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What is a 30-Point Car Inspection? Is it Beneficial?

What is a 30-Point Car Inspection? Is it Beneficial?

As responsible car owners, we understand the importance of regular maintenance to keep our vehicles running smoothly and safely. One common service offered by auto repair shops is the 30-point inspection. But what exactly does it entail, and is it a worthwhile investment? Let's clear things up, explain what it is, what it involves, and why it's necessary.   What is a 30-Point Inspection? A 30-point inspection is a comprehensive evaluation of your vehicle's key systems and components. Skilled technicians perform a detailed analysis of 30 crucial areas, covering everything from the engine and transmission to the brakes, suspension, and electrical systems. The aim is to identify potential issues early on, preventing costly breakdowns and ensuring optimal performance.   What Does a 30-Point Inspection Include? While the specifics may vary between auto repair shops, a typical 30-point inspection covers the following essen ... read more

When Is The Best Time To Sell My Car?

When Is The Best Time To Sell My Car?

Deciding to sell your car is a significant decision, and timing plays a crucial role in maximizing its value and finding the right buyer. While the ideal time to sell a car may vary depending on factors such as market conditions, demand, and personal circumstances, there are certain periods when you're more likely to achieve a successful sale. Here are a few situations in which we think it's a good idea to sell your car: When Your Car is in Good Condition Before Major Model Updates When Demand is High End of the Month or Quarter When Your Needs Change If you want to know why these specific situations are listed, continue reading because we explained every single one of them!   When Your Car is in Good Condition The best time to sell your car is when it's in excellent condition. Take the time to address any necessary repairs, clean both the interior and exterior meticulously, and ensure that all maintenance is up to date. A ... read more

Why Are Diesel Engines Better For Towing?

Why Are Diesel Engines Better For Towing?

  Have you ever asked yourself: why are only diesel engines used in heavy-duty equipment and towing vehicles? If you have, you are in the right place! Below we will explore the interesting facts that make the diesel engine the perfect pick for these exact tasks. Engine Construction One of the key factors is the way the engine is constructed and functions. In comparison with gasoline engines, they are very robust because of the way they ignite the fuel. Instead of a spark plug, diesel engines use compression to ignite the fuel and air mixture. This means that the engine block has to withstand immense amounts of pressure - meaning it's more durable and reliable. Power Output Another key difference is the way that power is output. Diesel engines produce a greater amount of torque than horsepower. This means that under heavy load, the tires can have enough grip and power to tow almost anything. This is solely because of the high energy density ... read more

What Are Car Diagnostics and Why Are They Important?

What Are Car Diagnostics and Why Are They Important?

Car diagnostics is the method of using advanced tools and software to communicate with your vehicle’s onboard computer system and get useful information about how it works, what it does, and what problems it may have. Diagnostics are very important in modern vehicles to find and fix issues quickly and efficiently. You can look at them as plugging your phone into a PC and getting a message on whats wrong with it! During car diagnostic tests, several key areas of the vehicle are examined:Engine and Components: Checks for engine problems and issues with individual components like fuel delivery, ignition, and air intake. Transmission and Responsiveness: Evaluate the transmission system's performance and responsiveness, ensuring smooth gear shifting and clutch engagement. Brake Responsiveness: Tests the braking system's efficiency, checking for abnormalities in brake pressure and pad wear. Exhaus ... read more

How to Check Your Engine Oil At Home

How to Check Your Engine Oil At Home

Motor oil is one of the most important parts of your vehicle that requires the most upkeeping. Engine oil keeps the engine lubricated and running smoothly. Periodically, you should check the oil levels and ensure they are at the appropriate level. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to check your motor oil levels at home: Step 1: Park the Car on Level Ground Before checking the oil, ensure that the car is parked on a level surface. This will provide an accurate reading of the oil level. Step 2: Turn off the Engine and Wait for it to Cool Let the engine cool down for a few minutes before checking the oil. This will allow the oil to settle, giving a more accurate reading. Step 3: Locate the Dipstick The dipstick is usually found near the engine and is marked with an oil symbol. Consult your owner's manual for the specific location of the dipstick. Step 4: Remove the Dipstick and Wipe it Clean Withdraw the dipstick and wipe it clean with a cloth or paper towel. Make sur ... read more

Debunking Common Auto Repair Myths

Debunking Common Auto Repair Myths

Auto repair can be a complicated topic, and there are many misconceptions out there that can make it even more confusing. Here, we will debunk some of the most common auto repair myths to help you better understand your vehicle and keep it running smoothly. Myth #1: Premium gas is better for your car than regular gas. While it's true that some high-performance cars may require premium gas, most vehicles do not. In fact, using premium gas in a car that does not require it can actually harm your engine and waste your money. Myth #2: You should warm up your car before driving in cold weather. This myth may have been true for older vehicles, but it's unnecessary for modern vehicles. In fact, idling your car in cold weather can actually cause it to run less efficiently and waste fuel. It's better to start your car and drive it gently until it warms up. Myth #3: You should change your oil every 3,000 miles. While this used to ... read more

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

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