Monthly Archives: October 2019

Fall and Spring Inspection at Courtesy Automotive Service

Good vehicle care for us SAN CLEMENTE residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved. Antifreeze—or coolant as it's also called—protects the engine from both freezing and hot temperatures and thus is required by the engine year-round. Modern coolants don't have to be changed as often as they did in the past, but your owner's manual has a recommendation for when it should be replaced to extend cooling system life. Getting a spring and fall checkup at Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE for your vehicle is still good auto advice. First of all, there is ... read more

Getting New Tires in SAN CLEMENTE?

There are so many tire choices in the SAN CLEMENTE area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most SAN CLEMENTE area folks so you want do it right. Tip: talk with your friendly and knowledgeable Courtesy Automotive Service tire professional. He'll help you sort through the choices. Here are some of the issues you'll talk about: One is size – you know, all those numbers on the side of the tire. The right size is . All new vehicles are required to have stability control which, along with other important safety systems, is calibrated to work with specific tire sizes. Your SAN CLEMENTE tire professional can help stay within manufacturer's specifications or program a different tire size into your vehicle's computer. And you'll want to discuss how and where you drive to ... read more

Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Courtesy Automotive Service

All of us in SAN CLEMENTE know we have to get the oil changed in our vehicles periodically. That's just part of good vehicle care. But when Courtesy Automotive Service technicians change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That's why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed before releasing your vehicle. Don't just chock this up to trying to sell you something else. SAN CLEMENTE area drivers really do need to change their air filter when it gets dirty. You can check your owner's manual to see how often your air filter should need to be changed, but remember, if you live in an area in CA with poor air quality, or if you drive a lot or drive under harsh conditions in the SAN CLEMENTE area, you may need to change that filter more often than is recommended. Changing an air filter isn't guesswork. If a filter's dirty, it needs to be replaced ... read more

Timing Belt

Ever heard the sad tale of a staggeringly steep repair bill from a broken timing belt? Bad news. Let's take a lesson from their woes and remember to think about our timing belt. First, let's review what a timing belt does. The top part of the engine over the cylinders is called the cylinder head. The head contains the valves. There's at least one valve that lets the fresh air into the cylinder. This air, mixed with fuel, burns to create power. Then another valve or two will open to allow the exhaust out of the engine. Each cylinder has 2 to 4 valves - that's 12 to 24 valves for a V-6, up to 32 values on a V-8. The opening and closing of the valves is done by a camshaft. The timing belt uses the rotation of the engine to drive the camshaft which opens and close the valves. It's called a timing belt because it has to be adjusted to rotate the camshaft to keep proper time with the engine so that everything's in sync. The timing belt is a toothed rubber belt ... read more