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5 Ways to Prevent Your Vehicle Battery From Dying This Winter

 5 Ways to Prevent Your Vehicle Battery From Dying This Winter

Harsh weather, such as extremely cold or hot temperatures, can increase the likelihood of an unexpected breakdown and disabled car. Without proper maintenance this winter, your vehicle may face some troubles. One of the most common issues that we see at Lighthouse Automotive is dead or drained car batteries.  To avoid using every bit of juice left in your battery, we welcome you to our auto repair shop for a battery test and inspection. We can let you know how your battery is doing and when to expect a battery replacement.  5 Tips on How to Prevent a Dying Car Battery Avoid Battery-Draining Habits - Forgetting to turn off your headlights or leaving the door open with your cabin lights on may just seem like an “oopsies” at first. However, don’t be surprised if your vehicle struggles to start the next. Overloading your battery with multiple things at once, especially while idling, can kill your battery too. If you want to eliminate the risks of a dead batte ... read more

Why Does My Car Have a Sulfur Smell?

Why Does My Car Have a Sulfur Smell?

A cool and fresh breeze from your vehicle's window is welcome as you drive by some flowery boulevard. And so is some fragrant smell from your car's deodorizing components. An awful sulfur-like or rotten egg smell is a sign of a mechanical problem that you should solve for your vehicle to function well. Your vehicle's gas contains some sulfur in its hydrogen sulfide. The combustion of the gas in your vehicle's engine converts the hydrogen sulfide into sulfur dioxide, which often has no awful odor. So, what causes the awful sulfurous smell? Incomplete engine combustion and the cause of the sulfurous rotten egg odor The incomplete combustion of hydrogen sulfide in your vehicle's engine causes a sulfurous rotten egg smell, which indicates a serious engine malfunction. Such an engine failure is often linked to various system failures, including worn-out fuel filters, damaged catalytic converters, a damaged fuel pressure sensor, and overused transmission fluid. Damage ... read more

Wheel Alignments Explained

Wheel Alignments Explained

While wheel alignments can’t stop your vehicle from running, they can severely put you and your loved ones in danger. Proper wheel alignment means that your vehicle is pointed at the right angles, and it is essential to your safety. Today, we will discuss when you may need a wheel alignment and why they are important. What Is A Wheel Alignment? Most people think of a wheel alignment as a repair, however, it is more of a maintenance item. It is a procedure that involves adjusting the suspension and wheels on a vehicle to ensure that the tires face the road at a proper angle.  Your wheel’s alignment should be checked at every service. However, they typically don’t fall out of alignment until 1-2 years after adjustments. Wheels can shift out of alignment from natural wear and tear. However, they can become misaligned sooner from obstructions like potholes, curbs, and bumps on the road. Signs that Indicate You Need a Wheel Alignment Vehicle pulling left or right ... read more

How to Check Your Brake Pads

How to Check Your Brake Pads

The car's braking system may take the back burner in your thoughts, but keeping them in tip-top condition is crucial. Did you know that brake failure causes 5% of car crashes in the United States annually? This percentage accounts for about 300,000 car crashes in the United States annually. Here is how you can check your brakes to ensure you are not part of the statistic. Although there is no schedule for when you can check your brakes, it is important to check your brake pads manually regularly. You can check them for wear by looking through the spaces between the wheel's spokes. They are visible in the daylight, but if you have trouble seeing them, you can try using a flashlight. To identify the brake pad, look for the pad pressed against the metal motor. Your brake pad should have a quarter inch thick. If you notice anything less than a quarter inch, then it's time to get the pads replaced or book an appointment at your trusted auto repair shop. If your brake pad is les ... read more

What Are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

What Are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

A fuel injector is crucial to the engine's performance. It delivers the right amount of fuel to each cylinder, which allows it to combust and create power. A clogged or bad fuel injector can cause many problems. Symptoms of a Clogged or Bad Fuel Injector? If a vehicle has a clogged fuel injector, the symptoms will be: Poor engine performance. It could be poor acceleration, rough idle, or hard starting. Check engine light. If the dashboard indicates something is wrong with your vehicle, it may be time for a professional mechanic to check it out. Smoke from the tailpipe. A blocked or clogged injector may cause thicker smoke from your exhaust pipe (tailpipe). What Is a Fuel Injector? It is an electronic device that injects a precise amount of fuel into the engine. It regulates how much fuel flows into the engine and when it flows. The fuel injector is connected directly to the fuel tank by several hoses. But how does it work? The process starts when you press down on the gas pe ... read more

