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Truck Emissions Control Systems

Most drivers are well aware of the relationship between fuel economy and efficiency and the size of the vehicle. Truck emissions control technology, in both diesel and gasoline burning trucks, has continued to improve with increased research as well as pressure from various environmental groups and agencies. In addition consumers themselves have become more aware of the importance of truck emissions control systems and efficiency both for cost saving as well as environmental reasons.

One option that many truck manufacturers have moved towards is smaller, lighter vehicles to help limit truck emissions. Control systems that are designed to both prevent tailpipe emissions as well as closed system gasoline tanks that prevent evaporative emissions are all standard in most newer trucks. Truck emissions control systems are also standardized in the heavier types of diesel trucks such as dump trucks and heavy hauling vehicles.

There are several programs offered by state government to help upgrade truck emissions control systems for older gasoline motors or for diesel engines. One state that offers such a program is Texas, however it is only applicable to heavy diesel trucks. In addition California also offers truck emissions control grants and incentives that help owners and operators of heavy trucks upgrade to more efficient engines.

Keeping the truck motor, whether diesel or gasoline, well repaired and completely up to date with regards to parts and service is one easy way for truck owners to help manage emissions. Another easy way to help your emissions low on your truck is to properly maintain your tires, keeping them inflated to the correct pressure to prevent additional fuel use when driving.

Some other tips for helping truck emissions control systems limit the amount of hydrocarbons produced include:

Eliminate all extra weight from the vehicle. Often truck owners tend to store a lot of extra “stuff” such as tools, equipment, materials and other objects in the bed of the truck. This extra weight can increase the load on the engine, resulting in higher emissions.

The use of regular gas additives that help to reduce build up in the engine will help prevent some tailpipe emissions and will also keep the engine running more efficiently.

Purchase the right grade of diesel fuel or gasoline that is recommended for use in the engine. Each truck manufacturer will make a recommendation in the vehicle manual that indicates the best grade of fuel to use for the type and size of engine. If there is no manual for the vehicle, call a dealership or check with the company via information on the internet that will clearly detail the fuel.

Following a few simple and easy steps can help to truck emissions control systems work to optimum levels.