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Spark plug maintenance is often overlooked by vehicle owners. Many years ago, we used to do vehicle tune-ups, which involved points and condensers, caps and rotors, and ignition wires, which all connected to the spark plugs inside the engine. Nowadays with coil-on-plug ignition, a lot of the spark plug maintenance is no longer required. However, spark plugs are still present and need to be replaced to prevent potential vehicle damage. Here’s what you need to know about spark plugs. 

Never Overlook Spark Plug Maintenance

When approached about replacing spark plugs, many vehicle owners decline the service because their vehicle is running fine. But the problem is when the spark plug wears down, you might not notice any problems with the engine performance. With the gap slowly widening in the spark plug, it’s putting excess load onto the ignition coil that sits on top of it. And the ignition coil is fired by the computer system. It could take several weeks or months to become problematic, but if you replace the spark plug timely, then you won’t have to worry about any problems.

An Overworked Vehicle Means Various Components Could Fail

Taking care of your spark plugs is essential for smooth operations.When you have a worn-out spark plug, your vehicle has to work harder to overcompensate for it. This can lead to expensive components like your ignition coil failing. And it could go beyond that to the point where the computer fails, which can be very expensive. So when your vehicle technician recommends replacing your spark plug, it’s best to do it. It’s a simple and relatively cheap service that can save you a lot of money down the road by preventing larger issues.

Refer To Your Owner’s Manual And Replace Your Spark Plugs As Recommended

Refer to your owner’s manual to determine when spark plugs need to be replaced on your vehicle. Staying on this schedule can prevent future issues, but you should also rely on the expertise of your vehicle technician. If your spark plug is wearing out prematurely, they might suggest replacing it and it’s a good idea to do so at that time. 

DeBoer’s Auto wants to ensure your life doesn’t get interrupted because of vehicle problems. Something as simple as replacing a spark plug is very important when you consider the potential consequences of not replacing it timely. Our team will inspect your spark plugs and make honest recommendations to ensure your vehicle continues operating how it should. To learn more about our services and our team, contact us at any time.

Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.