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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Colorado Springs, Colorado

The median age for cars in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Lighthouse Automotive we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Colorado Springs area, bring it into Lighthouse Automotive for high-mileage maintenance.2499 East Platte AveColorado Springs, Colorado 80909719.634.0005 Many people in Colorado are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern vehicles are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience.Local car owners in Colorado Springs with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let's start with the special needs of the older vehicle...The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake system ... read more



Fuel Saving Tip: Car Weight and Your Colorado Driving

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from Colorado Springs knows this makes sense.Some of us in the Colorado Springs area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I'm not talkin' what you see in the mirror.Guys: sports equipment and tools. Ladies: well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about 45 pounds of french fries on the floor.All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and there, and everywhere else.Lose the junk and save some money....And you really only need one of those spare tires. Lighthouse Automotive 2499 East Platte Ave Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909 719


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Wheel Balancing at Lighthouse Automotive

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Colorado Springs drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on Colorado roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at Lighthouse Automotive, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the technician will spin the tire on a machine to determine where it's too heavy. He will then place weights on the wheels in strategic locations to balance it out. When a tire is out of balance, it actually bounces down the road instead of rolling smoothly. Since the average size tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 mph/97 kph, it is actually slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That's where you get your vibration.Most people in Color ... read more


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Keep It Flowing with a Fuel Filter Replacement at Lighthouse Automotive

The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around Colorado Springs use fuel filters. For more information about your fuel filter, visit Lighthouse Automotive at 2499 East Platte Ave in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909.Please call 719.634.0005 to make an appointment. Generally speaking there's not a lot of dirt in our Colorado Springs area auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That's because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your vehicle is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your vehicle ages. It'll get clogged soon ... read more


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