Readers of Popular Mechanics magazine recently voted Bosch Spark Plugs as the favorite spark plug brand on the market in the magazine's 2012 Reader's Choice Awards.
This marks the third straight year that the brand has received the honor from readers of the magazine.
Spark plugs are used to deliver electric current from an ignition system to the combustion chamber of a spark-ignition engine to ignite the compressed fuel and air mixture by an electric spark.
There were more than 3,100 participants in the poll, which selected Bosch out of 10 other competing brands.
“Popular Mechanics readers demand quality and performance in any product they install,” said Bill Congdon, publisher and chief revenue officer for publisher Popular Mechanics."They are very savvy when it comes to their automobiles, and often are turned to for automotive advice by their neighbors, friends and family. We congratulate Bosch for this honor."
Bosch was the first company to introduce the first commercially viable high voltage spark plug in 1902, managing to develop the concept of heat ranges for spark plugs, which is still used universally. The spark plug company also introduced the first copper core and platinum plug.
“Bosch spark plugs provide the motorist with real performance that will contribute to easy starting, improved acceleration, and good fuel economy for tens of thousands of miles,” said Mark Wilkinson, group product manager of spark plugs for Bosch in North America.
The company has also matched spark plugs to individual automobile models in the replacement market, becoming the most dependable brand for the auto part in the car industry.
Americans should make sure that their spark plugs have been checked before the winter arrives, which could make it much more difficult to repair considering the cold weather. Auto experts also recommend other tips that could help with keeping a car in the best shape during the winter months, including keeping the exterior and interior clean.
What's under the hood isn't the only thing car and truck owners should worry about. Keeping the inside of your vehicle clean and free of clutter should also be a priority, and a good way to accomplish this is with heavy duty car floor mats from Husky Liners®.
NASCAR fans who will be looking for Kurt Busch during upcoming races might not recognize the racer with his new team. When the driver looks down in his racecar in his upcoming race, he'll see a different team name on his car floor mats, as he recently switched from the No. 51 Chevrolet of Phoenix team to the No. 78 Chevy of Furniture Row Racing.
Both of the single-car teams have engine and technical support from an established Sprint Cup team. They also have one career victory on NASCAR's premier circuit and are separated by one spot in the points standings, but Busch decided that the move was necessary, making his third move in three years.
Some believe that Busch is making a lateral move by switching to the Furniture Row Racing team, but the driver said those assertions are a "slap in the face" to his new team and he believes he made the best move for himself.
"This is a partnership that puts two programs together, such as myself and Furniture Row, on the same page to move the needle," Busch said Friday before practice at Dover International Speedway. "When you get into the Chase, you have teams that have the highest level driver, highest level pit crew, highest level engineering support, engines and everything else. That's what Furniture Row has. It's a diamond in the rough. This program is undiscovered, and they have not reached their full potential."
Busch will have two more races for Phoenix before he moves to the Furniture Row team for the final six races of the season.
Busch signed with the Phoenix team in the offseason after leaving Penske Racing following multiple altercations with reporters, but believes he can restore the fun in the sport with his recent move.
Even though Busch has not yet made his move to the Furniture Row Racing team, he commented on whether he will be with the team in the season following the next.
"I might not need to test the waters of the free agent market," he said. "It's a matter of finding the comfort zone. Taking this step back this year has allowed me to see how more of the integral part of the sport works."
Busch added that it has been refreshing to see perspectives from different angles and he feels much better as he prepared to race for a new team.
The racer has won the 2004 Sprint Cup championship, 2003 IROC Championship and was awarded the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the year.
Fall weather is quickly beginning to show around the country, which is a sign that motorists should take the steps necessary to make sure their car is prepared for the next season.
Winter has been known to give people car trouble, making maintenance a necessity during the fall when motorists can still take their cars to mechanics to have them checked and not have to deal with cold weather or the elements of winter.
