AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Keep Your Car Properly Tuned
A well-tuned car can run 4% more efficiently than one that is out or tune or has failed its emissions test.
According to the Car Care Council, regular tune-ups, maintenance, and having clean air filters will help your car pollute less and burn less gas. Getting a tune-up can improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent. Simply changing the car’s air filter can improve efficiency by 10 percent. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve gas mileage by as much as 40 percent.
Maintain and repair your car as outlined in the council’s Car Care Guide. The guide helps drivers understand their car, the care it needs, and when it needs it and why.
The Car Care Council also suggest the following 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?