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Greening Up Your Old Vehicle

 

Many people have older vehicles that have served them well throughout the years. The only problem may be that these cars are not environmentally friendly like a new car would be. Despite this sticking point, your cherished car may be worth holding on to.

 

Various automobile manufacturers have revealed some interesting statistics regarding carbon dioxide emissions and their eco friendly car offerings. Much of these CO2 emissions occur during the manufacturing and transportation phases of car production. This means that any vehicle may not be green enough, and you may be able to create a DIY car that is as environmentally friendly as a newer vehicle.

 

Doing things like turning off lights when you leave a room, recycling, switching to reusable bags, and composting will promote environmental friendliness. The good news is that there are some DIY car updates that can be implemented as well. Your vehicle updates may even lead to beneficial financial savings.

 

A trip to a trusted automobile body shop may be a great way to begin your eco friendly car additions. You should have the mechanic install new spark plugs and make sure that the oxygen sensor is in proper working order. If your exhaust system or catalytic converter is working efficiently, this would be a good time to replace these components as well.

 

Clogged air filters are a common source of negative emissions, and replacing them regularly will make a big difference in terms of pollutants that are released into the environment. Clean air filters also promote better gas mileage and this may lead to a significant financial savings for you. If you are comfortable changing the filters yourself, you may save money this way as well.

 

Having a clean and unclogged fuel filter is another important component of making sure that your DIY car is as environmentally friendly as possible. Like air filter changes, this is a maintenance issue that may be handled by a mechanic or by the vehicle owner.

 

Your next routine oil change can be the start of making your automobile more environmentally friendly especially if you are using traditional motor oil options. Switching to synthetic oils that have energy-conserving compounds would be highly recommended. These products should be clearly labeled with wording from the American Petroleum Institute, whether purchased by a company or directly by you as the consumer.

 

Another way to create an eco friendly car is in how you keep it clean. Instead of using harsh cleaning products or going to a car wash that may use similar products, you can make your own biodegradable automobile cleaner. Not only will this cost less, you can feel good about doing your part to preserve and promote a clean environment.

 

You can use an environmentally friendly dishwashing liquid for the basis of your cleaner, and this should be combined with one or two cups of similarly formulated powder laundry detergent. Once these ingredients are mixed with three gallons of water, you have a convenient way to wash your car without adding any pollutants to your surroundings.

 

Your older car probably lacks the freshness of a newer vehicle, but you can freshen things without using chemicals as well. Creating your own car freshener may give you more options than the typical offerings scented with pine. Any scrap piece of fabric or cardboard may form the basis of your DIY car freshener, and the shapes you cut out just need to be soaked in an essential oil of your choosing. Keeping tabs on all your easy and innovative updates can keep you driving in eco friendly style.     This information was provided by Adam Ray for David Stanley Ford.

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