April 26, 2007

Be Car Care Aware shares tips for environmental maintenance

Toronto, Ontario – Be Car Care Aware has released some tips for maintaining a vehicle to keep it as environmentally friendly as possible. The company says that besides helping the environment, a properly maintained and operated vehicle runs more efficiently and economically, is safer and should last up to 50 per cent longer.

The tips include:

  • Keep your engine tuned. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 per cent. Follow the service schedules listed in the owner’s manual.
  • Replace filters and fluids as recommended. A clogged air filter causes an engine to work harder and become less fuel efficient; replacing it could improve mileage by as much as 10 per cent.
  • Check tires for proper inflation and wheels for correct alignment. Improper inflation may reduce fuel mileage by as much as 15 per cent, and reduce the life of your tires by 15 per cent or more.
  • Do-it-yourselfers should dispose of used motor oil, antifreeze, coolant, tires and old batteries properly. Many repair facilities accept these items, and many are now recycled. Never dump used fluids on the ground, in the sewage system or in streams.
  • Keep your air conditioner in top condition and have it serviced only by a technician certified to handle and recycle refrigerants. Use air conditioning only when necessary; it can reduce fuel economy by 10 to 20 per cent.
  • Observe speed limits. Driving aggressively on the highway can lower fuel mileage by 33 per cent.

  • Remove excess items from the vehicle, including from the roof rack. An extra 50 kg in the trunk may cut fuel mileage by 2 per cent.

For more information, visit CarCareCanada.ca.

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