Monthly Archives: April 2017

Battery Maintenance Tips From Lighthouse Automotive

Battery Maintenance Tips From Lighthouse Automotive

When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons:First, your vehicle won't start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn't working efficiently, your alternator has to work overtime to make up for it, and other electrical components can suffer as well.A number of years ago sealed batteries were introduced to the local Colorado Springs, Colorado, market. They were hailed as being 'maintenance-free batteries.' While it is true that you can't get in and adjust the electrolyte levels of a sealed battery, it is by no means maintenance free.Batteries are very sensitive to changes in the weather around Colorado. Temperature really affects auto battery performance. A battery inspection is an important part of your spring and fall checkups. Next time you're under your hood, take a look at your battery. Is it clean and free of residue? A dirty battery will d ... read more

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Battery

Will Proper Auto Maintenance at Lighthouse Automotive Really Save Gas?

Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But Colorado Springs drivers don't always extend those good habits into the garage. Our vehicles need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but just as cleaning a carpet carries the hidden reward of prolonging its life, maintaining our vehicles incurs a hidden reward that becomes noticeable at Colorado Springs gas stations.When it comes to reduced fuel economy, there are two culprits: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion. That means that anything Colorado Springs drivers can do to decrease friction and increase the efficiency of their engines will translate to savings on fuel. Friction increases the amount of energy it takes to move some ... read more

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Fuel Economy

Need a New Battery? Call Lighthouse Automotive Today

Need a New Battery? Call Lighthouse Automotive Today

Hello Colorado Springs drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around Colorado Springs, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it needs to be replaced. This also speeds up wear on the alternator.Your Lighthouse Automotive service advisor can help you determine the right vehicle replacement battery for the way you drive around Colorado Springs, as well as the Colorado climate and durability needs.Contact Lighthouse Automotive for information on battery replacement.Give us a call. Lighthouse Automotive 2499 East Platte Ave Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909 719

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Battery

Change Your Wiper Blades Twice Yearly at Lighthouse Automotive

Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today's Lighthouse Automotive article: wiper blades. While this isn't the most exciting automotive subject, it's important. You wouldn't drive at night in Colorado Springs with your headlights off, but a dirty or streaked vehicle windshield can catch the glare of the sun or on-coming headlights and make it just as difficult to see.Most of us in Colorado Springs replace our wiper blades when they no longer do the job. They are so worn, hard or brittle that they can't clean the windshield. They may even be falling apart. In other words, we deal with our wiper blades from a failure perspective. We address them when they no longer function. The theory, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," doesn't apply here. Instead, we should think about wipers blades as an important safety system that we should maintai ... read more

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Maintenance