When To Check & Replace Spark Plugs
For standard lawn mower and small engine maintenance, you should check and/or replace spark plugs:
once a season
every 25 hours of use
if your lawn mower our outdoor power equipment won’t start
How To Check for a Fouled or Damaged Spark Plug
Step 1: Disconnect the spark plug lead. Then, clean the area around the spark plug to avoid getting debris in the combustion chamber when you remove the plug.
Step 2: Remove the spark plug using a spark plug socket.
Step 3: Clean light deposits from the plug with a wire brush and spray-on plug cleaner. Get full cleaning instructions below.
Step 4: Inspect the spark plug for very stubborn deposits, or for cracked porcelain or electrodes that have been burned away. If any of these conditions exists, replace the spark plug.
Step 5: Check the spark plug gap and adjust as necessary.
Step 6: If it seems in working order, replace the plug, taking care not to over-tighten (15 ft. lbs. MAXIMUM) and re-attach the spark plug lead.
Step 7: Start Your Engine
If the engine tries to turn over (even for a second) and dies, then you have spark. This would indicate the problem probably lies somewhere else (fuel, carburetor, valves, etc.). If the engine does not turn over at all, then there may be a problem with your ignition system. The first thing to do is change the spark plug.
Changing Spark Plugs in Lawn Mowers, Snow Blowers & Equipment
If your spark plug doesn’t pass the tests above, you’ll need to replace it. This is one of the easiest steps in lawn mower or small engine maintenance.
For pre-season tune-ups and end-of-season storage, consider a Briggs & Stratton small engine tune-up kit that includes everything you need, including parts (spark plug(s), oil filter, air filter) and fluids (lawn mower oil, fuel stabilizer, etc) specific to your engine.
Find the right spark plug(s) & adjust gap settings.
Disconnect the plug lead and remove with a spark plug socket.
Replace with your new plug, taking care not to over-tighten (15 ft. lbs. MAXIMUM) and re-attach the spark plug lead.
- 2015/2/6 9:58:46
- Industry News