Spark plug wire is one of the important but highly neglected parts of a car. Masters Automotive Centers would like to share our knowledge in this article that spark plugs wear out easily and when it jumps the gap it burns off or what is called erodes some metals. With poor maintenance of the spark wire and plug, it causes the motor engine to run badly. Bad pluck wire can cost you tons of dollars if not properly handled on time such as turning of a check engine lights due to the misfire of the engine. Taking out some time to replace a plug or plug wire can save you some cost and time.
Tools needed for spark plug and spark wire Change
For easy in changing and installing a new spark wire and spark plug all by yourself, some basic tools are needed.
- Rags to clean up dirt and the top
- Needle nose pliers
- Socket set
- Swivel Socket
- A tongue wrench
- A gap gauge
- A spark plug wire puller
Here very easy do it yourself steps on how to change spark plug and spark plugs wires
- The first step in changing your car spark plugs and wires is allowing the engine of the car to cool off before commencing the change
- Examine under the hoods to know if your vehicle makes use of spark plug wire since many new vehicle models now make use of ignition coils.
- Mark out each spark plug and wire so as not to mix-up things. One very dangerous thing to do is fixing the spark wires in the wrong position. This can be hazardous and will prevent the car from performing. In other to make it easy for you, replace just one spark plug wire at a time, placing it exactly at the same spark plug
- Start by removing each spark plug by removing the boots so as not to break the wire. Make use of the spark plug remover tool. This wires boot can be found at the rubber housing at the tail of the spark plug wire you wish to remove.
- Make use of gapping gauge to get the exact plugs gap
- To prevent you from dropping the spark plug socket during removal or installation, use an internal gasket to grip it. And make sure to blow away dirt before that.
- Use an anti-seize lubricant for the spark plug thread in other to forestall any negative reaction if the engine has an aluminum cylinder heads.
- After that, use a torque wrench to fix your new spark plug. Remember to tighten it to the right specification given. Pushing it into the right place and then into the distributor. To show it is securely installed, you would notice a click sound.
- Finally, make sure you are installing the right wire back to where the old wire was removed. Always make sure that it does not come in contact with moving parts like the fan belt.
Don’t get yourself stranded, always keep your tools handy and remember to check your spark plugs and wire often to be able to detect tear and wears.