To safely clean a spark plug, you should use a wire brush or spray-on plug cleaner specifically designed for this ignition part. You can also use a sturdy knife to scrape off tough deposits. Note: NEVER clean a spark plug with a shot blaster or abrasives.
Also to know is, what causes carbon on spark plugs? Carbon fouling is an indication of a rich air-fuel mixture, weak ignition, or improper heat range (too cold). Carbon deposits are conductive and can create a path for spark plug misfire.
Similarly one may ask, how do you get rid of carbon build up on spark plugs?
Warm up your engine – If you typically drive only short distances, give your engine some time to warm up hitting the road. When the engine works at optimal temperatures, it helps in preventing carbon buildup at your spark plugs.
However, you can not spray the carburetor when the engine is off since it cannot do the cleaning without being propelled. All you need to do is to start the engine and spray directly at the center of the carburetor while it is running. Any deposits clogging in the carburetor will easily be removed.
Black, dry soot on the electrodes and insulator tip indicates a carbon-fouled plug. This can be caused by a dirty air filter, excessive driving at low speeds, too rich of a fuel/air mixture or idling your vehicle for too long.
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!
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.Share to:FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail