What Is A Spark Plug Gap?

You might not know it, but when your spark plugs are changed, we take a factor into account that you probably have never heard of. When your spark plugs are working correctly, they literally make a spark that ignites the fuel/air mixture in the chamber of the piston. The explosion caused by the ignition forces down the piston, which then drives the motor. This process is repeated over and over until you turn the engine off.

There is a gap between the electrodes on all spark plugs that the car’s electric current jumps between to create the spark. Hence – spark plug! If the gap between the electrodes is too small for the size of your car’s piston, there won’t be enough power to drive your vehicle. If the gap is too large, it could destroy the spark plug itself and, of course, the car won’t run then, either.

As you can see, there is a fine art to changing spark plugs. You absolutely have to get the right plug for your vehicle’s engine. Fortunately, that’s we we do well! If your engine is running a bit rough, come in and see us. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy‚Äôs Service Center for all your auto repair needs!