Monthly Archives: April 2016

Should Colorado Springs Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Lighthouse Automotive tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around Colorado Springs are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside Colorado temperatures are below freezing.3. You don't do a lot of Colorado freeway driving, so you drive at low speeds most of the time.4. You drive in an area with a lot of pollution, dust, dirt, mud or slush.5. You frequently tow a trailer, haul heavy loads around Colorado Springs or use a car-top carrier.6. The weather in your area can get very hot or very cold.Surprising, isn't it? Severe driving isn't quite what you'd envisioned.Ask yourself: "Which auto service schedule should I follow?" For some of us, it's ... read more

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Lighthouse Automotive

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Lighthouse Automotive

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what you want. But if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably know that cheap shoes can come with an added cost of sore feet and other foot ailments. When you add in the benefits of comfort and protection, the more expensive shoes are actually the better value.Buying tires at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs is a lot like buying shoes, except that Colorado Springs vehicles don't have changeable apparel and don't need a closet full of tires to match. Vehicles spend a lot of time on their tires—all the time, in fact—so they need tires that can stand up to the job. Tir ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Lighthouse Automotive Alternator Replacement Service in Colorado Springs

Lighthouse Automotive Alternator Replacement Service in Colorado Springs

Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator.  Driving around Colorado Springs is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacement because your vehicle won't run without one. Come see your friendly and professional service advisor at Lighthouse Automotive to learn more. Lighthouse Automotive2499 East Platte AveColorado Springs, Colorado 8090971

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Battery

Fall and Spring Inspection at Lighthouse Automotive

Good vehicle care for us Colorado Springs residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved.Antifreeze—or coolant as it's also called—protects the engine from both freezing and hot temperatures and thus is required by the engine year-round. Modern coolants don't have to be changed as often as they did in the past, but your owner's manual has a recommendation for when it should be replaced to extend cooling system life.Getting a spring and fall checkup at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs for your vehicle is still good auto advice.First of all, there is a lot of preventive auto mainten ... read more

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Maintenance