05.01.17 - Car Spark Plug

When Should You Change Your Spark Plugs?

In General by Jesseb Shiloh

The spark plugs of your vehicle are an important part of the operation of your vehicle. These items provide the spark that sets of the explosion in every cylinder of your engine to help make it operate the right way. You can tell when your vehicle needs new Spark Plugs with a few of the different warning signs that your car can offer you so that you know it’s time to have these items changed in your engine. Here are a few of the different ways you will know you need to change your spark plugs:

Rough Idle – If your engine idles rough when running at a stop light, in your driveway or at a stop sign you might need to change your plugs right away. This isn’t the only possible reason for the rough operation, but it’s one that could make sense.

Starting Rough – When your car starts poorly you might have worn spark plugs that need to be changed right away. If this is the only possible reason for the rough starting you need to have your vehicle checked to see if you need to have your plugs changed.

Engine Misfires – You’ll feel the misfire because the engine won’t operate as smoothly as it should, this means one or more of the cylinders aren’t firing the right way which can lead to poor operation of your vehicle and a greater amount of emissions being expelled from your vehicle.

Engine Surges – If your engine surges and hesitates its likely bringing in more air than it should because your spark plugs aren’t firing the way they should. When this happens you need to have your engine checked right away to see if the plugs need to be changed so that you can continue to drive with ease.

High Fuel Consumption – When you notice a tank of gas doesn’t last nearly as long as it should, the problem could be that your spark plugs need to be changed right away. This overuse of the fuel is due to an incomplete combustion in the engine and can lead to the need to have your plugs changed in order to bring your car back to its optimum fuel mileage range.

Lack of Acceleration – When your vehicle isn’t accelerating the way it normally does, your plugs might not be firing the way they should. That means you need to bring your car to a mechanic and have the spark plugs checked out to see if this is why you’re having trouble with your engine.

Let a certified mechanic take a look at your spark plugs if this is what the problem turns out to be for your vehicle. The simple changing of these plugs and the plug wires doesn’t have to be done often, but it does have to be done occasionally to make sure you can continue to drive safely and securely on the road. Have this part of your car looked at if you experience any of these warning signs on the road when you’re driving.