For your vehicle to turn on and actually run, it has to have spark plugs to do it. That is, if you are driving a vehicle with an internal combustion engine. For many drivers, spark plugs are the last things that are on their mind until they are faced with a car that is sputtering and unable to fire up when they want to go somewhere. Like every other aspect of your car’s engine, your spark plugs are subject to wear and tear which means they will eventually have to be replaced. Citywide Towing Service is here to talk about your spark plugs and how often you should be replacing them.
Every Vehicle is Different
With the insane number of vehicle makes and models on the road today, it should come as no surprise that every vehicle has different needs when it comes to their spark plugs. Luckily, when you purchased your vehicle, it should have come with an owner’s manual found in the glovebox. This is a treasure trove of information that is specific to your vehicle. In there, you will find information about what your vehicle needs when it comes to the spark plugs. Most manufacturers will recommend that you change out your spark plugs ever 30,000 to keep your vehicle running optimally.
Copper VS Iridium Spark Plugs
While copper spark plugs may fit into your budget better, they aren’t going to be as long lasting and durable as iridium spark plugs will be. The electrodes found on iridium aren’t as susceptible wear and tear which makes them last sometimes twice as long as copper spark plugs.
Driving Habits Impact Spark Plugs
If you don’t want to put undue wear and tear on your spark plugs, you need to possibly change your driving habits. When you are punching on the gas to accelerate quickly, your spark plugs are getting a beating. If you are looking for ways to extend the life of your spark plugs, you will want to drive more gingerly. If you have an oil leak in your engine, it can cause contamination of the spark plugs and damage them as well.
Sign Your Spark Plugs Need Replacing
The biggest sign of spark plugs that are on their way out is a sputtering idle. When you have turned on your vehicle, if it doesn’t just sit and quietly run, it can be a spark plug issue. You shouldn’t hear your vehicle sputter when it’s idling. If you have let your spark plugs go too long, you may find that you can’t get your vehicle to turn over at all when you are trying to start it.
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