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Is Your Transmission Slipping? Here's What You Should Know.

Is Your Transmission Slipping? Here's What You Should Know.

Whether you drive a manual or automatic transmission, there may be a time when you feel it start to "slip." This is especially true if you have an older vehicle or it's been awhile since your last transmission service. A slipping transmission means that it is struggling to shift between gears and/or stay in gear. It could be the sign of a major transmission problem or you may just need minor transmission maintenance. What Causes a Transmission to Slip? In many cases, a slipping transmission is a result of a transmission fluid (or transmission oil, if you prefer) issue. Too little or too much fluid may be running through the system and that can cause the transmission to have a hard time staying in a particular gear. You might notice the slips only happen in certain gears, as well. What causes a transmission fluid problem is that the filter or one of the lines could be clog ... read more

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5 Signs That Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

5 Signs That Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

You need the battery to be able to start your car. That is it’s primary purpose along with providing power to the electronic components throughout the vehicle (stereo, lights, power windows/doors, electric power steering, etc.). If the battery dies or is growing weaker, you will likely notice some telltale signs. The average 12-volt car battery will last 5 to 7 years before it needs to be replaced. Depending on your automotive care and other factors, it may last longer or it may die sooner. If you leave the car sitting unused for long periods of time or drive a lot in cold weather, it will drain the battery. Sometimes, you may just need a jump start to get it going and then the alternator will keep it recharging as you drive. However, all batteries ultimately begin to start loosing their charging capacity and eventually it will need to be replaced. Here are a few signs of a dying car batt ... read more

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Colorado Springtime Auto Maintenance Tips from LightHouse Automotive

Colorado Springtime Auto Maintenance Tips from LightHouse Automotive

Springtime is here and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to start the transition from a cold and icy winter to warmer weather, and that means making sure your car is taken care of with some spring maintenance. You may even want to consider spending at least part of your tax refund on some much-needed automotive repairs and preventative maintenance from LightHouse Automotive in Colorado Springs, CO. The cold weather and wet roads can really put a lot of extra strain on various vehicle components—especially the tires, brakes, wheels, suspension, battery, cooling system, transmission, engine and exhaust system. According to the automotive experts at LightHouse Automotive, here are a few of the common springtime auto maintenance tips you should consider: 1. Get an Oil Change ... read more

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The Effects of High Altitudes on Your Car

The Effects of High Altitudes on Your Car

Sitting at an elevation of over 6,000 feet above sea level, Colorado Springs is a high-altitude town—just like most cities throughout our great state of Colorado. Being this high up offers a lot of natural beauty, but the altitude can also put a little more wear and tear on your car than an average low-altitude environment in other parts of the country. It’s important to understand the effects of high altitudes and mountain driving on different systems in your car. Colorado Springs’ own LightHouse Automotive takes a look at some of things you need to know. Fuel Efficiency Most vehicles these days are tested specifically to handle a wider variety of altitudes and geographic environments. Still, higher altitudes mean lower air density and less oxygen, argon and nitrogen being pulled into the ... read more

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8 of the Most Common Reasons Your Check Engine Light is On

8 of the Most Common Reasons Your Check Engine Light is On

It never feels good when the check engine light comes on in your vehicle. If it's flashing or color-coded red, then that means it's an urgent problem. Pull off the road immediately and call for roadside assistance if this happens. Otherwise, the check engine light can illuminate for any number of reasons. It could be a big problem or a minor issue. Sometimes, it can even be tripped by mistake and just needs to be reset.  Let's look at some of the most common reasons why your check engine light might be on according to the Colorado Springs auto repair professionals at LightHouse Automotive. 1. Oxygen Sensor The oxygen (02) sensor is one of the most common culprits. The sensor could be tripped when the exhaust system isn't wo ... read more

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Why You Shouldn't Ignore an Oil Leak

