Spark plugs might be a small part of your vehicle, but they have a large task. Any car has a lot of parts that have to work well together. When one thing goes wrong, even if it's a little thing, it all shuts down. The spark plugs in your vehicle are one of the parts that keep the engine running well. If you don't change them out often enough, the engine can suffer.
Spark plugs create the spark that ignites the air and the fuel in the cylinders that engage the engine. There are many signs that will show you that it's time to change out those spark plugs. If you notice your vehicle idling roughly or if it jerks when you try to accelerate, get the spark plugs checked out. If you notice a delay in the engine starting when it cranks or a drop in gas mileage, you should get them changed. Or, if you lose power in the vehicle, even when you are stepping on the gas, the plugs might be the issue.
Spark plugs are pretty durable and they don't have to be switched out that often, unlike the oil in your vehicle. Most manufacturers recommend a change around the 90,000-mile mark, though it can vary from car to car. Have them inspected when you know they are edging on the old side or watch for some of the signs that they are going bad.
To keep your vehicle in the best working order, have regular tune-ups. That way, the technician will know your vehicle well and will be able to tell you when the spark plugs, among other things, are starting to wear. You can be proactive about replacing them before you cause any wear to your engine.
If you need spark plug replacement, a tune-up, or any other work for your vehicle, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop. We'll take a look at the spark plugs and other important maintenance areas to keep your vehicle in the best working condition for as long as possible to keep you safe.