The Importance of Spark Plugs When It Comes To Your MINI Cooper  

Find The Right Spark Plug for Your MINI with our MINI Cooper Spark Plugs Application Guide

Spark plugs are incredibly important, yet forgotten about when it comes to a vehicles function. Replacing old spark plugs with a new set will make sure your car works properly with optimal performance.

Which is why it's so important to invest in new spark plugs before they affect your Mini Cooper.

Purpose of Spark Plugs

Your engine is a phenomenal device designed to make a real movement of an energy source (gasoline). But how is it done?

The response is the so-called internal combustion theory. To transform your car's fuel from a potential source of energy into a source of kinetic energy, your engine needs to find a way to release it, and it does so through the cycle of combustion. 

That makes this process happen is the engine loop.

  • Your valves fill your piston with a combination of air and gas in your engine cycle, which when mixed is highly explosive.
  • As the piston pushes upward in the engine, this mixture is compressed until it is in an extremely small room, producing even more potential energy.
  • Your engine ignites this mixture with a slight spark at the height of this compression, producing an explosion that pushes the piston back down, turning the crankshaft in your engine, and
  • generates the energy that drives your car forward.

Your spark plugs provide the spark that ignites the mixture of air / fuel, producing the explosion that generates energy from your engine. These small but simple plugs generate an arc of electricity between two leads that do not touch, but close together enough to allow electricity to spring the gap between them.  

Generally speaking, the spark plugs are made of extremely durable material and can survive millions and millions of fires before wearing out or removing them. But it's true that over time, the explosions and oxidation lead to smaller or weaker sparks, leading to reduced engine efficiency, and may lead to other issues, including misfire and failure to fire.

When Should I Change My Spark Plugs?

Many manufacturers are building "extended-life" spark plugs in the factory these days. These are only marginally more expensive than a generic plug, and to the consumer it sounds really good.

Extended-life spark plugs are usually rated for about 100,000 miles of lifetime. As these plugs near the end of their lives, the distance between the two leads starts to widen, leading to decreased performance and misfiring possibilities. If your plug is corroding to the point where it falls, it could cause serious damage to your engine cylinder's interior, resulting in an extremely expensive repair to fix it.

Make sure to consult your MINI Cooper manual to see how long your spark plugs are approved for over a lifetime. Never allow your spark plugs to go beyond their authorized miles.

Which Spark Plugs Should I Use)

Make sure you pick those that are correct for your MINI when buying new spark plugs.  Those spark plugs who use precious metals such as platinum and iridium would usually cost more than those who use common metals such as copper, but they generally avoid wearing even more.

A general rule of thumb is to pick MINI Cooper Factory  Replacement / OEM  spark plugs designed to fit your specific MINI's engine and model. 

Find the Spark Plugs (both OEM and Aftermarket) that we recommend with our MINI Cooper Spark Plugs Application Guide.


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