Take Your Car For A Ride: 6 Great Day Trips From Portland

Take Your Car For A Ride: 6 Great Day Trips From Portland

The beach, the mountains, the waterfalls, the breweries -- who says you can’t have it all?

Pacific Northwest residents know how fortunate we are to have access to so many amazing places and activities. During the summer we share our glorious part of the country with tourists, many of whom are discovering the wonders of the region for the first time. Long-time locals and first-time visitors venture out together and explore all the parks, fests, concerts, sports, and outdoor activities that make summer in Portland spectacular.

Need Auto Repair? 7 Ways To Avoid Being Fooled This April

Need Auto Repair? 7 Ways To Avoid Being Fooled This April

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.

Top 5 Winter Weather Driving Tips

Top 5 Winter Weather Driving Tips

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.

October Is Fall Car Care Month: Care For A Special?

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

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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:

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  • Ice scraper

  • Snow brush

  • 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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