Questions tagged [sparkplugs]

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

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Do spark plugs need changing if one ignition coil cable broke

A friend of mine had one of their ignition coil snap in half, which meant one cylinder wasn't firing. She drove for approximately for 10km, before getting back home and finding out what was wrong. We ...
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Two spark plug wire failures in two days?

I've got a 2003 Kia Rio (4 cyl) that started shuddering on me yesterday. When I got home I found that the cylinder 3 spark plug wire had gone bad. Sparks were coming out the side at an apparent ...
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After mechanic work, car starts fine but accelerating stalls the engine

I own a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer, and have been the only owner and mostly the only driver. About a year ago I had a weird misfiring problem where if I pushed the accelerator down more than half way it ...
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Broken spark plug: safe piston?

I have a broken Spark plug in a 2SZFE engine. Oil level is not changing. Does it means the piston is safe? There’s a spark plug part in the first cylinder because previous owner chose a low cost ...
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dying on fast acceleration + blackened spark plugs, but no problems on idle

I drive a 1990 Audi 80 b3 with 2.0-liter gasoline engine (I have no idea what the correct term is in English since it is not my native language, so please excuse me my mistakes). Today I encountered ...
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What do the colored rings on spark plugs mean?

On the white part of spark plugs there are those colored rings. In amount ranging from 0 to 4. What does the amount of rings refer to? And what does it's color refer to? Is it just aesthetics?
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8th Honda civic engine rotations surges

Due to bad gasoline on the highway the spark plugs are worn. There was an evacuation of the car and then it got to the mechanic. Old spark plugs (iridium) were replaced with new (iridium too), after ...
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Ignition coil upgrade

My motorcycle felt unresponsive these past few days and found out that it was caused by a weak spark because the ignition coil is about to go bust. Since I am thinking about doing an upgrade to a ...
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Normal spark plug vs platinum [duplicate]

Is there any disadvantages or bad impact of using platinum spark plug instead of normal plug, even if the manufacturers recommended to use normal spark plug .like (Mitsubishi Lancer GLX automatic)
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Busting spark plugs every hour

What is happening when a vehicle keeps busting a spark plug every time you put in a new one?
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Honda SOHC spark but no ignition even with starter fluid

i'm restoring an Honda SOHC engine 250, i fixed the full electrical system and i can see the spark testing it near the engine. (Not sure if gap is correct of the new spark plug), there is compression ...
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How can I diagnose what's causing oil on spark plug threads?

I changed the spark plugs for the first time on my 2008 Mazda3, ~118k miles. Three of the four plugs had oil on the threads, on the top of the plug (where the wrench sits), and on the electrode. The ...
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Proper spark plug gap

What is the gap for a 98 ranger 3.0? The stickers under hood are gone and there is no book in glove box. I just bought this truck and have nothing to go on.
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Do you change spark plugs every service?

I notice that mechanic make a point that they change spark plugs annually i.e. every yearly service. However it seems to me spark plugs can have a long life e.g. google says they are four fifths worn ...
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Broken spark plug porcelain not letting easy out do its job

how do I get an easy out past porcelain easy out not grabbing and porcelain is not breaking
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Car shakes upon startup, dies. Other times gas pedal does not respond

I'm pretty uneducated when it comes cars but im hoping you guys can help me. I have a 99 Ford Ranger that upon startup (not every time) shakes extremely hard and then dies. Other times when driving I ...
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Can I use a DC ignition coil for my motorcycle without damaging anything?

Last night I followed this guide I found on the internet http://waynescyclegarage.mysite.com/custom.html showing you how to rewire a Honda SL engine so that it can run without a battery.. and I got it ...
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Why can't I get a spark?

I have an early 70's Honda SL125 engine and I'm trying to wire it up so that it can run without the battery. I found this guide http://waynescyclegarage.mysite.com/custom.html and I've followed it and ...
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Why do car manufacturers use different brands of spark plugs simultaneously?

When I changed the spark plugs on my 08' 4Runner, I noticed it had alternating Denso and NGK sparks plugs in the engine. The manual has them both listed: Denso (K20HR-U11) and NGK (LFR6C-11). What is ...
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Does starting the engine with one of the spark plug wire disconnected damage the starter coil?

A friend of mine (he is not my friend anymore) decided to pull a practical prank on my new motorcycle. He pulled the wire of one of the spark plug (my bike has three of them in the cylinder) and let ...
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Broken ignition coil: spark plug's fault?

Two days ago my Opel Corsa D LPG's engine started to misfire, and by means of an OBD interface I found out it was cylinder 1. First thing I thought about were the spark plugs, as I haven't changed ...
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Will a previous valve cover leak effect what needs to be done while replacing spark plugs?

I had some leaking valve covers about two months ago, and was warned this meant I'd need to have some vaguely defined extra service done during the next tune-up or I'd risk ruining the new spark plugs....
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Spark plug arcing during removal, engine off.

