Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Emission Control Maintenance

Everyone knows the reasons behind having vehicle emission’s testing and many have failed their emissions test because they did not do proper maintenance for their emission controls system.

There are several measures you can take to ensure that your vehicle’s emission controls system is running as it should keep in mind the following  areas.

The first way would be to bring your vehicle in to your local dealership or car repair shop for regular checkups, check your owner’s manual for information as to what parts of your emission control system is covered by the warranty and how much time is on that warranty. If your city or county has emission testing site you can bring your vehicle there for an inspection as well. By maintaining your vehicle’s emission controls system you will be able to improve your fuel efficiency by six or seven percent.

You should never remove or disable any part of your vehicle’s emission control system, besides being illegal you are going to amplify the emissions being created by your vehicle as well as greatly reducing the over all performance of your vehicle.

If you are doing regular maintenance of your vehicle’s emission control system and it still does not pass an emissions test have the catalytic converter checked by bringing it in for a diagnosis of the vehicles engine and emission system. More so then not any catalytic converter problem will come from the engine management system. Make sure that if you actually do need to replace your catalytic converter that is it meets the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements.

Create a check list as to remind yourself of what maintenance you can do to your vehicle to reduce emissions and save on fuel

Always follow the guidelines of your vehicle’s owner manual when it comes to a regularly doing scheduled maintenance.

Always keep your maintenance records, in having this information you can use these records as proof that you maintained your vehicle properly. You will be able to get more money when it comes time for a trade in or selling it on your own.

Have your emission control system inspected regularly to prevent having a failed emissions test done.

Always use a high quality gas cap and make sure your tires are properly inflated at all times.

Check for any wear and tear on your belts and hoses and check your air conditioning system for leaks.

Always change your fuel filters and air filters when you change your oil as recommended by your owner’s manual.

Check your transmission fluid and radiator coolant on a regular basis.

Replace the PCV value and the breather elements as suggested by your owner’s manual or as needed.

By maintaining your vehicles emissions control system you will benefit by reducing air pollution, have improved vehicle performance, a longer life to your vehicle, higher resale value along with helping you save your money by avoiding vehicle breakdowns.

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  1. I am so tired of failing the emissions test thanks for the information I am sure I won't fail this time around.

  2. Just goes to show you if you take care of your car you won't have the issues

  3. I know emission tests are a necessary evil but the whole system is a pain