Spark plugs generate an electrical spark that crosses a small gap, allowing the ignition of the air/fuel mixture required to start a vehicle. Working in unison, spark plugs set the pistons of an engine in motion through a internal combustion process so your automobile has continuous power. They must tolerate extreme pressure and heat inside the engine’s cylinders. Their composition allows them to burn off deposits and contaminants.
Fortunately, spark plugs do not need frequent replacement. Several years and numerous miles may pass before they must be replaced. The majority of automakers recommend replacing spark plugs about every 30,000 miles.
Keep in mind that the service life of a spark plug will depend on its type and the conditions of its use. Copper plugs last the shortest. However, high-quality spark plugs manufactured with durable and advanced materials can have service lives four times as long.
Wear and Tear
As miles pass, a spark plug will undergo a buildup of deposits. This results from the effects from the air/fuel mixture combustion. Occasionally, there is a pre-ignition of fuel, leading to an inconsistent and rough supply of energy for a vehicle.
Every time a spark plug ignites, the electricity it produces must jump across a gap to allow proper combustion at precisely the correct moment. As a spark plug gets older, this gap gradually becomes wider and wider because of extremely high temperatures and normal wear and tear. When this gap becomes too wide, the result will be ineffective and erratic combustion.
Symptoms of Spark Plugs Requiring Replacement
- Rattling, pinging or knocking
- Difficult starting
- Decreased performance
- Reduced fuel economy
New Spark Plug Benefits
- Steady and optimal combustion
- Improved fuel economy
- Smooth and powerful starts
- Decrease of harmful emissions
For Great Service
Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offers the following benefits:
- Service specials
- Courteous, professional staff
- Large, clean and comfortable waiting area with free Wi-Fi
- Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis
- 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on most parts and labor
- Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology
- Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs
- Accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems
Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.