Ford Recalls 271,000 F-150 Pickup Trucks Over Potential Brake Fluid Leak

Drive a Ford F-150? Here’s a heads up. The company just recalled upward of 271,000 2013 and 2014 model pickups over a defect that can cause the brake fluid to leak from the master cylinder into the brake booster. Thus far, the issue has caused nine non-injury crashes and one non-crash injury, the company says. The recall affects certain 2013-2014 Ford F-150 vehicles powered with 3.5-liter GTDI engines built at the Dearborn Truck Plant, Aug. 1, 2013 - Aug. 22, 2014; and the Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 1, 2013 - Aug. 31, 2014. Think your ride might be included in the recall? Find out with a visit to the company’s Field Service Action and Recall page. Enter your VIN and if you get a hit, take it seriously. Your friendly neighborhood Ford dealer will replace your bum...

June 4, 2016
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Rock Gives Instagram Followers First Look at his Fast 8 Persona

Instagram followers of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just got an unexpected surprise – a first look at his darker, grittier, angrier persona for the upcoming Fast 8, the latest installment in the wildly successful Fast and Furious film franchise. Remember that in Furious 7, Johnson’s character, Diplomatic Security Service Agent Luke Hobbs, was severely injured in a bomb blast. In terms of character development, that’s gotta leave a physical, emotional and mental mark on a guy. In fact, there are rumors that the strength of the Hobbs character may lead to a spin-off film. Along with a first-look photo of Hobbs as he appears in Fast 8, Johnson writes: When you strip a man of all he has. All that's important to him. You force him to return to his roots.. and...

May 31, 2016
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“Logan Lucky??? Makes NASCAR Track the Setting of a Comedic Heist

If you’re a racing fan with an affinity for comedy films, this one’s for you. E3 Spark Plugs just learned of the upcoming Logan Lucky, a comedic heist film directed by Academy Award-winning Steven Soderbergh and featuring an all-star cast. Starring Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum, Bond film alum Daniel Craig and the gorgeous Riley Keough, Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Logan Lucky reportedly will be something of a Days of Thunder-meets-Ocean’s Eleven story. The plot revolves around a heist at Charlotte Manor Speedway in North Carolina during a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Initially called Hillbilly Heist, the film went into production during the recent Coca-Cola 600 and is slated for theatrical release in the fall of 2017. "We are excited to work with...

May 31, 2016
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$700 Craigslist Car Actually a Multi-Million-Dollar Mystery

It happens every now and then – particularly in the arts world. A casual thrift store or garage sale shopper with a curious eye picks up a discarded painting that no one seems to know much about. Grandma liked it. A previous tenant, maybe an art student, left it behind. Whatever the provenance, it just doesn’t go with the current décor. So, a buyer goes home with a $2 purchase that turns out to be a missing Picasso or Pollock or Matisse or Munch that ultimately makes the lucky buyer a fortune. Now, in the kind of movie-worthy scenario that we here at E3 Spark Plugs dream of, a similar fortune just may happen to one lucky car owner. A few years ago, an arguably clueless Craigslist poster sought information about a car he had listed for a mere...

May 31, 2016
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That Time Two Kids Dug Up a Ferrari Dino 246 GTS in Their Front Yard…

We’ve all heard about great barn finds. But did you ever hear the story of two Los Angeles boys who made an amazing yard find?  It happened in 1978, just three months after their family moved into a rental home. Perhaps pretending to search for buried treasure, the boys were digging in the yard when they heard the unmistakable clink of metal-to-metal. A bit unnerved at the thought of what they might find if they kept digging themselves, the boys quickly flagged down a passing sheriff’s cruiser. What happened next made the boys’s pretend search for buried treasure a real-life amazing discovery. With the help of a skip loader, a team of shovel-wielding workers and two sheriff’s detectives, uncovered something no one expected – a Ferrari Dino 246...

May 31, 2016
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First Porsche Found a Century After it Disappeared

This one just might be the barn find to end all barn finds and we here at E3 Spark Plugs are giddy about its rediscovery. Gone without a trace for 112 years, the first Porsche ever built recently was found in a warehouse in Austria, where it had remained untouched since 1902. Dubbed the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton, the car was designed and built by a then-23-year-old Ferdinand Porsche in 1898. This historic ride has “P1” engraved on the surface of all key components. It stands for “Porsche No. 1” and is proof positive that the car is legit – a smart move by young Ferdinand himself to assure he’d be credited for his work. The P1 originally was created for Jacob Lohner, a car making company owned by Ludwig Lohner. Upon meeting...

May 21, 2016
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Snapchat’s Speed Filer a Danger on the Roadways

We all know that fiddling with your mobile phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle is a boneheaded move. Texting, updating your social media and snapping selfies while driving has become a dangerous and deadly phenomenon. Now, a popular app has, inadvertently, we’re guessing, kicked up the risk factor. The culprit is Snapchat’s new speed filter, which records and posts how fast a phone is moving and awards virtual trophies for the highest speeds among friends and followers. So, if you’re in your car, headed down the highway at triple-digit speeds, all your friends know it. And the thrill of competition, however ridiculous, is just too tempting for some to resist, creating a devastating mix of speed and social media. Case in point: 18-year-old Christal McGee, who...

May 21, 2016
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Forza Motorsport 6 Unveils New Pack of Hot Wheels Cars

If you’re a gamer and an automotive buff, Forza Motorsport 6 just unveiled something you’ll love. Each month, maker Turn 10 Studios releases a new car pack for the game and this time, it’s a badass revisit to your childhood years. Two of the newest driveable rides in the racing game are based on actual Hot Wheels models. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs are duly impressed. First up is the 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker sporting a giant skull in place of the grille, flames on the side and no roof and ow powered by a small-block Chevy V8. It’s the brainchild of Larry “Mr. Hot Wheels” Wood and proved so popular that it inspired a real-world version. The second is a 2005 ford Mustang with a wild, Japanese-styled paint scheme. Developed to celebrate...

May 21, 2016
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Nissan Recalls 3.53 Million Rides Over Faulty Airbag Sensor

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you no doubt know about the massive Takata airbag recall, prompted by a faulty chemical mix that causes affected airbags to rupture violently and unexpectedly even in minor crashes. But Takata airbags aren’t the only ones with issues, as evidenced by Nissan’s recent recall of 3.53 million vehicles around the world, including 3.2 million registered here in the US. The issue is a faulty sensor in passenger-side airbags that can malfunction in one of two equally troublesome ways. In roughly 622,000 Nissan Sentra models built between 2013 and 2016 airbags may deploy in crashes when they shouldn't, such as when a child is in the seat. In the rest of the recalled cars, the front seat passenger Occupant Classification System may...

May 21, 2016
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California Car Chase Gets Groovy

Maybe she just wanted a Scooby Snack. Real-world villain Sharon Kay Turman recently violated her probation, prompting Redding, California police to begin a search. They soon spotted her cruising the streets in her 1994 Chrysler minivan sporting a paint job that just happens to be a copy of the iconic Mystery Machine from the Scooby Doo cartoons. In a scene that otherwise could only play out on TV, Turman sped away when police approached. With the cops in hot pursuit, she careened through town, running a red light and slamming into four other vehicles in an intersection. Redding’s finest were forced to break off their chase when Turman hit Highway 273, heading south at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The California Highway Patrol followed her via helicopter for miles and...

May 21, 2016
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