Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety Week

Kids are the pride and joy of many of our lives.  This week is child passenger safety week, and our team here at Courtesy Auto and Tire Repair of Tacoma wants to highlight best practices for keeping our little ones safe. It can be easy to overlook children being...
4 Important Fall Maintenance Checks

4 Important Fall Maintenance Checks

Fall Maintenance Checks to Keep You Safe Fall is just around the corner here in Tacoma. You can feel it in the air. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are starting to get that faint red hue, and no doubt you’ve noticed buses are back on the roads ferrying kids...
S.O.S. What To Do When Your Car Starts Smoking

S.O.S. What To Do When Your Car Starts Smoking

It feels like the last few years these summers in Washington State have been characterized by smoke. But besides smokey weather, there’s something else that we all dread even more: when your car starts smoking. Smoke coming from your car is always alarming. Here’s...
What to Keep in Your Disaster Kit to Stay Prepared on the Road

What to Keep in Your Disaster Kit to Stay Prepared on the Road

If you’ve got plans to hit the road this summer it’s a good idea to make sure you’re prepared! In addition to maintenance, tire pressure, and fluid level checks, it’s a great idea to make sure you have the basic necessities in case of an emergency. It’s no fun to...
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...
Identifying Different Smells Coming From Your A/C

Identifying Different Smells Coming From Your A/C

During these hot, hot days it’s always a relief to get in that car and crank the A/C to full blast. But have you ever gotten in your car and turned on your A/C just to be hit by wall of smells coming from your A/C? It can be horrible and quickly make any comfortable...
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...
Premium Gas: Does The Type of Gas You Buy Really Matter?

Premium Gas: Does The Type of Gas You Buy Really Matter?

With gas prices soaring to nearly 4 dollars here in Tacoma, you might find yourself wondering if that premium gas is actually doing anything to help save your tank. While there’s no question that strictly diesel cars should only use diesel and vise versa, the answer...
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,...