Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Can the wrong spark plugs cause problems like popping noise under the hood ? And cause the car the shit off?

asked by on

I got a tune up now my car make a popping noise after a while at a stop and it also cut off out of no where it started back up but it never did that before.

My car has 99000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

To answer your question in one word - YES, the wrong spark plugs or incorrect spark plug gap can and often will cause a vehicle’s engine to misfire or run incredibly inefficient. However, the issue of the vehicle shutting off "out of nowhere" seems outside of the realm of possibility of an incorrect spark plug. Misfiring issues could be related to a faulty coil, bad plug wires, even fuel injection issues.

To be safe, I’d recommend contacting one of our local ASE certified mechanics who will check with your vehicle manufacturer first to determine the correct spark plugs to use before they replace them for you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Can the wrong spark plugs cause problems like popping noise under the hood ? And cause the car the shit off?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car cannot be started, engine unresponsive

These types of issues can be real tricky. The ignition switch is vital to many of the items in the electrical as many modules and vehicle processes, such as starting, are initiated by the ignition switch. The vehicle starting...

Q: Wheel bearings

Hi there: Simply put, wheel bearing replacement is not as easy as replacing front brakes; so it's not a job that I'd recommend completing on your own if you haven't done it before. In regards to buying a good wheel...

Q: Clicking sound when turning.

This is something I like to describe as the “infamous clicking when turning” concern. Rest assured this is a very common problem. In most cases, this clicking noise is due to a failing axle shaft assembly. On each end...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...