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.
We love trivia. Some members of the Sherwood Auto Repair team can spout sports trivia, others know a little too much about 80s music, we even work with someone who can recite the presidents in order. This month we decided to share our appreciation of obscure tidbits of knowledge. We hope you enjoy these weird and wonderful facts as much as we enjoyed putting them together.
Summer will be here before we know it. To get you in the planning spirit, we’ve put together our top 7 tips to help all you road-trippers out there prepare, save money, and make the trip more memorable.
1. Plan, but don’t overplan
There are those among us who just feel better when they have every minute planned out. Unless you have a really tight schedule, it’s best to remain flexible on a road trip. You may want to explore a beautiful area or a local may suggest a great spot you didn’t know about. Sometimes the unexpected things turn out to be the most memorable.
2. Bring a map -- yes, the old-fashioned paper kind
Let’s face it -- most of us are lost without our GPS devices or phones. It seems we can’t even navigate to places we’ve been before without plugging the address into a device. How did we get anywhere before GPS? Were we just driving aimlessly until we stumbled upon our destination? In the old days, we used maps! Having a real paper map as one of your road trip accessories will help you out if you’re stuck somewhere without (dare we say it?) cell signal. You can use markers to map out the route you took and keep it as a memento, or even frame it. Besides, maps are cool.
3. Get App Happy
There are some amazing apps out there! If you’re looking for something in particular, chances are it’s out there in app form. If you’re not already familiar with the list below, we encourage you to take a closer look at a few of our favorite FREE apps that can make your road trip even better.
- RoadTrippers (Android, iOS): Offers options to search the area you’re visiting for things like food, lodging, and places of interest
Android Auto (Android only): Handy app that integrates a variety of features and helps you stay hands-free while driving
Waze (Android, iOS): Provides current traffic conditions and alternate routes
ParkMe (Android, iOS): Find out what parking options are available in the vicinity and how much they cost. You can even pay in advance and have the spot waiting for you!
Urgent.ly (Android, iOS): Don’t have roadside assistance through AAA or your car insurance provider? This app links you with local roadside assistance providers.
GasBuddy (Android, iOS): Find gas options in the area and even save some money by filtering info by price.
iExit (Android, iOS): Find out what’s ahead! This app even integrates with GasBuddy and Yelp.
Be sure you also bring along favorite tunes, podcasts, and audiobooks. Road trips are a great opportunity to enjoy music and stories together. Traveling with more than one child? No need to argue in your wood-paneled station wagon about which radio station or 8-track tape to listen to. If you have enough devices you can download books and games they can each enjoy with headphones, and you can keep control over the car stereo.
4. Cash On Hand
It’s easy to pay by card at most establishments, but there are times when cash comes in very handy. It’s not common, but there are places that simply refuse to pay card processing fees and stick to a “cash only” policy.
You may never find yourself facing a burger emergency with a single cash-only restaurant in sight, but why risk it? Many toll roads still accept cash, too. Remember, when you’re on a road trip carrying excessive amounts of cash isn’t recommended. Bring some, but don’t overdo it.
5. The Travelmeister...Makin’ Copies
If you were around for Saturday Night Live in the 1990s, it might be hard to say the words “making copies” without adding -meister to whatever precedes it the way a young Rob Schneider did in his “Richmeister” sketches. Whether you’re a fan of the annoying copy guy character or not, this little tip applies to all travel, and it’s a good one! Before you leave home, make and file a copy of any important documents or cards you plan to take with you. No one expects to lose their wallet or purse, and no one plans to be burgled, but taking precautions never hurts. As a reminder -- be sure you have your car and medical insurance cards, but there’s no reason to take more credit cards on your trip than you actually plan to use.
6. Pack Snacks
Buying all your food on the road can get expensive, and healthy options are harder to find. Be sure to plan plenty of stops so you can get out and stretch, and maybe get a snack out of the cooler to enjoy at a picnic table. If you keep healthy snacks on hand you’ll be less likely to stop at fast food restaurants more than you want to. When you need to restock snack supplies, check one of your handy apps and find the closest grocery store!
7. Prep Your Ride
You’ve got your food, your apps, your maps, your entertainment, but don’t neglect the most important part of the whole road trip -- your car! Schedule a visit to your auto repair shop well in advance so you’re sure an appointment is on your calendar. In addition to your regular maintenance, you’ll want to get your cooling and air conditioning systems serviced. You’ll use a lot of gas on your trip and the best way to optimize fuel usage is to have your filters, fluids, and fuel system in top condition. At Sherwood Auto Repair, your service always includes a thorough inspection performed by our master technicians. They’ll look at your service record kept in our system and review your diagnostic results with you so you can see exactly which services might be needed.
You’re in charge of planning an amazing adventure on the open road, and our job is to see that your car gets you there safely.
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