How Your Car's Ignition System Works

Even with the advancement in automotive technologies, how a car or truck ignition system works really hasn't changed much in decades. Some of the things that have changed include how the spark is created, distributed and delivered to the engine's combustion chamber. How a gasoline-combustion engine works is fairly straightforward and simple. The engine has to have fuel, air and spark to create an explosion that sets the motor's piston(s) in motion. Burnt and un-burned fuel is then exhausted into the atmosphere and the process is repeated in very rapid cycles. 3 Types of Car Ignition Systems When you turn the key to crank the engine in your vehicle, the ignition system sends high voltage (20,000 to 50,000 volts) to the spark plug in each of the engine's cylinders. As that energy arcs...

December 6, 2017
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NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Releases 2018 Schedule

The National Hot Rod Association recently announced that the 2018 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will return for the 17th consecutive season to many of the premiere racing facilities across the country. Next year's schedule will feature forty-four divisional events. The Lucas Oil sponsored series is the NHRA's premier sportsman racing program for drag racing. The series was created to show case competitors in Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, and Top Dragster. Drivers compete for national, regional and divisional championships, and depending on their class, a share of more than half a million dollars in prize money. In addition to the divisional and regional races, the series features a standalone event each year...

December 6, 2017
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Tune-up for Your ATV for Hunting Season

ATV's allow you to access hunting areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. However, once you leave the beaten trail, you definitely want to know that you can get back to your truck. Pushing an ATV loaded with hunting gear for miles is not a fun outing. So, take the time to do a thorough inspection and service your ATV before you hit the woods. Preparing Your Ride for the Woods When prepping your ATV, remember gas-station fuel always has water in the tanks, so drain any old gasoline from your tank and add fuel stabilizer when you refill. Check all battery connections and use an inexpensive trickle charger to keep your ride ready to go. Replace the oil with a winter weight for your area and change all your filters (air, oil and fuel). Make sure all your tires are inflated to the...

December 5, 2017
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After Three Decades Alfa Romeo Returns to Formula One

If you are a card-carrying member of the Tifosi (a staunch supporter of Scuderia Ferrari in Formula One), you surely noticed that the Fiat logo was replaced by an Alfa Romeo tag for the past two seasons. This might have been the predecessor move by Fiat to bolster one of its many brands and an early sign of the company's return to F1. After all, the niche brand of Alfa Romeo with its colorful history in racing was probably a much better option to promote than the automotive giant known worldwide as a manufacturer of low-priced economy cars for everyday use. Originally named A.L.F.A. (for Anomica Lombardo Fabbrica Automobili), the firm produced everything from racing cars to airplane engines prior to Nicola Romeo purchasing the auto manufacturer in 1915. A World War I munitions and...

December 5, 2017
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Get Your Outdoor Tools and Toys Ready

Depending on the part of the country where you reside, getting your tools and toys ready for the winter months may hold different challenges. But, for most of us, it is pulling our stuff out of storage and preparing it for the cooler months ahead. After all, the change seasons will bring new opportunities to use them, so here's some tips for E3 Spark Plugs: Chainsaw - Whether you need to remove debris or cut up firewood, a chainsaw is an essential outdoor tool for the cooler months. Start by removing the old gas and change the oil. It is a good idea to remove and clean the carburetor with carb cleaner. Check the cutting chain and pull rope for wear. Clean the air filter and install a new E3 spark plug. Snow Blower - Having a well-tuned snow blower makes dealing with heavy snowfalls...

December 5, 2017
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Things Heat Up In NASCAR Pits for 2018

Most race fans never know their names but they have one of the most dangerous jobs in all of racing... the pit crew. In 2018, according the NASCAR, each of its premier racing divisions will see major changes at the track on both sides of pit road wall. In an attempt to level the playing field, NASCAR will limited the size of each team's crew on pit road as well as other positions in the pits. To establish parity among Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck teams, the stock car racing sanctioning body is restricting the number of team members traveling to each race. According to NASCAR officials, the rule change is one of the simplest ways to reduce the cost of racing in a way that is equal for all teams in each of the upper-level divisions of stock car racing. Crew...

December 5, 2017
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How to Prep Your Ride for Winter Conditions

Have you ever noticed how many things break on your car once the temperature drop? Unless you live in the Deep South, it is essential to prep your ride before harsher winter weather arrives. Although it may seem senseless to consider a tune-up if you just had your vehicle serviced before hitting the road for your summer vacation, winter weather brings with it many challenging conditions. Moreover, a routine inspection can keep you from being stuck on the side of the road in nasty weather. 10 Tips to Ensure Your Vehicle Is Ready for Foul Weather Check Heater and Defroster - This is important for both creature comfort and visibility. During the winter months, the defroster is essential to keeping the car's windows clear. Flush Cooling System - Summer time is rough on your cooling...

November 22, 2017
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Matt Kenseth's Quiet Retirement from NASCAR... or Not!

In the era of big bang "Farwell Tours", NASCAR Cup driver Matt Kenseth may have exited the sport of stock car racing as quietly as the Wisconsin-native has always lived his life. Before getting a full-time ride in NASCAR's Busch Series (now Xfinity) in the late 1990's, Kenseth won numerous track championships up north but was still somewhat of an unknown in NASCAR circles. In 2000, Jack Rousch, a Winston Cup (now Monster Energy Cup) team owner, offered Kenseth a ride. Kenseth beat out Dale Earnhardt, Jr. that year to win NASCAR Rookie of the Year. He also became the only rookie to ever win the famed Charlotte 600-mile event. Somewhat overshadowed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. throughout his career, Kenseth won the 2003 Cup Championship followed by two Daytona 500 wins. Altogether, he posted...

November 20, 2017
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What Happened to My Battery?

Since there are different states of "dead", there is no single answer to why your car's battery may not be getting the job done. You may remember from an earlier ignition blog on how your plugs get a much-needed spark to ignite the air/fuel mixture in your engine's combustion chamber that it begins with the battery. It should be noted that some small engines and specialty engines do not require a battery but chances are good that yours does. So, let's review how your car's battery powers the ignition system. How a Car Battery Delivers Juice A traditional car battery consists of lead plates suspended in a solution of water and sulfuric acid. The battery is charged to approximately 12 volts. When working properly, the battery will hold that charge. To ring the key chime and start your...

November 20, 2017
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Truex Jr. Wins Homestead and the NASCAR Cup Championship

Sunday's race was action packed as Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski entered the day as the Championship Four. But, only one would leave the Homestead-Miami Speedway as the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Champion. Crowd favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick, had announced their retirement from full-time participation in the NASCAR Cup series prior to the start of the Ford EcoBoost 400. Truex Jr. entered the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway as both a favorite and a long shot. The No. 78 team had racked up seven victories during the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season and accounted for 19 Stage wins during the chase. However, the other three championship drivers (Busch, Keselowski and Harvick) had previously won the...

November 20, 2017
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