spark plugs are used to ignite the fuel-air mixture in a petrol/gasoline engine.

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Side effects of small amount dirt from spark plug well

I was changing a bad spark plug on my F150 4.6L V8 and despite cleaning the spark plug well as thoroughly as I could muster (rearmost cylinder and under the dash pretty well so very little clearance) ...
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Spark plug broke off in engine - can I drive the car?

I own a 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 2.9L AWD with 6 cyl. (Twin turbo, with catalytic converter.) While changing the spark plugs, one broke-off (all the ceramic below the threads and possibly the metal finger ...
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Rough idle + slow acceleration + engine dying after spark plug change

I recently changed the spark plugs and wires on my 2002 Ford Focus SE with Zetec (DOHC) engine. I used NGK TR5IX (7397-4PK) Iridium IX plugs and Motorcraft wires. When I received the plugs, they were ...
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How to know if the spark plug or the ignition coil needs to be replaced

I have a 2002 E39 520i. One of the cylinders has stopped working (or misfiring) and I am hoping it is because no spark is generated. I am very new to engines so bare with me please. :) My question is:...
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Engine non-start after oil light came on

I was driving a Mark IV Volkswagen Golf on the highway. As I was overtaking, the engine oil light showed on the dashboard, so I stopped. I checked the oil, which measured okay. I tried to start the ...
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Golf 3 1992 Model

Good day, Please assist with my car, when driving gear 1 and 2 does not have power. I have change the plucks and the ring gears two months ago and it was fine. Now gear 1 and 2 does not have power ...
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Do I really have to pull the engine to remove broken spark plugs?

I broke 2 spark plugs in my Buick lesabre 3800. The plug is broken at the top of the nut. The porcelain is all broken off in the socket. Took it to a mechanic and was told he would have to take the ...
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Where do spark plugs get their electricity?

Where is the electric charge coming from and does it have a large amount of electric charge to it?
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Coil popped out of head

I've got a 1999 F250-SD XLT 4×4 that the coil just popped out of the head what would cause that? I've not done anything to it yet
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2008 Grand Prix GPX

What spark plug should I be using? I did my own tune up and the guy at auto advance told me to get some Bosch spark plugs for my car but then I notice less power. A mechanic told me I shouldn't have ...
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How to diagnose the cause of no power reaching the spark plugs when power reaches everything else, after checking fuses?

I've been trying to get my long-suffering Toyota RAV4 first generation (1998) to start after numerous different problems, the latest of which I've narrowed to the spark plugs not firing seemingly due ...
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How long would pouring a little oil into a spark plug well take to stop a car starting?

I realise this is a strange looking question! I'm in a country where many local mechanics unfortunately have a bad reputation for creating small problems while fixing other problems in order to get ...
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How to check if spark plugs are firing? Coil-on plugs

While trying to diagnose a tricky car not starting problem I was asked to check if the spark plugs were firing at all. I've found plenty of resources on inspecting the condition of spark plugs after ...
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Ford F150 broken spark plug removal

I have a friend that has a 2003 F150 V8 3 valve V8 motor, when he went to change the spark plugs some of them broke off. How do you remove the part that is still in the head? Here is what a new one ...
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Is my 1999 blazer having transmission problems?

I have 99 Chevy blazer. It never wants to get moving right away. it takes 30 seconds to a minute before i can get fully going. It also shakes when I at a red light or stopped. i noticed today that ...
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Firing a Coil on Plug

I was wondering if there is a simple way of firing a coil on plug outside of the car. The coil in question is just a two wire coil on plug and I don't know if its possible to just hook up a 12V ...
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Which gapping is for my car 1999 E320 4matic sedan

Okay I've been looking all over trying to see if there is any information but i haven't came across one. Asking for help I'm about to replace all 12 plugs need some answers so I start gapping. I ...
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What is the effect of different spark plug electrode tip diameters?

When choosing spark plugs one has a lot of options. One of the differences is the diameter of the electrode tip - some spark plugs have a large flat tip, and newer models often have a really thin tip. ...
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Do I Need to Ground the Spark Plug When Testing

When I'm using a known good spark plug to test spark at each wire, do I need to ground the threads of the plug to the engine block like the guy in this video is doing? What happens if I don't ground ...
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any downsides to early spark plug changes?

Are there any downsides to early spark plug changes? some say 10k 15k etc and some do it as early as 5k =S but would it be okay to get into the habit of changing them after each oil change (6k) miles ...
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Is it necessary to replace functioning spark plugs?

I have a 2000 Mazda Protege that last had it's spark plugs replaced about 4-6 years ago (about 40k-60k miles). It's a commuter car, but it's a short commute and mild driving conditions; probably 85% ...
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After perfoming tune up to my jetta 2.0

After performing tune up to the car due to misfiring replacing spark pugs new wires new gas filter When finished and started the car a lot of water came out of the exhaust like never saw it before. ...
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Why are the spark plugs from the same 2 cylinders corroding faster than the others?

