There is nothing worse than a stuttering engine, especially in bad weather. Yet, many things can cause that stutter, and one of them is an old spark plug. It throws all the other spark plugs out of sync eventually too and the car may choke off until the spark plugs are professionally replaced.
Spark plugs are a necessary part of the vehicle and should not be neglected. Taking care of essential parts of a vehicle will not only save the owner time but also money, and regularly servicing the vehicle and changing old spark plugs is no exception. That faulty spark plug could mean the difference between making it to an important meeting or not, picking the children up after school, and many other scenarios. It is better to take care of problems before they arise in order to ensure everything in the vehicle is in good running condition.
If spark plugs are faulty, a driver can expect reduced gas mileage as dirty spark plugs will make the car burn more fuel. The engine can also misfire as the faulty spark plug causes an interruption of the combustion process and the jerking and spluttering could cause damage to the engine in the long run.
In really severe cases the car will be hard to start as a spark is needed to initiate the combustion process, hence no spark no power to start the car. If it does start, the car might vibrate and make sounds while idling at traffic lights and the car will most definitely perform sluggishly without working spark plugs.
Spark plugs can be quite hardy and can last a long time, so they don't need to be replaced too often but they definitely need to be kept dry and covered from the elements, as all cars or vehicles have spark plugs of sorts that should have a specific coverage to protect them. If the car or vehicle does not have a cover it should also be purchasable at the shop where you get your spark plugs from.
The general recommendation is to replace spark plugs about every 30,000 to 90,000 miles. If you're due for spark plug replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!