Are Your Spark Plugs Due for a Change – Vancouver Auto Repair
No matter what kind vehicle you drive, at some point it’s going to need some parts, unless you buy a new car every 5,000 – 10,000 miles. But who can afford to do that? Every part of your vehicle has a lifespan and some parts last longer than others. In fact, some parts last longer on one vehicle than the same part on another vehicle. For example, your spark plugs are going to need to be replaced, but it could be as early as 30,000 miles, while some plugs could last as long as 100,000 miles.
So, what about your spark plugs? Do you know the last time they were changed? Chances are if your car isn’t having any issues then your spark plugs are fine. But if you’ve noticed anything unusual lately, then it could be your plugs. Here are some of the top signs your spark plugs could some new spark.
Difficulty Starting – when you start your vehicle the starter turns the engine over so fuel and air can enter the cylinders. The starter then sends electricity through the spark plug wires to the plugs themselves. The plugs then create sparks in the cylinders, which ignites the fuel and air and starts the engine. If the plugs have lost the ability to create a spark, your engine is probably not going to start.
Idles Rough – if your plugs are bad, your vehicle will likely idle roughly because the cylinder block isn’t firing correctly. Because your vehicle isn’t running on all cylinders, that rough idle will make your engine cut out, which causes your vehicle to shake.
Stalling or Misfiring – sometimes your engine will still start when the plugs are bad, but you might still experience some misfiring and stalling. Spark plugs keep firing as the engine runs and it the cylinders continue receiving fuel and air, which creates continuous combustion. When plugs wear out your engine has difficulty produce combustion, which causes misfiring or installing.
Decreased Fuel Efficiency – another issue caused by worn spark plugs, is a loss of fuel efficiency. This happens because the engine increases fuel consumption as it tries to produce power. This can cause the engine to surge, which means it burns extra fuel. That means more money out of your wallet for gas.
Lagging or Surging – you might also experience some lagging from your vehicle or on the other end of the spectrum, some surging. This is caused by either too much, or too little, spark. If you notice a lag or a surge while your car, truck, crossover, van, or SUV is motion, it could be because your spark plugs are worn.
Get Your Spark Plugs Inspected at Hoesly
Has your vehicle been showing some of these warning signs that your spark plugs are on the fritz? If you’ve noticed any of these issues recently, then it’s time to get your car checked out. If your spark plugs are old, or not firing properly, then bring your vehicle into Hoesly Eco Automotive in Vancouver. Our ASE certified technicians use our advanced diagnostic tools to locate the exact issue and then get it taken care of.
You don’t have to live with a poor-starting vehicle, a misfiring or stalling engine, a rough idling car, or any of these other issues that can be caused by bad spark plugs. We’re here to help the good people of Vancouver and Clark County with all their auto repair needs, including spark plugs.
And if you need any other service or repair, then please contact Hoesly Eco Automotive today. You can reach us by phone at 360-695-5871 or click here to set up an appointment online.
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