• On Board Diagnostics for Your Engine

    Sunday 23 July 2017

    Starting in 1996, Lighthouse Automotive service technicians have been able to use a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle's engine. The Engine Control Module is a computer that monitors and controls many engine functions.Sensors throughout a vehicle send readings to the Engine Control Module. These readings help the co... read more

  • Diagnosing Your Vehicle at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs

    Monday 16 May 2016

    When we Colorado Springs residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find “diagnostic fees” as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for his ability to diagnose what's wrong. It's no different with our vehicles.Some diagnoses are fairly simple. Brake repairs at Lighthouse Automotive usually require only a visual inspection... read more

  • What Is That? Check Engine Light Service at Lighthouse Automotive

    Sunday 01 May 2016

    Okay. You went to your local Colorado Springs car wash, and while your vehicle was under the dryer, the Check Engine light started flashing. Panic! What did you just do? Something is seriously wrong with the vehicle! You head for the nearest Colorado Springs service center, but on the way, the Check Engine light stops flashing and just glows red. Hmm. Maybe things aren't as bad as they seem. You decide to wait until payday to take your vehicle in to get serviced. In the meantime, the Check... read more

  • Automotive Detective Work in Colorado Springs

    Wednesday 12 February 2014

    There's a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in Colorado Springs. Figuring out what's wrong with your vehicle has a lot of similarities to figuring out what's wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms when something goes wrong. As with human diagnoses, a specific symptom may be indicative of a number of problems, and figuring out the specific cause takes training and expe... read more

  • The Lighthouse Automotive Guide to Vehicle Diagnosis

    Thursday 22 August 2013

    Modern Colorado Springs vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle.Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software... read more

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