What could cause the spark plug to arc off the socket and exhaust manifold when removing the spark plug? Obviously the ignition was in the off position. This same plug tends to get carbon deposits ...
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Broken spark plug white portion cracked

The white portion of the spark plug cracked while i was twisting it off and now i cant get the plug out and the 10mm for some reason wont get out either
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Actual amount of time required to change spark plugs in a 2003, Ford Ranger XLT, 4.0 L, 6 cyl

I would like to know what the actual amount of time is for a trained mechanic to change the spark plugs in a 2003, ford, ranger xlt, 4.0 l, 6 cyl., 4 WD, automatic ? The local Ford service/dealer ...
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broken spark plugs in a 94 Ford Ranger

I broke a spark plug in my 94 Ford Ranger. Everything came out except the threads and the metal casing. The problem I'm having is the easy out will not fit in far enough to grab ahold of the casing ...
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What this motorcycle engine plug tell about the operation inside engine?

What does this plug tell about the inside operation of the engine? I can't find any plug that looks like this in any online charts.
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Why do the spark plugs need to be replaced periodically?

I have a Toyota Etios Liva Viera Limited Edition car, 3 years old. Last week, I took the car for the yearly service at the authorised service centre. The service person said that the spark plugs need ...
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How do I remove debris from spark plug well (without damaging the head)? [duplicate]

The problem is that either someone didn't use anti-seize or someone forced in the plugs wrong (or both) because I've had the jolliest time trying to remove them from this 2002 Nissan sentra 1.8. I ...
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Why are my new spark plugs doing this?

I have a 2006 Ford Mustang V6 4.0L. I just purchased these Bosch 6715 platinum spark plugs and installed them. I took them out because I noticed air was coming out of the spark plug socket. When I ...
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Car Hissing on Neutral After Checking Spark Plug

So last night, two days after examining one spark plug and putting it back in, I noticed a hissing sound from the front of the car. This hissing goes away completely when I press the clutch pedal in. ...
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Spark plug analysis [Photo]

I noticed some performance issues while accelerating and today, I decided to pull my spark plugs out and check their condition. This is a Nissan car with 2L NEO Direct Injection engine and they have ...
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Is this plug fouled due to being too cold?

When changing the plugs on my 99 Nissan Almera 1.6L I noticed that the tips of all the plugs looked a bit weird with these white deposits ( all four look like this ): Upon closer inspection, I ...
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Small spark can be seen after replacing spark plugs

I have replaced spark plugs for my 2005 vw fox. I noticed that in one cylinder I can see a small spark coming from the spark boot. It only appears on one spark wire. Do you guys know if this is ...
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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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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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96 Civic - Car loses acceleration, doesn't start, shuts off

My 96 (or maybe 97) Honda Civic does some strange things. They are all connected. It will frequently refuse to start. It's not a battery/alternator issue, as it's trying to crank. It just ... refuses....
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Changing a tight old spark plug

Is it possible to ensure that no debris from broken spark plug insulator falls into the combustion chamber when changing an old plug?
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spark plug problem in service

I took my car in for a routine annual service at a local garage. During the service, a piece of debris from a broken spark plug fell into the engine. The garage says it was 'just one of those things' ...
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Should I use lubricant or not when installing these spark plugs?

This is question came up while trying to diagnose ignition coils unseating. I used anti-seize lubricant on the currently-installed spark plugs. I'm planning to install a new set of three NGK DCPR8E ...
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Help please! Loud clicking/ knocking sound coming from engine

I really appreciate anyones time. I own a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire 5-speed manual with the 2.2L l850 Gm engine with about 320,XXX kilometres for reference. Anyways, so I went drifting last night and did ...
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Can you use Brillo Pads to get slight build up of carbon on spark plugs?

Honda Accord 1999 1.8 injection Can you use Brillo Pads to get slight build up of carbon on spark plugs?
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honda crv 98 idle too low and rough and eventual stall but ok when driving

(Excuse my english) My dad gave me a '98 honda crv. since it came from being serviced after an oil pump failure, it has no power when it's cold I have to press the gas until the engine warms up. I ...
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Car lost all power, garage cant fix it, spark plug / coil pack replacement?

I have a Corsa model D 2011 plate. 3 months ago it went jerky and lost most of its power. I took it in and they said it was coil pack and changed it. They didnt change spark plugs, so I did that ...
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What size socket to use on a 2002 ford explorer 4.6L V8 engine

I can't seem to get a socket to catch on the spark plug. I'm told it is a 5/8" or could it be 9/16"
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Sand like residue inside my engine bay area. Could it have been flooded…?

I just bought a car from a dealership (2013 Accord 2.4L) and I noticed today that there was sand residue near and around the engine. I was changing spark plugs today and also noticed dry powerdy sand ...
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spark plug connected to wrong cyllinder bmw 328i f30

I gave my car for service to the only BMW shop in town Rolfe Classic BMW in Canberra, ACT, Australia. The car is under warranty routine service so the spark plugs are replaced and they put the wrong ...
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Lack of power when cold under load

EDIT 8: Final update, I think. Using an OBD scan tool, I saw that the fuel trims were still very low to adjust for the vacuum leak. I reset the ECU and the trims went back to around 0, and the engine ...
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Engine starts with carb cleaner

I have a motorcycle that will turn over but not start. When I spray carb cleaner into the carb and crank it the engine fires up. Does this mean that the engine is getting spark but not fuel and that ...
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Squeaking when driving

I have a 99 Ford Windstar that I just bought from a friend. We had to replace the starter before driving it bc it sat for a long time. The squealing sound happens as I drive and does stop the more I ...