What should the gap be on a lawn mower spark plug?
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.
In this manner, 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”|
Secondly, 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
- 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.