What Your Check Engine Light Means (and 3 Reasons It Might Be On)

What Your Check Engine Light Means (and 3 Reasons It Might Be On)

Having your Check Engine Light come on usually comes with groans of frustration and worries about what’s gone wrong. An illuminated Check Engine Light can mean anything, from something as small as a failing sensor or missed connection to a bigger, more complex problem...
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 change...
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...