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How Often Should I Have My Spark Plugs Replaced?

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Vehicle manufacturers make much of the fact that their products come equipped with extended-life spark plugs that can maintain a precise gap for 100,000 miles. However, before you wait that long to replace them, you should bear in mind that spark plugs that hit the 80,000-mile marker are four-fifths worn. As the gap in the plug widens, engine performance and gas mileage begin to suffer.

In addition, spark plugs that have remained in place for tens of thousands of miles have a tendency to seize in the cylinder head or the two piece designs tend to break. Once this happens, it can be potentially costly job to remove them. Since your vehicle’s spark plugs are going to require replacement sometime, better to do it sooner rather than later.

Even if your vehicle is equipped with extended-life spark plugs, you should still have them inspected approximately every 30,000 miles.

We recommend that when the spark plugs are replaced, to use the same type of spark plugs that the vehicle was originally equipped with. For instance, if it has platinum or double platinum spark plugs we would recommend replacement with the same style of spark plugs, since this is what the vehicle manufacturer engineered the vehicle to use.

Preventative maintenance is the key – have your spark plugs inspected every 30,000 miles and replaced when the gap is beyond what is specified by the vehicle manufacturer. TGK Automotive offers tune-ups, which include changing spark plugs and more – call to get a quote today! Happy Motoring!

Source: AllAboutAutomotive.com

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