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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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New Year's Car Care and Maintenance Resolutions

New Year's resolutions are almost always focused on self-help and self-improvement, but how often do people actually follow through with those? This year, choose a resolution that's easy to do and will immediately show results - giving your car a tune-up! Here are a few things to look for if you haven't gotten your car checked out in a while: Brakes This is one of the most important and yet most commonly ignored part of automotive maintenance. Your brakes might be your most critical component of your car, so why take chances with their status and quality? A mechanic can quickly assess the condition of your brakes and recommend replacement if they're looking weak and unreliable. Wipers Why risk your visibility? Replacing your wiper blades is cheap and easy to do - you don't even need us! In our rainy climate and with many more wet months to come, you need to ensure your wipers are operating at full capacity so you don't end up driving with questiona ... read more

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving

Driving in the Pacific Northwest during the winter requires a specific skillset: you must be an attentive, cautious, and prepared driver. Our climate generally provides us with cold temperatures, sheets of rain, and even ice and snow during the winter months. But preparing yourself for winter driving is only one part of the process. Getting your car ready for cold, nasty road conditions is especially important. Here's how we recommend you prepare your car for winter driving: Winterize Getting new wiper blades, a full-service fluid change, and winter tires can be the difference between keeping your car on the road and spinning out into the snow. Make sure you invest in winterized engine oil and some gas line antifreeze to ensure your car starts up and runs smoothly in cold temperatures. And if you plan to cross Snoqualmie Pass a few times this season, make sure you have chains (and know how to put them on). Practice putting on and taking off chains in your garage or d ... read more

5 Car Care Tips for Fall

October is the perfect time of year to prepare your car for the winter months to come and Scott Sherman Auto Care has some maintenance tips for your car or truck to keep you safe and on the road! While you can do many of these yourself, scheduling a full-service checkup and diagnostic can ward off any other potential problems as well as ensuring your car is properly outfitted for the road this winter. Here are five car care tips for fall: 1. Heat, Wipers, Lights! Making sure your heaters and defrosters are working properly is a top priority – it’s dangerous to operate your car without these basic functions! But especially important in our rainy Seattle climate is ensuring your wipers are sufficient, new, and working properly to cut through the downpour. Lights are also a big concern as we start to see less and less daylight. 2. Tires and Brakes Reduce the risk of hydroplaning by equipping your car with new, weather-resistant tires. Check tire pressure weekly during the col ... read more

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How to Know if You Need to Replace the Brakes on Your Car

How to Know if You Need to Replace the Brakes on Your Car

Fall is here and winter is not that far around the corner. Be sure you are heading into these cold, wetter months with your car’s brakes in good shape. But how can you know if you need to replace your brakes? First of all, consider the type of driving you do which can greatly impact how often you need to replace your brakes. If you do a lot of urban driving day in and out braking in traffic, you will need to replace your brakes more often than someone who does more rural driving or long freeway driving. People who drive in hilly or mountainous regions need brakes replaced much more frequently than those living in flatter areas. Since you are getting your tires rotated every six months, have your technician check your brakes and brake pads at that time. Your mechanic will check the thickness of the brake pads as well as looking for wear on the brake hardware. Use your eyes and ears to look and listen to how your car is behaving and sounding. By looking between the spokes of your ... read more

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September: Fall Car Care Month

The change in season is right around the corner, as is the need to do some Fall Car Care. Your pros at Scott Sherman are on your team to help keep your ride stress free and on the road when you want to depend on it. The Car Care Council has developed a Service Interval Schedule to help you keep track of what you need to take care of and the frequency. Carecare.org has developed some helpful tips for Fall Car Care. A general rule of thumb is that every 3 months or 3,000 miles, the following should be checked and/or changed: Automatic Transmission Fluid Battery and Cables Belts Dashboard Indicator Light On Engine Air Filter Engine Oil Exhaust Hoses Lights Power Steering Fluid Tire Inflation and Condition Windshield Washer Fluid In addition to the above regular quarterly maintenance schedule, we recommend tha ... read more

