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Brad    Posted 04-30-2020 at 11:03:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Sparkie Meister Methodologies
  • TOH and others have shared their experiences, good advice and "Spark Meister" information, but there's not so much detail I'm finding on forums & archives on best ways to clean spark plugs.

    My vote goes for pneumatic, media-blasting, spark-plug-cleaning specialty tool, that does the quickest and easiest job for me.

    If you shop around in the usual places you can find them for around $13 shipped; downside is that you'll need an air compressor to run it; on plus side, pneumatic's "clearing position" blows media out from within plug's electrode cavity.

    They do make 12 volt dc-powered spark-plug-cleaners, which bypasses need for an air compressor. Just clamp power leads onto your battery posts, insert spark plug, push button and you're good to go. Downside, you have to be careful there's no media what gets stuck in plug's electrode cavity, or you'll need to use a wire and dig it out.


    On internet forums, where everyone appears to espouse opposing opinions and prefers debating the "which-ness of why," something tells me most'll agree, allowing abrasives inside engine's cylinders has no positive useful purpose! :-)

    I have come up with a list of about 15 different ways people on forums reportedly've used in cleaning their spark plugs (most of which I've tried at one time or another), but I've yet to find anything as easy and convenient as specialist tool made specifically for cleaning spark plugs.

    Difficult rationalizing reasons NOT obtaining a new tool, and what's NOT to like about that? ;-) lol

    Beth and Allen    Posted 04-30-2020 at 17:47:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I like the one in the video,also I can't see the down side to owning a compressor :). I don't know what kind of shop you have or even if you do your mechanic work outside in your driveway,I did that for maaaaannnnny years. They make portable ones that run on 110 volts, I can't imagine not having one, although I'm blessed to have a large 4 bay shop (that I built) and I have a 80 gallon 2 stage that gets quite a work out. God Bless, Beth and Allen.

    Brad    Posted 04-30-2020 at 21:47:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Air compressor isn't necessary, but it's so much easier and faster with air tools, I'm especially partial to impactors and air hammers.

    Now let me see: if you work in your driveway and you don't have a tree, does that mean you're not a shade tree mechanic? lol ;-)

    "2 stage that gets quite a work out" Me too! But mostly when I get it, my workout is running into trouble, flying off the handle and jumping to conclusions lol ;-) and when I exit, it's mostly "stage right" Heavens to Murgatroyd! :-p

    I suppose, since not everyone is going to have an air compressor or access to a spark plug cleaning tool, it might perhaps be helpful to list the methods that others have successfully employed?

    I could post links to various methods, but folks will get the idea; if desiring specifics, search will turn up further info. Listed in no particular order:

    Sandpaper, file, wire brush, barbecue lighter, propane torch, sandblaster, soaking tip in solvent (even gasoline), carburetor cleaner spray (some report liking WD-40), cleaning via plug insertion into good-running engine (ala TOH ET AL), "burning out" plug on gas stove (aluminum foil ball formed to hold plug in position's helpful), pulling spark plug lead slightly away from plug connector, causing spark to jump gap formed from cable to plug, digging carbon out with wire, and yes, even scraping with a pocket knife!

    The list could go on, and doubtless I've left out a few ways that some folks will favor over those listed.

    About the only downside I have heard about cleaning plugs (and this could be marketing malarkey), is that abrasive methods can remove special coating on the porcelain surrounding the electrode.

    If loss of coating ever has made any difference, it's insignificant in comparison to fouled plugs' degrading performance! lol

    Marketing Men pushing porcelain protection beware! "A difference that makes no difference, is no difference at all." Somebody said that lol ;-P William James? NOT Jessie James, that much I'm (relatively) sure of (course Jessie might have said it ... lots of people have said that... Just not "Merchandise Marketing Men" ;-p )

    It is good to be aware of and know what your options are, just ask MacGyver lol :'-D

    Beth and Allen    Posted 05-01-2020 at 05:57:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • LOL & LMAO. You missed one,stick it in a pile of sand and twist (the plug not yourself). Exiting stage right "watch out for the "BOOM" door";).God bless,Beth and Allen.

    Beth and Allen    Posted 05-01-2020 at 05:56:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • LOL & LMAO. You missed one,stick it in a pile of sand and twist (the plug not yourself). Exiting stage right "watch out for the "BOOM" door";).God bless,Beth and Allen.

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