Five Vehicle Warning Lights You Shouldn’t Ignore

Know what your vehicle’s warning lights mean? Study up before you have to pay up. They light up your dashboard and, every now and then, they might even ding a few times. When it happens, you give it a quick glance and make a mental note to check into it when you’ve got a few spare moments and extra dollars. But on you drive, for miles and miles and days and days and maybe even weeks and weeks without ever giving that persistently illuminating button another thought. And then, you end up in the mechanic’s shop, feigning surprise and swearing that the light JUST came on yesterday. Well, your mechanic ain’t buyin’ it. But one thing’s for sure – you’re paying for it. To help you dodge such a scenario, E3 Spark Plugs offers a few tips on...

February 9, 2015
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Steve McQueen’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Goes on the Auction Block

Steve McQueen’s Ferrari 275 GTB/4 goes up for auction in August. Late actor Steve McQueen was as well known for his love of all things automotive as he was for his counterculture Hollywood films. And now, you’ve got a chance to park one of the King of Cool’s coolest classic rides in your own garage. Purchased while the actor and racing enthusiast was filming 1968′ Bullitt, playing an all guts-no glory San Francisco cop becomes chasing the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection, McQueen’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 will cross the block during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, August 15-16 in Monterrey, California. Actor Steve McQueen was an avid race car and motorcycle enthusiast. While he wasn’t on a movie set, McQueen...

February 9, 2015
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Ford, Chrysler Issue Recalls over Multiple Safety Issues

The 2014 Ford Escape is subject to two recalls – one involving an airbag software glitch, and another involving door handles that can stick in the open position. Hey, Ford drivers – E3 Spark Plugs says “listen up.” Ford Motor Co. is recalling upwards of 700,000 Escape SUVs and C-Max gas-electric hybrids from areas all across North America. The trouble: Two safety issues involving sticky door handles and software glitches. A portion of the recall affects more than 692,500 Escape and C-Max vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Turns out a software glitch can stop the side curtain air bags from inflating in certain types of rollover crashes, leaving drivers and passengers at risk for serious injury. Luckily, no related crashes or injuries have been...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: High Museum of Art Atlanta Exhibit Features 80 Years of Dream Cars

The Norman Timbs Special, built in 1947, is among the amazing collection of concept cars that make up the High Museum of Art Atlanta’s Dream Cars exhibit opening May 21. “We dream of cars that will float and fly, or run on energy from a laser beam, or travel close to the ground without wheels. Such research may border on the fantastic, but so did the idea of a carriage going about the country without a horse.” That line was found in The Ford Book of Styling, published in 1963. And it’s the very essence of those words that drove the development of the High Museum of Art Atlanta’s new Dream Cars exhibit, featuring an unbelievable collection of the most amazing concept cars from the past eight decades. Since its debut a little over a century ago, the...

February 9, 2015
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50 Years of Ponies and Three Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Mustang

Yes – that’s a Ford Mustang station wagon. And it almost happened back in 1966. The Ford Mustang recently celebrated a milestone anniversary the same way it debuted a half-century ago – with a dramatic unveiling atop the observation deck of New York’s Empire State Building. Back in 1965 a prototype Ford Mustang convertible was debuted on the deck overlooking Manhattan. No one new that this Big Apple debut would make such a big impact. Oh, but it did! Affectionately known as the Pony car, the Ford Mustang has become one of the most iconic of American cars. So, what more fitting way to debut the 2015 limited edition GT model than with an unveiling reminiscent of the original – and just in time to kick off the 2014 New York International Auto Show? Only...

February 9, 2015
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Treasure Trove of Pre-war Cars Up For Auction

This 1937 supercharged Cord is among the 220 vintage cars discovered in Oliver Jordan’s salvage yard, closed up and untouched for more than six decades. How’s this for a serious barn find? In the tiny town of Enid, Oklahoma, population not quite 50,000, Oliver Jordan ran an automobile salvage yard for years before retiring in 1953. Six decades later, his entire treasure trove of 220 classic cars, including many dating before World War II, has been found exactly how he left he left it when he closed up shop. And you’ve got a chance to own one of them, E3 Spark Plugs fans and friends. It’s clear that in the years prior to his death at age 95 in 2004, Jordan knew just what a treasure he had. Large fences topped with barbed wire surround his property and only a...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs: NASCAR Upstart’s Support of Therapy Dogs

NASCAR phenom Brodie Kostecki is on track for a break-out racing year. If you hit the New York International Auto Show this past weekend, you might have spotted 16-year-old NASCAR phenom Brodie Kostecki. He was there chatting it up with fans and signing autographs. But he wasn’t just out to boost his own career. His appearance also was in support of one doggone worthy cause. By age 14, Kostecki had landed more wins than any other driver in his age group in the United States Auto Club racing history. Now, he’s racing the NASCAR K&N series in the #43 car, giving on-track performances that just may make him a pro racing breakout star this year. Racer Brodie Kostecki’s car and a four-legged friend at the New York International Auto Show in support of Canine...

February 9, 2015
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New York International Auto Show Under Way

Sweden’s $1.6 million Koenigsegg Agera R debuted at the New York International Auto Show this week. Hear that rumble, E3 Spark Plugs fans? Things are revving up in the Big Apple at the New York International Auto Show, which kicked off this past Friday and runs through April 27. Held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s tony West side, the show has a history that spans 115 years. Debuting in 1900, the show was North America’s first automotive exhibition and is considered among the automotive industry’s most important annual events. It’s a top choice for automakers to announce and unveil new vehicles and has consistently broken attendance figures each year over the past decade, despite the sluggish economy. Today the full show involves...

February 9, 2015
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New Chance to Win an E3 Spark Plugs-logoed Team Losi Racing TEN-SCTE Nitro 4WD RTR

Cool, huh? Win yours for free! Calling all remote control enthusiasts! Now’s your chance to win a seriously cool remote control novelty – the exclusive E3 Spark Plugs-logoed Nitro 4WD Truck created by Team Losi Racing. The Team Losi Racing TEN-SCTE Nitro 4WD RTR is a scale replica of the E3 Pro 4 Unlimited #23 racing truck driven by Jerry Daugherty of Live Fast Play Dirty Motorsports. He and son Aaron run the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. The Nitro comes jam-packed with a load of cool features including: Racer Jerry Daugherty 3.4 Nitro Engine Performance Tuned Pipe Aluminum Threaded Big Bore Shocks Waterproof Electronics Off-Road Beadlock-Style Wheels 7.4V 1000MAH LiPo Receiver Pack Spektrum DX2L Transmitter See it in action in the video below. Then, hightail it...

February 9, 2015
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Senate Committee Votes to Keep Your Ride’s Black Box Data Private

A Senate committee just voted to keep your vehicle’s black box data private. Automotive black boxes were designed to help keep America’s drivers safe, and to assist law enforcement in figuring out exactly what happened in car crashes. But critics argued that the information stored on them may be used in questionable ways, violating citizens’ privacy rights. Turns out a Senate committee agrees. Members of the Senate Commerce Committee recently voted to grant bipartisan approval of legislation stipulating that the owner or lessee of a vehicle is the only person entitled to its black-box data. Of course, there are a few exceptions. First proposed by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) last year, the legislation does allow for law enforcement to access...

February 9, 2015
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