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What to Do if Your Vehicle Overheats

What to Do if Your Vehicle Overheats

We're in the middle of summer in Colorado. The combination of mountain driving with some warmer temperatures will put extra stress on your engine. What do you do if your vehicle happens to overheat? Here are some helpful tips from Colorado Springs' own LightHouse Automotive. 1. Turn the A/C Off The first preventative step you can take when you notice your vehicle is running hot is to turn off the air conditioner. Even turning the temperature dial to hot can be helpful as it will draw away the hot air from the engine. With the A/C on, your engine will be working harder and overheating becomes a real concern. 2. Pull Over If the engine ... read more

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Ford Focus Owner Very Satisfied with Service Experience at LightHouse Automotive

Ford Focus Owner Very Satisfied with Service Experience at LightHouse Automotive

Sabrina was desperate. Her 2000 Ford Focus had been sitting dead for 10 months and she needed it repaired. She couldn't hold off any longer. At the same time, Sabrina had to stay within her budget. After doing extensive research, she decided to bring her car into LightHouse Automotive. Sabrina was ultimately very glad she made this decision. Her recent Google review will attest to her positive experience at our Colorado Springs auto repair shop. "This place is awesome, very courteous and professional," Sabrina writes. "I had to have my 2000 Ford Focus towed to the shop. It had a world of problems (just completely dead) after sitting for 10 months. I did my research on auto mechanics through the Better Business Bureau. Rylan [Blair, owner of LightHouse Automotive] was the only one that woul ... read more

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Got Transmission Trouble? Look Out for These Common Symptoms.

Got Transmission Trouble? Look Out for These Common Symptoms.

If your transmission is not working properly, your car won't run right and it may not run at all. Rebuilding, replacing or making major repairs to your transmission can be costly, so it's a very good idea to address any minor issues before they develop into major problems. Here are some common transmission trouble symptoms that you can look for: Transmission Fluid Leaks Transmission fluid is generally bright red in color, so it's easily identifiable if you notice a leak under your car. This is something you will want to have looked at immediately if you notice a leak or check the transmission fluid dipstick under your hood and find that the fluid is discolored or the level is low. Transmission fluid is the lifeblood o ... read more

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8 Common Signs of Engine Problems

8 Common Signs of Engine Problems

Your engine is the heart of your car. If it is not performing correctly, it's not a good situation. Minor engine damage can ultimately lead to major vehicle failures and expensive repairs if not dealt with as soon as possible. Sometimes a simple fix today can prevent thousands of dollars in damage tomorrow.  As a driver, you can use your senses to feel when something is not right, whether it is an engine problem or something else wrong with your car. Here are 8 of the most common symptoms to look for: 1. Check Engine Light Obviously, if your check engine light or another dashboard/computer display warning comes on, it's usually for a good reason. Your vehicle has many sensors throughout it and if a problem ... read more

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Young Colorado Springs Customer Values Respectful Service Received at LightHouse Automotive

Young Colorado Springs Customer Values Respectful Service Received at LightHouse Automotive

Alena is in her early 20s and admittedly doesn't know much about cars. It should come as no surprise that she was a little hesitant when she needed work done on her older van. She was afraid of being taken advantage of by a mechanic. So she called around to several auto repair shops in the Colorado Springs area, and decided to put her trust in the team at LightHouse Automotive. "It was difficult for me to locate a trustworthy mechanic who I could rely on without getting ripped off," Alena writes in her recent Google review. "After calling several places, I decided to call LightHouse Automotive back because the respect I received over the phone was the most welcoming compared to all the other places! Rylan [Blair], the shop owner, was ever so kind and treats his guests with such loyalty and as an individual rather than a customer. Such a nice and knowledgeable m ... read more

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Is Your Car Ready for Summer in Colorado?

Is Your Car Ready for Summer in Colorado?

Summer is finally here! It's time for family road trips and other excuses to hop in the car and drive around without so much snow and rain on the roads. The big question: Is your car ready for summer? The more you drive your vehicle, the more you need it to be running well. After a long, cold winter, it's undoubtedly time for a tune-up. These simple maintenance steps from LightHouse Automotive can help you get more out of your car this summer: 1. Get the Oil Changed This is something you should be doing every 3,000-5,000 miles, no matter what the weather. However, even if you didn't drive that much mileage over the winter months, it's still probably a good idea to change the oil and filter. The more the car sits around in the cold, the quicker the oil will deteriorate. Now is a great time ... read more

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Exhaust Problems? Count on LightHouse Automotive for Maintenance and Repairs!

Exhaust Problems? Count on LightHouse Automotive for Maintenance and Repairs!

Not everybody realizes this, but your exhaust system is one of your vehicle’s most important features. From the manifold to the catalytic converter and the muffler to the exhaust pipes themselves, all components need to be functioning properly for optimal performance. Effects of a Bad Exhaust System What happens if your exhaust system isn’t working correctly? Here are just a few things that should concern you:             • Decreased Engine Performance            • Possible Engine Damage            • Decreased Fuel Economy            • Failure to Meet State Emissions Requ ... read more

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LightHouse Automotive Helps Local Customer with Engine Replacement

LightHouse Automotive Helps Local Customer with Engine Replacement

Chad was in a bad situation, as he was experiencing serious engine problems in his car. He knew it needed significant repairs or might even have to be replaced. After not getting the answers he was looking for at his normal shop, Chad decided to take his vehicle to Colorado Springs' own LightHouse Automotive. He was very glad he made this decision and he recently shared his story online. "I had major problems with my engine and took it to my usual shop," Chad writes. "I felt like my shop was not being very honest, so I had them put the engine back together and I towed it to LightHouse. I had had a conversation with the owner of LightHouse [Rylan Blair] years ago and decided to try them out now." Once Chad brought his vehicle into LightHouse Automotive ... read more

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5 Simple Tips for Better Tire Maintenance

5 Simple Tips for Better Tire Maintenance

When you take care of your tires, they will take care of you and your car. You want your tires to be in good shape because they will provide better safety and overall performance for your vehicle. When it comes to tire care and maintenance, here are some simple tips from LightHouse Automotive that will help you keep your tires in the best shape possible. 1. Check Your Tire Pressure At least once a month, take a few minutes to check your tire pressure. Keep a tire gauge in your glove compartment or use the gauges at the "Tire & Air" pump at your local gas station. Remember to check all four tires (and your spare if it's easily accessible) and make sure they are at proper air levels. If not, fill them back up accordingly. Maintaining consistent air pressure will help your tires last longer and can even help with things like fuel efficiency. 2. Check Your Tire Tread ... read more

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5 Signs You Need a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs You Need a Wheel Alignment

Is your vehicle due for a wheel alignment? If you are in the Colorado Springs area, you can always bring your car, truck or SUV into LightHouse Automotive for a quick and easy wheel alignment check. We can tell you if anything is misaligned or off-balance with the wheels, tires, suspension, brakes, axles or differential(s), and we'll offer honest recommendations for wheel alignment and balance repairs. Otherwise, it's sometimes fairly easy to tell yourself if you have a wheel alignment problem with your vehicle. You may notice some strange things when you are driving or you can take a look at your tires to see the common signs of wheel misalignment. If you are experiencing any of the following issues, it may be a wheel alignment concern that's worth getting repaired or at least looked at by a professional auto repair technician like ... read more

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