• Not So Hot in Colorado Springs

    Sunday 02 December 2018

    When the weather turns cold, it's nice to crank up the furnace and enjoy the heat. But if your home's furnace doesn't work, it's not too comfortable. Same goes with your vehicle. When the heater's not working, things can get miserable. It could also signal some major problems, which we'll discuss later. A vehicle's heating system is fairly complicated. It's made up of several parts, including a blower motor/fan, a heater core and some mechanical and electrical components. In basic terms, a vehic... read more

  • Water Pump

    Monday 06 November 2017

    Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat the water pump The water pump's like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout your vehicle. It's a small pump that's driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear.The water pump only operates... read more

  • Lighthouse Automotive Radiator Service

    Tuesday 09 May 2017

    The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common in Colorado Springs, it is easy to prevent. The most recognizable part of the coolant system is the radiator. It is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant. The coolant draws heat off the engine and then passes into the radiator. Air passes through cooling fins to reduce the temperature of the coolant and then... read more

  • Engine Hydration for Colorado Springs Drivers: Role of Your Water Pump

    Monday 22 August 2016

    The cooling system in an engine has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water is literally the heart of the system. Just as your own heart keeps your blood circulating through your body, the water pump keeps coolant circulating through your engine.The water pump is driven by a belt, chain or gear and only operates while the engine is running. It has a limited life span and sooner or later will have to be replaced. Yo... read more

  • Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Lighthouse Automotive

    Sunday 20 March 2016

    Anyone who drives a car in Colorado Springs knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good vehicle care requires keeping its cooling system in good condition.A vehicle's cooling system circulates water and antifreeze (coo... read more

  • Cool Running in Colorado Springs

    Tuesday 01 December 2015

    Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don't hear much any more about cars overheating. That's because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn't mean you can't overheat your vehicle engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find yourself on the side of the road in Colorado Springs waiting for your vehicle engine to cool down.When you service your cooling system at Lighthouse Automotive, you... read more

  • Coolant Service at Lighthouse Automotive

    Friday 06 March 2015

    Colorado Springs residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of Colorado temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect agai... read more

  • Smart Colorado Springs Drivers Protect Against Overheating

    Wednesday 01 October 2014

    Engines get hot when they run. This heat can build up and damage vital engine parts, so engines need a cooling system to keep them running. Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure in vehicles. This is unfortunate, because these failures are usually easy for Colorado Springs drivers to prevent. The radiator is the best-known and most recognizable part of the cooling system. Hoses filled with coolant (also known as antifreeze) connect the radiator to the engine. The coolant d... read more

  • Keep Your Cool in Colorado Springs

    Friday 05 September 2014

    Colorado Springs drivers rely on their vehicle's coolant system to keep their engine cool. Coolant (also called antifreeze) mixed with water flows through your vehicle engine and absorbs heat. The mixture then flows out to the radiator where it's cooled by air flowing over the radiator. From there the coolant/water mix circulates back through the engine to absorb more heat.There's a reason we mix coolant and water. Water alone actually does a good job trans... read more

  • Keeping Your Engine Cool in Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Friday 20 June 2014

    The cooling system keeps Colorado vehicle's engines from overheating while they are driving around Colorado Springs. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Let's talk about the various components of the system and how they make this happen.The radiator is the part most Colorado Springs drivers associate with the cooling system. Coolant flows through the radiator which has fine cooling fins that draw the heat out of the coolant and dissipate it into the air. To make sure t... read more

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