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Automotive Evaporative Emissions Systems

A three-page article explaining the major components of the evaporation of auto parts and fluids including methods of control. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for Iowa Used Oil Filters

In the past, the majority of used oil filters were disposed of in landfills. Today, millions of filters are being recycled. Oil filters are usually made from paper, metal and rubber. Used oil filters have value because they can be burned for fuel and the metal components can be recycled. To dispose of used oil filters, you need to drain out the used oil thoroughly first. The oil can then be handled with the rest of your used oil (see the ECAR Used Oil Fact Sheet). If correct management procedures are followed, used oil filters can be either recycled or disposed of. However, recycling is the better choice. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for California Solvent Cleaning

Various methods are used to clean oil and grease from auto parts before sale. This fact sheet covers the environmental issues associated with solvent cleaning methods such as parts washers containing mineral spirits. Aqueous cleaning (e.g., pressure washers, enclosed spray washers, steam cleaning) is covered under a separate fact sheet. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for Illinois Aqueous Cleaning

Various methods are used to clean oil and grease from auto parts before sale. This fact sheet covers the environmental issues associated with aqueous cleaning methods such as enclosed spray washers, hot dip tanks, pressure washers, and steam cleaning. Solvent Cleaning (e.g., Stoddard solution, mineral spirits) is covered under a separate fact sheet. Aqueous cleaners are one of the most popular choices for degreasing parts at automotive recyclers and are a good alternative to petroleum-based and halogenated solvents. Read More

ECAR Fact Sheet for California Air Bag Cartridges

Air bags are compromises. Cars are equipped with them in order to try to make the best of a very bad situation (a collision). But the air bag cartridges contain an explosive chemical, sodium azide. If the air bag has not been deployed, the material is dangerous to handle. It can explode, it can cause burns if it gets on unprotected skin, and it can severely irritate the lungs if inhaled. Read More

Case Studies in Aqueous Parts Cleaning: Best Environmental Practices for Auto Repair Shops

Case studies which demonstrate that aqueous cleaners are capable of meeting or exceeding the many cleaning challenges encountered in a wide variety of auto repair operations. Read More

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