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7 Advantages of a Custom Exhaust System

7 Advantages of a Custom Exhaust System

Because of today's manufacturing standards, a lot of auto manufacturers will leave plenty of room for improvement with most cars that roll off an assembly line. They use affordable, standardized parts to fit a large quantity of mass-produced automobiles. They aren't concerned about maximizing each vehicle's performance, especially when it comes to torque and horsepower. This is why many vehicle owners opt to install aftermarket exhaust systems. It's one of the best way to boost horsepower, torque and other performance factors. In addition, a custom exhaust designed specifically for your car and your engine can improve things even more than a bolt-on kit. Here are 7 reasons why you should consider installing a custom exhaust system, according to the Colorado Springs auto repair experts (and custom exhaust specialists) at ... read more

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Do You Need to Change Your Engine Air Filter?

Do You Need to Change Your Engine Air Filter?

When people do their own vehicle maintenance at home, the engine air filter is often one of the most overlooked items. It's easy to remember changing the oil and oil filter or rotating the tires based on specific mileage driven, but the air filter isn't quite as memorable because its need for maintenance will fluctuate. However, it serves a very important function and it needs to be replaced periodically. When to Change Your Air Filter How often you should change your air filter can vary depending on a number of things. The general rule of thumb is somewhere between every 15,000 and 30,000 miles. How you drive the vehicle, the air quality where you drive, the age of your vehicle and several other factors can play into how much work your air filter has to do. It's a good idea to check it any time you are changing the oil or getting other maintenance done. Once it gets too dirt ... read more

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What Are the Differences Between the Powertrain, Drivetrain and Driveline?

What Are the Differences Between the Powertrain, Drivetrain and Driveline?

Sometimes you might hear the terms “powertrain,” “drivetrain” and “driveline” used interchangeably. They are all very much related, but there are important differences between these automotive terms. Everyone knows about the engine and the transmission, and most people have at least a basic understanding of how those work. The engine supplies power and the transmission controls the power as it is sent out to the wheels. The driveline is often the most misunderstood part of this equation. It is ultimately what transfers that torque from the transmission to the drive wheels when the vehicle is in motion. The first thing we want to look at is the differences between the terms powertrain, drivetrain and driveline. One way to think about is like a Russian nesting doll. Each term describes components that are part of the previous ... read more

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Is Your Car Battery Struggling this Winter?

Is Your Car Battery Struggling this Winter?

It can be really disheartening when you try to turn on your car in the morning and it is struggling to start. You never want to have that feeling that you are going to be stranded somewhere because of a dead battery.  Winter Battery Concerns Though there are numerous reasons why your car may be struggling to start (spark plugs, alternator, engine problems, cooling system problems, starter, etc.), a weak battery is one of the most common issues. Especially during cold winter months, the battery is put through a lot of extra strain. It gets really cold when the vehicle isn't running for awhile, and that causes it to lose its charge faster.  Keeping Your Car Battery Healthy You need a healthy battery to make the car run and to control all your electronic components. You may notice that your headlights or interior lights are starti ... read more

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3 Simple Tips for Better Tire Care this Winter

3 Simple Tips for Better Tire Care this Winter

When the roads in Colorado Springs have ice, snow, rain, slush and road salt on them in the winter, it's important to take care of your tires. After all, they are your vehicle's only direct point of contact with the road surface. The handling of your car and your safety depend greatly on the health of your tires. LightHouse Automotive would like to share these winter tire care tips: 1. Check the Air Pressure Often Cold temperature can decrease the air pressure in your tires. On the other side of the coin, overinflated tires will provide much less traction. It's worthwhile to check the air pressure at least every couple of weeks during the winter to make sure they are inflated properly. 2. Check the Tire Treads Your tire treads are very important during the winter to help with stability and traction. Look at the ... read more

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4 Things to Look for When Checking Your Oil

4 Things to Look for When Checking Your Oil

It's easy to check the oil in your car using the dipstick under the hood. Most cars will have several dipsticks for different fluid reservoirs, so consult your owner's manual to locate the engine oil reservoir and corresponding dipstick.  If you've never done it before, it's really simple. First, pull out the dipstick and use a cloth or paper towel to wipe off any old oil that may be on it. Dip it all the way back in and pull it out to get a fresh sample. It's a good idea to check your oil every so often because you want to make sure you have enough healthy oil in the pan to help keep your engine running smoothly. If not, it's time for an oil change! When you do take the time to check your own oil, here are 4 things you should look for according to the Colorado Springs auto repair experts at Light ... read more

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7 Signs of Fuel System Failure

7 Signs of Fuel System Failure

Your vehicle’s fuel system pumps fuel from the gas tank and into the engine. Needless to say, it can be problematic if the fuel system isn’t working properly. You will lose fuel efficiency (MPG). If something is really wrong, then the car might not run at all. Damage to fuel system components may also lead to a fuel leak, which can be dangerous in a number of ways. In most cases, major fuel system issues will come down to the fuel pump. It’s what keeps the gas flowing through the lines. Other problems that can be developed are clogged fuel filters or fuel lines. Or, a leak can happen with a loose connection or damaged parts. Here are are 7 common signs that your car has a fuel system failure, according to LightHouse Automotive: 1. The Engine is Sputtering This of ... read more

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The LightHouse Automotive Guide to Vehicle Filters

The LightHouse Automotive Guide to Vehicle Filters

Every vehicle has four primary types of filters that perform very simple, yet important functions. As the term implies, they filter out dirt, debris and impurities that can otherwise contaminate vital automotive components and hinder performance. Here's what you need to know about your vehicle's different filters, according to the Colorado Springs auto repair experts at LightHouse Automotive: 1. Oil Filter This is probably the filter that most car owners are most familiar with because it needs to be changed the most often. When a standard oil change is performed, the oil filter will be replaced along with any oil in the reservoir. This ensures that fresh oil is running through the engine components and providing the necessary lubrication and cooling properties. It's important to change the oil fil ... read more

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The 8 Most Important Vehicle Maintenance Tasks

The 8 Most Important Vehicle Maintenance Tasks

We often take our cars for granted, but owning a vehicle is a big responsibility. Whether you bought a cheap used car or have an expensive vehicle that you got brand new, it needs regular maintenance to keep it running right. At LightHouse Automotive, we call it "preventative maintenance" because it is done to help prevent major automotive damage while improving vehicle performance and driver safety. Here are 8 of the most important vehicle maintenance tasks that need to be done regularly, according to our top mechanics at LightHouse Automotive: 1. Oil Changes Motor oil is the lifeblood of the engine. Without enough clean oil flowing through all the different fast-moving engine components, major internal damage can happen. That's why it is so vital to change the oil and the oil filt ... read more

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7 Reasons Why Your Car Won't Start

7 Reasons Why Your Car Won't Start

Though it's something we hope you never experience, there's no worse feeling than when you try to start your car and it won't fire up. Whether it's struggling to start up or the engine won't turn over all, it's time to seek professional help from a mechanic that can diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs. Sometimes it's a simple part that needs to be replaced. Other times, it's something more significant. Here are some of the most common reasons why a car won't start, according to the Colorado Springs auto repair experts at LightHouse Automotive: 1. Starter/Ignition System There are different types of ignition and starter systems found in vehicles made throughout the years, and each has different components that can fail. Problems to look for may be a failing ignition switch, starter motor, ignition coil, distributor cap or spark plugs. The ... read more

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