Monthly Archives: January 2021

Keep Your SAN CLEMENTE Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey SAN CLEMENTE - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean. That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in CA affects when your filter needs to be changed. Dusty conditions around SAN CLEMENTE or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Courtesy Automotive Service can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change ... read more

What to Do In Case of an Accident

If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around SAN CLEMENTE, CA, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do. Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in SAN CLEMENTE, CA: When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in CA, even if it's not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your driver's license or even jail time in our local SAN CLEMENTE lockup. Most places, including CA, require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other SAN CLEMENTE motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call 911 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed. Always file a pol ... read more

What SAN CLEMENTE Customers like About Us at Courtesy Automotive Service

A big part of the service we provide at Courtesy Automotive Service for our SAN CLEMENTE customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued SAN CLEMENTE area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Courtesy Automotive Service automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our SAN CLEMENTE customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Courtesy Automotive Service is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in SAN CLEMENTE live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Courtesy Automotive Service service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's ... read more

A "Mounting" Problem (Motor Mounts)

You know how heavy your engine and transmission are, so you can imagine how tough the parts that hold them onto your vehicle's sub-frame must be.  Not only must they support the weight, they also have to isolate vibrations and noise from the passenger cabin.  Pretty tall order, wouldn't you say? The parts that face that task daily are called the motor mounts, or engine mounts.  They are usually made of rubber with steel brackets.  Others contain a liquid for vibration and sound isolation.  Most vehicles have three or four motor mounts, and while rubber or hydraulic liquids do a good job of damping the vibrations from the engine, they also have their limitations.  The problem with rubber is that it gets old and brittle.  Plus, if there's an oil leak anywhere in your engine and oil gets on the rubber motor mounts, rubber will deteriorate even more quickly.  As for the liquid motor mounts, they can develop leaks and stop working.  ... read more

Beware of Potholes! (Avoiding Pothole Damage)

You may live in a region where roads become pockmarked with craters known better as potholes.  They're caused by moisture seeping through a compromised road surface that can freeze, expand and literally punch holes in the road.  And when your vehicle hits one of those holes that's big enough, the impact can flatten a tire, bend a wheel or tear apart a suspension component.  To minimize pothole damage, leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you so you can see the road surface and any upcoming potholes.  That way you'll have time to slow down and steer around them.  Also, if you see what looks like a puddle of water, it may be hiding a pothole underneath, so treat it as if was a pothole. If you keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer's specifications, they're more likely to withstand hard impacts.  And the slower you're going when you hit a pothole, the less likely you are to break something.  ... read more

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