• Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

    Tuesday 19 June 2018

    Why are wheel bearings for Colorado Springs vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's Lighthouse Automotive post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around Colorado Springs, Colorado. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bea... read more

  • Lighthouse Automotive Advice on Buying New Tires

    Wednesday 13 June 2018

    Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every Colorado Springs driver's style, habits and driving conditions.Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all Colorado seasons.Colorado Springs off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from damage.But what if you own an SUV but... read more

  • Drive Train - What You Need to Know in Colorado Springs

    Sunday 03 June 2018

    One Colorado Springs automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Colorado Springs, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.That's not really a lot of components, but they handle th... read more

  • Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Lighthouse Automotive?

    Tuesday 29 May 2018

    Today's Lighthouse Automotive article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many Colorado Springs drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in Colorado who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at Lighthouse Automotive.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive mai... read more

  • Time for Differential Service at Lighthouse Automotive?

    Monday 21 May 2018

    Hello Colorado Springs - let's talk differentials. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, your differential is on the back axle. With front-wheel drive cars, the differential is up front. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles have three differentials - front, rear and in the middle. So you see, you've got a differential (or two or three) and it needs service now and then.What does your vehicle differential do? Well, it compensates for the differences in speed betwe... read more

  • Drive Train Service in Colorado Springs at Lighthouse Automotive

    Sunday 13 May 2018

    The drive train in your vehicle includes all the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. Those components differ depending on what type of vehicle you drive, namely, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The preventive maintenance your driveshaft needs will also differ by what type of vehicle you drive.Let's start with front-wheel drive. In this vehicle, the transmission and the differential are... read more

  • Used Cars: Lighthouse Automotive Advice on What to Do After You Buy

    Wednesday 09 May 2018

    Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Colorado Springs drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the Colorado Springs area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some Colorado Springs used vehicle owners sell them b... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

    Sunday 29 April 2018

    Repair or Replace? That’s a question Colorado Springs drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired. Run flat tires shou... read more

  • Lighthouse Automotive Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

    Wednesday 25 April 2018

    Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for Colorado Springs residents to always use the proper type of fluid for their vehicle. Using incorrect fluids can actually damage your engine.As engines have become more sophisticated, new weights (or grades) of engine oil have been introduced. Today, there is a much wider range of weights for engine oil as wel... read more

  • Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for Colorado Springs Drivers

    Sunday 15 April 2018

    Knowing how their engine works can help Colorado Springs drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let... read more

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