On a walk-behind or riding lawn mower, they're usually near the front of the engine. On zero-turns, look near the back of the engine on the sides. Disconnect the spark plug lead and clean around the spark plug to remove any debris.
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.
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.
Using WD-40 to repel water from spark plugs, distributors, alternators, and batteries is a good way to prevent corrosion and keep moisture away. You can also use it to ease the removal of spark plugs, especially if there is any rust or corrosion.
Replace your riding lawnmower's spark plug after every 100 hours of use and before storing the mower for the winter months. A damaged spark plug can decrease fuel efficiency, cause the engine to run poorly, leave deposits on the cylinder head and/or cause ignition problems.
Spark plug sockets come in two sizes: 5/8 inches and 13/16 inches. Most spark plug sockets have a rubber insert that holds the plug snugly in place. You may also need a universal joint if your spark plugs are difficult to reach.Share to:FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail