SERVING ENGLEWOOD AND DENVER, COLORADO
At Auto Lab, we don’t just act as stewards of your car, we try to be stewards of the planet, too. Responsible car ownership means taking into account the impact your car has on the environment, and trying to minimize that impact.
Let Auto Lab in Englewood help you make your car as environmentally friendly as possible. If you have questions about our eco-friendly practices, schedule an appointment or call us.
A Well-Tuned Car Is an Environmentally-Friendly Car
One of the first things we do to reduce the impact of your car on the environment is to tune it up to its optimal function. A properly running car is more efficient and runs cleaner.
A poorly tuned engine is going to burn less cleanly, increasing the amount of partly combusted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that escape your tailpipe. Tuning up your engine will reduce the amount of these compounds emitted.
A poorly tuned engine will also have a lower efficiency, causing your MPG to go down, so you’ll be burning more gas and emitting more carbon dioxide and other chemicals for the same amount of driving. Tuning up the engine will improve your efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint. A tune up can improve your mileage by up to 4%, and even more if there is a real problem in your engine. We will also make sure your tires are properly inflated, which can improve your mileage by up to 3%.
Environmentally Friendly Practices
At Auto Lab, we are also committed to environmentally friendly practices in our shop. We properly collect and dispose of all fluids and solvents to avoid groundwater contamination.
We also offer recycled engine oil. Recycled engine oil is essentially re-refined oil that is as good as new.
When it comes out of the ground, all oil is a mix of many types of organic compounds, from natural gas to paraffin wax. In the refining process impurities are removed and the compounds are separated out so they have the properties necessary to heat your home, run your car, or lubricate your engine.
When oil is in your engine, heat causes chemical reactions that change the organic compounds into compounds that are no longer fit for lubricating your engine. When oil can be collected from your oil change, these unsuitable compounds and other impurities, such as filings from engine wear, can be removed. Often those compounds can be used for other purposes, just the same way that other compounds produced during the initial refining process can be.
It creates a closed loop, and significantly reduces the need for new petroleum to be used just for engine lubrication.
Want to learn more about our environmental practices? Please call us or schedule an appointment online for our office in Englewood.