• Fuel Injectors

    Tuesday 28 March 2017

    The last new American vehicles sold in Colorado Springs with a carburetor rolled out of the Colorado dealerships in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in Colorado Springs, and nationally, have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a mi... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Wiper Blades – Signs of Wear

    Monday 20 March 2017

    90% of our driving decisions are based on vision. Anything that impedes your vision can affect your driving safety – including a dirty windshield. In that sense, your wiper blades are an important safety system. Most Colorado Springs drivers will wait until their wipers have failed before they replace them. Then they find themselves in a driving situation around Colorado when they really need forward visibility only to discover that their wipers are worn or maybe even torn and ca... read more

  • Positive Crankcase Ventilation – PCV Valve Service at Lighthouse Automotive

    Monday 13 March 2017

    Hello Colorado Springs! Did you know that the first federally-mandated emissions control device was introduced in the 1960's? The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve, or PCV valve, has been installed in Colorado vehicles since 1964 and represents the first legislation by the United States government to regulate harmful emissions as well as to improve performance in the country's vehicles.The PCV valve, as you can probably guess, is located on the crankcase. The... read more

  • Colorado Springs Drivers: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

    Monday 06 March 2017

    Colorado Springs residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do Colorado Springs residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it... read more

  • The Importance of Colorado Springs Drivers Following Service Intervals

    Monday 27 February 2017

    Today in our Lighthouse Automotive blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life in Colorado Springs with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills?Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health... read more

  • The Lighthouse Automotive Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

    Monday 20 February 2017

    The automotive professionals at Lighthouse Automotive would like to give Colorado Springs drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.The Colorado Springs do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with... read more

  • PCV Valve Replacement

    Monday 13 February 2017

    Hello Colorado Springs, let's talk about your often-unnoticed but extremely important PCV valve. The energy from exploding fuel is what powers your engine. But some of the vapors from the explosions escape into the lower part of the engine, called the crankcase. The crankcase is where your engine oil hangs out. These gases are about 70% unburned fuel. If the gases were allowed to stay in the crankcase, they would quickly contaminate the oil and turn it to s... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

    Sunday 05 February 2017

    The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Colorado Springs.An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slips – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston whe... read more

  • Check Engine Light Diagnosis at Lighthouse Automotive

    Tuesday 31 January 2017

    Hello Colorado Springs . Have you ever had your Check Engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Colorado Springs drivers?First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That's why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wro... read more

  • When You Hear the Crash in Colorado Springs: What to Do After an Accident

    Monday 23 January 2017

    Motorists in North America drive about three trillion miles every year. There are over 250+ million licensed drivers, and approximately 6.2 million accidents happen every year. Unfortunately, if we're going to drive vehicles, there are going to be accidents. Knowing what to do in case of an accident can help reduce the stress and cost of the situation. It can also protect you from false claims, incorrect judgments and unjust liabilities. Never leave the scene of an ac... read more

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