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How Often Should You Change Your Spark Plugs?

How Often Should You Change Your Spark Plugs?

A spark plug delivers an electric current to the combustion chamber, igniting the air-fuel mixture needed to start your engine. Without this, your vehicle won't start. Spark plugs last long and therefore do not require to be changed often. It is recommended that they are changed after every 30,000 to 90,000 miles. However, different vehicles have different needs, and it is advisable to check your vehicle's user manual or consult a professional for recommendations on when to change your spark plugs. Here are some indicators that suggest that you need a new spark plug: Your car has problems starting As previously stated, spark plugs provide the spark needed to ignite your engine. Worn out spark plugs will therefore not efficiently produce the spark needed. Rough engine idle A healthy engine should have a smooth idle resembling a purr. You might need new spark plugs if your engine is making rattling sounds or if it has a shaky, bouncy feeling. Accelerating issues As a driv ... read more

Signs You Need New Vehicle Tires

Signs You Need New Vehicle Tires

Tires play a crucial role in the safety of your vehicle, yet most drivers seldom spend enough time thinking of their condition. Tires wear out and grow old every time you drive — an inevitable fact. A tire failure can be catastrophic, causing you to be stranded in the middle of nowhere without a way of reaching your destination. It is vital to know when your tires are not in good shape so you can replace them early enough. But how do you know you need new car tires? Here are some of the warning signs: Low Tread Depth The tread on your car tires should not go below 1.6 millimeters in depth. But, if you often drive on wet surfaces, you should consider twice that much. If you don't have a gauge to measure the tread depth like professionals, you can try an old trick to give you a rough idea. All you need is just a penny. Place a penny between the treads with Lincoln's head facing downwards. If the top of Lincoln's head is still visible, then the trea ... read more