The Wonderful Alternator: What It Does and Why It Matters

The Wonderful Alternator: What It Does and Why It Matters

Here’s a scenario. You’re driving on a dark backroad somewhere on the outskirts of Tacoma trying to escape I-5 traffic. But you get lost. There are no street lights. There’s a chill in the air. Your headlights are flickering, but you’re more...
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 lifting,...
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 your feet a break from...
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 at. The amount of...
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 Actually Mean Courtesy...
The Special Needs of Your Car

The Special Needs of Your Car

BMW, Volvo, Audi: european imports have effectively infiltrated the US. And we love it. Their sleek designs – both outside and within- make them attractive to look at, and their long life-spans make them attractive to drive. Though the european-american dilemma...
How to Check Your Tires and What to Consider When Replacing Them

How to Check Your Tires and What to Consider When Replacing Them

Driving down I-5 in a torrential downpour isn’t the time to wonder when the last time you checked your tires was. As a car-owners it’s important to be aware of your tire tread and know when it’s time for a change. Good tires help give your car...
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 importance of wanting to...
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 some tips tot...
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 gum-up like petroleum...