Spark plugs provide the spark that power your engine. Without functioning spark plugs, you aren’t going anywhere. Without that crucial spark, your car won’t start. While it’s such a small part, it’s importance to your vehicle couldn’t be bigger. New spark plugs help keep your car running at its peak performance.

Before replacing your spark plugs its important to recognize when they need changing. Depending on the metal and manufacturer, spark plugs can last anywhere from 50,000 to 120,000 miles. To recognize you need new spark plugs, it's important to be in tune with your vehicle. The way your car drives can help clue you in on if you need new plugs. Your spark plugs fire when you change gears and accelerate. In addition, if you’re having a hard time getting your car to start, new spark plugs could be the solution to your problem. Faulty spark plugs can cause a misfire, which in turn can ruin your catalytic converter by allowing fuel to overheat in your exhaust.

Now more than ever, fuel efficiency comes into play when driving and choosing a vehicle. Why not do what you can do extend it? If your plugs are underperforming, your car becomes sluggish and could decrease your fuel economy by up to 30 percent. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, replacing your spark plugs can be an easy task, or extremely difficult. Replacing your spark plugs when it’s time can save you a lot of money in the long run! Bring your car to Ferber’s Tire and Auto so we can properly diagnose your issue.

Written by Ferber's Automotive & Body Shop