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The Easy Way to Save Cash in Corvallis

Posted November 21, 2017 8:09 AM

The hottest OR news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in Corvallis. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in Corvallis can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for your vehicle that'll save gas no matter how you drive.

The first one for Corvallis drivers is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most Corvallis service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask D & B Bear Service. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many Corvallis gas stations have an air hose you can use for free.

Another important item is to keep your air filter clean. An air filter all clogged up with dirt and bugs doesn't let enough clean air through to efficiently burn fuel. Using a dirty air filter will cost you almost 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter in reduced fuel economy. And worn spark plugs can cost about the same. A spark plug can fire as many as 3,000,000 times for every 1,000 miles/1,600 km driven. Check the vehicle owner's manual for replacement recommendations.

The biggest item is the oxygen sensor. This device provides the engine management computer with information it needs to fine-tune the fuel/air mix. When that's messed up it can cost Corvallis vehicles up to 3 miles per gallon/1.3 km per liter. And of course, there's dirty or substandard oil. Dirty oil causes extra drag. The wrong grade may be too thick. That's another .4 miles per gallon/.17 km per liter right there.

One item Corvallis residents seldom think about is their gas cap. A worn, loose or missing gas cap can cost another 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter. Adding up all of these worn, missing or sub-par items leads to a total of almost 11.4 miles per gallon/4.85 km per liter in reduced fuel economy! And with current gas prices in the Corvallis area, the cost really adds up. Taking care of these simple maintenance items will save Corvallis drivers at the pump. 

Now most vehicles aren't missing on all of these items, but think about which ones might affect you right now! And don't forget tune-ups, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, fuel system cleaning, wheels out of alignment, PCV valve, fuel filter and other services spelled out in your owner's  manual.

D & B Bear Service knows all this stuff and can tell you when you're scheduled to take care of each item. Create a system of your own to track your service schedules, or just use the computer system at D & B Bear Service – which may also be updated with recall notices and maintenance schedule items from your vehicle manufacturer.

D & B Bear Service
305 NW 2nd
Corvallis, OR 97330
541-752-3316



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I worked for and was service manager at D & B BEAR for 31 years and have recently changed careers. Owner Denny Rice is a one-of-a-kind suspension specialist & provides a great family-driven full-service shop that you can count on. Thank you for the time spent with you all.


-Steven Graves

My parents have owned D & B Bear service for nearly 40 years. They pride themselves on being honest and always putting the customer first. They also have always offered friendly service. My father started working at his family's business when he was 12 years. His experience is something that you don't find that often. If you are looking for great, friendly, honest service, give Jack a call today.


-Jeanette Doane

We discovered these guys from a person who sold us a used car. It was a '94 Honda they had been responsible for since it was new. I have been driving for 55 years and have used many repair shops in many cities. We have used these guys on many occasions in the last several years for all of our cars' repairs. I used to work on cars myself when I was young so I know when I am getting BS. These guys are very very good - the best I have ever had. Do yourself a favor and give them a shot.


-James Denning

Great, friendly service. They kept me informed about the progress and estimates for the repairs they did throughout the day. I will always take my car back here as long as I live in Corvallis.


-Anthony Zak

They have done me right a couple times now by coming in with quotes under others, and never going over their own quote, and my truck has been great!


-Robert Voss

Very knowledgeable and friendly. We were recommended to them by our neighbors and rightly so! They did a great job fixing our car and did it so fast it surprised us and all of my coworkers. Thanks for getting us back on the road so quickly.


-Steve Z

Super friendly people, extremely helpful. Took a look at my brakes and explained the problem piece by piece to me, so I could make an informed decision. Wonderful folks, I'd recommend them to anyone, and I will definitely be returning for any future car issues.


-Steven Alexander Czyz

Great friendly service and reasonable.


-Larry Hood

They helped me so quickly and treated me so nicely! Fair price and some really nice people.


-Kelly Conklin

Les Schwab wanted me to do some major repairs. I took my car to D & B, and they said my car didn't need it. The dealer is more expensive, and they want to do additional maintenance than D & B recommends. These guys are honest, and they are not just in it for your money.


-Jared Martinsen

We had some problems with our radiator on our way home for Thanksgiving and ended up at D & B. They told us we needed a new radiator, but it was late in the day, and no one in town had one. We didn't end up having the work done here because of travel logistics, but they were very helpful and kind enough to let us hang out in their office with a dog and baby while we figured out our tow truck. Very nice folks.


-Ryan King
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