Spark Plug

Taking Care Of Your Car’s Spark Plug

Spark Plugs are responsible to a car engine’s most critical function: starting up the vehicle. Car owners who want optimum engine performance should make sure that their Spark Plug delivers hot, powerful, and long sparks.

Installing A Spark Plug

Car makers often boast that their plugs can last for hundreds of thousands of sparks, but as a car owner, you should be responsible enough to check the plug regularly, at least for every 10,000 miles driven. Technicians also recommend reinstalling the plug for every 50,000 miles. This is done to clean the wires, tighten the threads, and consequently secure high level of driving safety and performance.

Car repair shops often offer free installation if you are not comfortable in handling plugs. The process is quite easy. The technician would simply cool the engine down, disconnect the wires, and then remove the worn Spark Plug. After this the technician would ready the new plug, thread it in until tight, and then tighten it further using a torque wrench.

Note that wrong installation can result in engine damage, so be very careful if you are doing the job yourself. Refer to the manual and make certain that you are following the recommended installation specifications.

Buying Spark Plug

Plugs can be bought in full sets or in various assembly parts. Between the two, it is advised to use the former as this guarantees better compatibility. In addition, complete plug sets are designed to work better with recent car ignition systems.

Replacing plugs often entail replacing connecting wires. Doing so requires the technician to maintain the original paths of the wires. Making significant wiring changes may expose the wires to too much heat or bring them to sharp parts which could potentially bring ignition problems.

Having a faulty plug can affect a car’s charging and starting systems, so make sure that systems are in good shape. Make it a point to regularly fully charge the battery, clean the battery connections, and tune up the alternator.

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