On my engine ('99, 360 v8 Magnum), I replaced the spark plugs less than 15k miles ago, because of misfires in cylinders 2 and 8. Those two plugs were badly corroded. Today I had to replace them again, ...
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Follow up question on spark plug heat range

@vini_i gave a great answer to my previous question here (What is spark plug heat range) Part of that answer is that the reason for spark plugs having different heat ranges is that if it runs to ...
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What is spark plug heat range

I was watching a show and their project was adding a bolt on turbo kit. In the process they mentioned that they needed a colder spark plug. What does a hot or cold spark plug mean? What changes ...
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Vespa Plug,Contact Point and Condenser

For my Vespa P150 x I want to know technically regarding to Plug What should be the color of a healthy plug spark? Mine is a blue red like color. Contact Points How can I check that the points of ...
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2000 Buick Century not running after spark plug change

I had someone come look at my car (big mistake I should have done I it myself). He said the spark plugs needed to be changed and while he was changing them he was revving the engine. He didn't put the ...
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High revs after changing spark plugs

I have an '07 Chrysler Town & Country. Check Engine Light came on 2 weeks ago, ran the diagnostics : Misfire in cylinder 3. So we changed the spark plug in that cylinder to see if that was the ...
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Socket wrench turns loose on top of spark plug

I'm trying to replace the spark plugs of my 2006 Prius, but the deep well 5/8 socket attached to a 2 in extender just turns loose, as if it does not fit in the top of the spark plug. I tried also 3/4 ...
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RPM drop when coming to a stop in neutral, Civic 06

Let's say I'm getting off the freeway, I press the clutch, shift out of 5th to neutral. At that moment my Civic DX would usually drop to about 1000 rpm at idle. For the past month it drops too low, ...
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What can I do with an Inline Spark Tester?

Due to my recent problem with weakly firing plugs, I'm looking at inline spark testers. I've seen three basic types: The simple flashing one which goes in between the wire and plug with the plug in ...
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Is it necessary to do '3 part fuel induction system service' when replacing Spark Plugs?

I got engine light on. MIDAS told me I need to replace Spark Plugs ($300) and do '3 part fuel induction system service' ($100). I asked if we can stick just with the spark plugs replacement and was ...
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How to check if bad spark plug threads are causing compression loss

How do you check if your spark plug threads are bad? I would like to know the most non-invasive method of checking this and also the most cheapest way to check this.
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Should I change one spark plug and wire or all of them?

2 days ago I felt that something isn't right with my Ford. A mechanic told me that he wants to replace all four spark plugs and wires but could I just change the one? I'm scared that he's ripping me ...
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Engine not functioning properly at idle (cold or hot), during driving, slow acceleration, does not increase speed

I have a VW POLO (6N2) - 1.4 (60Hk), from February 2000. After the car was standing still for 2 days in a rural area close to a stream (damp environment), the car had issues with being idling. Even ...
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Can I increase the power in the high tension leads? [closed]

I want to increase the spark from 2kv to 7kv the spark going in one lead is 2kv and the lead coming out is at 7kv. This is for petrol engine.
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Broken Spark Plug removal [closed]

I have a 2002 Chevy Venture, that supposedly the Mechanic changed the spark plugs, but when trying to do a tune-up one of the Spark Plugs broke off and the electrode is still in it. I found online a ...
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Replacing Spark Plug with Laser Iridium NGK Spark Plug

I have 2012 KTM Duke 125 at 10 000 miles (16k kilometers). I am the third owner of bike for 2 years. Whenever i twist the throttle fastly, motorcycle is chocked up. So i thought the problem could be ...
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Very slight arcing of good spark plug wires

While looking for the reason of occasional misfires I checked if my spark plug wires are arcing at night. There was no textbook arcing with popping sounds and pretty lights, but there was extremely ...
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2011 Mini Hardtop Sparkplug

I would like to know whether I can use NGK 90223 spark plug on my R56 - 2011 Mini Hardtop(~50k miles). The original spark plugs on it (Beru 12ZR6SP2) seems to have worn and engine is misfiring under ...
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Will Driving 100 Miles With a Misfire Damage My Car?

Background: I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab slt with 4.7L Magnum V8. My check engine light came on when I was at work. I then drove 20 miles home to my house, pulled out my scan tool and ...
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How to check spark plugs on a Yamaha R6

I was hit a few weeks ago and have been trying to get my motorcycle fixed ever since. 2012 Yamaha R6. I replaced the tank among other things and trying to start it it sounds like it's sucking air. ...
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Plugs: One side dirty, one side clean?

I was just inspecting some plugs and noticed that on each plug, one side was relatively cleanish, while the other side was dirtier and had built up deposits. Why would one side be significantly ...
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Spark plug blown out of engine in one cylinder, twice. [closed]

I have a 454 engine in my cabin cruiser boat. After operating at normal cruising speed for 20 minutes or so a spark plug was blown out of the engine, with the center electrode melted, and the rest of ...
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What do you do with dielectric grease on spark plugs?

There seems to be a lot of conflicting answers on what you're supposed to do with dielectric grease. The instructions on the grease I bought says to squeeze it into the boot, but everywhere I've read ...
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Does electrode size/shape matter?

I have an 84 Ranger and I recently bought some new spark plugs for the motor. I noticed that the old electrodes were huge compared to the brand new ones I just bought. Does the size of the electrode ...
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Can I run on 7 cylinders if I shut the injector to that cylinder off?

I have a 2006 F150 5.4 Triton 3 valve. I've had a really bad issue, where a socket is stuck in my spark plug chamber and everything has failed to get it out. The option I'm left with now is ...
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MX5 lost power after spark plug change

I own a Mazda MX5 mk2 1.6L. I had severe problems with engine misfiring, caused by the valve cover seal, to leak. The oil that was leaking was concentrated near the spark plugs, and periodically it ...
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Misfiring plugs [closed]

My Kia Sportage has been running on only two of 4 cylinders. The 2 plugs don't fire at all even when they are replaced. The coil works perfectly if they are interchanged. Wires are in perfect ...
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Spark plug wires arcing when car is cold

Around one month ago I have replaced my spark plugs and respective wiring. Everything was fine to until one week before, when the car started to misfire (struggle?) in the morning when car is cold. I ...