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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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How to Drive Safely in Dense Fog

How to Drive Safely in Dense Fog

Driving in fog is an extremely dangerous endeavor and with the rainy season about to settle in around Seattle, there's no better time than now to ensure you and your car are properly prepared for driving in foggy conditions. While your best defense when faced with thick fog and low visibility is to pull over until the fog clears, driving through fog with these tips in mind can help you get to your destination safely. Don't Get Distracted While you should never drive and use your smartphone at the same time, the extra attention required for driving in fog forces drivers to focus acutely - something that's impossible when operating a phone or a stereo. Turn off any distractions and secure your phone in your car so you won't feel tempted to reach for it. Keeping the volume on your stereo low will help you detect other vehicles and sirens on the roadway. Drive Smart Reduce your speed and turn off the cruise control. Foggy roadways ... read more

5 Common Reasons Why Cars Break Down

5 Common Reasons Why Cars Break Down

Your car is one of the most important aspects of your life, getting you and your family between work, school, and important events. The complexities of the machine you're operating on a daily basis means it will inevitably break down at some point. There are hundreds of reasons why your car won't start, but here are the most common vehicle issues we see on a daily basis: 1. Dead Batteries The most common reason why your car won't start is definitely related to a battery issue. Whether it's a wiring problem, a dying battery, or a simple case of corrosion, this is the first place any skilled mechanic will look for problems. 2. No Gas Sometimes the most bone-headed answer is the right one. Every car owner has experienced the slow lurch to a stop that comes with an empty gas tank, so no judgment if this is your first time. Just check the fuel gauge on a regular basis and you should be in the clear. 3. Dirty Fuel Filter ... read more

Car Maintenance for Summer: How to Keep Your Car on the Road All Year

Car Maintenance for Summer: How to Keep Your Car on the Road All Year

Summer is synonymous with long road trips and warm weather adventures, but that weekend drive could get cut short if you've been neglecting your car for the last few months. Just like how an annual physical keeps your health on track for the year, your car needs a check-up to ensure everything's working smoothly and efficiently. Making a small investment in your car's maintenance today could save you from a huge expense tomorrow - not to mention the hassle. This is what we'd recommend you take a look at this summer: Check Your Fluids The phrase "a well-oiled machine" doesn't come from nowhere. Remember that your car is a very complex machine and requires the proper fluids in order to prevent it from coming to a screeching halt. You should typically change your engine's oil every 5,000 miles and your transmission fluid should be flushed every 30,000 miles. While you're at it, brake fluid, power steering, and differential lubricant ... read more

What are the Warning Signs of AC Failure?

What are the Warning Signs of AC Failure?

Your car's air conditioning unit isn't just a luxury on a hot summer day - with record high temperatures hitting much of the West Coast this summer, extreme heat can cause health problems for elderly people and even contribute to heat stroke. Keeping your air conditioner well-maintained and working properly should be one of your car care priorities this summer. Here's how to tell whether or not your car's air conditioning is about to go out. Foul Odor Coming Through Your Vents You know how the air coming through your vents should smell - if something's off or wrong with the scent of the air entering your car, that's a good sign there's something afoot under the hood. Your AC unit can accumulate mold and mildew if not cleaned on a regular basis, so check the evaporator for signs of natural growth. If you put off this step, there's a good possibility that problems will occur in the future. Clanking or Grinding Sounds S ... read more

5 Car Maintenance Myths

5 Car Maintenance Myths

Many, if not most people over-maintain their vehicles. This is bad, first, because over-maintenance can lead to damage or poor performance and second, because it results in unnecessary expenses that hurt your wallet. The following are the top five car maintenance myths, followed by the facts, to help you keep your car in top shape, and keep the cash that you really don’t need to spend. Premium gasoline is better. This myth is just usually false – some cars do increase the performance of your vehicle. But most of the time, ‘better’ is not actually better. A good rule of thumb is that unless your vehicle is a sports car with a high-compression engine that requires high-octane gas (the official term for premium gasoline), your car’s lower compression engine will get the same results whether you use regular or premium. Fuel additives are good for your engine. Nope! It’s touted that a fuel additive helps prevent deposits from clogging the system, increa ... read more

