Monthly Archives: January 2018

3 Signs You Might Need a New Water Pump

3 Signs You Might Need a New Water Pump

Most vehicles will rely upon a water pump system to keep the engine cool and maintain consistent running temperatures. It’s vital to prevent overheating. There are air cooling systems, as well, which require their own maintenance and care. In this article, however, we want to focus on water pumps. Modern vehicles that use water pumps have more sophisticated cooling systems that are designed to last longer. This is pretty true with all modern vehicle designs. However, no car is exempt from something going wrong and it always pays to know what to look for in case of a failing water pump. Obviously, the older your vehicle is, the more concern you should have for your water pump. When it fails, your engine will overheat and it could lead to more significant en ... read more

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LightHouse Automotive Helps Customer with Leaking Transmission

LightHouse Automotive Helps Customer with Leaking Transmission

Alex recently took his car into a quick-lube oil change shop, and one of the technicians there noticed that some transmission fluid was leaking. A leaking transmission is never a good sign, but Alex wanted a second opinion before any work was done. He is a student on a limited budget, so he knew it was worth having the vehicle looked at by a local transmission repair expert. After doing his research on dependable Colorado Springs auto repair shops, Alex decided to call LightHouse Automotive. Alex shared his feedback about his LightHouse Automotive service experience on Google: "The oil change guy claimed my transmission was leaking and these guys [LightHouse Automotive] gave me an honest quote," Alex says. "They even brought me into the shop to give me an up close and per ... read more

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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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