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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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Similarly, 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.

Similarly one may ask, what is the spark plug gap for 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”

Likewise, people ask, what is an acceptable gap for a spark plug?

The gap setting is different for each vehicle but most are somewhere between 0.028" and .060". Consult the owner's manual or Champion ® catalog to find the recommended setting for the vehicle you're working on.

What happens if you put the wrong spark plug in your 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.

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.

What happens if spark plug gap is too close?

Excessive spark plug gap results when the voltage has too far to travel. ... Excessive plug gap also results in cylinder misfiring, a possible no-start condition, wet, black or fouled plugs, engine hesitation and rough idle. Excessive spark plug gap also happens as result of normal electrode wear and age.

What happens when the spark plug gap is too small?

The Spark-Plug Gap

If the gap is too small, the spark will likely be too weak and cause the engine to run poorly or with poor efficiency. ... A spark-plug gap gauge both measures and adjusts the gap and is inexpensive and simple to use.

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 a wider spark plug gap better?

The larger the gap, the more voltage is needed to jump the gap. Most experienced tuners know that increasing the gap size increases the spark area exposed to the air-fuel mixture, which maximizes burn efficiency.

Do spark plug gaps increase over time?

What Causes Spark Plugs To Wear Out? Every time a spark plug creates an arc of electricity, it very minimally shortens the electrodes. Over time, the gap between the electrodes grows larger. As this gap increases, more electricity is needed to spark ignition of the air/fuel mixture.

Are pre-gapped spark plugs good?

Gapping the plugs to your engine's specifications is important to prevent pre-ignition, detonation, fouling and poor fuel economy. Even if the preset gap matches that required by your engine, it is always good practice to physically check the gap as it may have shifted during transportation.
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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.