How to Prepare Your Child's Car for College Life

How to Prepare Your Child's Car for College Life

College is a life-changing experience and parents have the hardest time of all making the adjustment to a quieter home, but you can prepare your child for trips back and forth from home to school with these preemptive car maintenance tips. Give the Car a Thorough Once-Over Oil changes, new tires, and a quick look at all fluid levels can help mitigate any potential problems your child's car may experience in the near future, but thinking ahead to how they'll be equipped to deal with problems is a wise move. Check on the status of their car jack, emergency roadside kit, and first aid kit. It wouldn't hurt to throw in a flashlight, extra set of batteries, and a spare charger for their phone in case of emergency. Use this opportunity to ensure their registration and insurance information is up-to-date or else they may wind up with a hefty ticket. Time for a Lesson (or Two) If your college-bound kid isn't much of a gearhead, you should r ... read more

How to Avoid a Mid-Trip Breakdown

Planning a spring break road trip or a long summer vacation on the road? Your getaway could be quickly and easily cut short without preventative maintenance on your vehicle. Scott Sherman Auto Care recommends each driver conduct a pre-trip vehicle test before hitting the open road. The Car Care Council recommends the following is performed before heading out on that warm-weather road trip: - Check your brakes and battery connection, ensuring it's clean and free from corrosion. - Check fluid levels and replace dirty filters if needed. - Check the condition of rubber hoses and belts. If they're cracked or brittle, it may be time to replace them. - Check all tires for wear, pressure, and tread. Underinflated tires hurt fuel economy and can be dangerous to drive on. - When you fill up the tank, check the condition of your gas cap. Is it loose, missing ... read more

Spring is National Car Care Month: Is Yours Ready?

The National Car Care Council has set aside April as the ideal month to ensure your car is operating properly and free from defects. Since winter is typically known as the roughest month on your car and summer usually means long road trips, so keeping everything running smoothly is important. Here are a few things to focus on before hitting the road this summer: Check the Tires Tire pressure is important, but road conditions may have impacted the health of your tires. Tire wear can occur with rough winter road conditions and misalignments, both of which mix poorly with slick, wet roads in the rainy springtime. Keep Your Car Clean Road salts and ice melt chemicals are corrosive to your paint and can even rust some parts of your car if left unattended. Give your car a good scrubbing to ensure all winter debris is removed and wax the paint to protect it going into the summer. Schedule a Tune Up To help you get your car in shape for ... read more

Summer Road Trips: Looking Ahead to Warm Weather

Summer Road Trips: Looking Ahead to Warm Weather

The dreary months of late winter/early spring tend to drive people a little crazy. With the decreased sunlight in the Seattle area, many people (ourselves included) are starting to make summer vacation plans. If you're planning on driving, do some research on potential destinations and make sure your car is well maintained before you hit the road. Here are a few ideas for summertime road trips the whole family will love: Moab, Utah This is a long trip and Utah summers are hot, but the beauty of the red Painted Desert in the middle of June or July is a sight to behold. From Moab itself, you're within easy distance of Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and just a couple of hours from the lush mountain ranges of Park City. Perfect for mountain biking, kayaking, camping, hiking, and straightforward outdoor exploration, Moab is one of our favorite places to visit with a load of camping gear in the trunk. Flathead Lake The largest fre ... read more

How to Boost Your Car's Gas Mileage

It's a question we hear all the time from our customers: "How do I improve my car's gas mileage?" While there are steps we can take in our shop to help increase your car's fuel efficiency, there are ways you can save money at the pump just by making a few slight adjustments and maintenance tricks. Keep Your Car Maintained New spark plugs, fuel filters, and properly pressurized tires will all factor into your car's fuel economy. As far as replacement parts go, it's better to take a preventative approach and head off potential problems before they happen. They can save you money in the long run too - for example, having an alignment issue of only a fraction of an inch could cost you hundreds of dollars a year in wasted gas. Mind Your Lead Foot Driving at moderate speeds, using cruise control, and easing in and out of traffic signals all reduce your fuel usage. Fuel efficiency is drastically reduced after speeds of 55mph due to drag and RPM increases ... read more

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