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

Dennis WaldenSep 13, 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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Herein, 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.

Similarly one may ask, what is the gap for lawn mower spark plug?
between 0.028 and 0.031 inches

Likewise, people ask, how do you match spark plugs?

Replacement spark plugs must be the same size as the original (same hex size, diameter, thread pitch and length), and have a similar “heat range” (hot enough to resist fouling when the plug is cold, and cool enough to resist pre-ignition when the plug is hot).

What is the difference between RC12YC and rc14yc spark plug?

What is the difference between rc12yc and rc14yc spark plug? The higher number is a slightly hotter spark type plug. The RC14YC4 is now the standard plug for the 990/992 Generac engines. The 999 in the new 16-22kW Evolution (7000 series) units and older 20kW units are still using the cooler RC12YC4 plugs.

Is spark plug RC12YX the same as RC12YC?

We can find no cross reference for RC12YX to any NGK number, but RC12YC does cross to NGK BCPR5ES .

What happens if I use the wrong spark plug in my lawn mower?

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.

When should I change my lawn mower spark plug?

Replace spark plugs as often as is recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Change spark plugs at the beginning of every mowing season (in the spring) and/or every 100 hours of use.
  • Use the same spark plugs recommended by the manufacturer of your lawn tractor or push mower.

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”

Does spark plug gap have to be exact?

The gap between the center and side electrodes of a spark plug must be an exact distance; otherwise, your plugs don't fire efficiently. Adjusting the distance between the two electrodes is called gapping your spark plugs. You need a feeler gauge to gap your spark plugs properly.

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

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.

How do I know if my lawnmower spark plug is firing?

Rewind the rope around the flywheel and turn the lawn mower's ignition switch on. Pull the rope to spin the flywheel and watch for a spark on the original spark plug. If a spark is present, the spark plug is working properly. An absence of spark will require replacement of the spark plug.
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About The Author

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.