What Does It Mean to Get a Tune Up?

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If you or your car are old enough to rust, getting a "tune up" for your vehicle meant very definitive things would be done to the engine. Nowadays, many of the old school components that needed routine maintenance and service just don't exist, or exist as a digital part that either works or needs to be replaced. However, the basic functions of a combustible engine really haven't changed that much. You need a balance of three things to make a motor come to life and produce power. These are air, fuel and fire. Traditional Tune Up An old-fashioned tune up consisted of examining, cleaning and sometimes replacing parts that affected the flow of fuel, air and fire to an engine. This usually started with checking the air filter, which is still an important item for today's checklist. After...

August 11, 2017
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Toyota Drivers Dominated the Top Spots in Motor Racing

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It was a great weekend to be driving a Toyota. Three factory-backed Toyota Racing teams got the month of August off to a great start by claiming victories in the upper-level series of NASCAR and NHRA. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Toyota swept the podium with Martin Treux, Jr., Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez finishing one, two, three at Watkins Glen International. That followed Kyle Busch's dominating performance the day before in the NASCAR XFINITY series at the Glen. Not to be out done, three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Antron Brown finished ahead of the field in Sunday's Northwest Nationals. The win at the Glen for Martin Truex, Jr. was his fourth of the 2017 season and allowed the driver of the No. 78 Denver Mattress Toyota to maintain his points lead in the...

August 10, 2017
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Discontinued Cars That You May or May Not Miss

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If you're shopping for a new vehicle, you may already know that some of the dealership's inventory may be fading into the sunset. So, what do you do if you are considering a model that is already tagged to be discontinued? The most obvious first step is to determine why the automaker is removing the vehicle from their lineup. Most often, a model is sent to the graveyard when sales drop below expectations (shrinking profits). This is frequently a result of a shift in consumer taste or a demand for newer technologies. Listed below are some of the 2017 vehicles that won't be celebrating the New Year: Buick Verano - Small car sales are down and pseudo-luxury passenger cars are a top the list. Cheverolet SS - A cool car but the market isn't there for full-size, rear-wheel drive...

August 8, 2017
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Robert Hight Takes 250th Funny Car Win for John Force Racing

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When the NHRA Mello Yello series rolled into Sonoma last weekend, John Force Racing's Robert Hight was ready to make history.  With his qualifying pass on Saturday, he became the first NHRA driver to top 339 mph in any professional NHRA category. Hight grabbed a near perfect run to solidify a four-hundreths quicker time than the field over the four qualifying sessions at a record 339.87 mph in his Southern California/California Highway Patrol Chevrolet Camaro SS. Unfortunately, you don't win a Wally for speed records and Hight was eliminated by Tim Wilkerson and failed to make the final round. At the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, Robert Hight returned to the winner's circle for the second time in three weeks by eliminating Tommy Johnson Jr. Although...

August 7, 2017
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The Role Spark Plugs Play in Your Engine

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Every vehicle has and requires an ignition system. The battery contains stored energy that starts your car or truck's motor. Electrical current travels from the battery to the induction coil, which raises the voltage to ignite the plugs. Spark Plugs are necessary to produce a smooth burn. Each spark plug is connected to an ignition system. When high voltage is generated by the coil, electrical impulses travel from the ignition coil through insulated plug wires. Spark plugs require voltage in excess of 20,000 volts from a lower voltage battery. Once the voltage exceeds the dielectric strength of the gases, a spark jumps the gap at the plug's firing end. The electrical voltage needed varies with different spark plugs. Each cylinder has a spark plug and a piston. The highly compressed...

August 1, 2017
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E3 Sponsors Richie Morris Racing to Compliment Official Spark Plug Status with American Flat Track Racing

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Ponte Vedra, FL, (August 1, 2017)…Earlier this year, E3 Spark Plugs partnered with American Flat Track Racing to become the series’ official spark plug. Touted as America’s extreme sport, American Flat Track Racing features customized dirt track motorcycles capable of reaching speeds up to 140 mph. Comprised of two classes, AFT Twins and Singles, and sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, E3 is the designated official spark plug for both classes for 2017.   E3 Vice President of Motorsports & Marketing, Rob Fisher, says, “American Flat Track has a long tradition of intense racing, close matches and tough competitors that makes this series exciting to watch. For E3, partnering with American Flat Track helps us to reach a core dirt bike enthusiast interested in...

August 1, 2017
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J.R. Todd Adds His Name to the NHRA Record Book at Sonoma

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When the DHL Toyota Camry of J.R. Todd crossed the finish line at the 30th Annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, new entries were posted in the NHRA Record Book. Todd's last Wally came at Sonoma Raceway one year ago in Top Fuel but the annotations for this year's victory in Funny Car include: * 1st Win in NHRA Funny Car Division * 1st Graduate of NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League to Win in Funny Car * 1st African American to Win in Funny Car * 1st Win of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series J.R. Todd also become the 16th driver of all time to win in both NHRA Nitro Categories (Top Fuel & Funny Car). The popular victory also earned Todd the final transfer spot into the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout this Labor Day Weekend. With a 4.049 ET at 323.27 mph pass, Todd defeated Tim...

July 31, 2017
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Junior Is Headed to the Broadcast Booth

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Like Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett before him, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. runs his final Monster Energy Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, he is headed to the broadcast booth. According to an online report in SportsBusiness Daily, NBC has signed the popular NASCAR driver to a multiple year deal starting in January 2018. Broadcast rights for NASCAR Monster Energy Cup and Xfinity races airing on TV and radio are among the most expensive of any sporting event. NBC grabbed a piece of the pie back at the turn of the millennium. Along with FOX Sports, NBC has been airing half of the NASCAR season each year. Prior to his father's death at Daytona in 2001, NASCAR's most popular driver for the last 14 consecutive seasons was referred to as "Little E". Today, the future hall of...

July 24, 2017
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Brown Was Back on Top at the Mopar MIle-High NHRA Nationals

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So, what happens when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visits Denver for the Mopar Mile-High Nationals? Antron Brown makes the finals at Bandimere Speedway. Actually, Brown making it to the finals in Top Fuel is a common occurrence but this time he drove the MATCO Tools sponsored dragster to the 64th victory of his career. After losing in his last three final round appearances, Brown toppled Leah Pritchett with a better elapsed time of 3.792 to Pritchett's 3.816. Both Antron and Leah trail Pritchett's teammate at Don Schumacher Racing for the series points lead. The final round defeat was only Pritchett's second of the 2017 season in her Papa John's Pizza ride. Her teammate Steve Torrence now leads the Top Fuel class by 54 points over Brown and 70 points over Pritchett....

July 24, 2017
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Trying to Diagnose an Engine Misfire?

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Ignition components are normally very reliable. But, with any electronic part, things can fail. To understand the range of induction coil failures, it is crucial to understand how various auto coils function as well as how overheating fits into the equation. When voltage from your automobile's battery passes through the ignition coil to the plugs, it ignites the fuel mixture in every cylinder. Regardless of the type of ignition system, all coils are exposed to a lot of heat with the repetitive surge of power passing through them. A failed automotive coil can cause problems such as an engine misfiring or stalling of the engine when you try to pull off. With time, the spike of voltage and the repetitive heat produced by the generation of spark can wear out the insulation between the...

July 20, 2017
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