• Wasteful Thinking

    Monday 22 January 2018

    With the weather getting colder, you might be tempted to start your vehicle up, let it idle for 15 or 20 minutes and then get in the nice, cozy cabin.  Some vehicles offer remote starting that let you do that from the comfort of your home or apartment.  But is letting your vehicle idle like that good for it? Manufacturers say it doesn't harm the vehicle.  They say it's because modern vehicles are made differently from those in the past.  Just about all newer vehicles employ f... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

    Monday 15 January 2018

    There are several important factors that go into how often Colorado Springs drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from Colorado freeway driving or lots of wet weather – your blades get a work out and start to wear. But your wiper blades break down even when they aren’t used frequently. They... read more

  • Lighthouse Automotive Automotive Tips: Diagnostic Service

    Sunday 07 January 2018

    Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that the doctor will have to examine you, ask some questions and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This same scenar... read more

  • Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

    Wednesday 03 January 2018

    Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all Colorado Springs residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months or 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But recent advances in both engine technology and oil quality have led to longer oil change intervals.Delayed or skipped oil changes are a problem for Colorado Springs residents because they lead to the build-up of oil sludge in your engine... read more

  • 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

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