Spark Plug Service Near Savannah, MO
Spark Plug Service & Replacement at Victory Chevrolet of Savannah
The primary function of spark plugs, one of the essential parts of your car’s ignition system, is to ignite the gasoline and air mixture in your engine. The force generated from this ignition moves the pistons up and down and turns the crankshaft and then the tires which propel you forwards allow you to travel the roads with ease. If you are in or near the Smithville, Independence, or Kansas City areas and think your spark plugs may be in need of service or replacement, come visit us at Victory Chevrolet of Savannah today and we will get your engine working in tip-top shape.
Spark Plug Replacement Info
It is always a good idea to refer to your vehicle’s owner manual to see what the manufacturer suggests when it comes to how often you should get your spark plugs replaced. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to get them checked when you bring in your vehicle for regular service checks. Depending on the make and miles of your vehicle and how often it is being used, it is usually a good idea to have your spark plugs replaced anywhere between 30,000 and 100,000 miles. If you don’t get your spark plugs regularly replaced some of the following issues could occur:
- You’re having trouble starting your car.
- The check engine light will flash with a misfire code.
- You notice your fuel economy is suffering.
- Vibrations or strange sounds coming from the engine while idling.
If you find out that you are having issues with even one spark plug, it is always a good idea to get them all changed at the same time. For most vehicles, they come in sets of 4, 6, or 8 spark plugs.
How are Spark Plugs Replaced by Service Professionals?
The engine’s cylinder head is where the actual spark plug is threaded into. Most mechanics and service centers will have any spark plug you will need on hand, saving you the search for the correct spark plug. They will then visually inspect, possibly run certain diagnostics with a computer, then take out original spark plugs to check for any indications of damage. They will then alert the vehicle owner if issues were found and then replace the spark plug with various shop tools. Finally, they will usually give the vehicle a test drive to make sure everything is in proper working order.
Things to Keep in Mind When It Comes to Your Spark Plugs
Even if they seem to be operating flawlessly, spark plugs should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s maintenance plan. They are among the least expensive parts of your engine to maintain, but if they are ignored, your engine may later suffer more costly damage. Issues with the ignition system could be the result of leaking valve cover gaskets that allowed oil to leak down the spark plugs, coils, or wires. Spark plugs, wires, and coils must also be replaced, as well as the valve cover gaskets. The environment in which you live also can play a huge role in how often you will need to get your spark plugs replaced.
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