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4 Signs You Might Have an Automotive Emissions Issue

4 Signs You Might Have an Automotive Emissions Issue

Today's vehicles have very sophisticated emissions systems designed to burn off harmful exhaust gases and limit the toxins released into our environment. The emissions system also helps keep the vehicle running better with a healthier engine and better fuel efficiency. Colorado is a very green state, so we have rather strict emissions standards.  Modern vehicles will have an advanced emissions control system (also known as the EVAP system) that utilizes different oxygen sensors, computer controls and sensitive exhaust system equipment to let you know when there may be a problem. However, that equipment can also fail sometimes, so you really have to be mindful of potential automotive emissions problems when they develop. If you think you might have an emissions problem or an issue with your exhaust system, it is a good idea to get your vehicle inspected as soon as possible. Here are 4 common ... read more

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5 Benefits of Regular Oil Changes

5 Benefits of Regular Oil Changes

An oil change is the most common maintenance service needed in a car. During this procedure, the old engine oil is drained from the pan. The oil filter is removed and replaced. Then, fresh oil is put into the pan. Motor oil provides important lubricating properties throughout the engine's fast-moving components. Without healthy oil, significant issues can develop. Here are 5 key benefits of getting regular oil changes, according to the Colorado Springs auto repair experts at LightHouse Automotive: 1. Preventative Maintenance There is a reason we call it "preventative" maintenance." Oil changes are done to prevent major engine problems from happening. If you keep your oil clean and fr ... read more

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8 Signs of a Dying Car Battery

8 Signs of a Dying Car Battery

A dead car battery is a common problem in the winter season. Sometimes, it's due directly to the freezing temperatures, but that's not always the issue at hand. There could be many different reasons why your battery is weak and/or dying. Here are some of the warning signs you can look for, according to the Colorado Springs auto repair specialists at LightHouse Automotive: 1. Car Won't Start This is a pretty obvious sign that the battery is dead. If you turn the key or hit the start button and it makes no noise (or maybe just a few light clicks), then it's probably the battery that needs to be recharged or replaced. It could be a failing starter, alternator or spark plug, as well, so make sure to look at more than just the battery. ... read more

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Maintain Your Suspension for a Cold Colorado Winter

Maintain Your Suspension for a Cold Colorado Winter

It's no secret that winter weather wreaks havoc on the roads in and around Colorado Springs during the winter season. We have rain, snow, ice and sleet that can cover the streets and create slick driving surfaces. Freezing temperatures and excess moisture can also lead to a lot of cracks and potholes. Water, grease, mud and road salt can also kick up underneath your vehicle while you drive and cause significant issues. Suspension System Maintenance All of these factors make Colorado winters pretty rough on your vehicle's suspension system. When it comes to safety and handling during difficult driving conditions, maintaining your suspension is extra important. You want your shocks/struts to be healthy to absorb all the bumps, cracks and potholes. You want your wheels in perfect alignment to avoid drifting and slipping on ti ... read more

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8 Automotive Issues to Think About Heading into the Colorado Winter

8 Automotive Issues to Think About Heading into the Colorado Winter

As we end October and get ready to begin November, we can already feel the special chill in the air throughout Colorado Springs. It's a sign that winter is coming soon and we want to keep our vehicles running their best despite the freezing temperatures, ice, rain and snow.  There is no doubt that many of your car's important systems and parts need to work a little harder in the winter months. LightHouse Automotive has identified these 8 things in your vehicle that need extra attention heading into the coldest season of the year in Colorado: 1. Car Battery With cold temperatures, it's hard to get your battery warm and keep it charged in between starts. Make sure your alternator is in working properly and your battery is holding a full ... read more

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3 Benefits of Preventative Transmission Service

3 Benefits of Preventative Transmission Service

Though the engine gets all the credit, your car simply won't run without its transmission. The engine provides power, but the transmission is what takes that power and sends it out to the wheels in order to actually make the vehicle move down the street. Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to ignore their transmission until it becomes a problem. They don't prioritize standard transmission services like they do oil changes or tire rotations. Transmission services don't need to be performed nearly as often as these other preventative maintenance services. The intervals may range anywhere from 30,000 miles up to 100,000 miles depending on the age of the vehicle, it's transmission system design, the use of the vehicle, its mileage, your driving habits and ... read more

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4 Reasons to Get Your Brakes Serviced Regularly

4 Reasons to Get Your Brakes Serviced Regularly

A lot of us don't worry about our cars' brakes until they become a serious problem. We wait until they start to screech and squeal, and even then we sometimes continue to drive until they eventually fail completely. Then, we're faced with dangerous driving conditions and expensive brake repairs.  Like oil changes, tire rotations, transmission services and other preventative maintenance procedures you do to keep your vehicle running right, you definitely want to take care of your brake system. It's a good idea to get your brakes inspected regularly and serviced as needed. A qualified mechanic will be able to look over all the brake components and make sure that everything is functioning properly. Brake pads need to be replaced when they are getting low. Brake rotors should be resurfaced periodically. Brake fluid needs to be checked and replaced every so often. Here are 4 benefits of g ... read more

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What You Need to Know About Automatic Transmission Fluid

What You Need to Know About Automatic Transmission Fluid

Along with engine oil and some other fluids like radiator coolant, transmission fluid is absolutely vital to the health and performance of your vehicle. If you are low on transmission fluid (also known as transmission oil or automatic transmission fluid—ATF) or the fluid itself is not fresh and clean, you will experience problems. It can lead to serious internal transmission fluid or do damage to sensitive equipment such as the the clutch system in manual transmission vehicles or the torque converter in automatic transmission cars, trucks and SUVs. Here are a few things you need to know about transmission fluid, according to the Colorado Springs auto repair specialists at LightHouse Automotive: 1. Transmission Fluid Quality In order for your transmission to be healthy, it needs clean transmission ... read more

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Engine Sputtering? Here Are Some of the Most Common Causes.

Engine Sputtering? Here Are Some of the Most Common Causes.

You can usually tell right away when your engine is sputtering. It might be backfiring or it just sounds and feels like it is not working at normal power. A sputtering engine means that it is not achieving full combustion. It could be the sign of a very simple problem or it could be a symptom of a much more concerning engine, fuel system or exhaust system issue. Here are 10 of the most common causes for a sputtering engine, according to the Colorado Springs auto repair specialists at LightHouse Automotive: 1. Out of Gas The most common reason why an engine sputters is when you are about to run out of gas. The engine will struggle as it doesn't get enough fuel and eventually the car will stop running altogether. If your engine is sputtering, the first thing you should do is look ... read more

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8 Ways to Help Prevent Your Car from Overheating

8 Ways to Help Prevent Your Car from Overheating

Summer is just about over in Colorado, but that doesn't mean overheating still isn't a concern for many drivers. In fact, the engine overheating is something that can happen any time of year and in any type of weather, especially when dealing with mountain driving. It is definitely more of a threat in the warm summer months. However, if you are not taking care of your vehicle's cooling system, it can be a recurring problem. Here are a few tips from Colorado Springs' own LightHouse Automotive to help keep your car from overheating: 1. Check the Coolant Level You can check the engine coolant (radiator fluid) in your radiator. Just make sure and do it when the car is turned off and the engine is completely cooled down. If the radiator cap is under heat and pressur ... read more

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