Spark plugs functions:
Spark plugs are crucial to the functioning of a vehicle. Indeed, its function is to create an electric spark which then ignites the compressed air-fuel mixture lying in an engine cylinder. It then removes heat from the combustion chamber. With the right choice between all the varieties of spark plugs, your engine will be able to ignite fuel faster. In addition, a spark plug of quality permit reliable starting, even in extreme weather.
Each spark plug must be able to reliably produce millions of sparks. Latest-generation spark plugs are manufactured using extremely resistant materials and have an excellent lifespan.
At NAPA, we offer a wide range of spark plugs, varying by metals and dimensions. There are copper spark plugs, usually referred as standard, which have a solid copper core and a nickel-alloy coating for the electrode. We then offer platinum spark plugs, which is similar to copper spark plug with a platinum disc. It is a more heat resistant metal than nickel, which gives platinum a longer longevity. In addition, there is the double platinum spark plug, which uses the same component. At last, iridium spark plugs are harder than platinum and last even longer.
What are the signs indicating a faulty spark plug?
After several thousands of kilometres, the electrodes where the spark is produced can become covered with dirt or carbon deposits, causing the spark plugs to become less efficient and resulting in increased fuel consumption.
- Here are some common signs of faulty spark plugs:
- Poor fuel economy
- Slow acceleration
- Engine misfiring
- Rough idle
- Hard to start your vehicle
If you recognize any of those signs, you may need to contact your NAPA AUTOPRO technician for a spark plugs maintenance.
How often do you need to maintain spark plugs?
During routine maintenance, a certified NAPA AUTOPRO technician can inspect your spark plugs to determine if they need to be cleaned or replaced. Each vehicle must be equipped with the type of spark plugs indicated by the manufacturer, depending on the engine characteristics.
We offer many brands of spark plugs in order to satisfy your needs. Indeed, choose between NGK, Bosh, Denso, Autolite or Champion. Every single brands offer different spark plugs, with the metal and the composition of your choice. Your certified NAPA AUTOPRO technician can select the correct spark plugs for your vehicle if they need to be replaced.
Learn more about the spark plugs from our NAPA AUTOPRO experts in the video below: