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

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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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What is the difference between normal, platinum, iridium plugs?

What is the difference (besides price) between normal, platinum, and iridium spark plugs?
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How do cars drive through deep water as shown on many videos online?

I have read many warnings about driving a car through deep water. Some problems that this can cause is destroy the catalytic converter and in petrol engines water can cause damage to spark plugs. And ...
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What happens if a single spark plug unexpectedly goes down in a multi-cylinder engine?

AFAIK vehicle manuals say owner must replace spark plugs every N miles. Suppose he fails to do so and a single spark plug unexpectedly dies in an engine with multiple cylinders right in a freeway. ...
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How do I know when to change my spark plug

I ride a Piaggio scooter with a single cylinder engine. Recently I broke down and the engine wouldn't restart. It turned out the spark plug was stuffed. How can I ensure that doesn't happen again?
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Why one should not leave fingerprints on bulbs and plugs?

I have read that one should not leave greasy fingerprints on their spark plugs or on their light bulbs. Why is this a thing? On what else one should not leave fingerprints? How does one avoid leaving ...
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How much does spark plug gap affect fuel efficiency?

I've read conflicting reports regarding how plug gap can affect fuel efficiency. For example, I've read that too small a gap won't cause a clean burn, or that too large a gap can cause misfires due ...
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How to properly change out spark plugs?

I am looking into how to change out my spark plugs on my 4 cylinder 2005 Mazda 3. All I know to do is: 1: Open each cylinder. 2: Use a spark plug socket (with the rubber insert) to remove the old ...
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Is there a measurable benefit to replacing spark plug wires?

My 92 Civic has very old spark plug wires, probably original, but their resistance is in-spec (under 20k ohms), they have no external damage, and the vehicle has no misfire or other symptoms ...
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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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Impact wrench on spark plugs?

'07 Cobalt LS, vanilla 2.2 I may have to remove the (probably 10-year-old) spark plugs, which I suspect may be stuck. If so, I'm wondering if it would be prudent to hit them with an impact wrench ...
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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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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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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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Estimate for head removal / reinstall

In changing the spark plugs in my 2000 Ford Mustang GT (4.6L), I sheared one of them (number 3) The ceramic is totally removed, as is the hex nut. The threaded portion as well as the ground electrode ...
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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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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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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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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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Help with spark plug stuck upside down in well

I am installing new spark plugs in my 2013 Chevy Cruze and I dropped a spark plug in the well upside down. I tried to get it out with 8" needle noose pliers but it will not budge. Any help would be ...
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What is the proper way to extract a broken sparkplug?

When dealing with a car with aluminum head(s), what is the proper way to extract a broken sparkplug?
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2000 Honda Civic Won't Start after Replacing spark Plugs

My 2000 honda civic ex 4-dr sedan seemed like it was misfiring. I decided to check the spark plugs to see if that was the issue. I replaced the spark plugs. The car would turn over however the ...
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What Could Cause Flash Over / Arcing to Reappear on New Plugs?

I had been having some hesitation problems on my 98 Mazda 626 which after a great deal of research seemed to be solved by replacing the plugs: As you can see, there seems to be signs of flash over / ...
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Two-stroke dirt bike piston running into spark plug

Recently, I submitted a post on here regarding a broken ground electrode on the spark plug of my 2005 Suzuki RM125: Bottom piece of spark plug broke off in motorcycle engine Well, I found out what ...
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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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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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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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What do i need to know when replacing a valve cover gasket

I have an oil leak from a cracked valve cover gasket that i want to replace myself. I bought the gasket nearly 6 months ago and i am apprehensive at doing it myself without sort of feed back as 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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Spark plug gaps - manufacturer or shop manual recomendation?

So I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L V6 OHV Engine and I recently replaced the spark plugs. The thing is, the original recommended spark plugs have a gap of 0.52-0.56, which is what is recommended in ...
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When I remove a spark plug is it bad news if dirt or grime falls into the engine

Despite my best effort to clean up a corroded spark plug and blowing the area with compressed air before removing would it be bad news if dirt or grime falls into the engine in the process of removing ...
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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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What does a healthy spark plug look like?

The spark plug pictured here: Has some black carbon on the underside of the ground electrode and has black carbon on the "base" area below the centre electrode (not pictured). Is this normal and ...
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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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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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Black Spark Plugs that Clean Themselves

Vehicle: 2002 Mazda Protégé LX, 2.0L engine, automatic transmission, 240,000 km Recent Work: Thermostat replacement Symptoms: Owner reported that the car shook and stalled on startup. She parked ...
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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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What causes pink spark plugs?

Vehicle: 2000 Ford Windstar, 3.8L V6 engine, automatic transmission, 166,000 km, recently purchased, was brought to me for some torubleshooting and minor repairs Symptoms: Occasional hesitation ...
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What kind of spark plug should I choose for LPG conversion?

I recently had an LPG system installed in my Golf MK4 and now the car has some hesitation when accelerating. The mechanic who installed the LPG System told me that I need to change my current (cheap, ...
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How to diagnose a bad spark plug?

What I always did up to now to check if my spark plug was doing fire : Remove it. Keep it plugged into the spark plug cable. Ground it on the frame. Start and check if sparks happen. If they are blue,...
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What would cause differences in spark plug wear on a '97FordRanger?

The mileage on these plugs is unknown, as this is a used vehicle w/o a complete service record. All 3 plugs on the driver side (4,5,6) were almost completely eroded. The 3 on the passenger side (1,2,...
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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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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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Is my 1999 blazer having transmission problems?

I have a '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 am at a red light or stopped. I noticed today ...
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Really high idle after tightening spark plugs

I had a very nasty tick in my engine after doing a bunch of work to it, I just redid my chain tensioner which went a long way to fixing it, then I found that spark plugs could cause a tick, so I ...
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How can I adjust gaps to spark plugs?

Have a couple spark plugs that needs adjusting. Whats the best practise for this? Is this valid? http://motorqa.com/question/8/whats-the-best-way-to-adjust-gap-in-spark-plugs
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Are Oil Puddles in Cylinder Head Normal?

Changing spark plugs and one well was full of oil. I took off the valve cover to replace the gasket and noticed that there was quite a bit of oil puddled in the cylinder head. Is this normal or could ...
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Sparkplug impossible to manually remove

The story is that the Mrs has got a little 2T scooter and managed to tank it up with some naff petrol that probably had ethanol additive or something and was sitting around in the garage for a few ...
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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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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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