then usual. How can I tell if my plugs are spaced wrong or if I have a fowled plug?
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    Did they replace the plug wires? Sounds like maybe a plug wire arcing. Pop the hood when it's dark and see if you can spot any sparks that shouldn't be there.

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    No sparks that i can see. all they changed i believe was the plugs.

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    Just a guess...it almost sounds like firing order. Obviously difficult to do.
    The LS1 motors have a different firing order than previous smallblocks.

    LS1: 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3
    LT1: 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBODYREDDEVIL View Post
    Just a guess...could be confusion at the shop about firing order.
    The LS1 motors have a different firing order than previous smallblocks.
    LS1: 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3
    LT1: 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
    Ok so what does this mean for me? how can I fix it?

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    I am coming at this as somebody who is used to working on older fbodies. It just sounds that way, it would be difficult to do. They would have to have the wires cross. It's just interesting that you didn't notice it before the wire was connected after making the knocking sound. And a fouled plug is easy to see, but tough to get to in these cars. If you do go checking plugs be very sure to not cross thread one back in.

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