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

Dennis WaldenNov 18, 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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In this regard, where is the spark plug on a riding lawn mower?

Locate the spark plug(s).

On a walk-behind or riding lawn mower, they're usually near the front of the engine. On zero-turns, look near the back of the engine on the sides. Disconnect the spark plug lead and clean around the spark plug to remove any debris. Remove the spark plug using a spark plug socket.

Considering this, how often should I change the spark plug in my riding lawn mower? 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.

Furthermore, what size spark plug do I need for a riding lawn mower?

Ideally, most automobile spark plugs use a thread size of about 14mm thread why those of lawn mower range between 10 to 12 mm. Because of these differences in thread sizes, they just won't fit into the same hole or the unit in which the plug is to be fit in.

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.

Will any spark plug work in a lawn mower?

The spark plugs in both types of engine work on the same basic principle. ... Some automotive and lawn mower spark plugs may be interchangeable, but many others are not because of physical differences.

What is the recommended spark plug gap?

For most racing applications, you usually want the plug gap to be between 0.020 and 0.040 of an inch. Most engine builders seem to settle around 0.035 of an inch. Factors such as the type of ignition you run, cylinder heads, fuel and even timing can affect how much gap will work best for you.

How do you change spark plugs on a riding lawn mower?

What size socket do I need to remove a spark plug?

Most spark plugs require a 5/8" (16mm) size spark plug socket. This refers to the size of the flats on the spark plug that are in contact with the socket.
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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.