8 Car “Tips” That Are Actually Myths

Most of us can recall a few well-intended “tips” we were told by friends or family members when we were younger. We may have even assumed they were true, partly because they were imparted with such authority, and partly because we had no reason to doubt them. Here are a few gems that might sound familiar: Don’t sit too close to the TV -- it’ll ruin your eyesight If you touch a toad you’ll get warts If you swallow gum it stays in your body for 7 years Our family pet went to live on a farm where it has lots of space to run and play It seems like even as adults we can use the reminder that just because someone says something, it doesn’t mean it’s true. If only that were the case! (Though Sherwood Auto Repair does have the most attractive customers of any Portland area auto shop). When it comes to car care, some of the myths we’ve been told are just plain false, while others are simply outdated. Myth #1: Take ... read more

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

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

Fooling Around April Fool’s Day offers endless opportunities to laugh at the expense of others. For co-workers, there’s the old “put a piece of tape over the optical sensor on their computer mouse” trick. (Tip for parents -- this works equally well on game and tv remotes!) Or, try this two-fer: Ask to take a look at someone’s cell phone because you’re thinking about getting that model and then quickly set an alarm and change the language. And here’s one for those who prefer to prank in public. Run into a store and yell, “what year is it?” When someone answers, reply gleefully, “It worked!” and run away. Car Care Is No Joke April also happens to be National Car Care Awareness Month. All joking aside, your car is a valuable investment so it makes sense to take precautions when selecting the right shop. And the fact is not all auto shops are created equal ... read more

Easy Car Customizations That Suit Your Lifestyle

Cars Are More Than People-Movers Cars are much more than people-movers that get us from point A to point B. Sure, we use them for work or school commutes, road trips, and hauling groceries and household goods. But a car is more than that. For some of us, they serve as a mobile office (with stacks of cards, flyers, and folders to prove it). Our vehicles can transport bikes and other sporting equipment, and often hold an extra gym bag for last-minute workouts. Some people store beach mats or rubber boots and umbrellas, preparing for spontaneous getaways or sudden changes in weather. Others like to keep books and an extra pair of reading glasses in case the sun makes an unexpected appearance and there’s time for a break at a favorite park. Pimping Your Ride No matter how you use your car, there are lots of ways to personalize it to make it more “you”. Here are a few inexpensive customization options that can add functionality and even a t ... read more

Car Tech: The Future Is Here!

It seems like technology changes so fast, the phones we buy today are already old by the time we figure out how to use them! We are witnessing advances at an unprecedented pace, and the changes in automobile technology are no exception. Manufacturers are constantly improving their high-tech driver assistance systems. There are currently no fully autonomous cars on US roads (yet), but some of the new driver assistance systems out there come pretty close. Car tech trends are designed to make driving easier and safer for the humans behind the wheel. Some features already come standard. For those of you still rocking a flip phone, the trends we’re highlighting today may just blow your mind. It’s okay. Even those of us who see the technology first hand are regularly amazed. Cars That Park For You Here’s a technology that makes us all look like expert parallel-parkers! Self-parking hasn’t been around very long. The purpose of self-parking ... read more

3 Things Every Car Owner Should Know How To Do

Did you know there are more than 250 million registered vehicles in the United States alone? While this figure does include cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses, and other motorized vehicles, it’s still pretty impressive given our country’s population is around 325 million. And yet studies reveal only about 47% of us feel certain we could jump-start a car, and even fewer of us know how to change a tire. In this post we’ve provided a handy guide with the steps you’ll need to: Change a TireJump Start Your CarCheck Your OilSherwood Auto Repairwants 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. We hear you millennials out there are saying, “But, why? I can always Google or YouTube that.” You sure can! Except when you can’t. What if you wer ... read more