Vehicle maintenance can save you money!
A good way to help keep your vehicle operating efficiently is by following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. A well maintained vehicle – including regular oil changes and proper tire inflation – is going to use less fuel, which will save you money at the gas pump.
Reduction in emissions of smog causing pollutants means better air quality
Vehicle emissions have a negative impact on health and can cause respiratory illness, heart disease, and cancer. Smog irritates the lungs and causes problems for people with asthma and bronchitis. According to the Ontario Medical Association, smog is responsible for 9,500 premature deaths in Ontario every year. Air quality has a significant impact on our health and environment. Every effort to help reduce air pollution makes a difference and helps improve the air we breathe.
In addition to regular maintenance, there are many simple ways to help reduce vehicle emissions, including:
- Limit idling while in your vehicle
- Make sure the gas cap is securely tightened after refueling
- Drive less by combining trips, carpooling, walking, biking, or using public transit
Don’t dread the check engine light!
The “Check Engine” light, also known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is an important vehicle control function that is an indication of a potential issue with the vehicle’s emissions system.
|The MIL can identify a loose or missing gas cap; which wastes fuel and contributes to smog, or engine misfire; which can lead to severe or permanent engine damage.|
When the MIL is illuminated, the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic (OBD) system has detected an emissions-related malfunction and is not running at peak efficiency. The vehicle may have a condition that could decrease fuel economy, cause excessive emissions, or shorten engine life. If left unaddressed, the condition could worsen or lead to increasingly expensive repairs.
The first step is to make sure the gas cap is not loose or missing. If the light does not go out after a few short trips following gas cap tightening or replacement, a diagnostic and service should be performed by a qualified repair technician. If the MIL blinks or flashes, the OBD system has detected a more serious issue and should be serviced as soon as possible.
Check for warranty coverage
One final and important reminder: Each manufacturer may have different warranty coverage, so be sure to check the vehicle owner’s warranty manual for emissions control systems warranties.