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FORD OFFERS DRIVE GREEN TIPS

 FORD OFFERS DRIVE GREEN TIPS
 DEARBORN, Mich., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- As Americans become more


and more aware of the need to respect the environment, they are constantly looking for ways in which they can make a difference.
 But one obvious place they may not have looked may be right in their driveway or garage.
 According to John King, parts and service engineering manager for Ford Parts and Service Division, doing the little things on the family vehicle can have a big impact on improving the environment.
 "It's amazing how much we can do to make our cars friendly to the environment," King said. "On a very large scale, the company and our dealers are taking steps to reduce tailpipe emissions and to recycle and eventually eliminate chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in order to protect the ozone layer. But there are steps each of us can take individually that, while certainly on a smaller scale, can have an impact."
 The Environmental Protection Agency has said that if people properly maintain their vehicles, and don't tamper with the emissions control system, tailpipe emissions could be reduced by 25 percent.
 King suggests the following steps be observed to assure that every car on the road is environmentally friendly:
 -- Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for scheduled maintenance including oil and filter change intervals (fresh oil reduces vehicle pollution and contributes to improved fuel economy); type of oil used (high-quality oils reduce engine sludging and improve fuel economy); air filter replacement (promotes fuel economy); spark plug replacement (to maximize engine efficiency); and tire inflation pressure (improves fuel economy and maximizes tire life).
 -- Drive in a responsible manner in order to avoid excess gas consumption, avoiding "jack rabbit" starts, prolonged periods of idling and speeds in excess of posted levels.
 -- For the do-it-yourselfer, dispose of batteries, used oil and other vehicle fluids (coolant, transmission and brake fluid) through recycling centers.
 -- Combine trips to save both time and money.
 -- Follow maintenance instructions in the Owner Guide for proper care of the air-conditioning system. For example, typically, the air conditioning needs to be operated periodically, even in the winter, to circulate lubricants and to prevent the drying and cracking of seals which could lead to the leakage of CFCs. Also, when the air- conditioning system requires service, make sure to take the car to a service facility that uses refrigerant recycling equipment to minimize release of CFCs to the environment.
 -- Use gasoline with detergent additives designed to keep fuel injectors clean. Companies that add detergents usually advertise this fact.
 -- If your Owner Guide recommends 5W30 motor oil for your engine and climate, use it on a regular basis -- it can provide a small fuel economy benefit over 10W30 motor oil.
 -- Have fluid leaks -- power steering, cooling, oil, brake or transmission -- repaired immediately to prevent unwanted release to the environment.
 -- Keep all vehicle fluids at recommended levels for efficient operation.
 -- Use the air-conditioning system only as required -- it can decrease fuel economy up to 1.5 miles per gallon.
 -- Don't tamper with the emission control system.
 "These recommendations may seem insignificant, but taken together they can make a difference," King added. "The auto industry has made a greater contribution toward reducing emissions than any other industry, and if more consumers can join this battle, even greater successes can be obtained."
 King said that compared with cars built in the early 1970s, today's new cars emit 96 percent fewer hydrocarbons, 96 percent less carbon monoxide and 76 percent fewer nitrogen oxides. He added that pre-1983 vehicles, while accounting for 43 percent of the miles traveled in the U.S., produce about 84 percent of the pollution.
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 /CONTACT: Kathryn Blackwell of Ford, 313-594-2880/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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