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TECHNICAL TIPS

    Getting the correct heat range when you purchase new performance plugs for your vehicle is critical! Too hot of a plug will cause preignition, engine knock, and finally detonation. Too cold and the spark plug will cold foul resulting in an engine misfire.

- Chris LaCouture, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    Do not drop the plugs on concrete! The plug might be cracked and should be thrown away. Spark plugs are made with ceramic, like the mugs in your kitchen. What would happen if you dropped one of those?

- Jim McFarland, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    Anti-seize compound is not necessary but if used, USE SPARINGLY! Only a tiny drop is needed at the beginning of the threads. The rest of the threads will be coated as the plug is screwed into the engine.

- Jim McFarland, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    Proper torque of your plugs can make or break your engine. Be sure that your spark plugs are torqued to meet your engines specifications. Plugs not seated properly will lead to overheating of the spark plug, resulting in detonation.

- Chris LaCouture, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    Use the proper tools to install your spark plugs, a 5/8" or 13/16" spark plug socket. Also be sure that the socket is sitting correctly on the plug before applying torque. Incorrect tools or crooked tools could crack the spark plug..

- Dick Podiak, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    Inspect all parts of the ignition system for wear or damage (spark plug wires, ignition coil, distributor cap, rotor button). If any of these components are damaged be sure to replace them or they may cause problems for your new plugs.

- Jim McFarland, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    Be sure your hands are clean of grease and grime before handling your new plugs. Grease or dirt on the top of the spark can result in carbon track or flash-over. What does this mean? Misfires, rough engine operation and headaches!

- Chris LaCouture, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    When purchasing new spark plugs be sure to ask if the gap has been set or if it needs to be adjusted. Proper gap setting ensures that you will get all the life out of your plugs that you should. Use a proper spark plug gapping tool.

-Jim McFarland, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    When shopping for new plugs make sure you give all the information about your engine (year, make, model, AND ENGINE SIZE) or provide a current brand and part number that you are using. This eliminates incorrect parts being installed.

- Dick Podiak, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    Got a misfire? Try to isolate it to one cylinder then check that plug first. It's quicker and CHEAPER than assuming the new plugs are good and the ignition coil is bad. If plugs do not fix the problem at least you didn't misdiagnose a bad coil.

- Jim McFarland, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    REASONS FOR CARBON FOULING: Continuous low speed driving/short trips; Spark plug heat range too cold; Air/fuel mixture too rich; Reduced compression and oil usage due to worn piston rings; Ignition system worn out.

- Dick Podiak, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    Losing fuel economy? How long has it been since you've changed your spark plugs? Well it may be time for a tune-up. Old plugs can cause a loss of nearly 2-3 miles per gallon!

- Chris LaCouture. E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    CAUSES OF OVERHEATING: Spark plug heat range too hot; Insufficient torque and/or no gasket; Insufficient engine cooling or lubrication; Excessively lean air/fuel mixture; Over-advanced ignition timing.

- Dick Podiak, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    How many pulls does it take you to start your edger/trimmer? 2? 3? 7? Maybe it's time you replaced that 2-4 year old spark plug and upgraded to a premium plug for easier and quicker starts!

- Jim McFarland, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    Words of the Wise: Ready to take out your Jet Ski or power boat out on the water? Be sure to give it a tune-up and replace the plugs with a fresh set for the new summer season. You don't want to be the guy/gal stuck out on the water because of old plugs!

- Dick Podiak, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    It's summer time...finally! If you're getting ready to take out the lawn equipment for the first time this season and its hard to start your mower or trimmer, it's probably time for a tune-up! Change out those old spark plugs and replace/clean the air filter.

- Chris LaCouture, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

    Tired of smelling like gas instead of nice fresh cut grass when you come in from working on the lawn? Upgrade to a premium plug and you'll burn up more of that gas instead of wasting it and smelling like it too.

- Jim McFarland, E3 Spark Plugs Engineer

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