Monthly Archives: June 2016

Fuel System Cleaning the Professional Way at Lighthouse Automotive

Your fuel system needs to be clean to do its job properly. When it gets dirty, the results are lower engine performance, reduced fuel economy and impaired safety. It can even lead to costly repair bills for Colorado Springs drivers. So keep your fuel system clean as part of your routine preventive maintenance.Fuel injectors have replaced carburetors in most of today's vehicles. These injectors deliver better fuel economy than a carburetor, but they can be compromised by rust, dirt and other contaminants. They need to be clean to maintain the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume of delivered fuel so that the vehicle engine can run at peak efficiency.There are products on the market that Colorado Springs vehicle owners can add to their gas tank that will help keep your fuel injectors clean. These products will keep a clean fuel system clean but have trouble cleaning a system that has already gotten gummed up.If your fuel system needs a major cleaning, Lighthouse Au ... read more

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Tracking True in Colorado Springs: Wheel Alignment

Tracking True in Colorado Springs: Wheel Alignment

At Lighthouse Automotive, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Lighthouse Automotive alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires,steering and suspensionparts are inspected for problems. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the vehicle factory settings. Adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels moving in precisely the same direction.If you don't remember hitting a pothole, how do you know if your wheels are out? The most obvious sign is that your vehicle pulls to one side. Also, your steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you're in the habit of checking your tire wear regularly, you may notice the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down. You should have your Colorado Springs auto service center look it over. Of course, if you've been in a ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Lighthouse Automotive: Wiper Blade Options

Wiper blades are critically important to Colorado Springs drivers for good driving visibility and safety. When it’s time to replace your wiper blades, there are a number of different wiper blade designs and grades. Colorado Springs drivers should always use at least the design or grade that came with their vehicle. If you live in Colorado where there is a lot of wet weather, flying insects, or you do a lot of highway driving, you may want to upgrade to a more advanced design or premium quality wiper blade. Your friendly and professional Lighthouse Automotive service advisor can share the options available for your vehicle and help you decide which wiper blades are optimal for you.Give us a call.Lighthouse Automotive2499 East Platte AveColorado Springs, Colorado 8090971

The Lighthouse Automotive Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

The Lighthouse Automotive Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Colorado Springs drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Colorado Springs. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there's an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you're doing.Lower gears for power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That's what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on Colorado roads. And it automatically shifts back down to climb Colorado Springs hills, pass or start up again.Vehicle automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is four speeds, five is very common ... read more

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