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How do I know if my lawn mower spark plug is bad?

Dennis WaldenSep 13, 2021

Here's How to Know if a Lawn Mower Spark Plug is Bad

  1. You can't get the engine to fire up at all.
  2. You have to tug extra hard for longer than usual on the rewind.
  3. Your lawn mower loses power while moving.
  4. The gas runs out quicker than it used to.

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Herein, can you clean spark plugs instead of replacing them?

Technically, yes, you can clean spark plugs, however, in most cases it's not worth it. We do not recommend it for a number of reasons. Ultimately, you won't get the same performance from a cleaned plug as from a new plug.

Additionally, can I clean and reuse spark plugs? When a plug is fouled it gets coated in some substance like oil or carbon. This prevents the plug from sparking correctly. A spark plug can be cleaned and reused, but it more than likely won't run at or near the same efficiency as before it was fouled.

Similarly, how often should you replace a lawn mower spark plug?

How often should you change spark plugs in a lawn mower? Lawn mower spark plugs should be changed according to your lawn mower owners manual, or annually if your manual does not specify. Another good option is to change the spark plugs once the winter season starts so it will be ready to go when Spring arrives.

Will a bad spark plug cause a lawn mower to stall?

Faulty spark plug warning signs

The engine misfires or runs rough. The engine starts, but stalls shortly after. There is a noticeable increase in fuel consumption during normal equipment use.

Can I clean spark plugs with wd40?

WD-40 removes carbon residue and keeps moisture away from spark plugs and spark plug wires. WD stands for Water Displacement, so if your spark plugs are wet or you need to drive moisture away from ignition distributors, for example, WD-40 is a product you should have handy!

Is it OK to spray carb cleaner in spark plug hole?

Q: Can I spray carb cleaner into the spark plug hole? Yes, you can spray carb cleaner into spark plug tubes to dissolve hardened debris and loose materials in the well and afterward take them out using an air gun.

What can you do with old spark plugs?

Bottom line: Spark plugs do have some scrap value because of their metal parts, so you can either put them into your recycle bin with metal waste, reuse them creatively at home, or sell them at a scrapyard for a little money.
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Dennis Walden

Dennis owns a small farm and loves to grill since his early childhood. He’s a professional cook, but hiking and enjoying the great outdoors is his no less favorite part of life.