Car Headlight Maintenance: Everything You Need to Know

Car Headlight Maintenance: Everything You Need to Know

Having working, clear headlights is important year round, but it’s especially necessary in the wintertime, when it gets dark earlier and inclement weather can seriously hurt visibility. Follow these tips on headlight maintenance to make your car as safe as possible this season.

If you have a burnt out headlight, it should be easy to replace it yourself. How to access the bulb will depend on what kind of car you have (usually it’s through the hood), but you can find this information in your owner’s manual or even look up a guide online to help you replace it.

You don’t have to wait until your headlight burns out to replace it! You can tell when a headlight is getting weaker by examining it. If one side is brighter than the other or there are any other defects or irregularities, it’s time to change it. You should always replace headlights in pairs to avoid creating an uneven field of vision where one light is dimmer than the other.

Cleaning the cover on your headlights is also important! The covers can get dirty and foggy, which reduces visibility. Soap might not do the trick with caked on dirt, so using toothpaste can help thanks to the grit in it. Just put it on a cloth and use it like you would soap, and then rinse the headlight.

For more headlight maintenance tips, call us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

All About Headlights

Most drivers make sure to keep their car clean but many forget about one of the most important safety systems: the headlights. Like the rest of the care, the headlights need tender loving care to operate at peak efficiency. Here’s a page all about headlights from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi. Drive safe this holiday season!

 

How to Replace a Bulb

To begin replacing a burnt out bulb, start by checking the owner’s manual to see what kind of bulb you need. If your owner’s manual doesn’t list this information, call a service department and ask.

Once you have the bulb, open the hood and locate the back of the headlight. From there, remove the power wires attached to a plug at the base of the headlights. Remove the old bulb. Finally, install the new bulb.

 

How to Clean the Lenses

Headlight lenses experience oxidization that cause a cloudy look. Cleaning them is relatively simple. First, gather car soap, masking tape, a soft cloth, toothpaste, and water.

Start by cleaning the lenses with the car soap and let them air dry. If they still look cloudy, cover the surrounding areas with masking tape. Add toothpaste to a damp, soft cloth and firmly rub your headlights in small circles.

Clean each headlight for up to five minutes, then rinse them with water and let them air dry. Add car wax to avoid future damage.

 

When to Use High Beams

It’s safe to use high beams when no other cars are coming towards you. High beams should always be used outside of cities and in rural areas provided there isn’t any oncoming traffic. Turn off your high beams when closing in on another vehicle.All About Headlights

Should You Get Your Windows Tinted?

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Driving with the sun shining in your face or beating down on your body can be uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous. One way to alleviate some of these issues is by getting your windows tinted. However, there are a few rules regarding window tinting.

Here in North Carolina if you get your windows tinted, different rules apply to different types of vehicles. If you drive a sedan the rear and side windows can be tinted, but the windows have to allow in more than 35 percent of the light. With an SUV or van, this restriction only applies to the front side windows. Any darkness can be used on the rear windows.

Another aspect of tinting windows is reflective coatings. Just like you see in some sunglasses, some tinting film uses metallic surfaces to help reflect sunlight. In North Carolina, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive, the tinting cannot be more than 20 percent reflective, regardless of which window it is on.

Along with helping to shield you and your passengers from the sun, there are additional benefits to window tinting such as privacy, security, UV protection, keeping your interior cooler, and protecting your interior from sun damage.

If you are interested in adding some tint to your windows, we at Larry Jay Mitsubishi will be happy to assist you.

What is a Vehicle’s Trim Level?

Vehicle's Trim Level - Larry Jay BlogFinding the vehicle you want is difficult enough, and adding in multiple trim levels to choose from doesn’t make it any easier. Different trims come with different options, but it doesn’t have to be confusing. Here’s a quick breakdown of the meaning behind a vehicle’s trim level.

Vehicles are generally available in a selection of trim levels, each of which builds on the base model. Upper-tier models might include more technology, better performance, higher efficiency, or come equipped with different packages. Take the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander for example.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander features four trim levels. The Outlander ES 2.4 is the base model and features a standard seven-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and Bluetooth® connectivity. The base model is followed by the SE 2.4 and SEL 2.4, both of which build on the features of the ES 2.4.

At the top of the range sits the Outlander GT 3.0 AWC. This top-spec trim comes standard with a V6 engine, multi-view camera system, more advanced safety technologies, and paddle shifters.

That trim level hierarchy remains the same throughout the Mitsubishi lineup. The ES will always serve as the base model, followed by the SE, then SEL, then the top-spec GT trims.

Other automakers follow a similar trim hierarchy. Honda, for example, always starts with an LX base model. Meanwhile, Chevrolet always starts out with an LS trim.

Trim levels are a straightforward system once you get the hang of it! For more information, please visit us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid | Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogPlug-in hybrid SUVs have become all the rage in recent years with luxury automakers bringing out their premium models one after another. Unfortunately, nearly all of those SUVs, like the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, are well out of the price range of the average consumer. Enter the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid.

Starting well under the price of those premium models, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV brings quality and efficiency at an affordable price. Not only does it have a much lower starting price, it’s also eligible for a hefty federal tax credit, plus whatever your state may offer.

Now that we’ve covered just how affordable the new Outlander PHEV is, let’s talk specifications.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV features two full-time electric motors paired with a four-cylinder gasoline engine. A 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack stores the system’s power. The vehicle recharges using regenerative braking technology, and owners can plug it in at home for overnight charging.

