Engine efficiency and emission levels go hand-in-hand with today’s modern vehicles. Improved engine designs, computerized engine management and controlled fuel metering all contribute to reducing the hazardous substances that our cars emit into our atmosphere. These improvements also provide reliable power, economy, and performance.
Numerous advanced technologies are present in your vehicle to actively reduce the number of harmful emissions leaving through the exhaust of your engine. Secondary air injection, EGR valves, and catalytic converters all play a significant role in reducing the levels of harmful toxins. Having a properly functioning fuel delivery system helps to keep your engine run cleanly and efficiently.
Dirty fuel injectors and other fuel system components can cause numerous problems for the performance of your engine. These include a lean fuel mixture, misfires, rough idle, higher carbon emissions (bad for the environment) and poor fuel economy.
One of the most critical components for controlling exhaust emissions is the oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensor measures the amount of oxygen present in your vehicle’s exhaust and sends a signal to your vehicle’s engine management system. The onboard computer can then adjust the air/fuel mixture to ensure optimum performance with the lowest emissions. Worn oxygen sensors do not operate to their full capacity and therefore send the wrong signal to the onboard computer system. Neglected sensors can cause serious and expensive damage to your vehicle’s catalytic converter along with poor emissions and fuel economy. Most manufacturers recommend replacement anywhere between 50,000-90,000kms.
A properly maintained vehicle not only runs better but is also more fuel efficient thereby saving you money and reduced harm to the environment. Regularly scheduled maintenance combined with diagnostic and emission control testing will help prevent early component failure, ensuring that your engine runs to the manufacturer’s specifications.