Auto Service: Why You Need to Maintain Your Car

Welcome to my blog. My name is Ken. One day, I was driving home from work when the engine in my car failed. While I waited for the recovery truck to arrive, I realised I didn’t have a clue what went on underneath the bonnet of my car. I signed up for an auto service course at my local community college, so I could gain the skills I needed to properly maintain my car and repair it if something when wrong while I was on the road. I wanted to start a blog to pass on these skills to other people so that they can look after their automobiles.

How to control the emissions released by your vehicle


If you are environmentally conscious, you're probably aware of the hazardous effects of vehicle emissions. Cars that release a lot of smoke from the exhaust pipe typically increase the concentration of pollutants such as hydrocarbons in the air. These gases contain a mixture of solid and gas particles that become suspended in the air and reduce the quality of breathable air.

Indeed, vehicle emissions have been shown to result in smog in the atmosphere. In addition, the micro-particles can be inhaled and cause asthma, lung disease and various forms of cancer after repeated exposure.

What causes heavy vehicle emissions?

Your vehicle can give off heavy emissions if it is experiencing engine or transmission issues. You will find that older cars may have worn-out engines that have become clogged with debris over the years. As you rev your engine, these particles are released through the exhaust system.

Internal combustion engines typically result in the release of greenhouse gases such as methane, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. All these gases can impact the environment and your health in different ways. For example, carbon monoxide is known to be poisonous if you're overexposed.

Controlling emissions from your vehicle

Recently, there have been several governmental regulations aimed at reducing the emissions released by vehicles. For example, vehicle manufacturers are typically required to design engines that don't emit any hydrocarbons or to eliminate methane from hydrocarbon emissions.

In addition to these regulations, there are several steps that you can take to limit the emissions released by your vehicle.

Have your engine regularly inspected

Ignoring engine problems is one of the most common causes of emissions problems. Make sure your vehicle is regularly taking in for auto servicing to ensure the engine is functioning correctly. An effective engine operates in a clean and efficient manner.

Avoid revving the engine

Revving the engine is another common cause of vehicle emissions. You should avoid engine revving, especially when driving in the city. Revving simply exerts pressure on the engine and results in the release of gases and debris from the exhaust pipe.

Keep your air filters clean

Your engine contains air filters that are meant to trap dirt, debris and other foreign objects as the engine is running. If the air filters become clogged, the engine will end up releasing this debris into the atmosphere via the exhaust system. Replace your air filters regularly.

Avoid over-fuelling

While having a full tank of fuel may feel good, overfilling the tank can actually make the fuel more difficult to combust. As a result, your vehicle may use too much energy to attempt to draw fuel from the tank.


27 April 2018