What Happens Now?
When many people hear the name “spark plug,” they aren’t sure what to think. How literal is that name? What is its function? What happens when it goes bad? Simply put, a spark plug is responsible for combustion within your Volkswagen’s engine. It’s one of the main parts that dictate the performance of your vehicle, and has a direct impact on the health of your engine should they start to go bad. If they are worn out, or failing altogether, they can negatively impact the performance of your vehicle. So, if you suspect that something is wrong, don’t hesitate to bring your Volkswagen to us at Eurofed Automotive.
SYMPTOMS OF BAD SPARK PLUGS
When a spark plug fails completely, you will notice a substantial drop in the performance of your vehicle. Spark plugs are attached to cylinders in your engine, so if one fails, so does that cylinder. That means the power being generated by your Volkswagen engine drops. Not good, is it? The only good thing about this is that it’s easy to feel when it happens. If your acceleration when depressing the gas pedal drops, or if your engine starts jerking and rumbling, it’s time for us to take a look at those spark plugs. However, those aren’t the only warning signs. If you notice that your fuel economy is terrible, that could also signal a spark plug issue.
HOW IMMEDIATE IS THE ISSUE?
Simply put, quite immediate. Driving with worn out spark plugs can create a cascade of issues throughout your Volkswagen that will almost certainly require more upfront work, which means greater repair costs out of your bank account in order to get your vehicle back in working order. For starters, bad spark plugs can wear out your battery as well as overtax your exhaust system. Ever heard of a catalytic converter? That particular part is what changes the toxic compounds in your engine’s emissions into more acceptable gasses, like steam. When spark plugs go bad and continue to be used in that state, the catalytic converter takes on more stress, which can wear down and damage parts sooner than necessary. The health of your Volkswagen engine is dependent upon its upkeep and maintenance, so if you sense there is something wrong, follow that hunch.
Here at Eurofed Automotive, our top priority is making sure you’re safe on the road. Volkswagens are tough vehicles, but even they need regular maintenance and upkeep, just like every other make and model on the road today. So, if you sense that there is something wrong with your spark plugs, or your engine in general, give us a call today at and pick the brain of our ASE-certified staff! Or, if you prefer face-to-face interactions, you can stop by any one of our locations. We have auto repair shops scattered across Georgia in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Decatur, Duluth, and Snellville, along with locations in Austin, Texas; Charlotte, NC; and Jacksonville, FL! No matter which one you choose, however, our priority is always the same. Let us help you get back on the road not only in style, but safely as well.