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503-246-9781 | 6600 SW Scholls Ferry Road Portland, OR 97223

COST SAVING TIPS

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre- trip checklist:

  1. Check all fluids - There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

  2. Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.

  3. Check the tires - Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.


Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

  1. Vehicle gas caps - about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.

  2. Under inflated tires - when tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with a parking brake on. It can cost a mile or two per gallon.

  3. Worn spark plugs - A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in electrical and chemical erosion from heat.

  4. Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture - the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.

  5. Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

  6. Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

  7. Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

The quality of work at Scholls Ferry Automotive is only surpassed by the integrity of the ownership. I trust Chris more than I would more than almost I've ever met. Outstanding man, great business. I go out of my way to get service done there.

, 03/08/2022

Chris was great! I took my 2007 Lexus is350 in for them to check where my oil leak is coming from, and they found it they steamed cleaned it and everything. I got it back the next day they told me how much the repairs would be. Honestly for my first time going there it was great! Gonna take it back this week or sometime next week to get my leaks fixed!

, 06/20/2022

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Chris and his team are the best. I connected with Scholls Ferry Automotive when I attended an early morning business network meeting. I trust Chris and his team. I will be bringing my car in soon for my maintenance checkup. Happy weekend!

, 05/07/2022

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New to the area and was having trouble with my Jeep. Chris was easy to work with and found the problem and it was fixed. They're very reasonable with charges and even when there was a warranty issue with the part, they were on top of it and fixed it. Definitely a trustworthy mechanic shop!

, 04/26/2022

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The people here are amazing and very kind! The staff is super friendly and very professional!

, 04/13/2022

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Hands down the only mechanic I'll go to. Amazing and quick work fixing my Xterra and my mom's bug. You guys rock

, 04/07/2022

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