• On Board Diagnostics for Your Engine

    Sunday 23 July 2017

    Starting in 1996, Lighthouse Automotive service technicians have been able to use a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle's engine. The Engine Control Module is a computer that monitors and controls many engine functions.Sensors throughout a vehicle send readings to the Engine Control Module. These readings help the co... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Air Conditioning Inspection

    Monday 17 July 2017

    Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.Environmental laws in some around Colorado Springs require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of a... read more

  • Smooth Shifting in Colorado Springs, Colorado: Transmission Service

    Tuesday 11 July 2017

    So you have some exciting plans for the weekend. You're going to take some of your friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you've gotten the boat all ready. And you haven't forgotten about your tow vehicle. You've gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. However, there is something even more important than the cleanliness of the interior: you want to make sure that your vehicle maintenance is up to date. Think about it – heavy traffic on the way out of Colorado S... read more

  • Relax When the Wind Blows in Colorado: Winter Car Prep for Colorado Springs Drivers

    Sunday 02 July 2017

    When autumn comes around in Colorado Springs, 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 Colorado Springs drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for Colorado Springs drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the Colorado winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessa... read more

  • Colorado Springs Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

    Monday 26 June 2017

    Any Colorado Springs driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Colorado Springs residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the serpentine belt.The serpentine belt gets its name because of its circuitous path around the engine. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine and powers a number of... read more

  • How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Colorado Springs

    Tuesday 20 June 2017

    There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in Colorado Springs can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest Colorado Springs computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Making a Battery Last Longer

    Monday 12 June 2017

    One thing all Colorado Springs drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Lighthouse Automotive can help maintain your battery.Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.Also, making... read more

  • The Economy of Maintenance for Colorado Springs Drivers

    Sunday 04 June 2017

    Do I keep my old vehicle or buy a new one? It's a question most Colorado Springs drivers ask themselves at some time or another.Generally, what it comes down to is the choice between a car payment and the possibility of repair bills. Most of the time, we want to choose the car payment because we don't like the inconvenience and uncertainty of vehicle repairs. But that payment has a detrimental effect on our budget and bank account.Edmunds.com... read more

  • Ask Lighthouse Automotive: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

    Wednesday 31 May 2017

    The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so m... read more

  • Wipe Out! New Wiper Blades for Colorado Springs Drivers

    Sunday 21 May 2017

    When people in Colorado Springs talk about vehicle safety, they think of tires and brakes. But do we think about our windshields? Isn't the ability to see a prime safety factor when it comes to driving around Colorado? Yet we often don't even notice our windshields until we can't see through them or our wiper blades fail.It's estimated that around 46 million people are driving with wipers that won't keep their windshields clear during a storm — that's 46 million people with impaired vision... read more

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