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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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Tips from the Scott Sherman Crew for National Fall Car Care Month

Tips from the Scott Sherman Crew for National Fall Car Care Month

October is a wonderful month in the Pacific Northwest for transitions. Here in Seattle, the leaves turn bright fall colors, the air blows a crisp breeze and we get to enjoy some sunny days before the rain begins. It’s the perfect transition time between the lazy days of summer and the busy holiday months ahead. October also happens to be National Fall Car Care Month.  It's a great time to make sure your car is ready for the cooler weather. The crew at Scott Sherman Auto Care came up with their favorite tips for preparing your car for the changing season. Read on for some recommendations form Jeremy, Chris and Andy. Tips from Jeremy 1.  Mix up Homemade deicer.  Put a mixture of 1 to 1, rubbing alcohol and water in a squirt bottle.  It melts ice off car windows in a snap. 2. If you go over the pass make sure to have winter formulated windshield washer fluid.  This will ensure it won't freeze in the bottle and be at the ready as ... 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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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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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 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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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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Giving Kids Some “Brakes” With Our School Supply Drive

Giving Kids Some “Brakes” With Our School Supply Drive

While it may be hard to let go of summer, back to school season is definitely upon us. As our community’s young people gear up to get ready for another year of teachers, books and backpacks – Scott Sherman Auto Care wants to lend a helping hand for children who are lacking necessary school supplies by helping them catch some "brakes" on supplies. We value education and family and are consistently looking for ways to give back to our local community. The age-old tradition of purchasing supplies for school means that now is a great time to stock up on pencils, paper, folders and other educational tools. However, some families in our city find this part of the end of summer to be an added strain on their tight finances. To support these families in our area, Scott Sherman Auto Care is holding a “School Supply Drive to Give Kids a Brake” to benefit those in need at this time. SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE The list of products needed per child each year can be ext ... read more

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Car Maintenance for Your Summer Road Trip

Car Maintenance for Your Summer Road Trip

The Seattle weather is clearing up, kids are out of school, and thousands of people in the area are gearing up for a good old-fashioned road trip. There are so many places in Washington State that are just a car ride away that it’s tempting to see the sunny weather report and just take off. But before you pack your bags, you want to do a little car maintenance to make sure it's as ready to go as you are.  BEFORE YOU LEAVE Here are a few of our favorite maintenance tips to follow before you embark on your summer adventure.  Check oil and washer fluids. Check your car’s oil. If you are nearing the time of an oil change, it’s best to do it before your trip. Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is full in both your front and rear windows. Look at the condition of your tires. Check the air pressure in the tires and your tire wear. If one tire is lower than the rest have it checked for a nail or screw. Examine your spare tire. Look a ... read more

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3 Signs Your Car Air Conditioning Needs Serviced

3 Signs Your Car Air Conditioning Needs Serviced

The summer days are kicking in and the temperature is going up.  Is your air conditioning system ready for the warmer days?  Most people don’t know that their car air conditioning needs to be serviced until it’s too late and it’s not working at all.  But your car’s A/C system will usually give you some hints before it gets to that point. A/C ISSUES Here are 3 ways to to tell if it needs serviced: The odor coming from the air conditioning smells “off.”  This is an easy one to notice.  The odor from an A/c system that needs to be serviced might smell like mildew or just a bit strange.   The temperature varies when you are driving versus stopped. If you are at a red light and notice that the A/C temperature is blowing warmer or cooler than when you were driving, it could be a sign that the system is not working efficiently and needs to be inspected.   The setting for the A/C doesn’t match the temperature ... read more

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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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