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Committed to Helping You Maintain Your Vehicle

At Scott Sherman Auto Care, we are committed to helping you maintain your vehicle in optimum condition and performance. This committment to your vehicle doesn't stop when you leave our facility.

In this section of our website, you will find tips and news that you can use to help you maintain your vehicle and keep you driving safely and comfortably. Be sure to check back as these tips and news will be updated regularly.

 

How to Get Better Gas Mileage

Posted on 07/21/2017

65 years

Summer is prime time for road trips. Now is a great time to look at different ways to improve the gas mileage in our cars.

Regular Vehicle Maintenance

The largest and most important item to look to when trying to improve gas mileage is the car’s engine. In addition to extending the life of the engine, proper and timely maintenance will allow you to get more miles per dollar spent on gas. Addressing small issues as soon as possible will also prevent them from turning into bigger (and more expensive) issues later. The three specific areas to maintain for great gas mileage are the emission control system, the air filter, and the spark plugs.

  • Emission Control System. If the oxygen (O2) sensor in the emission control system goes bad, your gas mileage can drop as much as 40%. If the O2 sensor is malfunctioning, it may be falsely alerting that there is too much oxygen in your exhaust when there really isn’t. This causes your system to dump more fuel into your air fuel mixture, wasting excess gas and destroying your fuel economy.
  • Air Filter. More frequent air filter changes can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage by as much as 10%, the Car Care Council says. The filter keeps dirty particles from damaging the inside of your engine and helps it run more efficiently. The Car Care Council, a consumer advocacy group that promotes vehicle maintenance, recommends checking the filter each time you change the oil every 3,000 miles.
  • Tire Inflation and Wheel Alignment. When your tires are underinflated, you’ve got more rolling resistance, and your engine will burn more fuel in order to push you down the road. Check your tire pressure each month when the tires are cold, and make sure they’re inflated to the recommended pressure on the tire placard or your owner’s manual. Ask your service professional about tire balancing and wheel alignment, too. As with proper tire inflation, your engine won’t work as hard when all of your tires are pointing in the same direction.

Driving Habits

Small changes in your current driving habits and even the time of day you drive can have a large impact on your gas mileage.

  • Plan Your Route. It’s amazing how much gas you can save by combining trips and planning the most time-efficient driving route before you go. A route with right turns is generally more efficient than one with left turns because you won’t have to turn across oncoming traffic. Plus, many states allow cars to turn right at red lights, so you’ll spend less time idling.
  • Stop signs and traffic lights. Because the accelerator pedal controls how much gasoline is fed to the engine, it makes sense that a light touch will yield the best mpg. A vehicle is least efficient when it is accelerating, so the trick is to use just enough power to get up to the desired speed quickly, without hard acceleration. On the other hand, accelerating too slowly can actually hinder overall gas mileage. An easy fuel-efficient driving technique: When you see a red light or stop sign ahead, let off the gas and coast to a stop.
  • Lighten the load. Your engine uses less fuel when you’re carrying less weight. Roof racks are handy sometimes, but carrying things on the roof creates another source of drag that can increase your gas consumption. Keep your roof clear unless you actually need to haul something from one place to another. For every 100 pounds of weight you remove from your vehicle, you’ll increase your gas mileage by much as 2%.
  • Drive Less. The absolute best way to increase the savings on gas is to use an alternative method to commute – carpooling, public transportation, roller skates, bicycle, or even walking can all help save money spent on gas.

Even with fuel efficient and electric cars, we can all benefit from some basic car maintenance and a change in our driving habits to increase the miles per gallon we get in our cars.

Do You Share Our Love of American Cars?

Posted on 07/21/2017

Do You Share Our Love of American Cars?

65 years

It’s no surprise that we have a passion for automobiles and the people who drive them. For 65 years, our mission at Scott Sherman Auto Care has always been to provide the most professional, complete and personal automotive care in the Pacific Northwest. We do that, not just because it’s good business and great customer service, but because our hearts beat to the pulse of American craftsmanship, dedication, and ingenuity. 
 
As the birth of our great nation approaches, we take the time to thank those who came before us. William C. Durant’s pioneering days in the development of General Motors and founding of Chevrolet paved the way for some of the most beautiful American machines on the market. Henry Ford’s incredible automobile ingenuity began with the invention of a Quadricycle, a four wheeled bicycle carriage. His foundation work in the Detroit Automobile Company changed the nation, and so did his push for fair wages. He believed that quality craftsmanship came with pride in your work, and proved it by raising employee wages in 1952 when everyone else was trying to cut costs. Our forefathers’ legacy continues today in a melding of smart car innovations and classic design.
 
There’s nothing like the grit of American muscle or the sleek rides of the 1920s and 30s classic coupes. Do you love American Cars as much as we do? If so, let us know your favorite rides on our Facebook page. We’re celebrating our 65 year anniversary with wonderful history, great facts, and cars we love. 
 
Looking for summer tips? We have them ready to go! 
 
