All vehicles, new or old, require regular maintenance to operate at their optimum emission levels. Check your owner's manual to determine exactly what should be done and how often, since many newer vehicles require less frequent maintenance than older vehicles. Additionally, be aware of maintenance requirements under the manufacturer's warranty.
Performing regular tune-ups is the best way to keep your car or truck running efficiently. Typically, a tune-up might include the replacement of the air filter, fuel filter, hoses, belts, spark plugs, oil filter and other fluids. Additionally, items that should be checked and/or replaced regularly throughout the life of your vehicle include: tires, fuel injection system, brakes, transmission and the emission control systems.
The improper functioning of any of these parts or systems can result in loss of fuel economy. The use of more fuel than necessary or improper fuel combustion will lead to additional emissions coming from your vehicle.
You can significantly reduce pollution from your car or truck by driving less; improving your driving habits; making sure your vehicle is well-maintained; and, if you’re thinking of buying a used vehicle, making sure its emission-control system is running properly.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
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