Monthly Archives: June 2019

Exhaust Service at Courtesy Automotive Service: Passing the Smell Test

The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most SAN CLEMENTE residents realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All CA folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget that a damaged exhaust system can be deadly. That's why preventive maintenance on your exhaust system is so important. We can help you with that at Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE. The exhaust manifold is the first component in your exhaust system. The manifold is attached to the engine. It collects the gases that are produced by the engine and directs them into the exhaust pipes. At this point, these gases are both hot and chemically dangerous. One of the gases produced in your engine is carbon monoxide. This gas is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. Continue breathing i ... read more

Beware of Cheap Tires in SAN CLEMENTE

Do you like to shop for shoes in SAN CLEMENTE? When buying a running shoe, is quality important? Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous? Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price? Is the warranty important when buying tires? SAN CLEMENTE drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction on CA freeways and surface streets. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on CA highways, the tires need a high load rating. Ask your friendly and knowledgeable SAN CLEMENTE tire professional at Courtesy Automotive Service. I think it's important that SAN CLEMENTE residents understand the effect of price on a tire's quality, performance and durability. When I was a kid, my dad would say,  ... read more

Keeping Your SAN CLEMENTE Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter? A. A filter for your SAN CLEMENTE house? B. A fresh, piney scent? C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's C. A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common CA air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows. These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns. Not all SAN CLEMENTE vehicles have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in CA. Last check, about 40 percent of new vehicles sold in SAN CLEMENTE come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year. Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for people in SAN CLEMENTE. Your vehicle can be a haven during our CA allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, th ... read more

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

Hey SAN CLEMENTE area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our CA streets? How can you tell on your vehicle? While there may be legal requirements for the SAN CLEMENTE area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates. Two-thirty-seconds of an inch is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, there's just 2/32 of an inch – 1.6 millimeters – of tread left. It's that level of wear that's been called into question recently. We're referring to the tread depth on a tire, it can't move surface water out of the way and you start to hydroplane. In a safety study, a section of a test track was flooded with a thin layer of water. If you laid a dime on the track, the water would be deep enough to surround the coin, but not enough to cover it. A car and a full-sized ... read more

What to Do in Case of an Accident in SAN CLEMENTE

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in SAN CLEMENTE, 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 SAN CLEMENTE drivers should do in case of an accident: When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in SAN CLEMENTE is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your CA driver's license or even jail time. Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call SAN CLEMENTE emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed. You should always file a police report. It ... read more