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WrenchPatrol's Top 10 Ways To Make Your Car Greener... And Save Money!

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INCREASING FUEL EFFICIENCY = LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINT:


  1. 1.) Change your fuel cap

– the seals on gas caps can go bad, meaning that gasoline is evaporating right into the atmosphere

  1. 2.) Remove excess weight from your car

– if you still have kitty litter, sand, or other tools for winter driving, your car has to work harder to accelerate, and burns much more fuel.

  1. 3.) Lead foot Larry (Speeding and Aggressive Driving)

  2. – Most cars lose fuel efficiency over 90km/hr at a rate of about $0.07 per litre for every 10km/hr over. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) can also reduce fuel economy by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

  3. 4.) Replace dirty spark plugs

– a dirty spark plug doesn’t fire as well, resulting in wasted fuel that enters the environment.

  1. 5.) Replace your engine’s air filter

– a clogged air filter can also lower your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by up to 10%!

  1. 6.) Keep your car tuned for optimal performance

– minor tuning can save you 10% in fuel while serious tuning repairs (like a faulty oxygen sensor) can save you up to 40%.

  1. 7.) Make sure your tires are properly inflated

– improperly inflated tires can increase your fuel consumption by up to 5%. Make sure to adhere to your tires recommended pressure specifications.

  1. 8.) Plan your route and give yourself enough time

– preplanning helps you avoid getting lost resulting in longer distances travelled. People also have a tendency to speed when they are behind schedule.

  1. 9.) Use recycled “Green Oil” in your engine

– New high performance oils are on the market that are made from recycled oil blended with synthetic oil

  1. 10.) Use your air conditioning only when needed


    GAS PUMPING TIPS:

  • Fill up your car during the coolest times of the day

– higher temperatures mean that the gasoline you’re pumping is partially going straight into the atmosphere.

  • Don’t squeeze the trigger to the fastest setting

– pumping at a higher velocity results in more of your gas becoming vapor, which the pump is designed to suck back into the underground tank. Pumping at a lower velocity means you’ll get more gas for your money and less fuel will escape into the air.

  • Fill up when you’re only at HALF

– as your gas tank drops below half-full, it becomes easier for the remaining gas to evaporate. Plus, with all of the impurities in gas these days, the lower your gas level, the better the chance that those impurities that have settled in your tank will stir up and get burned up with the fuel, meaning more pollutants in the atmosphere.

avoid gas stations where the gasoline truck is pumping into storage

– like in the point above, the gas truck adding new fuel to the underground tanks is probably stirring up the impurities that had settled to the bottom. Adding those to your tank increases that chance that that dirt and grime will get burned and put into the air.


Questions to ask your mechanic:

What is the most important thing I should do to my car to make sure I’m doing my part to protect the environment?
If my car emits a lot of exhaust, does this mean there’s something wrong with it?
Is the refrigerant in my car environmentally friendly and if not, what should I do?
Where can I take my used oil, oil filter and other fluids for recycling?
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