• PCV Valve Replacement

    Monday 13 February 2017

    Hello Colorado Springs, let's talk about your often-unnoticed but extremely important PCV valve. The energy from exploding fuel is what powers your engine. But some of the vapors from the explosions escape into the lower part of the engine, called the crankcase. The crankcase is where your engine oil hangs out. These gases are about 70% unburned fuel. If the gases were allowed to stay in the crankcase, they would quickly contaminate the oil and turn it to s... read more

  • Timing Belt

    Wednesday 29 July 2015

    Ever heard the sad tale of a staggeringly steep repair bill from a broken timing belt? Bad news. Let's take a lesson from their woes and remember to think about our timing belt.First, let's review what a timing belt does. The top part of the engine over the cylinders is called the cylinder head. The head contains the valves. There's at least one valve that lets the fresh air into the cylinder. This air, mixed with fuel, burns to create power. Then another valve or two will open to allow the... read more

  • Serpentine Belt Service at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs

    Wednesday 21 January 2015

    Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy Colorado Springs road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engi... read more

  • Emergency Items for Your vehicle

    Thursday 18 December 2014

    Local Colorado Springs roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around Colorado Springs would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary... read more

  • Timing Belt Replacement in Colorado Springs

    Tuesday 28 January 2014

    Today we want to talk to Colorado Springs drivers about timing belts. They're something that many drivers don't know much about and yet your vehicle won't run if it's broken – and it could cause many thousands of dollars damage if it does break. A broken timing belt is usually a tale of woe. Even though timing belt replacement is scheduled in the owner's manual, it's not the kind of thing that most Colorado Springs area auto owners remember because it's not well understood.Let's review wha... read more

  • Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

    Friday 21 June 2013

    Modern vehicles in and around Colorado Springs run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Colorado Springs drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us Colorado drive... read more

  • Have You Checked Your Headlights?

    Friday 31 May 2013

    Like everything in the Colorado automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. Colorado drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on Colorado Springs roads, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the more quickly you can react to road conditions. This is because nearly half of traffic fatalities tak... read more

  • Colorado Springs Drivers: Is It Time to Replace Your PCV Valve?

    Wednesday 28 November 2012

    The crankcase is the lower part of the engine where the crankshaft is housed and where the engine oil lives. The crankshaft is connected to the pistons that power the engine. When you are diving around Colorado Springs, fuel is burned in your vehicle engine, it pushes the pistons down and the crankshaft rotates and sends power to the transmission. Some of the explosive gases from combustion squeeze past the pistons and down into the crankcase.Now this gas is about 70% unburned fuel. If it were a... read more

  • PCV Valve Service at Lighthouse Automotive in Colorado Springs

    Thursday 28 June 2012

    Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. Unburnt fuel is forced into the crankcase as your engine runs.  The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve vents this unburnt fuel and oil vapors from the crankcase and sends it back into the air intake system to be burned in the engine.  A clogged PCV will not allow these vapors to escape. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause vehicle engine corrosion, something we see occasiona... read more

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