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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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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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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

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

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

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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