How Often Should Spark Plugs Be Changed?

How Often Should Spark Plugs Be Changed

Iridium spark plugs are a common type of combustion engine ignition device found in industrial engines worldwide. They’re known for their strength, reliability, conductivity, and strong resistance to extreme internal temperatures.

They’re fitted into the engine and connected via a HT lead to the ignition coil. The coil temporarily powers the plug with a fixed electrical voltage. When the engine is started, iridium spark plugs convert this electrical charge into the spark needed to light the air-fuel mixture. (more…)

What Does The Rise In Iridium and Rhodium Prices Mean For The Industrial Spark Plug Market?

Industrial spark plugs, unfortunately for both manufacturers and consumers, depend on two of the scarcest and most difficult to process metals on earth – iridium and rhodium. Iridium is an extremely rare metal, with global mining output averaging just 3 tonnes per year. Rhodium, if anything, is even harder to come by, combining extreme rarity with a very complex and expensive ore extraction process. These metals have always been expensive commodities but, fortunately for both manufacturers and consumers, the volumes required to manufacture spark plugs are extremely small.


Why Diesel Engines Don’t Have Spark Plugs

Why Diesel Engines Don’t Have Spark Plugs

While spark plugs are universally used in petrol-fuelled internal combustion engines and vehicles, and in gas-powered industrial stationary engines, diesel engines don’t have spark plugs. Instead, diesel engines are fitted with special components called glow plugs, which are similar to spark plugs in some ways but have some crucial differences.


Iridium Platinum: The High Performance Industrial Spark Plug

Spark Plug Federal Mogul/BERU 18GZ46 - FBM80WPN - Z377

18GZ46 / 18GZ47

Spark plugs for stationary gas-operated industrial engines must be able to withstand non-stop operation while demonstrating considerable durability over long replacement intervals. The Federal-Mogul/Beru heavy duty spark plug range is manufactured from the highest quality materials and are very resistant to combustion, offering longevity and excellent performance – and they are available now from R & M Walsh.


How To Clean Iridium Spark Plugs

How To Clean Iridium Spark Plugs

As iridium spark plugs become worn and dirty, more electrical power is required to produce the spark necessary for ignition. This reduces efficiency and increases fuel consumption – and can eventually lead to misfires and electrical short-circuits. It follows that the cleaner the spark plug’s electrodes, the more powerful a spark the component will produce, at a lower voltage.


Double Iridium Spark Plugs: What Are The Benefits?

Double iridium spark plugs are a special type of spark plug equipped with iridium laser welded onto the centre and ground electrodes. They’re used in industrial combustion engines to convert an electrical charge into an ignition spark, powering a cylinder and piston to create movement. But why are Double iridium plugs considered to be so much better than other spark plugs? Here are five good reasons. (more…)

Why Does My Spark Plug Keep Failing?

Industrial spark plugs are a vital part of all gas-powered combustion engines. They light the gas and air mixture as it enters the engine, moving the cylinders. Most modern iridium and platinum industrial spark plugs are rated by their manufacturers to last for at least 3500 hours of continuous use. However, some plugs inevitably fail or degrade before their time is officially supposed to be up.

2000 hours is the average lifespan of a standard industrial spark plug. There are a wide variety of engine faults that can be caused by bad installation, malfunctions, misuse, contamination, or simple bad luck.

Here are some of the most common reasons cited for premature industrial spark plug failure. (more…)

What Are The Causes Of Industrial Spark Plug Problems?

What are the causes of industrial spark plug problems

All gas-powered combustion engines need spark plugs to run. The spark plugs convert a high-voltage electrical charge into the spark needed to ignite a mixed gas and air intake, turning cylinders and turbines to provide electrical generation or repetitive kinetic motion.

Every high-energy spark plug used in an industrial engine needs to be fixed to a housing chamber by a wrenched socket. This firm casing allows the spark plug to dissipate the immense heat it generates via the cylinder head, and align with its gas and electrical contacts. (more…)

How Long Does An Industrial Spark Plug Last?

How Long Does Spark Energy Last?
Spark plugs are consumable products and don’t last forever. Cleaning and re-gapping your spark plugs on a regular basis – and addressing the causes of spark plug fouling – will extend their working life and keep your engine running efficiently. Nevertheless, there comes a time when spark plugs should be changed, and it’s useful to know the approximate working life of each spark plug so that servicing can be planned and unexpected downtime avoided.


Bad Spark Plug Symptoms: What To Do About Them

Spark plugs are small and relatively inexpensive components but play a crucial role in gas-powered engines. Damaged spark plugs can reduce the performance output and energy efficiency of an engine, while unexpected spark plug failure can prevent ignition altogether. To avoid unscheduled downtime, it’s important to keep an eye open for the warning signs of spark plug failure. These are the main tell-tale signs that your spark plug’s days are limited, and that it’s time to order a replacement.