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The proliferation of self-serve pumps at gas stations has generally resulted in poorer automobile maintenance. One feature of poor maintenance is low tire pressure, which results in shorter tire life and higher gasoline consumption. To examine this problem, an automotive expert took a random sample of cars across the country and measured the tire pressure. The difference between the recommended tire pressure and the observed tire pressure was recorded. [A recording of 8 means that the pressure of the tire is 8 pounds per square inch (psi) less than the amount recommended by the tire manufacturer.] Suppose that for each psi below recommendation, tire life decreases by 100 miles and gasoline consumption increases by 0.1 gallon per mile. Estimate with 95% confidence the effect on tire life and gasoline consumption.



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