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Why Oil Changes Are Important

Why Oil Changes Are Important

Have you ever gotten busy with life and forgotten to change your oil? If you have, you're not alone. Depending on driving conditions, make, and model, oil changes should be between 3,000 and 10,000 miles. But what happens when you don't get an oil...

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Driving On a Spare Tire

Driving On a Spare Tire

Picture this: you're driving down I-5 at 10 pm through a downpour when you feel a pop and a bump. Your car slowly loses traction and you pull over to see that you've blown a tire. Luckily, you have your trusty spare tire in the back. With some...

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Cruise Control Not Working?

Cruise Control Not Working?

Are you living in the Tacoma area and experiencing issues with your cruise control? Here are some of the possible reasons why. What is Cruise Control? Cruise control is a helpful way for you to maintain speed while on the road. Your cruise gives...

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3 Signs of a Failing Transmission

3 Signs of a Failing Transmission

A failing transmission is never a good thing. Your transmission is the part of your car that allows the gears to shift as you drive. Whether automatic or manual, it is essential to making your car move and letting you control the speed you drive...

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A Helpful Guide to Navigating the Auto Service Menu

A Helpful Guide to Navigating the Auto Service Menu

It can be tricky trying to understand what what you’re actually getting when you look at the auto services menu. To make it easy on you, we’ve constructed this comprehensive list of what each of our auto services entail. What Our Auto Services...

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The Special Needs of Your Car

The Special Needs of Your Car

f you own an import, it’s important to know that for you, not all auto shops were created equal. European imports have specific maintenance and repair needs that you may not be able to get at the average repair shop.

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What Makes Hybrids Different

What Makes Hybrids Different

Hybrid cars are becoming a more and more attractive option for car-owners. With great mileage and low fuel consumption, hybrids save gas money and help reduce your carbon footprint. As a green business, we here at Courtesy Auto understand the...

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Extending the Life of Your Brakes

Extending the Life of Your Brakes

Like most things, your brakes will eventually have to be replaced. But if you're smart about how you drive and take care of your vehicle, you can make them last longer. Certain driving habits can lead wear your brake pads down quickly. Here are...

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Synthetic Oil Over Conventional Oil

Synthetic Oil Over Conventional Oil

If you haven’t heard, now is the time to consider using synthetic motor oil in your car. Why?  Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. Synthetic motor oil is a better alternative to petroleum based oil. It doesn’t gel or...

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Tacoma Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Tacoma Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Tacoma drivers, some vehicle manufacturers issue two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Tacoma auto...

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Clean Air For Your Engine

Clean Air For Your Engine

Every Tacoma car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter is dirty. But why does it matter anyway? Why a Clean Engine Air Filter Matter Think about a dirty furnace filter in your home. When it’s...

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Maintaining Your Older Car in Tacoma, Washington

Maintaining Your Older Car in Tacoma, Washington

Over the years, the price of a new car has skyrocketed. With new cars becoming more expensive, many people in the Pierce County area are driving their cars longer, making the knowledge of maintaining your older car vital. The average car household...

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3 Helpful Tips on How to Make Your Vehicle Last

3 Helpful Tips on How to Make Your Vehicle Last

Tips like changing oil regularly (seen above) are essential when learning how to make your vehicle last. Even though times have changed, sometimes fixing things is better than replace them. Knowing how to make your vehicle last can save you time...

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The Importance of Your A/C

The Importance of Your A/C

Your Air Conditioning unit is a vital tool in your car or SUV. While it provides a cool refuge on blazing summer days, it also serves practical and essential functions in winter months as well. The A/C unit is responsible for defrosting your...

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