What Does that “Check Engine??? Light Mean? Could be as Simple as a Worn Spark Plug.

If the “check engine” marker in your vehicle lights up, don’t panic – although it could be a warning of a major problem, it could also be as simple as a worn spark plug. A check engine light is designed to turn on whenever any problem – and we mean ANY problem – with an engine is detected. Before assuming that you’re looking at a significant and costly repair, check a few minor things. One common cause of a check engine marker light-up is spark plug wires gone bad. As a spark plug ages, its wires begin to develop tiny cracks that can allows bursts of electricity to escape rather than traveling from the spark plug’s tip to the electrode. This can cause your engine to misfire and trip your check engine light. With your engine off, remove...

January 27, 2015
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How to Set the Gap in your E3 Spark Plugs

Because every auto engine has its own quirks, setting the gap in your spark plugs can mean the difference between optimal performance and engine misfires. Many times, the solution is as simple as adjusting the gap in your spark plugs. E3 spark plugs for automotive applications feature a unique, three-leg ground electrode that is pre-gapped at our factory, specifically designed to meet the O.E. requirements for the vehicles they are listed to fit, so gap adjustments typically won’t be necessary. E3′s power sport, lawn and garden spark plugs also are factory-gapped, but may require some adjustment to meet your engine’s requirements and your personal preferences for engine performance. The primary components of a spark plug are the tip, the insulation and the electrode....

January 27, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs now the Title Sponsor of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Spark Plugs Challenge

E3 Spark Plugs is proud to announce they are the official title sponsor of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Spark Plugs Challenge for 2010, revolving around the televised series events. The E3 Spark Plugs Challenge will base its standings on points earned by drivers with perfect attendance during each of the televised events in the 2010 season. The driver earning the most points in all of the televised events, while maintaining perfect attendance, will win a special cash award. To be eligible to win the cash awards, drivers must mention the E3 Spark Plugs Challenge during television interviews at each event. Each driver must display E3 Spark Plugs decals throughout the season. The driver that earns the most E3 Spark Plug Challenge points during the year will be...

January 27, 2015
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How to Clean the E3 Spark Plugs in your Lawn Mower

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to clean or replace your lawn mower spark plugs. Across the country, lawnmowers are emerging from garages and garden sheds after months of being stored away. Just like a car that’s been sitting for a while, your lawn mower, whether it’s a riding mower or push mower, needs a yearly tune up too. To clean your spark plug you will need a  socket wrench, brake cleaner and a soft cloth.  First, locate the plug and then brush off the housing surrounding it. Remove the black plug wire by lifting the spark plug cap that covers the end of the plug. Use the socket wrench to unscrew the spark plug by turning it counterclockwise. Once removed, check the electrode tip and ceramic insulator for build up or wear. Spray the dirty lawn...

January 27, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Congratulates Robert Stout on his Historic Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix Win!

E3 Spark Plugs sponsored Robert Stout, of Brownsburg, Ind. has won the Touring Car class race at the Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach Presented by Bondurant.  At just over 18 years of age, the win makes him the youngest winner in World Challenge.   He started second in class, but grabbed the lead from pole sitter Nick Wittmer by the first time past the line.  By lap seven his lead was stretched to over 10 seconds and he raced to a 19.666-second margin of victory. “I felt like I got off to a decent start,,” Stout said. “I worked my way around Nick [Wittmer] a lap or so after the start. I heard he had some problems over the radio. I knew I had a pretty good gap over second place at that point and I tried to take it as easy as I...

January 27, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Sponsors Michigan Tech’s Annual Undergraduate Expo

E3 Spark Plugs is proud to sponsor Michigan Technological University’s Undergraduate Expo 2010, featuring the work of dozens of incredibly gifted students whose research and inventions could help change the face of automotive, aviation, gaming, or even medical technology. Entries ranged from a robotic lawn mower to a remotely operated military vehicle; an automatic jar and can opening device to a wireless cardiopulmonary monitor. A few automotive related projects included an air-driven moped, a hybrid off-road wheel chair and several projects designed to analyze and improve automotive climate control devices. Others involved the use of alternative fuels and automotive computing. This year’s expo featured not just Michigan Tech students, but student from high schools...

January 27, 2015
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E3 Spark Plug Design Burns Faster, Stronger and Cleaner than Conventional Competitive Designs

Compared to older competitive designs, E3 Spark Plugs’ patented DiamondFire technology was recently and conclusively proven to provide more rapid and robust combustion by research engineers at Michigan Technological University. In reality, spark plug technology hasn’t changed much since the original “J-Wire” side-wire electrode was developed and patented in 1904 and used in the Model T Ford.  Real-time combustion images were captured during advanced testing methods employed at Michigan Tech, a nationally-acclaimed automotive research facility, to show a comparison between conventional competitive designs and E3’s revolutionary DiamondFire technology. The images prove that E3′s “diamond-shaped” side-wire electrode projects the...

January 27, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Continues Probst Motorsports Sponsorship

E3 Spark Plugs recently announced another season’s partnership with Probst Motorsports in the Lucas Oil Off road Racing Series presented by GEICO Powersports. E3 Spark Plugs will remain a major sponsor of the champion off-road truck racing team throughout the 2010 tour. This year marks the third year for the Team Lucas-E3 Spark Plugs partnership with Illinois-based Probst Motorsports, featuring longtime racer Kevin Probst, a 30-year veteran of the sport. Probst will spend the 2010 season behind the wheel of a newly built Chevrolet Uweld Unlimited 2 chassis, specially designed for the Lucas series and assembled in just over six weeks, which debuted earlier this month at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s new off-road race facility. Probst Motorsports is a...

January 27, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Research at Michigan Tech Featured on Stacey David GEARZ TV Show

Engineering research involving E3 spark plugs will be featured on an upcoming episode of Speed TV’s GEARZ starring Stacey David, a nationally recognized automotive expert. Each week on GEARZ, sponsored in part by E3 Spark Plugs, David pushes the limits of creativity and automotive logic, building some of the most unconventional, even downright crazy cars you’ve ever seen. GEARZ is geared toward teaching viewers all the tools and tips needed to build or customize a one-of-a-kind ride. The episode centers on the work of a team of scientists and engineers at Michigan Technological University’s Keweenaw Research Center involving E3 spark plugs in automotive and snowmobile engines. They’re constructing a laboratory that will support a pressure vessel able to...

January 27, 2015
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E3’s History-Making Spark Plugs

171 years ago this month, the first known spark plug was invented by Edmond Berger, historians say. Unfortunately, Berger failed to patent his spark plug invention, so documented history points to Sir Oliver Lodge of England, whose sons parlayed the “Lodge Igniter” into a profitable company founded in 1903. The next year, Albert Champion, a world renowned bicycle and motorcycle racer who made extra cash by handcrafting spark plugs and selling them to friends, moved from France to Flint, Michigan and founded Champion Ignition Company. Investor drama left Champion jobless, but he soon found himself appointed president of the AC Spark Plug Company formed with backing from Buick Motor Co. AC spark  plugs were used in Charles Lindbergh’s and Amelia Earhart’s...

January 27, 2015
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