• The Lighthouse Automotive Guide to Saving Fuel: Beware of Myths

    Sunday 10 December 2017

    There's a lot of auto advice in Colorado right now on how to save money on gas. Some of it is good advice. Some of it isn't. Some of it is myth. And it may well be a scam. Plain and simple. When someone offers you a product designed to save money on gas, ask yourself, “Does this sound too good to be true?” If the answer is yes, do more research.The internet offers us a convenient and quick way to research someone's claims about gas savings... read more

  • Fuel Injector Cleaning at Lighthouse Automotive

    Wednesday 06 December 2017

    In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your vehicle engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected vehicle driving down Colorado Springs roads.Most fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the Colorado Springs automotive community as port fuel i... read more

  • What to Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Colorado Springs

    Sunday 26 November 2017

    So you've bought a used vehicle in the Colorado Springs area. Do you know what you're getting? It is hard to know what you're getting because people in the Colorado Springs area sell vehicles for different reasons. Think about why you've sold vehicles. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from? Maybe it was a little of both.Used vehicles in Colorado with 25,000 to 35,000 miles/40,000 to 55,000 km on them are often leas... read more

  • Serpentine Belt Service at Lighthouse Automotive

    Monday 20 November 2017

    Most Colorado Springs folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Colorado Springs market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home... read more

  • Ask Lighthouse Automotive About the Importance of Service Intervals

    Tuesday 14 November 2017

    Today in our Lighthouse Automotive blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: What about six-month dental cleanings and regular physical exams? Then there's laundry, mowing the lawn, paying your electric bill, changing your furnace filter - you get the idea.Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?For one thing, your teeth may get mor... read more

  • Water Pump

    Monday 06 November 2017

    Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat the water pump The water pump's like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout your vehicle. It's a small pump that's driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear.The water pump only operates... read more

  • Tracking True in Colorado: Wheel Alignment in Colorado Springs

    Monday 30 October 2017

    The biggest issue for Colorado Springs area drivers is always safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs. When undergoing an alignment service at Lighthouse Automotive, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspen... read more

  • Exhaust Service at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs

    Monday 23 October 2017

    Whenever they hear the term "exhaust service," most Colorado Springs residents think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service at Lighthouse Automotive is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976 and on-board emission control computers in 1990. Governmental emissions requirements have forced manufacturers to come up with much more sophisticated ways to comply with environmental regulations.Exhaust service has really beco... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

    Wednesday 18 October 2017

    When Colorado Springs drivers need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control and anti-lock brake systems.If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should always be put on the rear axle for stability in slippery condi... read more

  • Easy Miles – Do Colorado Springs Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

    Monday 09 October 2017

    Have you ever noticed that your vehicle has a schedule in your owner's manual for what is called “severe service” maintenance? Let's define what severe driving conditions aren't: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for 20 miles (32 kilometers) or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour (105 kilometers per hour) in 75°F (24°C) weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are ad... read more

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