Why are spark plugs so important to keep in good shape? Well, since it’s right around Valentine’s Day, let’s compare them to the love of your life. You know what I’m talking about, that little “spark” that just completes you?
Spark plugs produce an electric arc that jumps the “gap” to ignite the fuel vapor mix to start your engine. Spark plugs are a key component to starting your vehicle. We put these little guys through the ringer with how often we start our vehicle! The older spark plugs get, the more they get built up with carbon, blister, and even oil build-up. This contamination could result in misfires, rough idling, or starting complications. Crazy for how small these guys are, huh?
Your engine size determines the number of spark plugs you have, it’s one per engine cylinder. For instance, if you have a 6-cylinder motor, you’ll have 6 spark plugs. Keep in mind that when you change your spark plugs you’ll also want to change the wires, boots or coils, depending on your ignition system. Reason being, you don’t want to take a nice brand-new part and connect it to something that may be needed shortly after. That can potentially lead to a bad connection or even wear out your brand-new spark plugs out faster. Replacing new electrical system parts makes sure that you’ll have a good connection, and you won’t have to change them until next time you change your spark plugs again. (Think about it: Just like you wouldn’t put dirty clothes back on after you showered, when you know you’re going out to dinner with your lovey!)
Average mileage for spark plug maintenance could be anywhere from 30,000-100,000 depending on manufacturer’s recommendations. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to help you keep that spark alive, and get an appointment set up for you at Lee Myles Auto Care & Transmissions!