Our love for our vehicles might last forever, but at times they cannot even take the smallest of the problems like a spark plug gap.
We might overlook the spark plug gap during our routine checks of the engine but an incorrect spark plug gap might adversely affect the vehicles performance.Here are a few important points you cannot miss out about the spark plugs and surely have to mind the gap this time.
1. Affects Engine performance – If the gap between the electrodes is not as per the recommendation than it will affect the engines performance. If the gap is not set right then it might result incomplete combustion of the air fuel mix.
2. Affects Voltage – The spark plug gap also affects the voltage use on your vehicle. More the gap, more is the voltage required to start the spark on the plug. If the gap is too small it may create a very small spark that will be insufficient to start the engine.
3. Affects fuel efficiency – Gap in the spark plug not only affects the performance but also the fuel efficiency, obviously you might not want to give extra money on fuel to fill the gap.
4. Optimal gap set for a perfect running vehicle – Some of the manufacturers have set an optimal gap set to follow on their vehicles. So it is important to follow it and go by the rules for better performance of the vehicle.
A spark plug gap is not a tangible part of the engine system, but if the gap on the spark plug is incorrect then it can affect adversely on its performance. It is advisable not to play around the gap as it might result in cylinder misfire, no combustion and cause carbon fouling on spark plugs. A fouled spark plug will give you a very rough ride all the way.