Monthly Archives: September 2019

The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service at Courtesy Automotive Service

Service to a vehicle's power steering system is part of preventive maintenance for  SAN CLEMENTE auto owners. This system provides power to the steering wheel so you can turn it with ease. Without power steering, all of the power to turn your vehicle's wheels would have to come from you. The central element of most power steering systems is a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid, and it is this pressure that provides auxiliary steering power. A belt connected to the engine usually powers the pump, although some systems use an electric pump. Some newer vehicles have an electric motor that directly provides the power steering boost. Pressurized fluid moves from the pump to the steering gear through a high-pressure hose. A low-pressure hose returns fluid to the pump. Power steering fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the system. SAN CLEMENTE drivers should remember that fluid levels in the power steering s ... read more

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Courtesy Automotive Service

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what you want. But if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably know that cheap shoes can come with an added cost of sore feet and other foot ailments. When you add in the benefits of comfort and protection, the more expensive shoes are actually the better value. Buying tires at Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE is a lot like buying shoes, except that SAN CLEMENTE vehicles don't have changeable apparel and don't need a closet full of tires to match. Vehicles spend a lot of time on their tires—all the time, in fact—so they need tires that can stand up to the ... read more

Courtesy Automotive Service Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

Organization is the key to managing a busy life in CA. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep SAN CLEMENTE residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. SAN CLEMENTE residents can't afford to overlook any of them. The following is a list of preventive maintenance services that are often overlooked by vehicle owners in the SAN CLEMENTE area. They are not presented in any particular order. 1. Courtesy Automotive Service Power Steering Service. Moisture gradually builds up in your power steering fluid, which can lead to corrosion in your steering system. The fluid also gets dirty, which can gum up your steering system. The fluid needs to be replaced periodically. 2. Courtesy Automotive Service Wheel Alignment. W ... read more

Relax When the Wind Blows in CA: Winter Car Prep for SAN CLEMENTE Drivers

When autumn comes around in SAN CLEMENTE, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for SAN CLEMENTE drivers to winterize their vehicles. Here is some expert auto advice for SAN CLEMENTE drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the CA winter months. 1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of CA winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE, get that done as well. 2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stoppi ... read more

Cool Running in SAN CLEMENTE

Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don't hear much any more about cars overheating. That's because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn't mean you can't overheat your vehicle engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find yourself on the side of the road in SAN CLEMENTE waiting for your vehicle engine to cool down. When you service your cooling system at Courtesy Automotive Service, your technician will check the condition of the coolant. It can become corrosive over time, which can damage a radiator — leading to an overheated engine. Changing the coolant periodically is good vehicle care. Your vehicle owner's manual can give you guidelines on how often to replace it. If your engine overheated, your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor will also check your coolant system for leaks ... read more