Depending on the type of vehicle you drive you may be able to save yourself some money on maintenance of your vehicle by replacing spark plugs yourself. On older vehicles, spark plugs are typically easier access and don’t require much manual labor to do. For newer vehicles, it could be more of a challenge.
What Do Spark Plugs Do?
Spark plugs are small but mighty parts of your car. A good way to imagine spark plugs are tiny bolts of lightening. In order your your engine to start working properly you need your pistons to start working to power everything. The pistons start to work by the “spark” (electric) that your spark plugs create. If your spark plugs aren’t working, you car isn’t working.
Tips For Replacing Your Spark Plugs
If you choose to replace your own spark plugs there are some basic tips you should follow to make sure nothing goes wrong.
Change Them One At A Time- Spark plugs should be replaced one a time. Because there are wires involved, you don’t want to criss-cross yourself and end up with a mess.
Clear Dust & Debris- Foreign substances hanging around your engine is never a good idea. When replacing your spark plugs a good idea is to clear out any dust or debris that may have ended up there. If you must, you can blow around the area to clear it. Ideally, you’d use a compressed air duster to remove everything.
Wait For The Engine To Cool Down- This tip is self explanatory, but sometimes people forget it. Turn your car off and wait 15-30 minutes until everything cools down when inspecting your spark plugs.
Screw Them In Straight- If you’re spark plugs aren’t screwed in straight, you can run into issues with the treads. If this happens, you’ll vehicle will have to be taken to an auto repair shop to get it fixed. When screwing in spark plugs yourself make sure everything is aligned.
Do you have a newer model vehicle that might require some knowledge and expertise when it comes to replacing spark plugs? The team at Everett Transmission can access and safely replace spark plugs on all makes and models of vehicles in short order. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule an appointment for service to your car, truck, or SUV.