Monthly Archives: October 2020

Courtesy Automotive Service Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Courtesy Automotive Service automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet SAN CLEMENTE conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water. That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, SAN CLEMENTE drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better. And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new Courtesy Automotive Service ... read more

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean. Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume. SAN CLEMENTE drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE. We have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Courtesy Automotive Service can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. You'll find Courtesy Automotive Service at 2229 S EL CAMINO REAL in SAN CLEMENTE, CA 92672. Or just give us a call at 949.498.0421 to schedu ... read more

How Far We've Come (Newer Vehicle Technology)

Automotive design has come a long way since the days of the Model T, especially when it comes to safety technology.  You can thank computers for a lot of the latest innovations.  Here are a few that have been making their mark in recent years. Adaptive cruise control.  This is cruise control with a brain.  Not only will adaptive cruise control keep your vehicle going at a steady speed, it will also slow it down and even stop it if the vehicle ahead of you slows down and stops.  Automatic emergency braking.  We've all been distracted while driving, and you've probably been in a situation where the driver ahead of you has suddenly stopped.  Or maybe your attention wandered for a minute and you looked up to see your vehicle closing in fast on the car ahead of you.  (After all, there are a lot more distractions in your vehicle these days.)  New systems that use cameras, lasers and other types of sensors will warn you to start braking ... read more

A Cold Day in SAN CLEMENTE – Air Conditioning Service at Courtesy Automotive Service

Most SAN CLEMENTE drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy CA highway, but don't worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown on the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during SAN CLEMENTE rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot vehicle. A lot of SAN CLEMENTE drivers judge their vehicles' air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and maintenance that keep the vehicle running. But preventive maintenance of an air conditioning system is simple and inexpensive, while auto a/c repair can be very expensive. SAN CLEMENTE drivers should have the refrigerant in their air conditioning system checked regularly to ensure it is adequate and clean. Air conditioning systems often fail because air and water have contaminated the refrigerant. Air reduces th ... read more