• 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

  • Power Steering Service in Colorado Springs

    Sunday 14 May 2017

    Most Colorado Springs drivers are too young to remember life before power steering - cranking those great big steering wheels! It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. Let's look at how it works. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid that provides assist for steering. Most pumps are driven by a belt that is run by the engine; a few are electrically powered. A high-pressure hose passes fluid from the... read more

  • Lighthouse Automotive Radiator Service

    Tuesday 09 May 2017

    The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common in Colorado Springs, it is easy to prevent. The most recognizable part of the coolant system is the radiator. It is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant. The coolant draws heat off the engine and then passes into the radiator. Air passes through cooling fins to reduce the temperature of the coolant and then... read more

  • Upgrade Shocks for Better Handling in Colorado Springs

    Monday 01 May 2017

    Many Colorado Springs drivers probably don't think of their shock absorbers as an important safety system; but that's just what shocks and struts are. They're all about ride control – keeping your vehicle tires in contact with the road and managing body motion.Every time you hit a bump or pothole on a Colorado Springs road, your tire wants to bounce up. The bigger the bump, the higher the bounce. Your shocks or struts push down on the tire to maintain the traction you need... read more

  • Battery Maintenance Tips From Lighthouse Automotive

    Monday 24 April 2017

    When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons:First, your vehicle won't start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn't working efficiently, your alternator has to work overtime to make up for it, and other electrical components can suffer as well.A number of years ago sealed batteries were introduced to the local Colorado Springs, Colorado, market. They... read more

  • Will Proper Auto Maintenance at Lighthouse Automotive Really Save Gas?

    Sunday 16 April 2017

    Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But Colorado Springs drivers don't always extend those good habits into the garage. Our vehicles need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but just as cleanin... read more

  • Need a New Battery? Call Lighthouse Automotive Today

    Sunday 09 April 2017

    Hello Colorado Springs drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around Colorado Springs, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge... read more

  • Change Your Wiper Blades Twice Yearly at Lighthouse Automotive

    Monday 03 April 2017

    Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today's Lighthouse Automotive article: wiper blades. While this isn't the most exciting automotive subject, it's important. You wouldn't drive at night in Colorado Springs with your headlights off, but a dirty or streaked vehicle windshield can catch the glare of the sun or on-coming headlights and make it just as diffic... read more

  • 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

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