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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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Caring for Your Car’s Interior

Caring for Your Car’s Interior

A long, wet winter and all the accompanying dirt and grime can take its toll on your ride’s interior. One too many spilled lattes will not only leave your nose with the memory, but as time passes, all dirt and grime becomes more difficult to eliminate. Scott Sherman has come up with some action items for you to take to spruce up your car’s interior and leave it with that new car fresh scent. Fabric Car Seats · A good, deep vacuuming with a high powered vacuum is critical to remove dirt before starting to clean with water. Use a narrow nozzle to get into the hard to reach areas. Move seats as far forward and backward as they will go. · Fill two buckets with water, cold and hot. Add some common laundry detergent. Scrub the seats with a sponge soaked in the hot solution. Take care to not soak the seats or it will be difficult to get them dry and this could encourage mildew. · Next, use a clean towel dipped in the cold water to clean the excess d ... read more

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February Auto-Love: Pre-Spring Cleaning

February Auto-Love: Pre-Spring Cleaning

If you winterized your car just a couple of months back, undoubtedly, your vehicle is thanking you and serving you well. Continue the Love in February and take some steps to care of your ride with some “Pre-Spring Cleaning” and send it into warmer temps purring like a kitten. The harsh, cold temperatures, rain, snow and ice that gets tracked into your car, salts and road grime; all lead to build up of dirt on your car, engine, and the interior. “Pre-spring cleaning” at the end of the winter months can help address a lot of the grime build up and reduce the wear and tear that would occur if you wait until late spring or early summer. Starting with the interior, take care of the following from top to bottom: When your interior windows are fogging up during damp spring weather, it is usually due to dirt built up over the winder months. Wash them well with a NON-ammonia based window cleaner since ammonia makes the fogging worse. There are also anti-fogging agents that can be appli ... read more

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Why Regular Oil Changes Are Crucial for Auto Maintenance

Why Regular Oil Changes Are Crucial for Auto Maintenance

When you consider that your car is not only one of the largest investments that you will make, and add to that how dependent you are on it’s reliability, then it is a foregone conclusion that regular maintenance to keep your car running smoothly and more cost efficiently is in your best interest. The number one function of your motor oil is to protect your engine against heat and friction. Regular oil changes contribute in a huge way in prolonging the life of your car and help you to avoid more costly repairs in the future. Here are some compelling reasons to help you commit to frequent oil changes and keep your engine running smooth and gunk-free. ŸLonger engine life: Your engine oil has a big job; it keeps all moving parts protected and lubricated. When your car engine is running, tiny flakes and crud get caught in the oil. This causes wear and friction which are two of the leading causes of engine failure. Regular oil changes keeps your engine lubricated with clean motor oil ... read more

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Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter Driving Safety Tips

The holiday season officially here, and with that comes winter weather and dangerous driving conditions. Drivers are more impatient when rushing to finish all the Christmas shopping, or attempting holiday travel for family gatherings. Keep the holidays happy and yourself and family safe by preparing in advance for the winter driving months. The first place to start for winter driving safety is before you leave your home with some key tasks you can take care of now... ŸAddress any minor vehicle repairs or look into that funny noise coming from the engine. Properly inflate your tires, check your battery, hoses, radiator, lights, and brakes. Ÿ Keep a full tank of gas. Ÿ Stock your car with the following winter travel items: Tire chains, Ice scraper/snowbrush, Jumper cables, and Road Flares. ŸPrepare a basic winter survival kit and keep it in your vehicle. It should include the following: Flashlight, Batteries, Blanket, Gloves/boots, Water/snacks, and First aid kit. Keep in min ... read more

Prepare Your Car for Winter and A Special Thank You to Our Customers

Prepare Your Car for Winter and A Special Thank You to Our Customers

The holidays are nearly here, and we wanted to get a head start on all the craziness to say a special ‘thank you’ to our customers! You are the reason we’ve been providing quality auto service since 1952 (more than 60 years!). So, for this Thanksgiving and holiday season, we want you to know that we really appreciate your loyal patronage. With the holiday season, you will probably need to put in some TLC to prepare your car for winter. We can handle everything needed to get your vehicle in top shape for safe, reliable transportation through the icy wet months to come. Here are just a few seasonal preparation musts to be ready for the snow and rain: Check the functionality of everything. You should, of course, keep an eye on the functionality of your battery and other critical pieces on a year-round basis. However, when winter is coming, you will want to make sure that your thermostat, heater, defroster, and wiper blades are all in tip-top shape. Get a level on your liquids. How ... read more

