Press Release

(April 16, 2009) Baltimore, MD - The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), 311 Garage, and Precision Tune Auto Care of Cockeysville and Towson have teamed up to offer a free Car Care Clinic on Sunday, April 19 from 11am - 2pm at the Loyola College Transportation Facility, 5104 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.

This clinic, part of National Car Care Month, offers a routine 10 -15 minute inspection to save money and identify problems that could become major repair issues including loose gas caps, under inflated tires, faulty thermostats, worn spark plugs, malfunctioning engine controls, and poor wheel alignment. These problems reduce mileage, increase emissions of ozone forming pollutants and greenhouse gasses and and cost consumers millions of dollars in wasted fuel daily.

“This is a great opportunity to find out if your car is tuned to maximize your mileage and minimize your emissions. And it is free. We need every driver's help to reduce ozone and carbon emissions” said Secretary Shari T. Wilson.

MDE is pleased to partner with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and Precision Tune, and 311 Garage to help Marylanders reduce pollution and save money. During the clinic, technicians from 311 Garage, and Precision Tune of Cockeysville, and Towson will examine vehicles for proper tire condition/inflation, level/condition of vehicle fluids, and other vehicle maintenance issues. Car Care Clinics will continue throughout the summer in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Information on these clinics as well as other tips for reducing vehicle emissions and saving money can be found by visiting MDE’s MDE’s Mobile Services Control Webpage or by calling (410) 537-3270.