Tag: spark plug

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0303 Code: Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected

A misfire occurs when there is an insufficient amount of fuel burning in a cylinder. Since the way the engine runs relies heavily on the proper functioning of its cylinders,...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0301 Code: Cylinder 1 Misfire Detected

A P0301 is one of a series of OBD-II error codes that are triggered when your vehicle’s computer has detected a “misfire.” What exactly does this diagnostic code entail? Read...Read more

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Car Care Month & COVID-19: Prep Your Vehicle for Emergencies

April is National Car Care Month—and it’s less than two weeks away. Now, with the exception of our brave health workers and other frontliners who are working hard to fight...Read more

OBD-II Trouble Codes

P0300 Code: Random or Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected

If you’ve got a P0300 on your hands, buckle up—you might be in for a complicated diagnostic and repair process. In terms of severity, this OBD-II code is critical and...Read more

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Iridium vs. Platinum Spark Plugs

Over 90% of cars on the road are equipped with internal combustion engines, and a vast majority run on gasoline. Some of the most critical components of a gasoline engine...Read more

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Fact or Fiction: Can Catalytic Converters Catch Fire?

In 2018, approximately 90,000 acres of the Sierra National Forest near the Yosemite were burned to the ground. The Ferguson fire burned for over a month before it was fully...Read more

Guides

The Ignition System

The purpose of the ignition system is twofold: first to create a voltage high enough (20,000+) to arc cross the gap of a spark plug, thus creating a spark strong...Read more

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Understanding Your Car

In this section, we will help you understand how your car works. We assume that you know nothing about how a car works and provide clear, understandable explanations of the...Read more

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A Short Course on Automobile Engines

Internal combustion gasoline engines run on a mixture of gasoline and air. The ideal mixture is 14.7 parts of air to one part of gasoline (by weight.) Since gas weighs...Read more

DIY

Tune Up

Back to Car Care Prior to 1975, a tune up consisted of replacing the plugs, points and condenser; then setting the timing, adjusting the carburetor and checking or replacing the...Read more

Guides

A Short Course on Ignition Systems

The purpose of the ignition system is to create a spark that will ignite the fuel-air mixture in the cylinder of an engine. It must do this at exactly the...Read more

DIY

My Car Won’t Start, What Should I Do?

With today's computer controlled cars, the possibility of a vehicle not starting when you turn the key is less likely than ever before.  But it does happen, and when it...Read more