Maintaining Your Car – Good for Your Wallet, Better for the Environment

Maintaining Your Car – Good for Your Wallet, Better for the Environment


DANBURY, Conn., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ — According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it’s likely your single highest contribution to pollution is driving a car. Motor vehicles are a large contributor to ground-level ozone, a major component of smog. Additionally, some automobile emissions can contribute to environmental problems such as acid rain and global warming.

By keeping your car properly maintained, you can help improve fuel economy, and proper maintenance may mean less traffic congestion due to breakdowns. Plus, a well-tuned car emits less pollution than a poorly-maintained car. So, to help do your part for your car and the environment, here are some key tune-up tips from Honeywell Consumer Products Group (CPG):

Reduce Misfires – Old, dirty and worn spark plugs are prone to misfires and can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent. The proper installation of new spark plugs will reduce or eliminate misfires. Honeywell CPG recommends using a premium brand designed to maintain performance over the life of the plug, like Autolite Double Platinum spark plugs. These plugs are 30 percent more durable than the average of leading competitors and the

platinum-to-platinum firing offers virtually no gap erosion.

Prevent Engine Overheating – Cooling system maintenance is also extremely important in helping the engine run efficiently. Its main function is to prevent overheating and corrosion, which can cause the engine to work harder and emit more pollution. Many drivers may feel a little intimidated about purchasing antifreeze/coolant but if the system gets neglected, the repair or replacement of water pumps, radiators and other cooling system parts can be costly. To make the decision easier, Honeywell offers an all makes all models formula called Prestone Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant. It is compatible with ANY antifreeze/coolant – regardless of color – for use in ANY make or model car or light duty truck and it is the number one selling antifreeze/coolant on the US market today.

Change the Air Filter – Replacing a dirty and clogged air filter can also make a difference. Regular checking and replacement of air filters helps protect your engine from excessive wear and helps improve gas mileage. Research from the U.S. Department of Energy suggests that changing an air filter when clogged can improve gas mileage by up to 10 percent. If you often find yourself in excessive stop and go traffic, consider a more durable filter such as the Fram Tough Guard air filter. This filter is constructed with advanced features to help protect your engine under tough driving conditions.

Honeywell CPG also suggests motorists avoid excessive idling, which can reduce fuel efficiency, as well as check to ensure tires are properly inflated.

These simple enhancements to your car will help ensure that you are getting more gasoline for your money while also cutting back on emissions. For more information, visit

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Maintaining Your Car – Good for Your Wallet, Better for the Environment