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Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Brake Noise

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in Colorado Springs. They eventually wear down.When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when Colorado Springs drivers should replace their brake pads at Lighthouse Automotive. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.If your brakes are making noise, ask your Lighthouse Automotive service advisor to inspect your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.Lighthouse Automotive2499 East Platte AveColorado Springs, Colorado 8090971

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Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Serpentine Belt System Wear

The primary job of the serpentine belt for Colorado Springs drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded around Colorado Springs with a dead battery. In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accessories it powers leading to premature wear and possible early replacement. When as little as 5% of belt material is lost, the serpentine belt cannot provide the proper traction for the accessories. Your friendly and professional Lighthouse Automotive service advisor can inspect your belt for excessive wear and replace your serpentine belt system if it’s excessively worn.Give us a call.Lighthouse Automotive2499 East Platte AveColorado Springs, Colorado 8090971

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Serpentine Belt

What Colorado Springs Customers like About Us at Lighthouse Automotive

A big part of the service we provide at Lighthouse Automotive for our Colorado Springs customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued Colorado Springs area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Lighthouse Automotive automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our Colorado Springs customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Lighthouse Automotive is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in Colorado Springs live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Lighthouse Automotive service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we don't ... read more

Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down in Colorado Springs

There’s not much Colorado Springs drivers can do about the price of gas in ?Colorado, but we can control - up to a point - how much we use. Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy. The first thing we can do is watch the go-pedal. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don’t need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year in improved gas mileage. Go a little slower on Colorado expressways. Colorado Springs drivers who go more than 65 miles an hour (105 kilometers per hour) will see their gas mileage drop dramatically. Leave early so you don’t need to rush to be on time. And cruise control is your friend – steady speeds use less gas. Plan errands ahead. Make fewer trips by combining errands around Colorado Springs. Hey at current Colorado Springs gas prices, a lead-foot might as well be a gold foot. Give us a call Lighthouse Automotive 2499 East Platte Ave Colora ... read more

Wasteful Thinking

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 fuel injection which uses computers to adjust the amount of gasoline that goes into the cylinders.  The engine gets only the fuel it needs, taking conditions into account. Older vehicles, on the other hand, used to use carburetors.  When you started a cold engine, the carburetor wasn't able to adjust the gasoline amount depending on conditions.  Some of the gasoline would mix with oil and the pistons wouldn't get the same lubrication as they would with undiluted oil. So yes, you ca ... read more

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

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 are damaged by sunlight and temperature changes as well. The rubber in the blades can dry out and crack and eventually fall apart. Check your wipers: If they’re not doing their important job, have them replaced at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs. Talk to your Lighthouse Automotive service advisor about how you drive - we can counsel you on the optimal blades for your needs.Lighthouse Automotive2499 East Platte AveColorado Springs, Colorado 8090971

Lighthouse Automotive Automotive Tips: Diagnostic Service

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 scenario plays out every day at Colorado auto repair facilities. When the cause of the concern isn’t obvious, the car will need to undergo a diagnostic examination. The typical car has about 30,000 parts, including several networked computers and miles of wiring. Finding exactly what is wrong can be very complicated and take some time. The most experienced technicians at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs are the ones who tackle the difficult diagnostic jobs. Once they have determine ... read more

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Exhaust

Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

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. Oil sludge forms when engine oil breaks down, which happens with both time and miles. Obviously, driving will take its toll on engine oil, but the oil also breaks down even as the vehicle just sits in the garage. This is why oil change intervals are listed in both time and distance traveled, and the phrase “whichever comes first” is applicable.Oil sludge is essentially petroleum jelly. Imagine this stuff squishing around in your vehicle engine, pushing into small engine passageways ... read more

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Fluids

The Lighthouse Automotive Guide to Saving Fuel: Beware of Myths

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. Colorado Springs drivers can usually find out in only minutes whether that claim is questionable or not.Chances are other Colorado Springs drivers have already tried what you're being offered. If you find evidence that others feel they have been scammed, you should be wary of becoming the next victim. There aren't any pills, magic or otherwise, that you can drop into your gas tank to improve your gas mileage. Drop in enough of those pills and you can actually harm your vehicle. The last thing y ... read more

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Fuel System

Fuel Injector Cleaning at Lighthouse Automotive

Fuel Injector Cleaning at Lighthouse Automotive

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 injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. The fuel pump provides pressure needed to squirt the right amount of fuel into the engine. A few have recently introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines. They are now available at some Colorado dealerships. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – many times the pressure of port injection systems. Although more com ... read more

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Fuel System