Tips & Info

Helping the Environment ? Tuning Your Car

Auto fitness and proper car care is definitely a win-win situation. Besides helping the environment, a properly maintained and operated vehicle will run more efficiently, will be safer and will last longer - up to 50% longer, according to a survey of ASE - certified Master Auto Technicians. The following tips should put you on the road to better auto fitness and environmentally conscious car care.

Keeping Your Engine Tuned

A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%. Follow the service schedules listed in your owner's manual or ask a Auto Specialist for advice. One of the most important factors for long engine life is timely oil changes with the right oil for your driving habits. Replace filters and fluids as recommended.

Check Your Tires For Proper Inflation

Underinflation wastes fuel - your engine has to work harder to push the vehicle. Wheels that are out-of-line (as evidenced by uneven tread wear or vehicle pulling) make the engine work harder too. Properly maintained tires will last longer, and this means that fewer scrap tires will have to be disposed of in the year.

Keep Your Air Conditioner in Top Performance

Have it serviced only by a technician certified competent to handle/recycle refrigerants. Air conditioners contain CFCs - gases that have been implicated in the depletion of the ozone layer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, almost one third of the CFCs released into the atmosphere come from mobile air conditioners; some simply leaks out, but the majority escapes during service and repair - so its important that you choose a qualified and legal technician.

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