Engine Stalling Risk Forces Recall of For Escape, Focus Models

There's nothing quite as unnerving as experiencing a sudden stall-out while zooming down the highway. But that's just what may happen if you drive a 2013 Ford Escape SUV or a 2013-2014 Ford Focus ST hatchback. The company is recalling 9,017 of these rides registered to US owners over a stalling risk. "Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor may provide incorrect signals to the powertrain control module," officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wrote in a recall summary. "The incorrect signals could cause the vehicle to hesitate or the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash." The recently announced recall actually is an expansion of a previous recall that first went out last year....

January 6, 2016
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Five Top Holiday Gifts for the Car Buff in 2015

Hey slackers - We're six days away from Christmas. Is your holiday shopping done yet? If there's a car buff on your gift buying list, we here at E3 Spark Plugs have a few fool-proof ideas for you. Samsung Gear VR: It looks a bit like those vintage View-Masters you loved as a kid, with a seriously cool, uber-modern makeover. It's actually a virtual reality viewer that allows you to watch select TV shows and films like never before. Imagine feeling as if you're standing right in the middle of your favorite Fast & Furious scenes. Yeah - the Samsung Gear VR is just that good and is fully Netflix and Hulu enabled. Recaro Sport Office Chair: One can't always be in the driver's seat of one's favorite classic ride. Oh, but with this specialty office chair, one can certainly feel...

December 19, 2015
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The Force is Strong With These Star Wars-Themed Rides

Film buffs and sci-fi nerds worldwide have been in a constant state of baited-breath anticipation over the past few months, gearing up for the December 18 opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To celebrate, Dodge unleashed a trio of themed rides that have been patrolling the streets of Los Angeles in the weak leading up to the much-awaited opening. In a promotional partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm, Dodge created three head-turning rides designed after Star Wars characters: The First Order Stormtrooper-themed white Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, plus Kylo Ren-inspired black Dodge Viper ACR. Throughout the week, fans could track the cars in real time on Twitter via #Dodge and #TheForceAwakens. Did you spot one while out and about in LA? Post your...

December 19, 2015
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Driving Safely Through El NiƱo

Despite the name (which means "the little boy" in Spanish) El Niño is a force to be reckoned with. And the 2015 season is just around the corner. In weather terms El Niño is a warming of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean that occurs every 4 to 12 years and wonks up global weather patterns. Weather pundits say the 2015 season will be a breeze for East Coasters - fewer and weaker hurricanes. But it may prove a rough one for those on the Pacific Coast - far wetter and more dangerous than usual. The last time El Niño behaved the way it's predicted to this year was 19 years ago, when the weather phenomenon brought over 20 inches of snow and rain in some areas in California. West Coasters dealt with flooding and mudslides. Nationwide, there are...

December 19, 2015
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Which Cars do Americans Keep the Longest?

How long have you had your ride? Well, if it's been a decade or more, chances are you're the proud owner of a Honda or Toyota model, according to a new study by iSeeCars.com. The study looked primarily at CarFax vehicle history data about more than 395,000 used cars from model year 2005 to the present. And the findings proved a bit surprising, though perhaps not to the certain vehicle owners. Turns out that of the fifteen car models that people keep the longest, 14 of them are either Toyotas or Hondas. Topping the list is the Honda CR-V. A full 28.6 percent of original owners kept them for 10 years or more. Next up is the Toyota Prius, with 28.5 percent of owners keeping the popular hybrid for a decade or longer. The only ride that wasn't a Honda or Toyota is the Subaru Forester,...

December 19, 2015
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Five Top States for Speed Traps

Remember the story we brought you a while back about the tiny town of Waldo - a notorious speed trap? The town's entire police department was disbanded after five fed up officers fessed up to the city council that their boss had long imposed a "strict ticket quota" on staff. Turns out Waldo isn't the only town known for putting the kibosh on drivers with lead feet. According to the National Motorists Association, serving up speeding tickets has proven a bit of a racket. The group collects information on stretches of road that combine unusually low speed limits with heavy traffic enforcement. They say it's often far less about safety than it is about filling the municipal coffers. In fact, they run a website that details known or suspected speed traps and recently release their latest...

December 19, 2015
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Volkswagen Recalls 92,000 Cars over Bum Camshaft

If you drive a late model Volkswagen, listen up. The company suits just announced a recall of 92,000 2015 and 2016 VW Beetle, Jetta, Passat and Golf models registered to owners throughout the US. The move comes after multiple reports of a faulty camshaft issue that can KO your power brake system and sap your engine power. Turns out the rear camshaft lobe that can actually shear off, causing a vacuum loss in the brake booster and taking out your power brake system. This means your ride will take longer and go further before coming to a complete stop, boosting your risk of rear-ending the vehicle ahead of you. It also can shift your engine into reduced power mode. Though the response is designed to prevent further damage to your ride's mechanics, that won't do much good when you get...

December 4, 2015
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New Crash Tests Designed to Keep Dogs Safe in Cars

The video proves quite disturbing for pet lovers, showing crash test dummy dogs flailing about inside or thrown from cars used in accident simulations. Some show just what can happen to an unrestrained pet in the event of a crash, while others reveal serious performance flaws in multiple products purported to keep our four-legged family members safe in cars. The aim is to help pet owners identify the products most effective at protecting pets while on the road. Consider these statistics: 78 million dogs reside in more than 46 million US. households according to the American Pet Products Association. Some 56 percent of respondents to an AAA survey say they've driven with their dog in a vehicle at least once a month over the past year. Unfortunately, just 16 percent of dog owners who...

November 30, 2015
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Ford Shows Off Redesigned 2017 Super Duty Pickup Truck at LA Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show boasts more than 30 debuts this year. Among them is Ford's redesigned 2017 Super Duty pickup truck. The company displayed a white F-450 Platinum dual-rear-wheel pickup and F-350 King Ranch at the 10-day show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Both trucks feature significantly more aluminum than prior designs, making them considerably lighter. The F-450 boasts a 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine, 19.5-inch wheels, a fully boxed high-strength steel frame and military-grade aluminum alloy body that sheds some 350 pounds from the previous year model. "It’s our top-of-the line tow rig," said Mike Levine, Ford's truck communications manager. "It’s the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever." The F-350 King Ranch crew cab 4x4...

November 26, 2015
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Motor Trend Names 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Car of the Year

Noting its "world-class sports car performance and dynamics," the automotive pundits at Motor Trend have named their 2016 Car of the Year - the 2016 Chevy Camaro. The sixth generation of Camaro, the new ride is powered with Alpha build, designed to improve handling, shed weight and boost speed and engine power. It's got a 3.6-liter V6 engine, 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. It's capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds with an automatic transmission, 5.2 seconds with a manual. Design-wise, you'll notice lower, slimmer proportions, broader shoulders and a fastback profile. Behind the wheel, you'll also appreciate its lightweight architecture that lends itself to better handling, improved aerodynamics. The revamped interior includes a flat-bottom steering...

November 25, 2015
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