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Riding on the open road can be quite relaxing.Engine running smooth,no rain insight, and you don’t have a care in the world. Until your motor starts to miss fire and doesn’t want to run smooth. one of the culprits could bad gas in the tank,or you could possibly have a fouled spark plug. If this has already happened to you then you know what it’s like. The engine starts to miss and backfire, and doesn’t idle smoothly or not at all without stalling. The first thing to check should be the spark plugs. If a fouled plug is causing the engine to miss and not run smoothly You don’t have to be a top notch mechanic to fix this problem.
A very basic way to tell if a plug is completely fouled is to remove it, put it in the plug cap and ground it to the engine (make sure the threads or the base, of the plug is touching something metal) and turn the engine over a few revolutions, and look for a spark. You should see a clearly visible spark between the center electrode and the piece of metal above it. If there is no spark then it is likely fouled. It’s not only the easiest thing to check,but also the least expensive,
How often should you change your spark plugs?
Check your owners manual.Each motorcycle manufacturers recommendations usually require different intervals or mileage when changing the spark plugs.Use the same brand of spark plug your manufacturer recommends.Unfortunately some spark plugs are very specific to a certain type of engine and made only for that engine such as the NGK ME8 for $34.23 per sparkplug, compared to the “normal” price of $2-4 per sparkplug.
What you need to change a spark plug
A new set of spark plugs,spark plug gauge (use this to set the gap)A spark plug socket, and ratchet driver, and a brush or rag.
Now we’re all ready to gap your spark plugs. Correct spark plug gaps can be found on the engine specifications in your owners manual. It’s a good practice to stick with the brand of plugs originally installed in your motorcycle at the factory.
Never change your spark plugs when the engine is hot. Wait a good hour or two after riding your bike to let it cool down. If possible use an air compressor to blow off any dirt or debris off of the engine head.Grasp the plug wire by the boot, and give it a gentle twist and cautiously pull the spark plug boot off of the end of the spark plug. Don’t pull the wires themselves or you may damage them..
Clean off the old plug and the area around it with a rag or small brush. These steps help prevent any foreign material from falling down into the cylinder when the plug is removed.
When setting the gap, always adjust the electrode,at the bend, and not from the center electrode. It only takes a little bit of pressure to move it – so after a little pressure use your gauge to check the gap again until you’ve got the perfect fit!
New spark plug should freely screw into the cylinder head by hand. Any binding of the plug is an indication of debris or damage in the thread.
Insert the new plug into the spark plug hole by hand and turn it clockwise until it’s snug. After finger tightening the plug, Using a torque wrench,tighten the spark plug down to the manufacturers specifications
Reattach the plug wires to the new plugs with a twist on the boot until it’s firmly seated on top of the plug. You should feel and hear a click as the wire positively clamps onto the spark plug.
Safe and Happy Riding !