Why You Shouldn't Ignore an Oil Leak

People often take engine oil leaks pretty lightly. They look past that stain on their driveway, they put down some kitty litter to absorb the leak, or they just keep topping off the oil tank. Dealing with Any Fluid Leaks The truth is that any fluid leak in your vehicle shouldn't be ignored. The most concerning leaks will be transmission fluid, radiator coolant (antifreeze) or brake fluid. If you notice any of those fluids leaking from under your vehicle, you will not want to wait to bring it to a knowledgeable mechanic for a proper inspection. Even the smallest leak can be a sign of bigger problems. Or, it may be something minor that can be fixed immediately before it develops into something much more costly. Engine Oil Leaks The same is true with motor oil. It is the lifeblood of your car's ... read more

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Is One of Your Wheel Hub Bearings Worn Out? Here Are the Signs to Look For.

Is One of Your Wheel Hub Bearings Worn Out? Here Are the Signs to Look For.

Each wheel hub in your vehicle contains a bearing assembly that allows the wheel to rotate freely as you drive. If one of these wheel hub bearings fails or becomes damaged in any way, it will definitely impact the performance and safety of your car. Depending on the severity of the damage, it may just be a minor noise nuisance at first. If the bearing is not repaired/replaced, however, it can lead to much bigger problems in the wheel. As with any automotive issue, it’s better to get it repaired now before it leads to a much more expensive auto repair. Here are some of the common signs associated with worn wheel hub bearings: 1. Grinding Noise If you hear (or sometimes even feel) a grinding noise coming from the car, it is often a sign of a damaged wheel bearing. 2. Humming Noise Sometimes, you might just hear an unusual humming noise or high-pitched sound coming ... read more

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3 Signs of a Bad Motor Mount

3 Signs of a Bad Motor Mount

Motor mounts (also known as engine mounts) serve a very simple, yet extremely important function in your vehicle. They represent the connection point between the engine and the chassis. They are typically a combination of metal and rubber. The metal is there for support and security while the rubber component helps absorb and minimize the vibrations. As you can imagine, the engine is generating a lot of power and torque with many fast-moving parts inside. This causes an incredible about of vibration, making the role of the motor mounts so vital. Yet, as with most vehicle parts, the motor mounts (and especially the rubber seals) will often deteriorate over time with regular wear and tear. If you are having a motor mount issue, it is very important to get it looked at by a professional mechanic and re ... read more

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6 Common Causes of Auto Electric Problems

6 Common Causes of Auto Electric Problems

Today's vehicles are more advanced than ever, and the automotive technology is continuing to evolve at a very rapid pace. Obviously, the more modern the car, the more complex the electrical system is going to be. From the onboard computer and a multitude of different sensors to complicated wiring systems that power various components, today's automobiles are extremely high-tech. And, we haven't even mentioned the innovations behind hybrid and electric vehicles! You can usually tell if you have an auto electric problem. Some of the common symptoms include: • Check engine light or battery warning light • Engine not starting or having trouble starting • Dimming interior or exterior lights • Electrical malfunctions (stereo system, power windows/doors, etc.) • Smoke (not steam) coming from under the hood All of these are signs that you probably have an ... read more

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Exhaust Leak? Here's What You Need to Know.

Exhaust Leak? Here's What You Need to Know.

If your car has an exhaust leak, it is not something you want to take lightly. The performance of your vehicle will be hindered. More importantly, it can potentially be deadly for you and your passengers if carbon monoxide and other harmful fumes are leaking inside the vehicle. If you have an exhaust leak, here are a few key things you need to know. Source of the Leak The exhaust system has many different components that remove the exhaust fumes from the engine, burn them off and then expel the reduced emissions out of the tail pipe. A leak can occur anywhere throughout the system. It could come from a manifold gasket, the catalytic converter, the muffler or somewhere within the pipes themselves. You will want a professional mechanic to inspect your vehicle and identify the source of the leak. Then, you will know what kind of repairs need to be made in order to resolve the leak ... read more

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