When it comes to how your car operates, it relies on a multitude of electrical components to create the energy needed to get its systems going. The spark plugs are responsible for creating the "spark" of electricity needed to get your engine started, hence their name! Spark plugs are a car part that will more than likely need to be replaced in your vehicle's lifetime. They tend to wear down over the years just with the normal use of your vehicle. Spark plugs that are super worn will start to show because your vehicle won't run as well.
Can you drive with faulty spark plugs? The short answer is, yes, you can, however - you'll likely experience engine misfires, rough operation, and a lack in performance. You'll also eat up gas because your fuel efficiency will be greatly decreased. It can also put more strain on your engine. You may also eventually find yourself dealing with a broken-down vehicle.
When spark plugs are going bad, you'll definitely start to notice. Here are the symptoms to look out for that point to bad spark plugs:
- The check engine light is on
- Vehicle won't start
- Decreased fuel efficiency
- Rough running engine
- Lack in acceleration
- Car shakes or vibrates at higher speeds
When you notice the problems listed above, it is important to have your vehicle inspected. You can always refer to your car's owner's manual or manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to the recommended service interval for replacing your spark plugs. It is typically recommended after 30,000 - 60,000 miles. It will depend upon the make, model, and year of your vehicle, along with your own driving habits.
Spark plugs are often replaced when you bring your vehicle in for a tune-up. A tune-up helps to boost your vehicle's overall performance and replaces parts like the spark plugs so that your car runs like new again.
Don't wait to get your spark plugs replaced! If you suspect you need spark plug replacement, bring your vehicle into Marc Yount's Tire Pros today.