• Sniffing Out a Problem

    Sunday 03 March 2019

    Your parents probably taught you to have common sense. When it comes to your vehicle, common scents can also come in handy. Different smells may tell you about some conditions in your vehicle that need attention. For example, you know what rotten eggs smell like.  If you smell them around your vehicle, it means sulfur can't be far away. Here's a surprising fact: Gasoline has a little sulfur in it.  There's a device in your exhaust system that's supposed to convert it to something that... read more

  • The Lighthouse Automotive Basic Guide To Synthetic Oil

    Sunday 10 February 2019

    Synthetic motor oil has been around for a long time, and more and more new vehicles are leaving factories with synthetic in their engines. But a lot of drivers don't really know much about it.Let's start with conventional oil – the kind folks are used to. Conventional oil is made up of naturally occurring hydrocarbon chains, which means its molecules are long and have various lengths. Like a pile of pencils, some of them new and some of them used.Synthetic oil is man-made. Its molecul... read more

  • Procrastination Prevention in Colorado Springs

    Sunday 30 December 2018

    Every one of us has a little procrastinator inside us. Some put off getting our teeth cleaned. Others put off answering our emails. Yet others put off calling friends and family (sorry, Uncle Joe). And there are those of us who put off getting our vehicle's service done, whether it's a repair or regular maintenance. You may make the excuse that you don't have time, it can wait until tomorrow, you have other things to do. Well, there are some things you should NEVER put off when it comes to your... read more

  • Lighthouse Automotive Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

    Sunday 23 September 2018

    Hello Colorado! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round m... read more

  • Lighthouse Automotive Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

    Wednesday 25 April 2018

    Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for Colorado Springs residents to always use the proper type of fluid for their vehicle. Using incorrect fluids can actually damage your engine.As engines have become more sophisticated, new weights (or grades) of engine oil have been introduced. Today, there is a much wider range of weights for engine oil as wel... read more

  • Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

    Wednesday 03 January 2018

    Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all Colorado Springs residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months or 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But recent advances in both engine technology and oil quality have led to longer oil change intervals.Delayed or skipped oil changes are a problem for Colorado Springs residents because they lead to the build-up of oil sludge in your engine... read more

  • Colorado: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

    Monday 06 March 2017

    Colorado residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do Colorado residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it from friction da... read more

  • The Lighthouse Automotive Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

    Monday 20 February 2017

    The automotive professionals at Lighthouse Automotive would like to give Colorado Springs drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.The Colorado Springs do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with... read more

  • The Right Fluids for Your Vehicle

    Tuesday 09 August 2016

    The current vehicles in the market have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids.It's up to people in Colorado Springs to always use the right type of fluid for their vehicle. Your service advisor and your owner's manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what type... read more

  • Super Slick at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs: Synthetic Oil

    Wednesday 29 October 2014

    When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Colorado Springs drivers. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthet... read more

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