Are Your Spark Plugs Trying to Tell You Something?

If your vehicle has a little less spunk lately, it might be time to change your spark plugs. A quick inspection can not only tell you if it’s time for new spark plugs, but can speak volumes about your automobile’s engine condition as well. Light brown or tan colored deposits on the tip of your spark plugs are normal. But deposits of different colors and consistencies can be indications of bigger problems. Here are a few things to look for: Your spark plugs hold numerous clues about your engine's conditition. A yellow glaze on the spark plug’s electrode and the tip can inhibit conductivity, keeping the spark from being able to jump the gap. Clean it by spraying your spark plug with brake cleaner, letting it soak for about 10 minutes, then wiping it with a clean...

January 27, 2015
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Tests Prove E3 Spark Plug Design Burns Faster, Stronger, 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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Meet E3 Sparks Plugs-Sponsored Racer Kevin Probst

E3 Spark Plugs-sponsored racer Kevin Probst is no newbie on the tracks. He began his racing career in 1978 at just 16 years old and since has landed upwards of 230 wins and 18 class championships. In fact, he is one of the all-time winningest drivers in the history of the famous Crandon International Off-Raceway in Wisconsin.  But his racing experience goes even further back than the start of his 32-year professional racing career. E3 Spark Plugs-Sponsored Off Road Racer Kevin Probst “My dad started racing the old fiberglass dune buggies back in the late 60′s,” Kevin recently told EPN Newswire. “All of us on the team got our start racing buggies. One year, my brother and I raced every buggy class that was available. Sometimes we would run nine races a...

January 27, 2015
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5 Steps to Indexing an E3 Car Spark Plug

Basically, indexing a car spark plug faces the open gap of the plug’s ground electrode toward the direction for the optimal burn of the fuel mix in an engine’s combustion chamber. Although technical experts often disagree as to the actual performance enhancement attained by indexing a car’s spark plugs, it can’t hurt. In fact, with the price of gasoline skyrocketing in today’s economy, do everything possible to reduce the amount of raw fuel that escapes from your car’s engine is probably worth the effort. Before you begin, you will need a spark plug wrench, a permanent marker and a pack of indexing shims. Almost any auto parts store that sells E3 car spark plugs should carry shim washers of differing thickness. It is also a good idea to check your...

January 27, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Driver Survives Desert Melee

Kevin Probst, driver of the E3 Spark Plugs #9 race truck, survived a crash-filled round four at the May 8 Magnaflow Exhaust Off-Road Nationals to finish 14th overall in the Pro 2 Unlimited class. The Surprise (Arizona) off road course had a few surprises for the talented field which included past off-road truck racing champions Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder plus former AMA motocross champions Ricky Johnson, Jeff Ward and Jeremy McGrath. Probst qualified the E3 racing truck inside row six and was methodically working his way to the front of the pack when another truck’s flip resulted in the race being stopped due to a red flag. After the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series event was restarted, MacCachren and Renezeder battled with off-road champ Ricky Johnson for a 1-2-3 finish. Former...

January 27, 2015
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World’s Oldest Spark Plug or Geological Anomaly?

Auto and history buffs know that the spark plug dates back at least as far as Edmond Berger’s never-patented, experimental design of 1839. But how about a 500,000-year-old spark plug? That’s how some explain the “Coso Artifact.” Found in 1961 by three rock hunters searching for geodes (rocks with hollow interiors studded with mineral crystals such as amethyst) in California’s Coso Mountains, the find has baffled geologists for decades – Is it the world’s oldest spark plug or just an unexplained geological happenstance? X-ray image of the Coso Artifact The Coso Artifact looked much like the fossil shell-encrusted geodes that the rock hunting trio often sought for their gem store. It wasn’t until one of the three, Mike Mikesell, took a...

January 27, 2015
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Catch E3 Spark Plugs on SPEED & CBS on Saturday, May 8th!

Catch E3 Spark Plugs on SPEED and CBS on May 8th, 2010. Starting at 9:00 A.M. EST on SPEED, watch the hit DIY show Stacey David’s GearZ and host, Stacey David, walk you through five things you can do to any vehicle, installing E3 Spark Plugs included, to take it from clunker to daily-driver. Then at 5:00 P.M. EST on CBS you can catch E3 Spark Plugs as a part of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series action. Highlighting action from Round Four of the Magnaflow Exhaust Off Road Nationals in Surprise, Arizona, the mile long course at the Speedworld facility features challenging terrain and action at every turn. Then at 7:00 P.M. EST turn it back over to SPEED to catch the season opener of 2010 Nitro Jam, with another episode immediately following at 7:30 P.M. EST. The huge debut will...

January 27, 2015
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Meet E3 Spark Plugs Sponsored Racer Robert Stout

E3 Spark Plugs-sponsored touring car racer Robert Stout is making headlines and building a career sure to be envied by his competitors and applauded by fans. At age 18 (plus one month and 16 days, to be precise), Robert recently made history as the youngest winner of the Touring Car class race at the  Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach Presented by Bondurant. E3 Spark Plugs-Sponsored Racer Robert Stout Robert lives in Brownsburg, Indiana and began his racing career in 2006. In just two years of competition, he was nationally ranked in the top 20 of 250 racers in his class. During this time, he competed in 82 races, landing 49 top-ten finishes, 29 top-fives, 18 podiums, five wins and five poles. In 2008, he moved up to cars and full size road courses, finishing the season...

January 27, 2015
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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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