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Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In Colorado Springs

Every Colorado Springs car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced. Now, most air filters purchased in Colorado Springs don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that Colorado people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at Lighthouse Automotive can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in Colorado Springs. Think about a dirty furnace filter in your Colorado Springs home. When it's all clogged up, enough clean air can't get through. In your vehicle, that means that your engine can't get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around Colorado Springs roads. Your ... read more

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Maintenance

Is Your Colorado Springs Driving Severe?

People near Colorado Springs, Colorado, often ask Lighthouse Automotive how often they should have a particular service done. It's a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner's manual or have your Colorado Springs, Colorado, service advisor at Lighthouse Automotive look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules.One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in Colorado Springs will say that their driving is normal and that the 'regular' schedule probably applies to them. 'Severe service' sounds pretty extreme – 'I don't drive like that.'Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. Most of your trips are less than four miles (six and a half kilometers). Most of your trips are less than ten m ... read more

The Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear people in Colorado Springs say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most Colorado Springs drivers don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become,  fluids such as engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid.Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and distances march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your maintenance - but here are some personal stories ... read more

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Maintenance

What to Do in Case of an Accident in Colorado Springs

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Colorado Springs, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what Colorado Springs drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Colorado Springs is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your Colorado driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Colorado Springs emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a police report. It's tempting to ... read more

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Automotive News

E-85 Fuel Safety Advice from Lighthouse Automotive

  Today at Lighthouse Automotive we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You've probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in the Colorado Springs area. Some newer vehicle models are specifically built to run on E-85 – the rest are not. Does your vehicle use E-85 gasoline? Bring it down to Lighthouse Automotive at 2499 East Platte Ave in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909, to find out, or give us a call to make an appointment by calling 719.634.0005. E-85 gasoline has been developed to fight air pollution and reduce oil consumption. E-85 fuel is a mix of 85% ethanol, a grain-base alcohol, and 15% gasoline. So-called Flex-Fuel vehicles are designed to use either normal gasoline or E-85 gas. The result is lower exhaust emissions to our local Colorado Springs community ... read more

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Warranty

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that Colorado Springs auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in Colorado.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if Colorado Springs drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.Here at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, t ... read more

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Cooling System

Arrive Alive in Colorado Springs

We've all seen drivers do crazy things while driving to or from Colorado Springs. A guy shaving in the rear-view mirror, a woman applying makeup, people talking on their phones, texting or drinking from an enormous coffee mug. It's a wonder we even dare drive on Colorado roads.The truth is that all of us are distracted when we drive. Unfortunately, traffic, road construction and other external factors are beyond our control. The distractions inside our car, however, are things we can often control.Here's some things that'll give you more control in your car, and help keep your attention on the roads around Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs drivers who are 16 to 20 years old tend to be more distracted by the radio, CD or MP3 player. Colorado Springs drivers who are 20 to 29 are more distracted by passengers in the car, including small children. Those over age 65 tend to be more distracted by objects or events that are outside of the vehicle. Other factors like fatigue, stress and lac ... read more

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in Colorado Springs

Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Colorado Springs area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there.Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local Colorado Springs service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of your driver's door that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure.And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops 20 percent below recommendations. That's severely underinflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed right away at Lighthouse Aut ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Colorado Springs Road Trip Preparation

People from Colorado Springs, Colorado, love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than a Colorado road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.You can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. Heading out on a Colorado road trip? Stop by Lighthouse Automotive before you head out to make sure everything is in good repair. Let's look at some of the auto maintenance related problems you might encounter on a road trip in Colorado and what you might do to avoid them.The most common vehicle component to fail is the tires. Of course, you can't always avoid a road hazard that leads to a flat, but you may be able to head off some maintenance-connected tire problems.A good tire inspection at Lighthouse Automo ... read more

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Inspection

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Colorado Springs residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Colorado Springs residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Colorado Springs service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: Lighthouse Automotive2499 East Platte AveColorado Springs, Colorado 80909719.634.0005 These recalls always affect safety, so Colorado Springs residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches ... read more

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Maintenance
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