Spark Plugs

Spark Plug Replacement

spark plugsA special gauge/tool is used to measure the spark plug gap and, if necessary, to bend the electrode to achieve the correct specification.

Spark plugs are little devices inside the cylinder that take in high voltage electricity at one end and create a spark at the other end. There, the spark ignites the gas and air mixture, and the resulting combustion is what ultimately powers the car. This service involves removing the old plugs and replacing them with new ones.

Why do I have to do this?
At the sparking end of the plug is a built-in gap between two or more little pieces of metal, called electrodes. When the plug fires, one or more sparks jump that gap and a tiny bit of the metal is burned off. This happens hundreds of times every minute. Over time, the gap between the metal tips gets too big.  Also, your spark plugs can get fouled, but that would indicate that you have a problem.

What happens if I don’t do this?
Your engine will start to misfire and run poorly, performance will suffer, efficiency will decrease and emissions will dramatically increase. Your car may also be difficult to start.

How often should I replace my spark plugs?
Today’s modern cars typically use a long-life spark plug that are designed to last about 100,000 miles.  However, if you’re experiencing an issue such as a rough-running condition and you haven’t quite reached that mark…it may be your spark plugs telling you they’ve met the end of their expected useful life, regardless of miles.