How to Deal With Dust in your Car’s Interior

How to Deal With Dust in your Car’s Interior

The hot, dry weather in the summer months is wonderful for family outings and vacation events, but it can take its toll on your car interior. There are some steps you can take to help reduce the dust to start with to reduce the damage from ongoing dust until you can do a heavy duty, deep clean down the road. As dirt and dust remains on your upholstery and in the carpets, it does damage and is tougher to remove; therefore, it is important to reduce the dust as you go along. Keep an auto hand vac and microfiber cloth easily accessible in your car just for this purpose. If they are there, you will use them more than if you have to take the time to head into the garage to find supplies. Pull them out while at the pump filling with gas and give the most used places a quick “-de-dusting” to keep ongoing dust and dirt at a minimum. If your car seems to accumulate a lot of dust quickly, there may be other issues that are causing this. Look into them to reduce the amount of dust that act ... read more

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Get Your Ride Ready for the Auto-show!

Get Your Ride Ready for the Auto-show!

The weather is beautiful for enjoying rides in your ride. Car show season is in full swing which gives you even more reason to spend some extra time pampering your classic or vintage car. The Greenwood Car Show is one of the best car shows in the Northwest is happening June 28th! Since everyone will be admiring your baby, take some extra time now to have it in its best condition for showing off. You may not have had your car out during the bad weather. Letting it sit for longer than six months can cause seals to dry up, tires develop flat spots, and engine lubricants deteriorate. Hopefully you have driven your car or at least started it up every couple of weeks. Start it, let it warm up, drive gently and slowly the first couple of miles to get it sufficiently warmed up. This allows fluids to circulate, and your oil filter to remove any accumulated sludge. Following is a basic check list of things to do to have your car in top shape ... read more

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Prep Your Car for Summer Road trips

Prep Your Car for Summer Road trips

This is the season of summer vacation, rising temperatures and lots of fun places to go! Insure that your summer vacation plans stay happy memories by pulling out of your driveway with a well prepared car and avoid unpleasant surprises along the road. Well…we can’t do anything about that unpleasant road kill, but those are not the surprises we mean. Most of your car issues can be prevented or minimized with some “get ready for summer” prep. Before you head out of town on your summer adventures, note that Scott Sherman is re-locating from Magnolia/Interbay to the Greenwood neighborhood at 9234 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle WA 98103. 1. Tires: Inspect tire pressure and tread on all 5 tires. Front and rear tire pressure recommendations may differ. Make sure your spare is also inflated to the proper tire pressure and ready to go when you need it. Also, carrying an emergency sealant and inflator kit can really come in handy if you do get a flat and need to drive safe ... read more

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Restoring a Classic Car

Restoring a Classic Car

Have your eye on a vintage vehicle? Want to bring life back to a classic car collecting dust in the garage? At Scott Sherman Auto Care we can help you with your restoration project to get that old clunker running again. Our auto services range from wheel alignment to brake services and everything in between. Take these steps when planning your automobile restoration and leave the rest to us! Assess the Car The amount of work your car needs will determine the extent of the restoration process. Determine what parts are needed and what the priorities are—we can help! Determine Authenticity To keep your vehicle authentic but still functional, decide which parts must be brand name or original and which ones you can purchase at a lower price. Find Parts You may be able to rescue some of the original parts in the car and engine, but you will likely have to find replacem ... read more

The Full Service Oil Change - All That’s Included

The Full Service Oil Change - All That’s Included

Oftentimes when people take their car in for an oil change that is all they get. Why would you want more, you ask? At Scott Sherman, we give you the full service oil change that covers a full vehicle inspection to keep your car running smooth and efficient. In addition to changing your oil, Scott Sherman also checks the following: Transmission fluid check Your car’s transmission is one of the most costly systems to replace. Low levels of transmission fluid can cause your engine to slip. Maintaining transmission fluid levels as well as keeping your fluid clean is critical in keeping out contaminants that aggravate wear on your transmission. It is much more cost efficient to add transmission fluid than it is to replace your transmission! Coolant fluid check Radiator coolant absorbs heat from the engine and then disperses it through the radiator. Coolant also has rust inhibitors to prevent bits of rust that can clog the cooling system and caus ... read more

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