Tips to Winterize Your Car

09/11/11 COMMENTS 0

Winter is quickly approaching and it is time to ensure your vehicle is ready for the colder winter temperatures.   Self Serve Garage was featured on King 5 News providing tips for winterizing your car.

Here are a few more quick tips to
winterize your vehicle.

  1. Get that cracked windshield fixed and change those wiper blades.   Any crack or chip in a windshield can and will grow during colder temperatures and can quickly obstruct your view.   Having new windshield wipers will ensure they can easily remove snow and slush.
  2. Check your tire’s air pressure.  Properly inflated tires give you the best traction.
  3. Do a little preventive maintenance on your battery.  Clean your posts and connections to ensure your battery is being properly charged.
  4. Make sure your antifreeze mixture is correct!  Check your owner’s manual for the proper mixture, but it is usually about a 50 – 50 mix.
  5. Change your oil.   You might as well change your oil if it is close to that time when it needs to be done.
  6. Put an emergency kit in your car.  Your kit should include multiple items you may need in an emergency situation such as a blanket, change of clothes, water, flashlight, and other items.

Want to Winterize Your Vehicle Yourself?

Contact us at 253-981-3946 to Rent a Bay at Self Serve Garage to winterize your vehicle yourself!



Self Serve Garage Featured in Seattle Times – NW Autos

17/10/11 COMMENTS 0

We were recently highlighted in an article by Allen Cox in the Seattle Times – NWAutos section.  The article focused on the services we offer to help vehicle owners safe money on repairs.   The article even discusses one of our customer’s experience with the shop.

Allen Dermody, of Kent, has been taking his Volvo to Self-Service Garage since it opened. He has experience making his own auto repairs and brings in most of his own tools and parts. But, he says, the garage offers a few amenities he lacks.

“Self-Service Garage has the space, the hoist, a compressor and everything I need that I don’t have at home,” Dermody says. “It’s a very well-equipped garage.”

Read the full article here, “Fixes by you: Self-serve car-repair shop lets you be the mechanic

101 Years Old and She Still Changes Her Own Oil

21/09/11 COMMENTS 0

This is a great video that highlights Margaret Dunning and her 740 Packard Roadster. The video shows a 101 year old woman who still drives, and loves, her 80 year old car. Our favorite part of the video is the following quote…

“I can change the oil and I can change the spark plugs….and I love to get my friends involved.”

Margaret knows that satisfaction felt when you fix your own car.  Who knows, 80 years from now it may be you and your car being filmed!

Auburn Mountain View Faculty helps with vehicle repairs at Self Serve Garage

07/09/11 COMMENTS 0

Auburn Mountain-View faculty members know how important it is to help young adults; that’s why Kenneth Elliott, of Auburn Mountain-View High School did not hesitate assisting a youth in distress.

Saturday, September 03, 2011, Kenneth witnessed a young man trying to save money by replacing his own brakes. Unfortunately, this young man did not have all the necessary tools and experience for the repair. Mr. Elliott wanted to assist the young man, but did not have the tools or experience himself, and both Mr. Elliott and the young man did not want to pay full service shop prices.

Fortunate for this young man, Mr. Elliott remembered about a do-it-yourself shop one of his student’s fathers opened this year. The two came to Self Serve Garage looking to save money. For a little over $70, the two had the tools, equipment, and even assistance to complete the brake repair.

Truck Owner and Driver Take Advatage of $10/hr Bay Rentals

27/08/11 COMMENTS 0
$10/hr bay rentals go a long way for truck owners & drivers

The driver of this big rig asked how much to rent a bay for his truck.

When I told him $10/hr, he smiled, and said, “Wow!!! Thats it?” This is the result…
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