The plug-in-the-hole method of spark plug replacement is dependable, but does that mean it’s the best choice for today’s vehicles? When it comes to replacing spark plugs, many follow the conventional wisdom which dictates they would choose the same type of plug that came with the vehicle – or at least the same as the
Advanced spark plugs designed to improve fuel efficiency in today’s engines Helping customers choose the right spark plugs is more important than ever. When it comes to late model vehicles in particular, shop owners and technicians understand that improvements in spark plug design, metallurgy and technology can help maximize the performance and fuel efficiency of
Whenever you install new spark plugs in your vehicle’s engine, there are some crucial considerations to keep in mind. For those who have installed plugs before, proper plug gapping usually comes to mind first. But another important factor in getting the most out of a new set of spark plugs is to precisely torque them
Starting in the late 2010s, the use of Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines in passenger vehicles has steadily increased. This trend makes it crucial to understand how to identify these engines, as well as how to recommend the proper spark plugs for them. Because GDI engines feature a high-pressure fuel spray located directly in the
How much easier and simpler would life be if every problem had a one-size-fits-all solution? Unfortunately, that will never be the case since almost every conundrum must be mitigated via a solution that involves the precise implementation of a diverse set of actions that have to link seamlessly in order to optimize or improve the
The first thing that comes to my mind when trying to keep an automotive engine running clean is changing oil, but cleanliness goes far beyond lubrication. One of the most essential components for promoting engine life is the spark plug. Spark plugs deliver the electric current from the ignition system in our vehicles to the
No matter if you’re a vehicle technician or enthusiast, if you’ve worked on a car, chances are you’ve come across an engine misfire before. They can be a real pain, but like most problems, the more you know, the better off you’ll be. From the spark plugs to the ignition coils, many different things can
How many customers are asking for higher performing spark plugs? Maybe the number is only a few, but there are several good reasons for them to explore their ignition options and how metallurgy can impact their engines. It is important to remember that many customers do not understand the benefits different metallurgies can have for
Aftermarket parts manufacturers live to push the boundaries of performance. This is true of companies specializing in any type of auto part. In the case of spark plug manufacturers, they have been optimizing their products by working with more durable and ignitable metals.
Design and engineering are part of the equation for a successful spark plug, but meeting OE specifications can only push performance so far. The makeup, or metallurgy, of the plug’s conductive material can be the difference maker for mileage, service life, fuel efficiency and fouling resistance.
While automotive technology has changed drastically throughout history, there’s one constant that all automotive combustion engines have in common: an ignition system. In this article, we touch on the features of three ignition systems, as well as advantages and disadvantages of each.
While automotive technology has changed drastically throughout history, there’s one constant that all automotive combustion engines have in common: an ignition system.