What Kind of Spark Plugs Do I Need for My Toyota Camry?
As you likely know, your engine uses spark plugs to ignite the fuel and air in the cylinders and move the engine pistons. This is how your Toyota Camry produces horsepower to move the wheels. In other words, spark plugs are very important components. They need to be replaced from time to time. If you want to replace your plugs, you will need to know which are the right ones.
Finding the Right Type
Different model years of the Toyota Camry have different engines. So, it is impossible to say what type of plugs your Toyota Camry will need without knowing the engine it has. Fortunately, there are two easy ways for you to figure it out. The first option is to check your owner’s manual. This will tell you which type of spark plugs your car needs.
The second option is to check with your auto parts store. You can do a VIN lookup free of charge at stores like AutoZone to find the right parts for your vehicle.
The Types of Plugs
Now that you know how to find the right type of spark plug, you need to know what those possible types are. There are five major types:
• Copper: This type of plug has a copper core with a nickel allow electrode. They don’t last as long as some other plugs and are not used often anymore. Many older cars need copper spark plugs. Additionally, some high-performance cars call for the conductivity of copper.
• Platinum: Many modern cars call for platinum spark plugs. They have a platinum electrode that makes them last longer than copper spark plugs. They also run hotter, meaning they experience less build-up and fouling.
• Double Platinum: These plugs use two discs to allow backward-jumping, side-to-center sparks. They last even longer than single platinum plugs. Be careful not to confuse single and double platinum.
• Iridium: This rare metal is even harder than platinum. These spark plugs last about 25% longer than platinum ones. Although these are more expensive, they are also more efficient. If your manual calls for them, you should use them.
• Double Iridium: Much like double platinum spark plugs, these have two discs. They offer better performance and durability. They are also very good in extreme conditions. Again, don’t confuse single and double iridium.
If you have a newer Camry, there is a very good chance it needs either iridium or platinum spark plugs. However, the best way to figure out the right type is to use the owner’s manual or VIN lookup as described above.
Changing your spark plugs is easy and only requires some basic tools. Consider doing it yourself to avoid the extra cost of a mechanic.
Now that you can confidently find the answer to “what kind of spark plug do I need?” it is time to get wrenching. Changing your spark plugs is a recommended part of your car’s maintenance schedule. It is also a good idea if you are ever doing an engine tune-up. Working on your Camry makes the ownership experience even richer. Get started today.