WATCH: We're Talking Metal — Platinum And Iridium, That Is, And How They Make Spark Plugs Great

WATCH: We’re Talking Metal — Platinum And Iridium, That Is, And How They Make Spark Plugs Great

There are different types of metal used in spark plug electrodes. Whether it’s copper, platinum or iridium, different metals bring different characteristics and uses to spark plugs.

Platinum and iridium. Sounds like a commodities market. It is, but it’s also what’s under the hood!

Today we’re talking about metal. There are different types of metal used in spark plug electrodes. Whether it’s nickel alloy, platinum or iridium, different metals bring different characteristics and uses to spark plugs. Watch the latest installment of Counter Intelligence to learn more.

 

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