Kevin R. Malone - Nevada DMV
Kathleen Hale - Rose/Glenn Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VEHICLES CAUSE SUMMER BLUES
– What’s blue, black, white and gray and pollutes the region’s air?
Emissions from improperly maintained vehicles.
The Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety (DMV&PS) helps
drivers solve the puzzle with information on the various colors of smoke coming
from smoking vehicles and what they mean.
four different colors of smoke for various mechanical reasons including:
a result of engine oil being burned and is caused by an oil leak into the
combustion chamber or worn piston rings, valves or cylinders.
or Grey Smoke
results from incomplete fuel combustion caused by a clogged air filter;
carburetor, choke, fuel injection or emission system malfunction; ignition
timing off; or a blocked manifold. A
vehicle with a cold engine may also emit black or gray smoke, but not after the
vehicle is warmed up.
that coolant and or water is being vaporized in the combustion chamber and could
mean the head gasket is leaking, the vehicle has a cracked block or cylinder or
the engine is cold.
vehicles also emit four types of smoke including:
a result of engine oil being burned or atomized and is caused by high engine oil
level or worn piston rings, valves or cylinders.
or Grey Smoke
results from incomplete fuel combustion caused by a faulty injection system,
clogged air filter, wrong grade of fuel, incorrect timing and engine
that fuel is not burning correctly and could be an indication of a faulty
injection system, incorrect timing engine overheating or the engine is cold.
maintained vehicles can release as much as 10 times the emissions as a well
can save money and the region’s air by following regular maintenance
guidelines provided in the vehicle owner’s manual.
Vehicles should be inspected by an emission professional annually to test
for carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons.
of the Truckee Meadows can easily report smoking vehicles by calling 686-SMOG.
Callers should be prepared to provide the license plate number of the
smoking vehicle, the approximate time the vehicle was spotted and the location
of the vehicle. All information is
smoking vehicle program started in 1996, resulting in more than 32,000 calls
over the last five years to the DMV. The
program has helped to get more than 5,000 smoking vehicles cleaned up resulting
in cleaner air for the region.
more information on the smoking vehicle program call 1-877-DMV-STAT
(1-877-368-7828) or access http://www.dmvnv.com/emission.htm.