Keeping cars and trucks running that way through effective vehicle maintenance is one of the most important steps motorists can take to control their fuel costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Wilmington, MA (PRWEB) October 1, 2008
To help consumers save money at the pump and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Bill Dube Hyundai will provide a free Green Checkup at routine service appointments or during a promotional multi-point inspection.
This is part of a national campaign launched by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) designed to help consumers keep their vehicles running green by improving fuel economy and reducing tailpipe emissions.
"Today's vehicles are the safest, most reliable and most fuel-efficient ever made," said Scott Dube, owner of Bill Dube Hyundai in Wilmington, MA. "Keeping cars and trucks running that way through effective vehicle maintenance is one of the most important steps motorists can take to control their fuel costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions."
Consumers can save money and energy--and wear and tear on their vehicles--with proper care and maintenance. Dealerships can help make sure your vehicle stays in top condition. Here are the items that most affect fuel economy:
1. Motor oil. Top off and change oil as necessary with manufacturer-recommended grade, "energy conserving" motor oils. Doing so can improve fuel economy by up to 2 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Replacing conventional oils with synthetics may offer even greater fuel economy benefits.
2. Air filters. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve a vehicle's gas mileage by up to 10 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Make sure you change your air filter at the end of its recommended life span.
3. Engine performance. Enhance fuel economy performance by having engines tuned and spark plugs replaced according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule. A single misfiring spark plug can cut fuel economy by up to 4 percent, according to the EPA.
4. Brakes. Improperly maintained brakes can result in unwanted drag. This unnecessary resistance can have the same effect as driving with a foot on the brake pedal: a dramatic drop in fuel economy.
5. Warning lights for "Service Engine Soon" or "Check Engine." Ignoring these indicators may result in poor fuel economy performance and require expensive repairs. For example, a warning light may indicate a faulty oxygen sensor is sending more fuel to the engine than necessary, which can result in a 40 percent fuel economy decline. A warning light could also indicate a faulty thermostat, which can prevent a cold engine from reaching its normal operating temperature resulting the unnecessary injection of fuel.
6. Tire wear. Replacing worn tires with a manufacturer-recommended size and style can save hundreds of dollars a year. To improve fuel economy performance, consider low rolling-resistance replacement tires.
7. Tire inflation pressure. Keeping tires inflated to at least the manufacturer-recommended pressure can improve fuel economy by up to 3 percent, according to the EPA. Under-inflated tires more energy to roll, meaning more fill-ups.
8. Unnecessary items that add weight to the vehicle. Unnecessary weight lowers fuel economy; remove heavy items from your trunk and back seat.
9. Evaporative emission controls. Poorly operating evaporative emission controls can fail to capture gasoline vapors and recycle them to the fuel tank. Faulty controls waste gas and degrade air quality.
10. Transmission. Properly operating modern transmissions and drive components are critical to vehicle fuel economy performance. Routinely check proper fluid levels and system operation.
Fore more information, visit billdubehyundai.com. or http://www.GreenDrivingUSA.com
Contact: Scott Dube
Phone: 978-253-0155 X 105
Email: scott @ billdube.com