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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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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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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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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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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 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 Reasons Why Your Teenager’s First Car Should Be a Classic

5 Reasons Why Your Teenager’s First Car Should Be a Classic

As graduation season and the freedom of summer approaches, car buying season continues to sneak up on unsuspecting parents, grandparents, and relatives. If your teenager hasn’t already placed a lockdown on your family car’s set of keys, you know the thrill of the open road and rolled down windows won’t keep them there for much longer. Choosing a first car for your child is more than an investment in their safety and education as a driver - it’s a major milestone in a person’s life. While they may have ideas about what car they want and how they’ll pay for it, your responsibility as a parent is to provide them with a safe, reliable form of transportation that they can use as a learning tool before moving onto bigger and better things. Widely overlooked in the “first car” category are classic American cars that, yes, need some work, but bear with us: the benefits of choosing a classic car as your child’s first may surprise you ... read more

What Can I Do If My Mechanic Overcharged Me?

While the majority of automotive mechanics are honest, hard-working professionals, there are bad eggs in every line of work. Despite the widespread adoption of the internet and the growing importance of customer reviews online, there are still some mechanics that thrive off duping unknowing motorists into paying for services that are invented, unnecessary, or much less serious than they portray them to be. If you suspect your mechanic may have overcharged you, there are a few steps you can take before things get too serious: Stay Calm and Be Polite No one enjoys an angry, rude person intruding on their workplace - even if they're a paying customer. Mechanics are people too and often very busy people at that. Escalating a situation to anger and frustration is an easy jump to make, but doing so will only put the mechanic on the defensive. Instead, ask for a detailed explanation from the person who performed the work, inquire about the differences between the final ... read more

Avoid These Costly Car Mistakes After a Snow Storm

Avoid These Costly Car Mistakes After a Snow Storm

While we're enjoying our typical extra-moist winter months in Seattle once again, anyone who has been travelling this season knows the treachery that winter weather can bring. Snoqualmie and much of the mountain west received a tremendous amount of snow fall so far this winter - over 300 inches of cumulative snowpack over Snoqualmie Pass as of February 16th! After such significant winter weather events, it's important to keep your car well-maintained and ready to go or it could end up costing you big. Here are a few ways to avoid an expensive trip to the mechanic's shop: Replace Your Hoses and Wipers Rubber hoses and seals have a tendency to break down or wear out during cold weather, which could leave a motorist stranded in dangerous circumstances. While breakdowns are unfortunate and frightening, emergency crews often consider them low priority during significant snow events with multiple acci ... read more

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