Business Insider recently offered car care tips that will allow motorists to feel at ease this winter, knowing that their car is in the best condition for the harsh weather of the winter.
One of the best tips to make sure the exterior of the vehicle is in the best condition is making sure it's clean. With snow falling in some places during the winter, salt trucks often come by to remove the snow, which can also result in the paint of the vehicle being damaged. Considering salt can negatively affect the paint on a vehicle, motorists should make sure that they wash and dry their vehicle thoroughly in a shady place.
The source recommends using a car-care bar that is made of clay to remove any contaminants that might cause damage to the paint. Then, polish should be applied to bring out the same shine of the vehicle that was seen during the spring and summer. Next, a high quality liquid or paste wax should be applied to seal the paint. The inside of the vehicle should also be kept clean, with only the essentials being left in case of an emergency. Car floor mats should also be kept as clean as possible, as the material is often damaged during the winter by the salt and snow.
Another part of cars that needs special attention during the winter months is the tires. The tires are the only part of the car that comes in contact with the snow on the ground and the cold asphalt, which makes keeping them in the best condition a necessity if you want the best performance out of your car.
According to the source, for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, the tire pressure decreased by about 1 pound, which also makes checking the tire pressure during the winter a helpful to prevent from the driver getting a flat tire.
If your car doesn't start during the winter and its too cold to check under the hood, there's now options that don't require you to leave the comforts of your home. A new startup company called YourMechanic gives auto owners the opportunity to have their vehicle inspected by a licensed mechanic who will come to their home to repair the car.
With fall weather quickly approaching, Americans are expected to have more debris and waste left behind in their vehicles. CNN recently offered some tips on keeping your car clean during the cold weather months.
According to the source, car owners should abide by the "Bring it in, take it out" rule, which keeps junk like fast food bags and coffee cups from cluttering your vehicle. If this isn't effective, you should be sure to keep a kitchen-sized trash bag available in the car.
The trash bags can be kept in the truck or in the pocket on the back of the driver and passenger seats, allowing you to have easy access if you need to get rid of debris.
If there are kids constantly in the car, there are bound to be spills and stains being soaked into the upholstery of the car, but making sure toddlers bring spill-proof cups and finger foods like Cheerios and Goldfish crackers should cut down on these incidents.
Another way to prevent stains, dirt and debris from cluttering the floor of your car is to purchase car floor mats. Husky Liners Heavy Duty Floor Mats have been proven effective in protecting the interior of cars everywhere, and can keep your vehicle looking new as the day you bought it.
In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 22, 2012 , the team at Husky Liners® thought it was the perfect time to share the following story:
At Husky Liners®, we are passionate about hunting and fishing. In fact, it is the love of the sport that started this company. Bob Tyler has always had love for hunting and fishing. However, the mess caused by a long day of trudging through mud and snow with his lab was taking a toll on his SUV. He wanted something washable that he could place in the cargo area of his SUV and protect his vehicle's carpet... and when he couldn't find one, he decided to make one.
And so, in 1988, Bob Tyler designed the original custom fit cargo liner and set in motion one of today's most successful automotive accessory companies, Husky Liners®. The success of the cargo liner spawned many new innovations based on vehicle specific custom fit protection. Husky Liners® expanded its brand to include Custom Fit Front and Back Seat Floor Liners, Heavy Duty Floor Mats, Custom Molded Mud Guards, Aluminum Tailgates and Contractor Racks, Gear Box® Under Seat Storage Boxes, Husky Shield® Paint and Head Light Protection Film, Quad Caps™ Bed Rail Caps and a variety of other products to serve the automotive aftermarket. In the last 20 years Husky Liners® has grown to a 197,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution operation and become one of the automotive aftermarket's leading sources for custom fit floor and cargo liners as well as many other automotive aftermarket accessories.
