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At Scott Sherman Auto Care, we are committed to helping you maintain your vehicle in optimum condition and performance. This commitment 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.

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Breakdown: Roadside Tips for Teens and College Drivers

Breakdown: Roadside Tips for Teens and College Drivers

Fall is here and that means back to school for young people of all ages. For teens and college kids, back to school time means more time on the road in their vehicle. Driver education classes teach the basics of driving rules and regulations.  But it's often up to the parents to teach young people what to do if they experience a breakdown and get stuck on the side of the road.  Here are some tips you can pass on to the young driver in your life. Breakdown Tips  Pull the car over to a safe location as soon as you suspect something is wrong. Usually that means the right side of the road, but sometimes you can also pull into a parking lot. Make sure the location is accessible so that a tow truck can find you, but also safe.   Turn on your hazard lights as soon as possible. After you’ve pulled over to a safe location, turn on those hazards. Especially on highways, it’s difficult for other fast-moving vehicles to gauge the situat ... read more

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Got a New Car? Make Sure You Have a Solid Maintenance Plan

Got a New Car? Make Sure You Have a Solid Maintenance Plan

You just bought a new car – this is an exciting moment for anyone. But to make sure you get the most out of your investment, you'll want to develop a maintenance plan to keep your car in good working condition. So where do you start? Developing a Maintenance Plan The first step is to find a mechanic or shop that you can rust. Talk to friends and family for their recommendations. Try to find one that will work within your budget and is close to your home in case of an emergency. The next step is to consult your new vehicle’s owner’s manual – some brands recommend maintenance at different mileage milestones or based on driving conditions. Any maintenance plan should be based on the recommendations contained within the vehicle’s manual and include the following items. Tires. Make sure they are properly inflated to the manufacturer's specified pressure. Tire gauges are cheap and easy to use. Tires should be re ... read more

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Car Maintenance

How to Get Better Gas Mileage

How to Get Better Gas Mileage

Summer is prime time for road trips. So with all of that driving, it's 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 at 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&rsqu ... read more

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Do You Share Our Love for American Cars?

Do You Share Our Love for American Cars?

Do You Share Our Love of American Cars? It’s no surprise that we have a passion for American cars 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.  The Pioneers of American Cars 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 Detroi ... read more

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Classic Cars

Air Conditioning: Staying Cool on Road Trips This Summer

Air Conditioning: Staying Cool on Road Trips This 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. Her ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Car Maintenance for Spring

Car Maintenance for Spring

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 in your car! Spring cleaning is more than just airing out the house.  Our vehicles could also benefit from a bit of TLC with some basic car maintenance this Spring. 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 ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Spring Break Road Trips in the Pacific Northwest

Spring Break Road Trips in the Pacific Northwest

For families with children, Spring Break is an annual tradition that provides memories for a lifetime. Our kids are only young once and will soon fly the nest to pursue adulthood. Taking a time-out from our busy schedules to spend time with our family creates memories, and these new experiences are essential rites of passage. If you live in the Pacific Northwest area, we’ve compiled a list of Spring Break ideas to consider for your family getaway. Spring Break Road Trip Ideas Olympic National Park – Located on the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington, the Olympic National Park is home to several different ecosystems. From glaciers on Mt. Olympus to rainforests to coastline, this park has quite a lot to see. There are over a million acres to explore so you could go multiple times and have new experiences.  World Forestry Center - A trip to Portland, Oregon could be well worth the drive, especially if you p ... read more

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Car Trips

Do not Drip and Drive!

Do not Drip and Drive!

Your car is designed to keep you safe as you travel from one point to another. General maintenance is part of the upkeep, and must not be ignored. One of the easiest ways to troubleshoot your vehicle’s repair needs is by checking fluid levels and identifying fluid leaks as early as possible. Scott Sherman Auto Care is partnering with Washington State Department of Ecology’s Don’t Drip and Drive campaign to share information about car fluids and leaks. Some fluid leaks can be deadly, and all have a direct impact on the environment.  Leaks usually occur at the front (under the engine), near the wheels, or toward the rear/exhaust areas. Here are some quick tips on identifying any fluid leaks in your vehicle:  Front/Under Engine Engine Oil - Look for light brown to black fluid that is very greasy and slick. To get the most accurate reading of your oil level, ensure you check your engine oil when the engine is cool. If you find that you&rsquo ... read more

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Driving Safety

Winter Car Care to Keep You on the Road

Winter Car Care to Keep You on the Road

It’s a typical extra-moist winter start in Seattle, and we all know how quickly and unpredictably our weather can change. Massive weather events are no joke, and we need to make sure our vehicles are well-maintained and ready to go. Having some winter car care done on your vehicle can save you a trip to the mechanic’s shop. Here are some of our top tips to keep you safe on the road: Keep Your Battery in Excellent Shape As the temperatures drop, your vehicle’s battery cranking power is reduced. Did you know that at 0 degrees, the battery only produces half the cranking power it has at 80 degrees? Checking your battery should be on your winter car care to-do-list. It's simple to do.  (Your owner’s manual can walk you through the steps.) You’ll want to remove the plastic caps and check the fluid level. For maintenance-free batteries, check the charge state window at the top of the battery. Have your battery tested to see if your battery is defectiv ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Stress-Free

Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Stress-Free

Over 47 million travelers will be traveling at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving this year. Over 89% of those will be on the road.  Don’t worry, we’ve got a great list of travel tips to keep your stress levels in check. Stress-Cutting Travel Tips There is a 60% improvement in traffic between Saturday and Sunday the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you can wait to travel on Sunday, do it. Travel before 2 p.m. or wait until after 7 p.m. since the late afternoon and early evening traffic will be a nightmare. Look up your destination ahead of time to see what travel problems others have faced in previous years. Waze is a great, real-time, app to track traffic issues along your route. Do your research on holiday season traveling. Choosing a more scenic drive that adds miles to your trip may actually save you hours of driving a congested freeway. Break up long drives by selecting key places to stop along the way. Travel apps and chargers are a must-hav ... read more

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Driving Safety
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