Spark plug boots are only necessary to prevent accidental discharge from the top of the spark plug to other metal objects in the engine compartment. Additionally, the boot aids in keeping contaminants away from the plug/plug wire connection, which could cause the connection to become faulty.
Moreover, when should spark plug boots be replaced? That's why it pays to replace your spark plug wires before they wear out. We recommend changing them during spark plug changes (whenever your owner's manual recommends, usually between 60,000 and 100,000 miles).
The “boot” is what connects the ignition coil to the spark plug. ... The spark from the coil changes direction; instead of traveling through the boot, from the coil to the spark plug, it will shoot out the side of the bad boot and spark to the cylinder head. This causes that cylinder to misfire.
Common signs of failing spark plug wires include a decrease in power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency. In addition, the engine light coming on or visible damange to the cables can be signs of a failing wire.
Do NOT drive a car with a piece of sparkplug inside the engine. It can (and likely will) lead to serious damage (up to a catastrophic engine failure). Get your car towed to a service and have the pieces of the broken plug removed. Additionally, get the oil changed (probably with a flush too, to remove all the debris).
The boots should always be replaced when you replace the spark plugs. The coils should be fine, although there is a batch of coils that have a high failure rate which should be replaced, but, if you saw an arc trail on the boot then that's the source misfire problem and not the coil.
It is not necessary to change the wires but it's a good idea. Here's the reason. If your spark plugs have been in the engine too long the component at the end of the plug get's oxidized over time from having such high voltage run across it to jump a gap and create a spark.
Spark Plug Wire Replacement Cost - RepairPal Estimate. Labor costs are estimated between $65 and $82 while parts are priced between $121 and $143. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific vehicle or unique location. Related repairs may also be needed.Share to:FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail