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Your car’s emission system keeps the engine running cleanly and efficiently in all sorts of operating conditions, and keeping it in proper working condition can save money and protect the environment, according to the Car Care Council.

Emission systems control a vehicle’s emissions, exhaust and pollutants using an array of sensors, computerized engine controls and the exhaust components. They substantially reduce harmful gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), unburned hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and prevent harmful gasoline vapors from escaping at the fuel tank.

A flashing light indicates a current problem with the emission system that may require immediate attention. Failure to do so can reduce your mileage per gallon of fuel or cause your vehicle to pollute.

Typical causes of wear and tear on emission systems include:

  • Driving and atmospheric conditions
  • Mileage
  • Vehicle age
  • Type of spark plug electrode material
  • Maintenance history
  • Spark plug condition
  • Bad fuel
  • Damaged or worn sensors

‘Good fuel economy and low emissions are important for an efficiently operating engine,’ said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. ‘A properly maintained emission system is a key part of that equation. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for specific recommendations on how to care for your car’s emission system.’

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