The Importance of Spark Plugs When It Comes To Your MINI Cooper
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.
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?
That makes this process happen is the engine loop.
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.
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.
Watch the video and learn how to replace your Mini Cooper's spark plugs