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Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Summer is suddenly gone, and the fall and winter weather is rolling in with a gusto (excuse the pun, but the crazy windy weather we’ve been having lately necessitated comment). As the holiday season quickly approaches, we would like to offer some helpful driving safety tips – particularly for Halloween, since kids running around in the dark can make it a dangerous holiday for pedestrians and drivers. Here are some Halloween driving safety tips, although they can be used year-round: • Be alert. During peak trick-or-treating hours (6 – 9 p.m.), you should be especially alert to kids in costume, parents who are too busy herding kids to watch traffic, and wayward decorations that could pose a safety hazard. Kids can dart across the street suddenly, so watch out for them. • Yield to walkers. People of all heights might not see you as they plan to cross the street. If parents or kids are attempting to cross in front of you, stop and let them. Despite the fact that many parents tea ... read more

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Tips for Improving Your Gas Mileage

Tips for Improving Your Gas Mileage

With today's high gas prices, it's worth taking a few minutes out of your day to make minor modifications that will improve your gas mileage. ALLDATA's ASE Certified Technicians have developed 22 effective tips for reducing the amount of gas you use while driving your vehicle: Vehicle Tips Keep your tires properly inflated, and check them frequently. Keep your front suspension and steering in proper alignment. Use the thinnest viscosity oil that your car's manufacturer recommends. Keep your engine in proper mechanical condition. Keep your engine in tune and make sure the air and fuel filters are clean. Make sure your brakes are not dragging. Repair body damage. That crunched front fender adds aerodynamic drag - just ask any race car driver. Don't use premium fuel if your car does not require it; using it is an unnecessary expense.Don't waste your money on those late night "as seen on TV" products that are supposed to increase your mileage ... read more

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Back to School – Don’t Forget About Your Car Maintenance!

Back to School – Don’t Forget About Your Car Maintenance!

In the frenzy of getting your kids’ school books and supplies in order for the start of the new school year, it’s easy to neglect some of the other things in your life that need attention. But after a summer of long road trips or toting your family around to various barbecues and summer activities, your car is probably in need of some TLC to help you make it through the fall. And if your child is headed off to college or will be driving to high school this year, their vehicle also needs some attention. Ask yourself the following questions, and follow our tips to make sure your car is ready for the back to school season! When did I last have an oil change? It’s easy to forget about that little sticker in the upper left corner of your windshield. If it’s been more than a couple hundred miles since you passed that 3,000-mile marker from your last change, that’s a clear sign that it is time to schedule one! Delaying too long on an oil change can seriously damage your ... read more

Why Preventative Car Maintenance is Important

Why Preventative Car Maintenance is Important

Other than your house, a car is probably going to be one of your biggest expenses over the course of your life. It’s not just the cost of the vehicle itself, but the maintenance, insurance, gas, and other expenses all add up to a big personal investment. The trouble with cars, however, is that they depreciate in value the longer you own them. So, the best way to make your investment last as long as possible, it’s critical to stay up-to-date on the maintenance of the car. There are two major maintenance points that you should take care to stay current with: Oil Changes: Checking and changing your oil is the most important aspect to keeping your car running smoothly. A good rule of thumb is to check the level and color of your oil every other time you fill the gas tank. The oil level should be consistent, and the color should not be too dark or dirty. If your oil is leaking or getting dirty, it’s time to take it in for a change. As a rule, you should have it changed every three to ... read more

Washing and Waxing Your Vehicle

Washing and Waxing Your Vehicle

Washing your car is like taking a good hot shower, it just makes you feel better. But there are some important things to remember. First, household detergent is a real no-no; it's likely to take off the wax and damage the paint. There are numerous products designed especially for your purpose available in auto supply stores, use one of them. Car Wash and Wax Work in the shade and use a sponge, towel or wash mitt. These should be kept completely free of abrasive grit. Pay attention to those crevices underneath the vehicle that accumulate mud and road dirt. The high pressure hose in a do-it-yourself car wash is great for this, as is a home style pressure washer. Automotive chemical manufacturers have developed new products that make the finished job more impressive. Tires and black plastic trim, for example, can be made to look like new with protective dressings. There are cleaners for chrome, aluminum and stainless steel; even products designed for hard-to-remove brake pad du ... read more

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