Monthly Archives: November 2019

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in SAN CLEMENTE

Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the SAN CLEMENTE area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there. Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local SAN CLEMENTE service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of your driver's door that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure. And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops 20 percent below recommendations. That's severely underinflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed ri ... read more

Make Your Vehicle Last

We live in such a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days, CA folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough - they had to do without. Most SAN CLEMENTE drivers couldn't afford new vehicles very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could. It's a good thing that vehicles are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us CA penny pinchers is that a modern vehicle can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us SAN CLEMENTE vehicle owners making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules. Every time you go a little farther between recommended oil changes, you have created an opportunity for slu ... read more

How Does Courtesy Automotive Service Know What to Recommend?

When you drop your vehicle off at Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE, they don't just poke around under your hood looking for stuff to do. Courtesy Automotive Service professionals have lists and procedures they follow for different types of service. First of all, your SAN CLEMENTE service center will note the mileage on your vehicle. They'll then check to see what inspections and services the vehicle manufacturer recommends for a vehicle of your make, model and mileage. If you are a regular customer, they will also check your vehicle's history. If the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations go beyond the services you've ordered, they'll let you know. They'll also indicate whether those services are urgent or if you can wait a while to take care of them. The Courtesy Automotive Service pros won't do work that you don't agree to. They will, however, perform inspections while they're servicing your vehicle ... read more

Fuel Injection Basics for SAN CLEMENTE

All modern SAN CLEMENTE vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic SAN CLEMENTE drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right timeto be mixed with air and burned in the engine. So how many fuel injectors does your vehicle have? There's one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in SAN CLEMENTE, CA. Some vehicles have 10 or 12 cylinders. The engine control computer makes adjustments to the fuel injector as it monitors the engine and other sensors. Fuel injectors are a pretty high-tech. Courtesy Automotive Service can help SAN CLEMENTE drivers with a fuel injector cleaning service. What's the benefit? In order to work right, the fuel injectors have to deliver the fuel at a precise pressure at a very precise time. It's important that the fuel is sprayed in a particular pattern as determined by ... read more