How to Identify and Resolve Common Issues ?
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Before you install the new spark plug confirm that the spark gap is at manufacturer`s specifications. This chainsaw model requires a 25 thousandths of an inch gap.
The gap setting is different for each vehicle but most are somewhere between 0.028″ and . 060″. Consult the owner`s manual or Champion ® catalog to find the recommended setting for the vehicle you`re working on.
Most of our handheld engine spark plugs should be gapped at either: A) For 28-32 cc engines, set the gap at 0.020″ (0.5 mm). B) For 38-55 cc engines, set the gap at 0.025″ (0.635 mm).
For most racing applications, you usually want the plug gap to be between 0.020 and 0.040 of an inch. Most engine builders seem to settle around 0.035 of an inch. Factors such as the type of ignition you run, cylinder heads, fuel and even timing can affect how much gap will work best for you.
5. Insert a spark plug gap tool in between the thin metal protrusion at the top of the spark plug and the round section below it. Homelite string trimmers require a gap between these two parts of 0.025 inches.
The larger the gap, the more voltage is needed to jump the gap. Most experienced tuners know that increasing the gap size increases the spark area exposed to the air-fuel mixture, which maximizes burn efficiency.
A smaller gap will yield a short, intense spark and will usually make the engine real responsive. A wide gap creates a longer spark arc but without sufficient “juice” from your ignition system, (including amps), it can be weak and yellow in color.
The discharge voltage rises in proportion to the spark plug gap. The spark plug gap widens bit by bit as the electrode wears, so high discharge voltage becomes necessary and misfire occurs more easily.
As the spark plugs wear, the spark plug gaps widen, also weakening MPG. This is because the wider the spark plug gap, the more voltage is required to arch between the electrodes. The smoother the combustion process, the lower the demand for engine power and the lower the demand for fuel.
The diameter of the plug is the measurement of the width of the threaded part of the plug on the widest part including the threads. The measurement may actually be a little under but is typically rounded up. In the example above the spark plug measures 13.80mm wide but is considered 14mm.
If not, spark plug sockets are individually available in different size varieties to match the spark plug, the most common size being the 5/8 inch size socket. Another common size is the 13/16 inch size socket. You`ll need to pick a relevant spark plug socket depending on the size of your spark plug.
The incorrect plug gap for your engine can contribute to a high rate of misfires, loss of power, plug fouling, poor fuel economy and accelerated plug wear. It is always best to check the gap against the manufacturer`s specifications.
Every time a spark plug creates an arc of electricity, it very minimally shortens the electrodes. Over time, the gap between the electrodes grows larger. As this gap increases, more electricity is needed to spark ignition of the air/fuel mixture.
On the other hand, a larger gap gives a “hotter” or “fatter” spark and more reliable ignition of the fuel-air mixture. In addition, a new plug with sharp edges on the center electrode will spark more reliably than an older, eroded plug.
Ordinary copper and nickel spark plugs should be changed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, unless otherwise suggested by the spark plug manufacturer. Platinum and iridium spark plugs tend to last longer than standard copper and nickel spark plugs. Expect to change them every 60,000 to 150,000 miles unless otherwise noted.
Black, dry soot on the electrodes and insulator tip indicates a carbon-fouled plug. This can be caused by a dirty air filter, excessive driving at low speeds, too rich of a fuel/air mixture or idling your vehicle for too long.
Changing the spark plug gap won`t affect the ignition timing, but it will have some affects on the ability of the spark plug to ignite the fuel.
A spark will spontaneously jump across a gap of 1 cm if there is a potential difference, of about 10,000 V across it.
New spark plugs can also help increase your car`s power and acceleration, making it easier to get up to speed (literally). In addition, new spark plugs can also help reduce emissions from your car`s engine.
Causes of a carbon-fouled spark plug include a dirty air filter, excessive driving at low speeds, too rich of a fuel/air mixture, dirty fuel injectors or idling your vehicle for too long.
With varying spark plug gaps and lengths, it`s important to buy the right ones when it`s time to replace yours. Spark plugs that are too long can protrude into the cylinder and cause piston damage. Meanwhile, spark plugs that are too short will struggle to ignite and often cause engine misfiring.