Monthly Archives: September 2016

Breathe Deep in Colorado Springs With a New Cabin Air Filter

Breathe Deep in Colorado Springs With a New Cabin Air Filter

Poor interior air quality is nothing to sneeze at, and Colorado Springs auto owners might be interested to know that more and more new cars are coming equipped with a cabin air filter. Check your vehicle owner's manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000 to 24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually under the vehicle hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have your friendly and knowledgeable Lighthouse Automotive service advisor take care of replacing them.As we said, many Colorado Springs people don't realize they have a cabin air filter and come to Lighthouse Automotive saying "my vents are smelling bad." It usually turns out to be a dirty cabin air filter. A switch out and they're on their way, smelling sweet.Colorado Springs residents who suffer from allergies can really benefit from a cabin air filter as it keeps irritants to a minimum.If you're one of them ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Differential Service at Lighthouse Automotive

Differential Service at Lighthouse Automotive

Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in Colorado Springs, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Lighthouse Automotive service advisor that your differential needs serviced, or it's seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service at Lighthouse Automotive covers a lot of things, so let's first talk about what a differential does.As you drive through a turn, your outside wheels and inside wheels turn at different speeds. Kind of like the cars going around a race track - the ones driving in the outside lanes have a greater distance to travel than the cars in the inside lanes. The differential is what allows the outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds so that the tires don't hop or skip while taking corners, or lose traction in dirt or snow ... read more

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Drive Train

Clean Fuel Equals Clean Performance for Colorado Springs Drivers

Hello, Colorado Springs residents. Let's talk fuel filters. Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the engine.Colorado Springs auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. The cleaner the fuel, the better your vehicle engine will run.Over time, the small amounts of rust, dirt and contaminants in your fuel settle out inside the fuel tank. After about five years, this can amount to a quite a bit of sediment. This means that as your vehicle ages, your fuel filter has to work harder to screen your fuel: more sediment in your tank means more potential for grit in your fuel.The harder your fuel filter works, the more often it needs to be replaced. Check with your owner's manual to find out how oft ... read more

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Fuel System

Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Lighthouse Automotive

Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Lighthouse Automotive

When it comes to preventive maintenance and vehicle care, most Colorado Springs drivers know how important it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction which stops the vehicle. It's no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically.Brake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that doesn't mean your braking gradually becomes less effective. The pads are engineered so that they maintain good braking until they wear too thin to provide adequate friction. At this point, they need to be replaced.But your braking system also has mechanical parts. These pistons and springs can also gradually wear out or get gummed up by oil, dirt and other road spatter ... read more

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Brakes
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