• 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, cars are becoming more sophisticated everyday - and 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 the wr... 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 i... 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

  • Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Battery Testing

    Tuesday 17 January 2017

    The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Lighthouse Automotive when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most Colorado Springs drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your Lighthouse Automotive service advisor can test you... read more

  • Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Lighthouse Automotive

    Sunday 08 January 2017

    All of us in Colorado Springs know we have to get the oil changed in our vehicles periodically. That's just part of good car care. But when Lighthouse Automotive technicians change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That's why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed before releasing your vehicle.Don't just chock this up to trying to sell you something else. Colorado Springs area drivers really do need to change their air f... read more

  • What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

    Monday 02 January 2017

    With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Colorado Springs drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of mind for our Colorado Springs customers. It's not uncommon for drivers to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service. Ca... read more

  • The Lighthouse Automotive Guide to Saving Fuel: Get Rid of Dirty Oil

    Tuesday 27 December 2016

    A lot of us drivers are asking ourselves the same question lately: how can we save on fuel? Colorado Springs area residents are all cutting back, if not in fuel consumption, then in other areas of our lives. Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance is an important way people in Colorado Springs can conserve fuel by improving fuel economy. And one of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is to keep the oil in our vehicle adequate and clean.Oil lubricates your v... read more

  • Winter Tires

    Sunday 18 December 2016

    What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of Colorado Springs driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in Colorado, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. Colorado drivers called them snow tires back then and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regu... read more

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