It’s a known fact that engine components need to be maintained periodically. In this day and age we have a “throw away and replace” mentality in which we’re taught to just replace parts and toss the old ones. In the early days of automobiles just about EVERYTHING was rebuildable or serviceable. For pennies on the dollar you could buy new seals and brake components, fuel pumps, etc. In those days being a DIY guy or gal was a necessity and not a choice.
This quick tip is regarding extending the life of the spark plugs in your engine in your car, truck, lawn mower, snow blower, etc. Instead of tossing the plugs in the trash, save yourself some money and recondition the plugs. Take your plugs out of the engine and use a media blaster to clean the business end (electrode). This doesn’t take a lot of time as you’re just blasting off the residue left from use. The Eastwood Blast cabinet, Small Job Blast Kit, or the Speed Blaster are the two best options for the job.
Once you have the plugs blasted, use compressed air to clean out the end of the plug and you can gap the plug(s) to spec. The result will be a better running engine with better fuel economy; all for free! Do this before storage so you’re ready to go the next time you want to run it.
Words: Matt M
Pics/Tech Tip: Mark R.