Monthly Archives: April 2020

Ask Courtesy Automotive Service: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down. Okay, so maybe you can live without air conditioning and power steering for a while, but your battery can't live very long without an alternator, and when the cooling system goes down, your vehicle engine will overheat. That's why SAN CLEMENTE drivers should never wait to get a serpentine belt replaced. Serpentine belts are fairly inexpensive at Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE. And they look downright cheap when you compare them to the cost of an overheated vehicle engine, a t ... read more

Will Proper Auto Maintenance at Courtesy Automotive Service Really Save Gas?

Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But SAN CLEMENTE drivers don't always extend those good habits into the garage. Our vehicles need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but just as cleaning a carpet carries the hidden reward of prolonging its life, maintaining our vehicles incurs a hidden reward that becomes noticeable at SAN CLEMENTE gas stations. When it comes to reduced fuel economy, there are two culprits: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion. That means that anything SAN CLEMENTE drivers can do to decrease friction and increase the efficiency of their engines will translate to savings on fuel. Friction increases the amount of energy it takes to move someth ... read more

Used Cars: Courtesy Automotive Service Advice on What to Do After You Buy

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious SAN CLEMENTE drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems? There are good used vehicles for sale in the SAN CLEMENTE area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some SAN CLEMENTE used vehicle owners sell them because they don't want to deal with developing or existing problems. When you're considering buying a used vehicle in SAN CLEMENTE, ask for service records. Check to see if the recommended schedules for preventive maintenance have been followed. If so, you probably have a great used vehicle on your hands. If there aren't any service records, then assume the worst. Check the vehicle for obvious signs of problems. Kick the tires if you want to but definitely check them for uneven ... read more

Go Straight: Wheel Alignment for SAN CLEMENTE Automobiles

SAN CLEMENTE drivers may have an alignment problem if their car drifts or pulls to one side, the steering wheel's off center, they notice uneven tire wear or the car doesn't feel like it handles right as they drive down SAN CLEMENTE, CA, streets and roads. When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other objects around SAN CLEMENTE are great ways to knock a car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels start pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin. The team at Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE wants you to know that driving for an extended time when your car is out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. Sometimes the tire can be worn so badly that it will fail. At the very least, those who drive with wheels out of alignment will have to replace their tires sooner. You could end up with premature wear t ... read more