Monthly Archives: February 2020

Automotive Tips from Courtesy Automotive Service: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. SAN CLEMENTE drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure. Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Courtesy Automotive Service to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more. The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your Courtesy Automotive Service service advisor can help you with the timing belt. Give us a call

Courtesy Automotive Service and the Maintenance Mindset

When it comes to their vehicles, some SAN CLEMENTEresidents don't have amaintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. SAN CLEMENTE drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance but just may not have applied it to their vehicles. Here's something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change, your friendly and knowledgeable Courtesy Automotive Service service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason. If your serpentine belt is cracked, he'll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they've got you covered. And at Courtesy Automotive Servi ... read more

Shake It up in SAN CLEMENTE!: Why Wheel Balancing

Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, we generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle's wheels in balance. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance. This means that as the wheel spins, there is a slight wobble to the path of the tire. For best handling performance and safety on the road, SAN CLEMENTE drivers want to minimize this wobble as much as possible. So we balance our tires. To balance a tire, your technician at Courtesy Automotive Service spins it on a machine or drum to determine where it is off-balance. He then attaches weights that counter-balance the uneven weight. Most people in SAN CLEMENTE are surprised at how much balancing improves the smoothness of their ride. High-quality tires generally hold their balance well. But over time, wear and tear take their toll and tires can become unbalanced. SAN ... read more

Automotive Tips from Courtesy Automotive Service: Alignment Inspection

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for SAN CLEMENTE drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment. When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at Courtesy Automotive Service will inspect your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He’ll also compare your current alignment with the vehicle manufacturer’s settings. Your vehicle owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in a crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around SAN CLEMENTE, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Courtesy Automotive Service service advisor perform an important alignment check