Today Winfield Consumer Products, Inc / Husky Liners® is a privately held company, whose primary business consists of designing, manufacturing and supplying automotive accessories for light trucks, SUV's, vans and cars to the aftermarket. Husky Liners® believes that a clean, safe and efficient work environment results in the manufacturing of quality products by employees who care. Husky Liners® controls the entire process of its products, from product design, tooling and manufacturing to warehousing and distribution. Husky Liners® has a strong commitment to quality, customer service, financial strength and the well being of its employees.
Offering quality products and taking care of our customers has always been a top priority. Husky Liners® provides award winning customer service by combining our highly knowledge service staff and engineering teams to give our customers a level of service beyond the norm. Most Husky Liners® products are backed by a lifetime warranty and ship within 48 hours and as always all Husky Liners® products are designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
Steven Rinella, an avid outdoorsman, author and television host, explains the true love and meaning of hunting best in his recent article, Five Reasons Why Every Day Should Be National Hunting and Fishing Day. He outlines that both hunting and fishing teach us where our food comes from, teaches respect for the land, teaches us how to handle uncertainty and more.
Not only are we avid hunters, many of our customers love to hunt and fish as well. Below is one of our favorite stories sent in from a loyal customer.
"Hunting can be messy. I have a 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab and before I hated to clean my car after a weekend hunting trip so much that I often left it overnight because I was too tired. After my fourth detail job to get rid of the stains and smells my hunting equipment left behind, I decided to get some better floor mats. I just needed something to keep my shoes, and what fell off of them, off my carpet. That’s when I stumbled upon Husky Liners. I was really impressed with how snug they fit my truck and how good they looked in it.
On the first hunting trip with my new liners I went duck hunting. We had a pretty successful day and as we started to head back, it started raining. When we finally got to our trucks I quickly threw my shotgun, bird bag, and muddy clothes in the backseat floor and headed home. When I got home I tried to muster up some energy to start cleaning my truck but ended up falling asleep. In the morning, I took out the liners and noticed that no dirt had gotten on my carpets. All I had to do was rinse the liners with the hose and throw them back in. It was so easy. I was so happy with my liners that I went out and got some Husky Custom Molded Mud Guards to keep the outside of my truck cleaner too."
At Husky Liners®, we were founded on the principles of making life easier and less messy so you can do the things you love without worrying about ruining your vehicle.
So, Happy National Hunting and Fishing Day from Husky Liners® Get out there, Get Dirty and let us worry about the dirt, mud and mess, so you don't have to!
Leave us a comment and tell us your messy hunting and fishing stories. We would love to hear about what you love to do!
So you’ve made your decision – you are going to buy some Husky Liners® products. Now – where do you get them? Well, there are several ways to find out where to buy our interior and exterior protection products; including floor mats for cars, floor mats for trucks, custom mud flaps for trucks and more.
1. Dealer Locator
Visit our Dealer Locator section on www.huskyliners.com and type in your zip code.
We have over 30,000 dealer locations across the US and Canada. Using our Dealer Locator is a great way to find several dealers right down the street from you, support local business and get Husky Liners® products quickly. You can select products from our Shop For Your Vehicle tool and supply your local dealer with the products and part numbers.
2. Web search
Type Husky Liners into your web browser. There are hundreds of e-commerce businesses that carry Husky Liners® products. These companies will ship almost anywhere – including right to your front door.
3. Call Husky Liners® Customer Service
Need help selecting products, finding a dealer or learning more about Husky Liners®? Our friendly Customer Service Representatives have the answers for you; get in touch with them today: 800.344.8759.
4. E-mail us
Don’t have time to call? Have Questions? Use the Contact Us email form on www.huskyliners.com. We’ll respond quickly to your needs and questions – heck, we’ve even been known to respond on a Sunday. Seriously, check out the story here. If you want to place an order with us, however, you will need to call our Customer Service Representatives at 800.344.8759.
No matter how or where you choose to buy your Husky Liners® - local dealers, ecommerce dealers and Husky Liners® Customer Service Representatives are here to help you with the products that are right for you and your vehicle.
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