Car Maintenance for the Back-to-School Season

Car Maintenance for the Back-to-School Season

It is hard to believe it, but back-to-school season is already upon us. This time of year means it is time to start prepping for school carpools, last-minute runs to the store and rides to and from after-school daycares, sports practice, and more. While your free and open schedule might not stay that way for long, let’s make these moments count by being ahead of the curve with proper car care. Surely, you’ll be needing some car maintenance.   Calling all parents and college students, here are some maintenance items that you should put on your back-to-school checklist. Oil Change - Of course, if it has been some time since your last service, get your oil changed. Clean oil will ensure your engine stays properly lubricated. Battery - A dead battery can get you or your kids to class late. Make sure your battery can hold a proper charge by running a battery test. Lights - If you want a bright future for your children, start with bright lights. On the dark car rides ho ... read more

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

When steam is gushing from your overheated bonnet, it is not only upsetting, but it may also be damaging to the engine. Vehicle's cooling systems are generally adequate. However, if the temperature gauge increases, the vehicle may be overheating. When your vehicle gets too hot, it's usually a sign that something is wrong with the cooling system. This could be a problem with the fan, radiator, thermostat, water pumps, coolant or hoses. Indications of overheating engine There may be smoke or steam emanating from underneath the hood. When the temperature indicator on your dashboard illuminates, as it does when it turns on. An unusual odor from beneath the hood. If your vehicle is overheating, it is important to know how to stay safe and avoid potential engine damage. Keep these five tips in mind. 1. Turn off the engine right away Drive to a safe spot off the road and shut off the engine. Engine damage might ensue if you continue to drive while the engine is overheated. Just ... read more

Driving Tips for a Safe Fourth of July

Driving Tips for a Safe Fourth of July

The first week of July is one of the busiest weeks of the year to travel in the US due to the holiday. Most people have vacations and trips planned, so the roads will be more crowded than usual. To help you get safely to your bonfire, pool party, fireworks show, concert, or family gathering, we’ve compiled this list of helpful tips for the Fourth of July: Plan out your travel time wisely - The roads will be especially busy late afternoon into early evening, and even night. If you need to run errands, make sure to get them all done early in the morning. Always buckle up for safety - This goes without question since it is the law. Make sure you and your passengers strap in the seat belts before going anywhere. Don’t drink and drive - Drinking and driving is a huge no-no. Don’t put yourself and others in danger. If you plan on celebrating with some drinks, make sure you have a plan to get home safely. Obey the speed limit - You may be in a hurry sometimes, but there ... read more

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

Brake rotors are one of the most important parts of a car. They help you stop, but they also play a role in how your car handles. If your brake rotors warp, it can cause problems with your car, from decreased stopping power to uneven braking. So what causes brake rotors to warp, and how can you prevent it? Wearing Pads on the Rotor Surface One of the most common causes of brake rotor warping is wearing down the pads on the rotor surface. When you brake, your brake pads clamp down on the rotor and create friction. This friction is what causes your car to stop. Over time, though, the pads will wear down, leaving less material to create friction. It can cause the rotor to warp as it is not evenly clamped down. To prevent this from happening, it is important to regularly check your brake pads and replace them when they start to wear down. This will ensure that there is always enough material to create friction and prevent the rotor from warping. Improper Installation If the rotors are ... read more

How often do windshield wipers need to be replaced?

How often do windshield wipers need to be replaced?

Visibility while driving is essential to avoid accidents. However, it can be challenging to have a clear view of the road ahead, even with excellent eyesight, especially when driving through mud, sleet, snow, hail, and ice. Luckily, your windshield blades will help you with that. However, wiper blades are made of degradable material which wears out with time and use. But, how often should you replace your wiper blades? This article explains when you should replace wiper blades and how to tell they need replacement. How often should you Replace Windshield Wiper Blades? Many manufacturers will recommend you replace your wiper blades every six to twelve months. While this may be the general rule of thumb, you may need to replace them sooner, depending on how often you drive and where you live. Also, the frequency of wiper blades replacement varies depending on the type of blades. A good way to keep track of your wiper blades' condition is to have the mechanic inspect them when they ... read more

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