If you’ve been putting off taking your car in for service because you don’t know where to go, take some time this month to give your car the care it needs. We’ve created a list of priorities to help you make an informed decision. When you’ve narrowed your choices down to your top two or three companies, check them against the items below and see how they stack up. You know what they say: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I must not have done my research.
3 Things Every Car Owner Should Know How To Do!
In this post we’ve provided a handy guide with the steps you’ll need to:
Change a Tire
Jump Start Your Car
Check Your Oil
Sherwood Auto Repair wants you to have the information you need so you can be more confident when one of these situations arises. Feel free to print this out and put it in your car for future reference.
It seems like just yesterday Portlanders were complaining about the heat, seeking any indoor, air-conditioned activities we could find to keep the family happy and cool. Now that we’ve adjusted to the crisp air and oohed and aahed at the beautiful fall foliage, it’s time to clean out the fireplace, check the heater, winterize our vehicles, and prepare for another Pacific Northwest winter.
Before we all get funnelled into the fast lane in the race toward the winter holidays, Sherwood Auto Repair and our friends at the Car Care Council (carcare.org) want to remind drivers not to forget about car care. October is Fall Car Care Month for good reason -- as temperatures begin to drop after our warm summer months, cars need to recover from the heat and be properly prepared for the cooler weather.
“The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather. Winter magnifies existing problems like hard starts, sluggish performance and rough idling. Whether you perform the check or maintenance yourself or go to the repair shop, it’s a small investment of time and money to ensure peace of mind, and help avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather.”
--Rich White, Car Care Council Executive Director
While you prepare for the pumpkin/candy/turkey/gift-giving season ahead, let us get your car ready. Here in Portland one of the first things we need to do to plan for fall is to be sure our windshield and wiper blades are ready for the rainy season.
In honor of October Car Care Month, we’re offering the following special:
Fall Windshield Special: $35
Preserve glass and extend the life of wiper blades! We’ll clean and apply Aquapel to the exterior of your windshield and install two new standard wiper blades*
*Additional charge for rear and specialized wiper blades. Special offer available thru November 2018
Fall Car Care Month Maintenance Checklist
The Car Care Council recommends checking each of the following:
Heating, Wipers & Lights
Make sure your heat, defrost, and windshield wipers are functioning properly (wiper blades need to be replaced about every six months)
Check all interior and exterior lights
Tires & Brakes
Check tire tread, pressure, and the condition of your spare
Get your brakes inspected
Gas, Oil & Filters
In the colder months it’s a good idea to keep your gas tank at least half full. Doing so helps prevent freezing and keeps moisture from forming in gas lines.
Stay on top of scheduled oil changes
Have your fuel, air, and transmission filters checked
Battery, Cooling & Exhaust
Have your battery and charging system checked
Clean, flush and replace antifreeze in the cooling system
Check the exhaust system for carbon monoxide leaks
Stock Up on Supplies
Be sure you have the following items in your car:
An emergency kit: include jumper cables, a blanket, bottled water, a flashlight, extra clothes, first aid/medical items, nonperishable food item
The Car Care Council provides information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more information, visit www.carcare.og.
Call Sherwood Auto Repair today and schedule a Fall Windshield Special along with any regular maintenance your car might need. A comprehensive and complimentary inspection is included with every service so you can be sure your car continues to perform at its best.
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Lots of people like cars. But are you a true autophile? Autophiles are car enthusiasts and tend to know a lot about cars. Not to be confused with audiophile--one who is particularly interested in high-quality sound reproduction--though there’s no reason you can’t be both! Here are some fascinating facts about cars. See how many you know before scrolling down to get the answers.
Before you proudly watch as your dedicated offspring recommit to achieving their academic goals, we’ve put together a special Pop Quiz to share with them. These examples of just how NOT to care for your car are based on (embarrassingly) TRUE experiences. We hope the stories spark conversation and help your young adults learn the right way to maintain a vehicle and stay safe.
Summer in Portland is glorious. Portlanders patiently wait for it every year and once it hits, we’re outside squeezing in all the outdoor events, festivals, barbeques, hikes, camping, bike rides, and road trips we can possibly manage.
Click here to learn about some fun, outdoor activities families can enjoy together this summer.