Kevin R. Malone - Nevada DMV
Kathleen Hale - Rose/Glenn Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES HELPS DRIVERS
IDENTIFY “BAD” VISIBLE EXHAUST IN THE WINTER
– Not all vehicles emitting visible exhaust pollute the Truckee Meadows,
particularly those that are seen during colder winter months when motorists are
warming up their vehicles. The
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) helps drivers distinguish the difference
between cold cars and smoking cars.
cold car emitting white, gray or black smoke when first started is normal due to
condensation, but not after the vehicle is warmed up. When a car is started, water is emitted in the form of a
vapor. By the time the vapor hits
the exhaust system it condenses, and becomes visible. This chain reaction is also the reason drivers see water
dripping from the tailpipe.
emitting blue, black, gray or white smoke after a vehicle is warmed-up indicate
mechanical problems resulting in air pollution to the Truckee Meadows.
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.
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.
of the Truckee Meadows can easily help to improve the region’s air quality by
reporting 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 confidential.
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.