The spark plug is an important engine component, which is easy to check. Since heat and deposits will cause any spark plug to slowly erode, the spark plug should be removed and checked in accordance with the periodic maintenance and lubrication chart. In addition, the condition of the spark plug can reveal the condition of the engine.
To remove the spark plug
Remove the spark plug cap.
Spark plug cap
Remove the spark plug as shown, with a spark plug wrench available at a Yamaha dealer.
Spark plug wrench
To check the spark plug
Check that the porcelain insulator around the center electrode of the spark plug is a medium-to-light tan (the ideal color when the vehicle is ridden normally).
If the spark plug shows a distinctly different color, the engine could be operating improperly. Do not attempt to diagnose such problems yourself. Instead, have a Yamaha dealer check the vehicle.
Check the spark plug for electrode erosion and excessive carbon or other deposits, and replace it if necessary.
Specified spark plug:
Measure the spark plug gap with a wire thickness gauge and, if necessary, adjust the gap to specification.
Spark plug gap
Spark plug gap:
0.5–0.6 mm (0.020–0.024 in)
To install the spark plug
Clean the surface of the spark plug gasket and its mating surface, and then wipe off any grime from the spark plug threads.
Install the spark plug with the spark plug wrench, and then tighten it to the specified torque.
20 N·m (2.0 kgf·m, 15 lb·ft)
If a torque wrench is not available when installing a spark plug, a good estimate of the correct torque is 1/4–1/2 turn past finger tight. However, the spark plug should be tightened to the specified torque as soon as possible.