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Fuel System Cleaning at Courtesy Automotive Service for Better Performance

Hi SAN CLEMENTE residents. Let's talk fuel injectors. A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle's engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel to precisely the right place, precisely when the engine needs it. The fuel also has to be mixed with air before it can burn in the engine. Fuel injectors are engineered to spray fuel in a specific pattern into the engine. (The pattern varies by engine type and design.) In order to achieve these spray patterns, the fuel must be pressurized. Vehicles have one fuel injector for each cylinder in the engine. Your vehicle's control computer constantly monitors the engine and various sensors in the vehicle.  It also adjusts the fuel injectors accordingly so that they can deliver the proper amount of fuel to the engine. As you can see, fuel injectors are a sophisticated and vital part of your vehicle's engine. Because fuel injectors are such precision instruments, dirt and contam ... read more

Improve Fuel Economy with Proper Maintenance at Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE

With SAN CLEMENTE gas prices being what they are, many of us in CA are driving less and looking into purchasing smaller or more efficient vehicles. SAN CLEMENTE area residents who have to drive a lot, have large families or need four-wheel drive are particularly hard hit by the cost of fuel in CA. But there are things all SAN CLEMENTE drivers can do to save fuel: We can improve our driving habits and stay on top of preventive maintenance at Courtesy Automotive Service. These things make small savings possible, but they can really add up. Let's start with driving habits. One major gas-eater is jackrabbit starts. A smooth, gradual acceleration uses a lot less fuel. It's also easier on your engine and drivetrain, so you'll prolong their lives as well. If you drive with one foot on the brake, stop. That creates drag, increasing fuel usage and reducing the useful life of your brakes. Slowing down can really add up on gas savings ove ... read more

Differential Service in SAN CLEMENTE, CA - What You Need to Know

Scratching your head? Don't worry, if you don't know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in SAN CLEMENTE, CA, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. Some SAN CLEMENTE vehicles might even have two or three. Not surprisingly, a differential's job is to compensate for differences; specifically, they're the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your SAN CLEMENTE, CA, home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you turn the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel. The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power to your vehicle. Without a differential, SAN CLEMENTE residents' tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turn ... read more

Recommended SAN CLEMENTE Service Intervals

Everyone in SAN CLEMENTE, CA, knows we are advised to go to our SAN CLEMENTE dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious SAN CLEMENTE residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – "Everything's fine, see you in six months." Or "You've got a small cavity starting, let's schedule an appointment to take care of it." By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues. This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills. If SAN CLEMENTE folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist when facing the same system for our vehicle maintenance? Following the vehicle manufact ... read more

Why People in SAN CLEMENTE Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our SAN CLEMENTE, CA, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns. There are several reasons we hesitate to take care of recommended services, especially services that our SAN CLEMENTE automotive advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like an oil change. The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your vehicle, but if you don't have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you're not forced to thi ... read more