In addition to generating around 197 horsepower, the hybrid powertrain features six regenerative braking modes, an electric-only mode, and Battery Save mode.

Designed for the average driver, the Outlander PHEV brings a standard seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and much more.

We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi are excited to see the brand’s latest hybrid in person!

How Is Trade-In Value Determined?

How Is Trade-In Value Determined? - Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogWhen you’re ready to buy a new car, one option is to trade in your old one to cover part of the new car’s price. If you’re planning to get rid of your old car anyway, this can be an easy, convenient way to do so. In addition to getting the price taken off of your new purchase, you also have nothing to worry about in terms of liability because the dealer takes care of everything. However, the trade-in value of your car will often be slightly lower than the value of reselling the car on your own, but this difference in value is worth it to many for the sake of convenience.

The trade-in value itself depends on several factors—the same type of factors one would consider when buying a used car. These include make and model, year, mileage, and condition. If you want to figure out what your trade-in value will be, you should start by getting an idea of the car’s market value. You can do this by using a resource like Kelley Blue Book where you will enter the details about your car’s condition. This resource can give you a good idea of what people are paying for a car similar to yours across the board and should give you an idea of what to expect as a trade-in value as well.

To learn more about trade-in value and other financial questions, call us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Preview

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 - Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogFor years now, the compact Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback has been an efficient choice for drivers. But starting just last model year, the company introduced the new Mitsubishi Mirage G4, a sedan version of the extremely affordable compact hatchback. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is just as efficient, just as affordable, and features the same package of useful features as its five-door sibling.

 

In fact, one of the most exciting updates to the new model year for the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is its new standard features. You can now expect a seven-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, keyless entry, and Bluetooth® wireless connectivity in every model. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage can also be equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

Additional updates to this model year also include a convenient pass-through trunk, making the cargo space in this compact car even more versatile. Steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls give the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 a modern and thoughtful addition to enjoy on every ride.

We think that everyone who spends their time driving in urban settings or anyone who loves an excellent deal will find that this sedan is a perfect fit. Take the new 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 for a test drive and fall in love with its comforts and conveniences at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

The Basic Steps to Changing Your Oil

changing your oil - Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogOne of the most common car maintenance activities is an oil change. Most vehicles need an oil change once every three months or every 3,000 miles, assuming it requires a non-synthetic oil. While our professional staff at Larry Jay Mitsubishi can perform this type of maintenance for you, many drivers prefer to do it themselves. That’s why we’ve put together a post on changing your oil.

According to Edmunds, you’ll need a few tools. This includes a wrench that fits the drain plug, an oil filter wrench, oil drain pan, funnel, a jack, and jack stands. You may also prefer to use latex gloves to protect your hands. You should also have fresh oil and a new oil filter.

First, raise the car using the jack, and secure it using jack stands. Next, position the drip pan under the oil plug. Following this, you can remove the oil plug and let the oil drip from the car into the pan you have under it. You’ll need the pan when removing the old filter as well, as oil will drip from this part of the engine.

Next, replace the drain plug and the new oil filter. Many technicians suggest rubbing the gasket of the new oil filter before installing it to ensure a tight fit.

Finally, fill the car with fresh oil. You may need to check the dip stick a few times to be sure that it’s full. Then, remove the blocks and lower the car. It’s as simple as that.

Fall Car Maintenance: The Basic Checklist

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Fall is the perfect time of year to perform regular maintenance. You can do most of the work yourself, or simply bring your car into Larry Jay Mitsubishi. From changing the oil to checking the brakes, there are some basic things to keep in mind during the autumn months.

First, according to the Car Connection, you should check your tires when doing fall car maintenance. Tire pressure decreases as the temperature dips, which means you may be riding on low tires. This not only increases the risk of a blowout, but it also decreases fuel economy. Be sure to check tire pressure as soon as possible. Additionally, you should check tire tread using a tread-depth indicator or a simple penny. Invert the penny and place it in the middle of the tread—if you see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you may need new tires.

Next, replace the wiper blades and top off fluids. In addition to changing the oil (which you should normally do every three months or 3,000 miles), be sure to check and top off the coolant, wiper fluid, transmission fluid, power steering, and brake fluid if necessary. Changing the wipers in the fall is suggested because rain and snow are usually less frequent. Why wait until it’s too late?

Finally, check your heater! It can be easy to forget the heater since you’ve been using the A/C all summer, but be sure to check the heater to make sure the element and fan are working properly. These are just some of the many things you can do to help maintain your car for fall.

What to Expect From Mitsubishi in 2018

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The 2017 model year is winding down which means automakers are ready to roll with new and improved 2018 models. Mitsubishi will be putting its 100th anniversary in the backseat as the automaker continues to innovate. Here’s a quick look at what to expect from Mitsubishi in 2018!

As expected, the Japanese brand will unveil new 2018 models for all vehicles except for those that will be leaving the production line. Unfortunately for the Mitsubishi Lancer, the 2017 model year will be its last.

There is reason for excitement and impatience though. A new crossover will join the ranks of the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport in the 2018 model year. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse slides onto roads with a sport-inspired design, precision handling, and room for the whole family. It isn’t the only change coming to the Mitsubishi crossover lineup though.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will boast a refreshed designed. The model officially debuted at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year. It heads to dealership showrooms this fall and includes new features and safety technologies.

We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi can’t wait to see what surprises are in store for the 2018 model year!

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