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Brought to you by Lake Oswego's Mike Keeler, Vic's Auto Center - LAKE OSWEGO AUTO REPAIR INSIDER -

Mike Keeler, Vic's Auto Center - LAKE OSWEGO AUTO REPAIR INSIDERNo one likes spending extra money at the gas pump, not to mention the negative effects on the environment. So, it's worth considering the many ways we can improve fuel economy and be as energy-efficient as possible.

Proper vehicle maintenance is a must. Make sure that the air and fuel filters are serviced regularly, once or twice a year. Check engine performance; if it's running efficiently, your gas mileage will improve an average of 4 percent. Fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve mileage as much as 40 percent.

Get your tire pressure checked. Tires lose on average a pound of pressure per month, or 12 pounds annually. If you don't inflate them regularly, your fuel economy will be compromised. Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage up to 3.3 percent.

Drive smoothly, avoiding jackrabbit starts and hard brake stops. Keep a steady pace, avoid traffic jams, and use cruise control when on the highway. If you have a roof rack, remove it when not in use to cut down on drag.

Empty your trunk occasionally. That may sound odd, but some people use it as extra storage. There might be 400 pounds of stuff back there, weighing down your vehicle. Use top-tier fuel, which is certified gas that has been qualified to meet a certain standard. Chevron, Texaco, Shell and Costco carry top-tier fuel in all of their pumps.

At Vic's Auto Center, our knowledgeable mechanics will make sure you're getting the best fuel economy from your vehicle.

Vic's Auto Center

15880 Boones Ferry Rd.

Lake Oswego, OR 97035

503-636-7896

www.vicsautoctr.com

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