Question - Do riding lawn mowers have spark plugs?

Answered by: Jerry Howard  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 23-08-2021  |  Views: 645  |  Total Questions: 12

This video shows how to replace the spark plug on your riding lawn mower. You'll notice the engine runs rough or is hard to start if it has a broken or fouled spark plug. To keep the mower running smoothly, replace the spark plug once a year, or as often as your owner's manual specifies. How To Tell If a Lawnmower Spark plug Is Bad Disconnect the spark plug wire. Remove the spark plug. Inspect the Electrode on the spark plug for damage. Determine the Condition of Electrode: Normal or is it Wet, Gas or Carbon fouled. Replace the spark plug if the electrode is worn or damaged or bad conditions exist. The spark plugs in both types of engine work on the same basic principle. Some automotive and lawn mower spark plugs may be interchangeable, but many others are not because of physical differences. Yes there are different plugs for different engines. Usually you need the engine model on your mower, and take in the old spark plug to the hardware store. Usually near the spark plugs at the store there is a booklet showing your old model of spark plug and what model the brand in front of you is compatible with. Change the spark plug every year to ensure an easy start. Unhook the spark plug wire and remove the old plug with a socket or spark plug wrench. Install the new plug but make sure not to overtighten it or it could prevent the mower from starting.

https://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Spark-Plugs

Yes, you can use WD-40 to clean spark plugs and also make them easier to remove. Additionally, a coating of WD-40 can help repel water from your spark plugs and prevent corrosion.

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Wet. A wet spark plug can be the result of the engine flooding. Flooding is what happens when you try to start the engine several times without it firing up. You can clean the spark plugs or you can just wait for them to dry out.

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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.

https://www.counterman.com/long-life-spark-plugs-can-last-100-000-miles-or-longer/

Most spark plugs have a factory service interval of 100, 000 miles, though some may be as much as 120, 000 miles. Long-life platinum and iridium spark plugs will typically last up to 100, 000 miles or longer provided the engine isn't using oil or doesn't spend a lot of time idling.

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Carbon collects on the plug electrodes because of incomplete combustion. If the carburetor sprays too much fuel into the combustion chamber, the fuel burns cooler. The smoke that results fouls the plug as well as the air filter and the spark arrestor that covers the engine's exhaust port.

https://www.briggsandstratton.com/na/en_us/support/maintenance-how-to/browse/top-5-mower-troubleshoo

Your Mower Won't Start: Other possible causes include: Loose, Dirty or Disconnected Spark Plug in Your Lawn Mower: Check it out, clean off debris, re-connect and tighten. Dirty Air Filter: Clean or replace. Fuel Not Reaching the Engine: Tap the side of the carburetor to help the flow of gas.

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Flathead Engine Spark Plugs & Gaps Replacement Part Type Replacement Spark Plug Options by Briggs & Stratton Part Number Spark Plug Gap "Surefire" RJ2YXLE in Craftsman Smooth Start (MRS) lawn mower 591040. 030”

Backfires occur when burning fuel enters the engine or the exhaust. If pockets of unspent fuel enter the engine before the valves close or escape to the exhaust system, a backfire occurs. Unspent fuel ignites when a spark occurs in close proximity to the fuel pocket.

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Also, the spark plug gap should never exceed. 055" unless pre-set by the manufacturer. Spark plug gap is where spark plug spark discharge is designed to take place. On a conventional spark plug, it is the area between the center and the ground electrode.

https://www.thespruce.com/mower-maintenance-for-four-cycle-engine-2131183

To add oil to the crankcase with a low oil level, insert the nozzle of a funnel into the fill opening, then pour a small amount of SAE 30 motor oil (or whatever is recommended by the manufacturer) into the lawn mower's crankcase. You are now ready to mower your lawn. Check your mower engine before every use.

https://treillageonline.com/what-spark-plug-to-use-for-lawn-mower/

Ideally, most automobile spark plugs use a thread size of about 14mm thread why those of lawn mower range between 10 to 12 mm.

https://www.briggsandstratton.com/na/en_us/support/faqs/browse/servicing-the-spark-plug.html

To safely clean a spark plug, you should use a wire brush or spray-on plug cleaner specifically designed for this ignition part. Note: NEVER clean a spark plug with a shot blaster or abrasives.