Changing or re-connecting the spark plugs on your car is rather easy to do, as long as you have the correct equipment. Old spark plugs can cause further problems with your car such as low gas mileage, poor performance or your engine misfiring. To avoid any of these, you should change your spark plugs as soon as you notice any trouble. Below is a list of instructions on how to do this.
- Step one. You should wait until your car engine has completely cooled before you try and perform any maintenance on it. You should adhere to this rule especially when it comes to changing spark plugs.
- Step two. Remove one spark wire out of the plug. Don't pull on the wire whilst you are doing this, you should only remove it with a spark plug wire puller to avoid the wire being ripped or damaged.
- ·Step three. Clean any dust, dirt or debris of the hole of the spark plug. This can be done easily be blowing on it or using a cloth to gently wipe anything away. If you have compressed air then this step can be done easily and with very little effort on your part.
- Step four. Remove the actual plug using a ratchet wrench or socket wrench. Before you attempt to remove it, you will need to be sure that you have the right size wrench for the plugs of your car. Be prepared because you may need an extension. To remove the plug, turn it counter clockwise.
- Step five. Fit the new spark plug in place. This can be done by twisting it in a clockwise direction by hand. Once it is fitted on, you can secure it in place with the wrench that you used to remove the first. Connect the wire that you removed back to the plug. You should hear a snap when it is connected.
- Step six. Repeat the steps above to change all your spark plugs.