After periods of wet and windy weather, condensation and moisture can develop on your car’s spark plugs, and other areas of the engine. If this moisture is ignored, permanent damage can occur to your car – leading to expensive repairs. So, what can you do to avoid these extra costs? Maintaining your spark plugs regularly, of course.
How to Check Spark Plugs
It is important to know exactly how to check spark plugs are working correctly and how to dry wet spark plugs if necessary. If you’re struggling to displace the moisture on your spark plugs – this guide is for you! Continue reading to find out exactly how to do keep your spark plugs in tip top condition.
How to Find the Spark Plugs
Always ensure your engine is cool before taking any steps. Before you begin the moisture removal process, you need to locate your spark plugs. Using your car’s manual, locate your spark plugs, and remove the cover so you have free access to the engine. If you need to remove any hoses or wires to access your plugs, ensure you label them so that they can be easily replaced once you’re done.
Remove The Wire to Check Them
Once you have located the spark plugs and removed the cover, you can use a wrench to remove them completely from the engine. Grab the plug from as closely to the bottom as possible, and gently pull it out. If the contacts are burned out, you will need to remove the plugs fully and replace them with new ones. If there is no damage present, you can continue with your maintenance.
How to Dry Wet Spark Plugs & Clean Them
Now that you have removed the plugs, you can clean them efficiently. Using a clean microfibre cloth, wipe the area to disturb any stubborn grime. Grab your handy bottle of WD-40® Multi-Use Product and spray both your spark plugs and the area where they are housed. Allow the product to work for a few minutes, and then use your microfibre cloth the buff away the remaining dirt and product. Once you are happy with the cleanliness of your plugs, apply another layer of product and leave it to dry. This will act as an invisible protective layer that will displace moisture and prevent future damage. When the product completely dries down, you can reconnect the spark plugs back into their correct places.
So, there you have it! Well maintained and protected spark plugs that will ensure your engine is ready to go at all times. We hope you found this article useful. If you would like to find out how else WD-40® can help you maintain your vehicle, why not check out our blog here.