Fullerton Spark Plugs Replacement
Have you ever been driving past Muchenthaler Park in Fullerton and notice your vehicle is feeling a bit sluggish or your mileage isn’t what it used to be. Then you remember in the morning when you started your vehicle it took a few attempts. Sorry to say but these are all signs that it may be time for new spark plugs. Orozco’s Auto Service certified ASE mechanics are all more than qualified to determine if these problems are indeed worn out spark plugs.
What exactly is a spark plug you ask? Simple put- it’s an insulator and a central conductor. Spark plugs are specified by size, specifically by nut or thread — sealing type and spark gap. The majority of today’s vehicles have a 14-mm thread; older vehicles had used 18-mm or 7/8-inch (approximately 22-mm) ones. Thread length varies as well, depending on the vehicle manufacturer and type of engine. The sealing type or seat is where the plug mates to the head. It can be flat or tapered again, depending on the manufacturer and engine type. Additionally, the amount of torque applied during installation ensures a secure fit. Typically, there is one plug for each cylinder, but there are exceptions. For example, the V8 Hemi engines used in various Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep products have 16 plugs, two per cylinder.
These days, spark plugs last much longer than vehicles of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, with some lasting up to 100,000 miles. Back in the day most vehicles required a tune-up once a year to replace spark plugs and adjust points. Even with today’s high-tech spark plugs still wear out, and if you’re finding it difficult to start your vehicle, it could mean that your spark plugs have met the end of their life. Visual clues may also reveal a bad spark plug. If you remove the plug from the cylinder and notice that the end has burned or sandy-looking deposits have accumulated on the outer electrode, then it’s time to replace it. In a worst-case scenario, a wet accumulation of oil on the electrode may indicate not only that the spark plug is bad but also that there’s significant engine problem.
Other troubling signs include a rough idle, engine misfire or surge, weak acceleration or a spike in fuel consumption. In some vehicles the “check engine” light may come on. Feel free to visit Orozco’s Auto Service of Fullerton to have your vehicle’s check engine light diagnosed.
Changing spark plugs is a key part of keeping your engine in good working order. Be sure to get yours replaced at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals to ensure peak engine performance. You can find this information in your vehicles user manual. If you feel your vehicle may need new spark plugs or would like to have your vehicle diagnosed contact Orozco’s Auto Service of Fullerton today at 714-525-3239. Remember to always keep your vehicle in good running condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
Orozco’s Auto Service Fullerton – Orange County, CA
1018 W. Orangethorpe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833, USA
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