Save on Gas by Blasting Your AC

Summertime is upon us. If you're among those living in the hotter, more humid states, you're likely already blasting your air conditioner. Feeling a little guilty about it? Don't. Turns out running your ride's AC can actually help boost your gas mileage a bit. Running the AC does increase your vehicle's gas consumption - That's a no-brainer. But according to fueleconomy.gov, driving on a hot day with the AC on is far more fuel efficient - and easier on your body's sweat glands - than cruising down the highway with your windows down. That's because at highway speeds, open windows can increase your car's aerodynamic drag, and that makes the engine work harder, sapping your miles-per-gallon rate. A few other tips for staying cool and saving gas: Park in the shade, so that your car...

May 26, 2015
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GM's Yesterdays, Disney's Tomorrowland Collide in the Coolest Way

Disney's Tomorrowland gives us all a cinematic glance into a fantastical future. But GM is using the film's release as a way to not only publicize its upcoming models, but to hold a bit of a throw-back celebration of its amazing concept cars of the past. Released to theaters nationwide on Thursday, Tomorrowland tells the story of a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen who together embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. But look closely, and you'll get a few glimpses of a very real future. That's because the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt and EN-V concepts appear in the backgrounds in several scenes of the both the present day and Tomorrowland. It's part of the initial marketing efforts for the Volt that also include a...

May 23, 2015
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One in Seven US Cars Recalled

That Takata airbag recall fiasco just keeps getting worse. Earlier this week, the Japanese auto parts maker finally admitted that its airbags contained potentially dangerous faults. Those faults thus far have been linked to six deaths and hundreds of injuries caused by knife-like shrapnel that flew from ruptured airbags. Almost immediately afterward, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru added 715,000 cars and trucks to what is already the largest auto safety recall in history. To date, the collective recalls of automobiles suspected to be outfitted with Takata-made airbags involves some 34 million cars and trucks - a figure that reflects one in seven American-registered rides. Here's what to do if you suspect that your vehicle is affected by the recalls: Search your VIN: Your first step is...

May 23, 2015
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Meet the Man behind Mad Max: Fury Road’s Crazy Rides

Mad Max: Fury Road is furiously burning up the box office, earning $45.45 million in America and $109.5m worldwide in its first few days of release. Described as a "sardonic $150 million budgeted 3D demented demolition derby of a movie" that "throws everything to the wind and cuts to the chase for an insanely wild 2 hour ride," this film is, at its heart, is a car flick. E3 Spark Plugs introduces you the guy behind crazy onscreen rides. Meet Mad Max production designer Colin Gibson. Charged with a mission by director George Miller to "Make it cool or I'll kill you," Gibson did just that, primarily by making sure every single car in the film would be fully functional. To that end, Gibson and his crew created a total of 150 vehicles of 88 separate designs, leaving plenty of...

May 22, 2015
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Is Your Ride Among the All-Time Best Selling Cars?

You see them every day - Lots of them, and for good reason. They're the all-time best-selling vehicles in America, as compiled by researchers at the Wall Street Cheat Sheet. Is your ride among the most popular in automotive sales history? 10 - Chevrolet Impala: The Bowtie Brand has sold 14 million units since introducing the car as the Bel Air Impala in 1958. 9 - Volkswagen Passat: Despite being on the roadways for far less time than the Impala, the Passat has sold more than 15.5 million units since its 1973 debut. 8 - Ford Model T: Credited with setting the benchmark for mass-production cars, the Model T, first appearing in 1908, sold 16.5 million units, making it the most populous car on America's roadways at one time. 7 - Honda Accord: Known for its reliability, the Accord...

May 22, 2015
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Practice Crash Prompts Changes in IndyCar Series

  After three dramatic crashes in a week, officials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have ordered changes to cars to make them safer for qualifying and racing in the Indianapolis 500. During last week's qualifying runs, cars driven by three -time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and teammate Ed  Carpenter flipped after hitting the wall mid-turn. Apparently three strikes were enough to force multiple safety-minded changes including: Returning cars to their lower, prequalifying turbocharger boost levels, which will reduce power to around 50 horsepower and speeds to under 230 mph; Having teams run the same aerodynamic configurations for both qualifying and the race. Changes to qualifying and race rules may not be enough, though. The three...

May 22, 2015
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Knowing When to Change Your Spark Plugs

A great working set of spark plugs is crucial to your vehicle's performance. And they don't last forever. Do you know when it's time to change yours? E3 Spark Plugs offers these six top tips. Your engine's got a rough idle: An idling engine normally produces about 1000rpm and gives off a constant, smooth sound. But if your spark plugs aren't performing the way they should, your engine will let you know with a rough, jittery sound and a produce a rough and jittery sound and heavy vibrations. You've got starting trouble: Car won't start? Your first guesses likely are that it's out of gas or the battery's busted. Instead, it may be that your spark plugs are worn. Plus, faulty spark plugs may drain your battery, which means you'll need to replace both.   Your engine misfires: When...

May 22, 2015
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Hitting the Water This Summer Season? Take the Designated Skipper Pledge

Ah, summertime! It's a great time to hit the water, and millions across America will do just that later this month when the Memorial Day holiday hits. Unfortunately, all that fun in the sun can quickly turn dangerous if the guy at the helm is also on the sauce. Statistics show that alcohol or drug use is involved in at least 15 percent of boating fatalities each year. And, the US Coast Guard estimates that boat operators with a blood alcohol concentration above 10 percent are 10 times more likely to be killed in a boating accident than those who save the cocktails for shore time. In numerous states, drinking alcohol while boating is perfectly legal, so long as the boat's pilot isn't impaired. But keep in mind that the heat of the sun intensifies alcohol's effects on your body....

May 22, 2015
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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

By May, every region nationwide is feeling the warmth of the summer sun. This means that even in the northernmost reaches, motorcycles are coming out of the garages and seeing the light of day once again. And that's why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration designated May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Down south, Florida, Texas and California, consistently top the nation for motorcycle injuries and fatalities, largely because their near year-round warm climates means that motorcycles spend all 12 months on the roadways. So, it's important to understand that for every mile traveled, you’ve got a 30-times-higher risk of being killed in an accident on a motorcycle than when riding in a car. No matter what you drive, E3 Spark Plugs wants to make sure you're safe...

May 22, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Salutes Our Military Members and Veterans

May is Military Appreciation Month, culminating with the May 25 Memorial Day celebrations, honoring the scores of servicemen and servicewomen who died while serving in our country's armed forces. We here at E3 Spark Plugs have the utmost respect and love for America's military members and veterans, not only for their valiant sacrifices but also for the bevy of amazing rides they've given us over the decades. For instance, multiple vehicles earned their pedigree during World War II, when the US manufacture of automobiles completely stopped. The few rides made during that time were created solely for the war effort. Later, the best of them transitioned to the civilian market. A number of the now antique originals and many of their successors remain on the roadways today. Here are a...

May 7, 2015
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