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Is it Time for a New Car Battery?

Is it Time for a New Car Battery?

Colorado winters can be tough on your vehicle's battery. The cold weather, wet road conditions and increased use of electrical components such as the heater, defroster, headlights or windshield wipers will put additional strain on your battery and entire electrical system. You want to make sure your battery is running at full strength. If it is dying or dead, you could be left stranded and that's not a good thing. Recharge vs. Replace In some cases, a battery can just be drained and will benefit from being recharged. In other cases (especially if it's a recurring failure), it needs to be replaced with a new battery. Trust an experienced auto repair technician to test your battery and provide an accurate recommendation on whether your battery should be recharged or replaced. Signs of a Bad Car Battery There are a few common symptoms that will ... read more

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What is a Catalytic Converter?

What is a Catalytic Converter?

When it comes to the exhaust systems of modern gas-powered or diesel-powered vehicles, the catalytic converter is one of the most important components. It is vital to convert very harmful emissions gasses and fumes into less harmful exhaust. If it is not performing properly, it's bad for the driver and passengers, bad for the environment and bad for your vehicle itself.  Does Your Vehicle Have a Catalytic Converter? This may depend on the age of your vehicle because catalytic converters weren't a requirement until 1975. Some older vehicles may still have one, but a lot of older cars and trucks may not. Colorado emissions requirements are very strict and will affect all cars older than seven (7) years. Whether your vehicle is equipped with a catalytic converter or not, it must meet the state's emissions/smog testing requirements ... read more

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Customer Offers High Praise for LightHouse Automotive

Customer Offers High Praise for LightHouse Automotive

David recently visited LightHouse Automotive in Colorado Springs for the first time. He had yet to find a local mechanic that he could trust for ongoing service. However, his recent review of our shop indicates that he is already a big fan of owner, Rylan Blair, and the LightHouse Automotive crew. Here's what he wrote on our customer reviews page: "I give my highest recommendation to LightHouse Automotive," David says. "I have been looking high and low for an honest mechanic, and I found one in Rylan. He not only performed the tasks we had agreed upon, but he went above and beyond to make sure the repair was done correctly." We always love hearing this kind of feedback from our customers at LightHouse Automotive. It's important for us t ... read more

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Signs You Might Have a Problem with Your Car's Heater

Signs You Might Have a Problem with Your Car's Heater

This is the time of year when your vehicle's heater and defrosters are ultra important. Fog, rain, sleet and snow can all impact your safety and visibility while driving on Colorado's roads throughout the winter months. You want to make sure your heater, AC and defroster(s) are all working correctly. It's cold outside, so you want to stay warm inside your car or truck. You also want to be able to see out the windows while driving. Remember other drivers will have the same limited visibility you do on bad weather days, so you always have to be extra vigilant while on the road. Here are some of signs that you could have issues with your vehicle's Heating/Air Conditioning system: Air Not Warm Enough It may take a few minutes for your car to warm up and thus start blowing hot air into the passenger cabin. However, if it is not getti ... read more

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Happy Holidays from LightHouse Automotive!

Happy Holidays from LightHouse Automotive!

Winter is such a neat time of year here in Colorado Springs. The snow begins to fall and holiday cheer takes over our wonderful community. The entire staff of LightHouse Automotive would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Reflecting on 2017 2017 has really been a great year at LightHouse Automotive. It has been a true pleasure to serve our loyal customers. Many visited our shop for the first time this year while others have been regulars for years. From routine oil changes to custom installations to major automotive repairs, Rylan Blair and the technicians at LightHouse Automotive have seen and done just about everything this year. Every day is full of excitement and challenges, and you know our team is always up to the task ... read more

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Customer Trusts LightHouse Automotive for Body Repairs on His Volkswagen Jetta

Customer Trusts LightHouse Automotive for Body Repairs on His Volkswagen Jetta

Steve was recently in a minor car accident, which resulted in some body damage on his 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. He is a longtime customer of LightHouse Automotive in Colorado Springs, so he brought in his car to have it looked at by owner, Rylan Blair.  "Rylan always gets the job done," Steve writes in his Yelp review. "I had a fender bender and took my Jetta to LightHouse to see if they did body work. Normally they don't, but the damage was not too extensive. They did a good job and kept it close to the price range I was willing to spend." Major body work is not something we typically handle at LightHouse Automotive, but we have a long list o ... read more

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5 Common Symptoms of Suspension Problems

5 Common Symptoms of Suspension Problems

There are a number of things that can affect how smoothly your car drives. Some factors include wheel alignment, tire treads, tire pressure, brakes, differentials, wheel bearings and axles. However, your suspension system will have the biggest impact on the ride of your vehicle, and that’s what we want to focus on in this article. Components of Your Suspension There are three main components you need to know about when talking about your vehicle’s suspension system: Springs Most modern cars will use coil springs while some older vehicles use leaf spring designs. Then, there are custom air-ride systems, as well. The springs help absorb bumps on the road and maintain a consistent vehicle height to balance against rough road cond ... read more

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Your Check Engine Light Came On? Here's What You Need to Know.

Your Check Engine Light Came On? Here's What You Need to Know.

Today's vehicles are very advanced and your dashboard warning lights are very important. Your car will have many different sensors that feed information directly into the vehicle's computer system. When potential problems are detected, one of those warning lights will illuminate and you may need to take immediate action. The most important dashboard warning light in any vehicle is the "check engine" light. It can represent any number of problems relating to your engine and it should never be ignored. Here are a couple of different scenarios that can and will happen. The Check Engine Light is Flashing If your check engine light is flashing, it means there is a major problem. You should pull off the road immediately, turn off your vehicle and call for roadside assistance. If you don't do this, you can risk even more damage to the engine or ... read more

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LightHouse Automotive Helps Honda CRV Owner Get Back on the Road

LightHouse Automotive Helps Honda CRV Owner Get Back on the Road

David wasn't sure what to do with his 2002 Honda CRV. It needed some repairs, so he was at a crossroads. Should he fix it up and keep driving it, or was it time for him to get a new car. He brought the CRV into LightHouse Automotive in Colorado Springs for an inspection and to get a professional opinion from owner, Rylan Blair. "I highly recommend LightHouse Automotive," David says in his online review. "Rylan provided me with different options for maintaining the car for a one-year period, two-year period, or longer. He provided an honest and thorough assessment of the car's overall condition." Rylan and the LightHouse Automotive team looked over David's Honda from bumper to bumper. The ins ... read more

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The Benefits of Wheel Alignment

The Benefits of Wheel Alignment

When it comes to the health and performance of your car or truck, wheel alignment plays an important role. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get your wheel alignment checked regularly. If it is way off, then it is worth getting corrected as soon as possible. There are three things looked at when we perform a wheel alignment test at LightHouse Automotive: Camber Camber is the angle of the wheel/tire if you are looking at it directly from the front or rear of the vehicle. If it is tilted in at the top, that’s considered negative camber. If it tilts the opposite way, that’s considered positive camber. You want the right camber for cornering performance and tread wear. Caster Caster is tougher to explain. It is the angle created by the steering’s pivot point, from the front to the back of the vehicle. It mainly impacts the steering of the v ... read more

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