What is the correct spark plug gap for lawn mowers?
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.
Secondly, do lawn mower spark plugs need to be gapped?
Depending on the type of spark plug needed for your lawnmower engine, the gap between the post and tongue (center and ground electrodes) must be set a specific width. If the gap is too large, the spark generated in the center electrode will not travel completely to the ground electrode.
|Replacement Part Type||Briggs & Stratton Spark Plug Part Number||Spark 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”|
One may also ask, what is a typical 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.
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.Here's How to Know if a Lawn Mower Spark Plug is Bad
- You can't get the engine to fire up at all.
- You have to tug extra hard for longer than usual on the rewind.
- Your lawn mower loses power while moving.
- The gas runs out quicker than it used to.