Tuesday , 21 November 2017
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Keeping Your Vehicle in Tune with the Environment: Part One

By Economy Transmission of McKinney

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 environmentally conscious car care:

  • Keep 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. Replace filters and fluids as recommended.
     
  • Check your tires for proper inflation. Under inflation 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, meaning fewer scrap tires have to be disposed.
     
  • Keep your air conditioner in top condition and 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 it’s important to choose a qualified technician.
     
  • Do-it-yourselfers: dispose of used motor oil, anti-freeze/coolant, tires, and old batteries properly. Many repair facilities accept these items. Or, call your local municipal or county government for recycling sites. Never dump used oil or anti-freeze on the ground or in open streams.

Check back right here on the McKinney Marketplace on Monday, May 21st for more tips on how to keep your vehicle in tune with the environment!

Economy Transmission of McKinney is a full-service preventive maintenance and auto repairs center in the McKinney, TX 75069 area, specializing in Car Care Services, General Services, Undercar Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Electrical Services, Transmission Services, Electronic Services, Internal Engine Services and Heavy-Duty Services since 1988.

Check out our TSB Profile Page or contact us at  972-562-8500 to let us know how we can help you!

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