How To Replace Spark Plug Wires
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Replacing the spark plug wires on your automobile can be quite beneficial to the operation of your vehicle. If bad spark plugs are present, your car may not start, run
badly, misfire on occasion, or even burn more fuel than necessary. Replacing the wires can be quite simple if you know the correct steps to follow.
First, make sure the vehicle is turned off and the motor is not hot. Trying to perform this task with a hot motor can lead to burns or other serious injuries. When you
are sure the motor is cooled and you are ready to start, lift up your hood and secure it in place.
Locate your first spark plug wire, which should be attached to your
motor. Most spark plug wires are either red, blue, orange, or black. More than often, it will be black. The number of sparks plug wires that your automobile contains
usually transcribes with how many cylinders your engine has.
For example, a 6-cylinder vehicle has 6 spark plug wires. Pull on the end of the wire, which is called the
boot, until it comes off. Once detached, run your hand down the wire until you come to the other end.
This end should be connected to your distributor cap. Pull on the
boot until it once again, comes off.
Proceed to replace the old wire with a new one of the same length. You will be able to hear when the new wire attaches and is securely in place.
It will make a popping
noise. After this, continue on to the next wire, replacing all the old wires with new wires, one at a time. It is important to make sure you are replacing each old wire
with a new one of the same length.
Each spark plug wire has a designated length. It is estimated that for your car to operate at its optimum level, spark plugs should
be replaced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles.