How Often Should You Replace Spark Plugs?

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How Often Should You Replace Spark Plugs?

How Often Should You Replace Spark Plugs?

Vehicle manufacturers make much of the fact that their products come equipped with extended-life spark plugs that can maintain a precise gap for 100,000 miles. However, before you wait that long to replace them, you should bear in mind that spark plugs that hit the 80,000-mile marker are four-fifths worn.

As the gap in the plug widens, engine performance and gas mileage begin to suffer. In addition, spark plugs that have remained in place for tens of thousands of miles have a tendency to seize in the cylinder head or the two piece designs tend to break. Once this happens, it can be potentially costly job to remove them. Since your vehicle’s spark plugs are going to require replacement sometime, better to do it sooner rather than later.

What makes spark plugs important?

Without the spark, the car won’t start. The spark plugs are directly related to the overall performance of the engine. In the automobile industry, there are 2 types of spark plugs

  • Copper tip plugs – Life expectancy of 30,000 miles
  • Platinum and Iridium tip plugs – – Life expectancy of 100,000 miles

Indications of spark plug replacements

  • High performing spark plugs
  • Low longevity and built
  • Presence of oil leaks on pulling out the spark plugs
  • Wrong driving techniques

What are the benefits of spark plug replacement?

  • Consistent and optimal combustion
  • Better fuel economy
  • Smooth and energetic starts
  • Less harmful emissions

Before Replacing Spark Plugs

If your vehicle was originally equipped with a specific type of spark plug, it’s a smart idea to keep that design of plug when you replace them. It’s also a good idea to check a few other things under the hood when it’s time to replace the plugs, including:

  • Air filter
  • Cabin air filter
  • Belts and hoses
  • Charging system
  • Starter
  • O2 sensor
  • All vacuum lines and junctions

Great Plains Auto Body Shop in Omaha & Council Bluffs

Preventative maintenance is the key, have your spark plugs inspected every 30,000 miles and replaced when the gap is beyond what is specified by the vehicle manufacturer.

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  • Brakes
  • Oil Changes
  • Shocks / Struts / Wheel Bearings
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  • Check Engine Lights
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  • Battery / Alternator / Starter / Spark Plugs
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