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What is the correct spark plug gap for lawn mowers?

Dennis WaldenSep 13, 2021

Setting the Gap on Your Spark Plug

You'll need a spark plug gauge to adjust the gap on your lawn mower's spark plug. Although many small engine spark plugs require a .030 gap, this varies depending on the engine type. You can check this on the engine owners manual.

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Thereof, what is the spark plug gap on a Briggs and Stratton?

Flathead Engine Spark Plugs & Gaps

Replacement Part TypeBriggs & Stratton Spark Plug Part NumberSpark Plug Gap
Electromagnetic Suppression (EMS) (Replaces Champion QC12YC)691043 792015.030”
Extended Life Series® OHV Spark Plug Platinum (Replaces Champion RC12YC)696202 5066 (5066D, 5066H).030”
Beside this, what is a good 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.

Simply so, do lawn mower spark plugs come pre gapped?

Check the gap on the new spark plug before installing it. A new plug will often come pre-gapped to match your specific engine, but use a spark plug gauge to verify that it matches the manufacturer's specifications.

What happens if the spark plug gap is wrong?

If the spark plug gap is incorrectly set, it can lead to engine issues. The customer may experience loss of power, misfires, spark plug fouling, increased plug wear, or poor gas mileage.

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 can you tell when a spark plug is bad?

What signs are there that your spark plugs are failing?
  1. Your car is a rough starter. ...
  2. Your car is a rough idler. ...
  3. Your engine will sometimes misfire. ...
  4. Your engine surges. ...
  5. Your fuel consumption is higher than usual. ...
  6. Your car isn't accelerating as it should.
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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.