The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on June 6, 1976 · Page 36
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The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana · Page 36

Kalispell, Montana
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Sunday, June 6, 1976
Page 36
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D--2 Sunday, June 6, 1976 The Daily Inter Lake, Kalispell, Montana Emission tests save $20-125 a year in gas By KOCER STREf.OW i. 1 .!?. Environingnul ProU'rtion Agent 1 )- ·-- A?eirl*nt AdminiACnUor for Air and Waste Management Motorists could save between $20 and $25 in gasoline costs each year by having their auto emission control equipment regularly inspected and maintained. Some motorists are already realizing these kinds ol savings. Since 1972, New Jersey has operated an inspection and maintenance tl/M) program in connection with an annual safety inspection. Chicago; Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio; Portland, Oregon, and Riverside and Los Angeles, California are also now conducting some type of I/M program. : These last several programs were or- 1 dered by the U.S. Environmental Pro-ii ..· lection Agency as part of larger air; ?* clean-up plans for these seriously pol-l? luted areas. || I/M can have benefits beyond gasoline savings. U results in more efficient running vehicles. In some areas, it could mean numerous employment opportunities for qualified mechanics. Most im- Mr. Sirdo* portantly, from EPA's point of view, I/M makes city air more breathable. The areas now affected . by I/M (and there are 21 other regions that also ought to have this program in effect) need the additional amount of air cleanup provided simply to protect public health from the grossest hazards: respiratory ailments, the aggravation of heart disease, and increased death rates. What !ludir.s 4iuts Studies have shown that all other controls in these areas -- industrial, municipal and new cars replacing old cars -- are by themselves not enough to achieve health protecting levels. I/M does provide cleaner air. New Jersey estimates that iU carbon monoxide pollution has declined 13 percent since its program began.-Other auto related pollutants in the state are also decreas ing. For the other areas affected by I/M, this kind of improvement cannot be as easily cited since their programs have not been in e f f e c t as long as New Jersey's. The annual cost to the motorist o£ an I/M program now varies between $1 and $5 per year either in additional registration fees or payments at the inspection site. At this time, four out of five cars have been passing the New Jersey test, and repair costs for those that haven't have averaged between S30 and $35. Tailored to need? A large amount of leeway is provided states and localities by EPA in setting up I/M programs tailored to their particular needs and resources. For example, I/M may be run separately or along with a safety inspection; state-owned, contractor operated, or commercial inspection sites may be used; maintenance of emission controls may be initially introduced as a voluntary measure; pass- fail standards may vary somewhat, and two basic testing methods may be employed. . The quality of mechanical work done in I/M is obviously critical to consumer acceptance of the program. In this regard, EPA and the VS. Department oj Health, Education and Welfare have available $100,000 in matching grants for five states (New York, Pennsylvania, California, Oregon and Arizona) to train instructors who will then train mechanics in the proper maintenance and repair of emission control hardware. These states were selected on the basis of their readiness to implement I/M. More lo participate With Federal and local cooperation, the future should see more motorists obtaining a regular I/M checkup. It will benefit their car, in most cases their pocketboolc, and above all their health. Other regions under an EPA requirement to institute I/M programs are: Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts; New York; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Washington, 0.C.; Baltimore; Indianapolis; Houston; San Antonio; Denver; Salt Lake City: Phoenix, Tucson; San Francisco; San Diego; Sacramento; Fresno (California); Seattle; Spokane; and Fairbanks, Alaska. Thorough tune-up best Belter gasoline mileage, more pep, surer starting are all benefits to be derived from an engine tune- up. But to get the maximum the service offers, Champion Spark Plug Company suggests the motorist should become acquainted with what a good tune-up is and insist on receiving all ingredients. Before having a tune-up performed, make sure that the engine is in condition to benefit. The engine should be in generally good mechanical condition, critical parts lubricated, the cooling system and exhaust functioning. An engine with burned valves, worn or damaged piston rings cannot be tuned properly until worn or damaged parts are repaired. So it is important that cylinder balance and compression checks be performed to help detect any serious malfunctions. Ignition system Basics of any tune-up include changing of spark plugs and paints and condenser in cars so equipped. Some cars have electronic ignition without points and condenser. Checking all ignition components Is recommended and If replacement of items that come in sets (such as plugs and plug wires) becomes necessary, then change the whole set. Installing one or two plugs or wires is false economy since if several units need replacing then their mates will probably wear out soon. . Curburction The carburetor, which delivers the proper mixture of air and fuel to the intake manifold, should be checked for leaks in the gasket area. Excessive dirt and varnish, improper choke and faulty linkage also ate possible carburetor defects. Related areas such as fuel pump, air filter, fuel line and fuel filter should be checked as part of the tune-up procedure. Emission runtro] system Various emission control devices have been introduced into cars to the past few years. Each of these devices must be checked to make sure it is properly functioning for best performance, dependability, economy and reduced exhaust emissions. Don't wait Buy your car another gallon, better mileage by the box. With the price of gas what it is, every gallon counts. So here's something you should be glad to hear. By simply replacing your car's worn spark (Slugs with a fresh set of Champions, you can help improve your mileage. In fact, we're doing a series of tests all over the country on cars just like yours. The test results show that, overwhelmingly, there's a definite improvement in mileage. And there's no quicker, easier or less expensive way to get better mileage than going with a fresh set of Champion .spark plugs. Buying a box of better mileage wherever you see the Champion sign is what's known as making your gas money go farther. Filler up with Champions

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