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How do I know which spark plug for my lawn mower?

Dennis WaldenNov 20, 2021

Spark plugs are typically located on the back or side of a lawn mower engine. Look for a short wire that's about 1/4-in. -thick leading to the top of a short, cylindrical protrusion from the engine. If you're not sure where the spark plug is, consult your owner's manual.

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Also to know is, where is the spark plug on my Toro push mower?

Secondly, can I use any spark plug for 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.

Besides, what should the spark plug gap be for a Toro lawn mower?

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Are all spark plugs the same for lawn mowers?

Yes there are different plugs for different engines. Usually you need the engine model on your mower, and take in the old spark plug to the hardware store. Ask for someone to help you find the right spark plug and tell them your engine model and mower model.

Will a lawn mower start with a bad spark plug?

A dirty or fouled spark plug can cause your lawn mower to not start. It can also work itself loose, causing issues. If the spark plug appears to be seated correctly but the engine doesn't start, a new one may be in order.

How long do spark plugs last in a lawn mower?

Typically, the consensus among the mechanical engineer community is that a spark plug for a lawn mower will last up to 25 hours of use. Some users simply prefer to replace it every mowing season as a part of their yearly lawn mower maintenance.

Do Toro lawn mowers have spark plugs?

Your local Toro service dealer is the best place to get the correct replacement spark plug for your machine. Bring your machine's model and serial number so you're sure to get the right plug. Today's spark plugs come pre-gapped, but it's a good idea to double check this before installation.

What kind of spark plug does a Toro Recycler lawn mower take?

RA8HC
Toro 20371 Recycler Lawn Mower Parts
Part NumberDescriptionQty
RA8HCSpark Plug1
108-9764-03Blade1
14-083-01-SAir Filter1

What happens if you use the wrong spark plugs?

Spark plugs that are gapped incorrectly can cause an engine to miss, or run erratically, especially during idle. The incorrect spark plug gaps can cause uneven firing of individual spark plugs and delay engine combustion; both of which can cause an engine to miss or idle erratically.

What type of spark plug does a Briggs and Stratton?

Flathead Engine Spark Plugs & Gaps
Replacement Part TypeBriggs & Stratton Spark Plug Part NumberSpark Plug Gap
Extended Life Series® OHV Spark Plug Platinum (Replaces Champion RC12YC)696202 5066 (5066D, 5066H).030”
Resistor Spark plug - hotter spark (Replaces Champion RC14YC)496018S 5092.030”
Resistor692051.020”

How can you tell when a spark plug is bad?

Symptoms of bad spark plugs can include:
  1. Reduced gas mileage.
  2. Lack of acceleration.
  3. Hard starts.
  4. Engine misfires.
  5. Rough idling.
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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.