On most internal combustion engines, spark plug is a very vital component which is responsible in supplying the spark which ignites the air and fuel mixture inside the combustion chambers. The spark is a by-product of a vehicle's ignition system mainly the spark plug that lights or ignites fuel mixture in the cylinder during the combustion process. Typically, a spark plug is an electrical device which is part of the ignition system of your Mini. It is position on each cylinder of the engine wherein the air and fuel mixture is being compressed. The other end of the plug is connected to the distributor cap using a spark plug wire that carries the high voltage needed for optimum ignition of the mixture.
A typical spark plug for your Mini is consists mainly of the outer shell, a core, connecting terminals, a side and center electrodes. The connecting terminal is the top most portion of the spark plug where in the high voltage from the wires is being transmitted for optimum efficiency of the spark plugs. It also has a rib side design which dramatically improves the electrical insulation and prevents the leaking of energy along the insulated surface. The ground electrode or commonly known as side electrode is made from high quality nickel steel material that is precisely welded into the metal casing of the plug.
The center electrode on your spark plug Mini is connected to the terminal through an internal wiring which is basically made from a ceramic material that greatly reduces radio noise from the sparking process. The tip of the electrode is made from a copper or chromium material including other precious metal and is designed to eject the electrode into the side electrode. However, the most common precious metals used on a plug is platinum and iridium which is less susceptible to any damages like corrosion and tends to resist fouling better than any other spark plug types.
Whatever kind of spark plug you may use on your mini, it is somewhat recommended that a replacement is needed when you have a 30,000 to 100,000 miles on you mileage. Symptoms of a faulty spark plug may include higher fuel consumption, failing on emission tests, and hard starting especially on cold mornings.
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