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

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Engine not functioning properly at idle (cold or hot), during driving, slow acceleration, does not increase speed [closed]

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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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 Cooper R56 Hardtop Sparkplug Gap

I would like to know whether I can use NGK 90223 spark plugs on my 2011 Mini Cooper R56 hardtop with ~50k miles. The original spark plugs on it (Beru 12ZR6SP2) seem to have worn and the engine is ...
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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 ...
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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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Changed Spark Plug Missing (not firing)

Over the weekend, I changed one spark plug on my 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. It was running fine but it had been about 30,000 miles and I am about to sell it and wanted to have everything running good ...
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Honda CBR 250 won't start after heavy rains, puttering noise

There has been heavy rain and yesterday I couldn't start my bike. The main and other fuses are not blown. I ride it regularly. Turning the bike on: https://vid.me/pYNw. The high-pitch noise is not ...
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Is it dangerous/damaging to start an engine with a spark plug removed?

Rookie question here: If I want to test for spark, the most obvious thing seems to be to disconnect the gas line, remove the spark plug, plug it back in, ground the outside turn the ignition, and ...
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How to Clean Lightly Fouled Spark Plugs

My car was running without a thermostat for a few months after I put in new spark plugs. The plugs are a bit fouled ( not horribly so ) and I was thinking about cleaning them. I've seen suggestions ...
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Engine Turns Over Gets to 500rpm, Shakes, Then Loses Power After Spark Plug & Wire Change

I drive a 1994 TOYT Camry LE 2.2L Coupe. A couple days ago while I was driving, I stopped at a stop light and my engine block started shaking the whole care at low speeds and idle. I replaced the ...
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No spark on my new motorcycle

I recently purchased an 81 Suzuki GS450L, my very first bike. I'm not getting a spark. When it dies, it does so silently. No backfire, sputtering, etc. My first thought was that it had aftermarket ...
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Burned spark plug melted cylinder head [closed]

I just had a catastrophic failure in my 2005 Honda Pilot. The check engine light started flashing and the engine was running rough. Felt like a spark plug wasn't firing. Limped it to the shop where ...
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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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Gapping New Spark Plugs from the Dealership

In general, if I buy plugs from a dealership which looks up which plugs I need based on my cars VIN or license number, do I need to worry about checking the plugs gap, or can I just assume they will ...
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Broken spark plug stuck/seized in place [duplicate]

Changing spark plugs to a 2002 chevy cavalier last one broken and stuck! Tried soaking with wd40 & PB Blaster but still not moving...any advice?
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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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Ford Expedition knocking and repeated spark plug wire failures

Is this the underlying problem or a symptom of something else? I have a 1999 Ford Expedition that has a knocking and pinging problem. Two different mechanics have narrowed it down to the ignition ...
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Bottom piece of spark plug broke off in motorcycle engine

I was riding my 2005 RM125 dirt bike the other day when it bogged down all of a sudden. I noticed the spark plug had backed out of the head, thus causing the stall. I pulled the spark plug all the way ...
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Gap a spark plug for another motor. How to be sure the correct gap for another model year motor?

I have a 1993 C1500 with 4.3L that has a motor (also a 4.3L) from another truck installed. The truck is originally a 1993, but I'm not exactly sure what year the "new" motor is - it was pulled from a ...
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Something stuck inside the spark plug barrel of motorcycle

I went about changing the spark plugs on my 91' Honda CBR250RR and ran into a problem with the fourth plug. I tried inserting the sparkplug socket but it wouldn't get in there. Using my phones camera ...
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Car shaking on startup

My car has been shaking on start-up. The check-engine light has been on/off periodically. When I originally took it in, my mechanic replaced a sensor (and a whole bunch of other stuff not related to ...
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2003 Ram 1500 4.7 Misfiring Cylinder 3

Would a bad fuel injector cause plug not to fire? Weird voltages at harness for cylinder 3 compared to other cylinders. No spark at plug. Coil and plug new and tested on other cylinders. I am leaning ...
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Will I get better performance with Brisk ZC plugs?

I was looking into Brisk ZC Multispark plugs. The design is interesting. it doesn't have a ground strap like regular plugs, nor is it one with multiple ground straps to get in the way of the flame ...
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One cylinder not firing, GSX R 750 W

What could be possible reasons that one of the four cylinders (the left or first one) is not working? It was working before, than it did not, then it did again and now not again. I was able to start ...
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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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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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Need to know about spark plug

What is the most suitable spark plug for Toyota 3A engine in Asia? (NGK/Champion/denso/BOSCH and also copper/platinum or iridium) Please explain the differences/advantages between them and how it ...
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What is the difference between Brisk LR14ZC and LR14ZC-1 spark plugs?

What is the difference (besides price) between Brisk LR14ZC and Brisk LR14ZC-1 spark plugs?
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Oil leaking from spark plug socket

I have oil leaking from a spark plug socket on my 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck. Before you ask, it's swapped with the 1.6 gas motor instead of the 1.6 diesel. The oil leak appears to only be ...
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Comparison between spark plugs

Is there an Autolite spark plug available that compares to a Champion J12Y spark plug? I would like to go with an Autolite plug if there is one available which will work. What type of plug would you ...
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Are ignition coils easy to replace on a BMW 318i 2.0L 2007 msport model?

They'll cost me £21.06 each. I watched a video on YouTube that showed a guy clipping of the engine cover and pulling out and plugging in the coils. I'm not 100% sure what BMW model this was but it ...
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spark plug separated @ porcelien & metal

Can a engine run ssmoothly with a broke in half spark plug(where the porcelain meets the metal)no vibrations & would the plug wire boot hold the 2 pieces together?
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What is the difference between normal, platinum, iridium plugs in petrol/LPG vehicle?

This question was related with this What is the difference between normal, platinum, iridium plugs? Is there any difference if petrol vehicle is converted to liquid propane gas (LPG)? In my case I ...
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How to remove a stripped/broken sparkplug on a 2001 Chevy Malibu

I have tried to remove the #3 spark plug from my 2001 Malibu, with no results. It is very hard to get to that particular spark plug because there is not much room between the fire wall and cylinder. I ...
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When should we change the machine lubricant? Cold engine or hot engine?

According to the manual, we should change the lubricant when the engine is still hot to easy the lubricant flow out completely. But from other perspective, loosening the bolt at the high temperature ...
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What oil brand, style, weight, and filter for a 230k 98 Honda Acord LX 4-cyl?

first time here and pointed this way by a friend after I asked about on twitter. I've got a 1998 Honda Accord LX 4-cyl 2.3L with 230k miles approximately on it. I try to take decent care but I've ...
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drove without #3 cylinder plug wire. Help!

I drove without a spark plug wire in my 1978 GMC Sierra 5.7L. It drove fine and I didn't notice any problems until it died after about 2 miles. It was acting as if it was out of fuel or power when it ...
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Carbon Fouled Plugs '74 TX500

I'm somewhat new to wrenching my bikes and I'm loving it! :D I have a 74 Yamaha TX 500 that keeps carbon fouling her plugs :(. I've put on slightly hotter plugs (D7EA from D8EA), narrowed the jets ...
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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 ...