Question : I OWN a 15-year-old 1,300cc Honda
The plugs get clogged and engine
oil needs to be topped up weekly.
The car is used for short trips and
a monthly outstation journey to my
My mechanic has advised that an
overhaul will cost double as he needs
to source for spare parts.
He suggested that I fix four spark
plug nuts, a long tube screwed onto
each new spark plug so that the spark
plug does not go in too deep and gets
clogged by the engine oil.
Is this a viable solution and will it affect engine performance ?
Will the fuel consumption increase
and how long should I use these nuts?
Will there be an engine seizure when I
travel outstation ?
What your mechanic suggests is an
old trick to prevent spark plug fouling
that simply moves the spark plug further
away from the surface of the combustion chamber with the hope that the oil
blowing past the pistons will not foul the
This sometimes works but not for long
because once the pistons and rings are
worn, you have to open up the engine
and doing anything else is postponing
With these extenders, performance
will drop but the engine will not seize.
I cannot say if the consumption will get