Monthly Archives: March 2019

Introduction to Diesels for SAN CLEMENTE, CA

Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around SAN CLEMENTE, CA, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs. Most people in CA are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven't been available in SAN CLEMENTE, CA. But that's about to change. In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in SAN CLEMENTE, CA, so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years. Why are so many SAN CLEMENTE drivers interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more e ... read more

Using Proper Fluids in Your vehicle

Today, Courtesy Automotive Service is writing about the proper fluids for your vehicle. It's become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. It's not that people in SAN CLEMENTE are confused as much as they don't realize how much things have changed in recent years. If you have questions about the fluids in your vehicle, please don't hesitate to stop by Courtesy Automotive Service. You can find us on 2229 S EL CAMINO REAL in SAN CLEMENTE, CA 92672. Just give us a call at 949.498.0421. Let's take engine oil. Twenty or 30 years ago, there were just a handful of different weights of oil. The weight of an oil is a scientific measure of its properties, particularly its viscosity or thickness. It was common in those days to use a lighter weight oil in the winter when it's cold outside. That way the oil would be able to splash around inside the engine and protect the ... read more

The Easy Way to Save Cash in SAN CLEMENTE

The hottest CA news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in SAN CLEMENTE. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in SAN CLEMENTE can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for your vehicle that'll save gas no matter how you drive. The first one for SAN CLEMENTE drivers is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most SAN CLEMENTE service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask Courtesy Automotive Service. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many SAN C ... read more

Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Bad air quality while you're driving around SAN CLEMENTE is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet. These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns. So your cabin air filter can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Courtesy Automotive Service, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000-24,000 kilometers). The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are ... read more

Good Service at Courtesy Automotive Service Equals Good Fuel Economy in SAN CLEMENTE

Whether we're trying to save money, save gas or save the environment, most of us SAN CLEMENTE drivers have an interest in decreasing fuel consumption. We've all heard about ways to save money on gas in CA, but does it really add up to much? How much can we boost our fuel economy through preventive maintenance and more courteous driving? The US government has a website that actually answers that question. Let's look at some of the data and find out if any of these fuel-saving ideas are really worth the effort. We've all heard that a tune-up can improve gas mileage. It turns out that it can save us 4% at the pump. At $3.50 a gallon, that's 14¢ per gallon in savings, and at $4.00 a gallon, that's a 16¢ per gallon savings. Other common repair items can also save you at the pump. For example, if your oxygen sensor is faulty, it's not delivering the information to your engine's computer that allows it to calculate th ... read more