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PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT BY TUNING-UP CAR

 PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT BY TUNING-UP CAR
 METAIRIE, La., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Most environmentalists


probably wish that Henry Ford had never invented the car.
 Cars and other transportation sources generate approximately 70 percent of all carbon monoxide, 50 percent of all nitrogen oxide and 30 percent of all hydrocarbons in the air, each of which is a serious pollutant.
 What's worse, poorly tuned engines can pit out up to 800 times the nocuous emissions of properly maintained ones. Yet, most consumers fail to have the routine maintenance performed which will alleviate the problem. It is estimated that more than $47 billion worth of preventative maintenance and service goes unperformed each year.
 Consumers looking to make a difference in today's environmentally charged world probably should start by having their cars' engines tuned.
 "Having your car's engine tuned is one of the easiest and most effective ways consumers can help the environment," said Kevin Bennett, executive vice president of Speedee Oil Change & Tune-Up, a national chain of preventative automotive maintenance service centers. "It also improves performance and gas mileage and prevents costly breakdowns."
 According to Speedee Oil Change & Tune-Up, car owners can take several other steps to minimize their car's effect on the environment.
 Recycle used oil. Many quick oil change outlets, like Speedee Oil Change & Tune-Up, recycle the used motor oil taken from customers' cars through local haulers. If you change the oil yourself, be sure to dispose of it properly.
 Fix air conditioner leaks. Air conditioners are a major source of chlorofluorocarbons, which deplete the earth's ozone layer. If your air conditioner isn't working properly, have it checked immediately for leaks.
 Inflate tires to proper levels. It is estimated that 4.2 million gallons of gasoline per day are wasted due to improperly inflated tires.
 Submit to emissions checks. In many areas, emission checks are a necessary part of every auto inspection. If your area does not require emissions checks, this simple service will not only tell you of your car is a source of pollution, but also may point out engine problems that will become costly to repair if left unattended.
 Fix oil and radiator leaks. One quart of motor oil can ruin the taste of a million gallons of drinking water. Have oil and radiator leaks plugged as soon as they become evident.
 Use synthetic motor oil. The use of synthetic motor oil was originally promoted during the energy crisis of 1973. Synthetic motor oil reduces America's dependence on foreign oil and conserves fossil fuels.
 Clean your fuel delivery system. This will reduce exhaust emissions and improve gas mileage.
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 /CONTACT: Arthur Yahn of Nichol & Company, 212-889-6401, for Speedee Oil Change & Tune Up/ CO: Speedee Oil Change & Tune Up ST: Louisiana IN: AUT SU:


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