Monthly Archives: October 2016

Trip Inspection at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs

Trip Inspection at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs area drivers love their vehicles. And one of the most enjoyable things about them is taking a road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like vehicle trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.Now Colorado Springs drivers can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. The first step is to look at your trip plan from your vehicle's perspective. What kind of roads will you be traveling – winding Colorado byways? Purple mountain majesties or fruited plains? What weather conditions are you likely to encounter? How far will you travel each day? How much weight will you be hauling – passengers and luggage? Pulling a trailer, roof top carrier or ATVs? Will it be dusty? Prepared with answers to these questions, you can schedule a trip inspection at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs to ... read more

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Alignment

Hey Colorado Springs Drivers: How Do You Save Gas?

Higher Colorado Springs fuel prices aren't going away any time soon. That's not good news for our wallets. A lot of Colorado Springs drivers are trying to find ways to cut down on fuel consumption and hang on to some of their hard-earned money.North Americans drive billions of miles less during months of high fuel prices. That's right, billions. Of course Colorado vehicle owners can't stop driving altogether, so we still need to find other ways to cut fuel bills.Preventive maintenance at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs and good vehicle care can actually pay for themselves by lowering our fuel consumption. Here's a real-life example of how that can work.A family planned a four-day camping trip. Before leaving, they took their SUV into Lighthouse Automotive for an oil change. They flushed the cooling system, serviced all three differentials and cleaned the fuel system. They replaced the PCV valve and breather element. Then they checked the ... read more

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Fuel Economy

Cool Breeze: Air Conditioning Service at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs

Most Colorado auto owners know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning system can extend its life and prevent costly repair bills.Why is it important for Colorado Springs area drivers to get routine maintenance on their air conditioning system? First, the refrigerant contains an added lubricant. As the refrigerant circulates through the air conditioning system, its parts are lubricated. This constant lubrication keeps the parts functioning well. But over time, this lubricant is used up, and without it, the parts will eventually seize up and fail.Colorado Springs folks should understand, however, that the air conditioner will continue to pump out cool air even without the lubricant, so you w ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Service in Colorado Springs

Air Conditioning Service in Colorado Springs

Hey Colorado Springs! Let's talk about one of our Colorado summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for Colorado Springs drivers to take their car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool. Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs. When most Colorado Springs folks hear the words "air conditioning problems." it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it's broken, it's hard to repair.What things can Colorado Springs drivers do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?A common cause o ... read more

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Air Conditioning

The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service at Lighthouse Automotive

The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service at Lighthouse Automotive

Service to a vehicle's power steering system is part of preventive maintenance for  Colorado Springs auto owners. This system provides power to the steering wheel so you can turn it with ease. Without power steering, all of the power to turn your vehicle's wheels would have to come from you.The central element of most power steering systems is a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid, and it is this pressure that provides auxiliary steering power. A belt connected to the engine usually powers the pump, although some systems use an electric pump. Some newer vehicles have an electric motor that directly provides the power steering boost.Pressurized fluid moves from the pump to the steering gear through a high-pressure hose. A low-pressure hose returns fluid to the pump. Power steering fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the system.Colorado Springs drivers should remember that fluid levels in the power steering system should be check ... read more

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Steering
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