As summer rolls in, so will the auto-shows! Are you participating in any of them? We have a great post with a basic checklist on how to get your ride ready for the show. 
 
If you’re taking a summer road trip, don’t forget to do some personal car maintenance. Our checklist can help keep you on track. 
 
Does your air conditioning need service? Check out these three signs that you may have A/C issues! 
 
Don’t forget to check out  our specials. We want to make your experience one to remember. 

Staying Cool on Road Trips This Summer

Posted on 05/17/2017

Stay Cool in Summer

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and both kids and parents alike are looking forward to summer break. I bet many of you have already plotted out some vacation time whether it be camping, taking a road trip or visiting somewhere new. Before you start finalizing all those details and packing your bags, have you taken a moment to consider whether your car is ready for the journey awaiting your family? Warmer weather is almost here and your vehicle could easily become an unhappy place to be if your air conditioning isn’t performing optimally.

Drivers don’t often think about the state of their heating and air conditioning until something has already gone wrong. However, this part of the car needs to be regularly serviced just as much as other vital components. If you are uncertain whether or not your A/C unit is up for the challenge, or if it’s starting operating in a way that isn’t typical, it’s time to bring it in for service.

Here are some things to look for:

Sometimes the air from your vents can smell off – if you are frequently experiencing a mildew-like smell or anything that you can’t quite put your finger on, it may be time to have the A/C looked at.

Did your car’s air conditioning used to come on quickly and feel like a strong winter breeze but now it takes longer to get started and doesn’t get as cold as before? Yup, that means you need to get it serviced.

Your air conditioning should be consistent regardless of whether you are moving or stilling still. If there is an obvious fluctuation, this is a good indicator that something is up and needs to be checked out.

The last thing you are going to want is to be out on the road, in the middle of your vacation, and have your air conditioning go out on you. On the fence about it? Come in for an evaluation and get some peace of mind so that you can enjoy your upcoming summer adventures without worries!


Be Prepared for Summer – Come in for Our May A/C Special Offer: 

Air Conditioning Efficiency Test or Repair

Come in before May 31st to have your air conditioning tested or repaired and receive a mail in rebate for a $25.00 gift card. A/C Test Cost is $27.50 plus tax. http://www.scottshermanautocare.com/ 

What we will do: 
-Test refrigerant levels
-Inspect A/C compressor for leaks and function
-Inspect Compressor clutch for noise and function
-inspect service ports for leakage and dirt
-Inspect A/C belts for cracks or glazing
-Inspect all A/C hoses for leaks, cracks or weak spots/abrasions
-Inspect condenser for debris 
-Test vent temperature 
-Check A/C drain

But hurry, our offer ends May 31, 2017. Some restrictions apply. Most cars and light trucks. Call us for more details at (206) 745-5886.

Spring Cleaning for Your Vehicle

Posted on 05/02/2017

Car Wash

Now that the weather is starting to warm up and even out, the urge to tidy, organize and clean comes upon us all. Amid all the decluttering, garage clearing, and window cleaning – don’t forget to invest some time on your car! Spring cleaning is more than just airing out the house, our vehicles could also benefit from a bit of TLC. 

Car Washing

Whether you pull the car into the driveway or invest in a local car washing service, take some time to do a thorough wash and wax to remove all the winter buildup and grime. Plus, all the salt that builds up on your car in the winter needs to be removed. Not paying attention to those details could lead to rusting or other finish issues. 

Interior

Now that it’s not freezing outside, there is no good excuse to avoid cleaning out the interior of your car. Besides, all the build-up from winter is probably bringing down your mood. A trash bag, vacuum and armor-all will do wonders for both your car AND your attitude on a regular basis. Don’t have the time or inclination to clean out your car? Get it detailed! A decent detail job at least once a year is worth the investment. Planning to do all the spring cleaning yourself? 
Popular Mechanics has a detailed list of items to work on. 

Tires

Your tires made it through winter! Tires are an essential element of drivability. At the very least, check the tire pressure and make sure it’s up to snuff for the months ahead. If during your inspection any of the tires looking to be a bit rough, it could be time to get a new set. 

Windshields

Those spring rains are no joke! Make sure to check your wiper blades for any signs of wear. Also make sure to fill up on windshield wiper fluid while you are focusing on this area. 

Do any of your windshields have small cracks or dents? It’s more cost-affordable to fix these small imperfections (if possible) than it is to go out on summer road trips and tempt fate to make them worse. 

Tune-Up

Once the weather warms up, we tend to be outside more and that includes going on more drives! Whether it’s a road trip, or just a drive out to the country, be certain your vehicle is up for the work. Get the alignment and suspension checked to make sure the harsh commuting in winter hasn’t impacted it in any way. Have a professional do a thorough check under the hood to be certain all the belts, hoses, and other moving parts are still in top condition and ready for the fun ahead. 

Spending some time and energy on your car this Spring will keep you from having to worry about your vehicle’s condition during the next couple of seasons. 

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