Up to 100,000 motorists-a-month are sleep-walking into expensive and preventable MOT emissions test failures, according to new figures. Liverpool based engine cleaner maker Cataclean.
Cataclean says new figures from the Drivers and Vehicle Standards (DVSA) make ‘sobering reading’ and urged drivers to look after their engine like they do their tyres, brakes and lights. The figures show that just under 27.5 million cars and light vans were tested in 2013/14 with 4.6pc failing their exhaust test. In total 40pc of cars failed their MOT.
“Failing your MOT because of high emissions is a massive problem in the UK,” said Cataclean Corporate Development Director Graham Fraser. “The worry is that motorists are unknowingly suffering MOT emissions test failures without realising they can take control of this aspect of maintenance. The key message we want to get out to drivers is: use Cataclean as part of your maintenance routine but particularly before your MOT. It is a low-cost, easy solution to prevent what can be a larger than expected bill. We especially want to get this message across to owners of cars that are five to 15 years old, who are particularly vulnerable to emission failures.
“We are hearing that some motorists are writing their car off because the repair bill is too high or that they are being hit with a large bill for their catalytic converter to be fixed and their car retested. Some garages do not yet use Cataclean and will seek a mechanical solution which could cost between £400 to £2500. Some mechanics will simply floor the engine to flush it out which can be bad for the vehicle. To garages we say: As part of your service and MOT schedule, use Cataclean. It is available from most Motor Factors. Mr Fraser said if a car’s catalytic converter is damaged or very old, it usually needs to be replaced.
“Cataclean is aimed at the mid-market for cars with working catalytic converters which have become dirty and are at risk of failing MOTs on emissions,” he said. “It is safe for both diesel and petrol vehicles and we advise using Cataclean once a quarter for the best results. Not only can Cataclean reduce emissions by up to 60pc, it can also cut fuel bills from the cleaning effects of Cataclean and improve petrol consumption.
Cataclean’s recently rebranded 450ml Liquid Science bottles can be bought for around £16 from Halfords, auto-centres and most motor factors including Euro Car Parts and GSF. Cataclean is a ‘Pour and Go’ Product and easily be administered by the owner/driver or the Mechanic. Cataclean Liquid Science is complimented by Cataclean DPF to meet the demands of modern diesel engines and Cataclean ‘One Shot’ Bike.
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