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!

Mitsubishi VIP Program

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Some companies offer great benefits with discounts on their products while others tend to lack perks altogether. Fortunately, the Mitsubishi VIP Program is proof that the Japanese automaker falls into the former category. Here’s some information about the Mitsubishi VIP Program from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!

What is the Mitsubishi VIP Program?

More vehicle for less money tends to be the standard at Mitsubishi so it only makes sense that the Mitsubishi VIP Program offers exceptional discounts.

There are four categories included in the Mitsubishi VIP Program. They include affiliate and vendor companies, Mitsubishi dealership employees, Mitsubishi Group companies, and employee purchases.

What does it do?

The program allows anyone from a variety of groups, including more than 700 companies, to enjoy special purchase incentives and discounts on new Mitsubishi vehicles. As you can imagine, that’s a lot of people!

Mitsubishi’s generosity doesn’t stop there though. The discounts and incentives are available to immediate family members and retired company employees too!

VIP program members can purchase a new Mitsubishi vehicle for the dealership invoice price minus the VIP program discounts.

How can you enroll?
If you’re an employee, immediate family member of retiree from any of these more than 700 companies, you’re eligible! Simply contact your Human Resources department or stop in at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

Best Mitsubishi Models for Camping

2015 Mitsubishi OutlanderSummer is here, which means plenty of fun-filled days spent outdoors. And if you love the outdoors, you probably love camping. Here are some ideal Mitsubishi models for camping so that you can have the ultimate summer adventure.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Outlander Sport is the ideal crossover. It’s the in-between size that’s sure to fit your camping gear. A roomy cargo area leaves room for a small or large tent plus chairs, blankets, and any other must-have camping gear. Plus its “sporty” suspension is sure to handle off-roads like a pro.

Mitsubishi Outlander

If you’re going for a big camping adventure, you’ll want the big space that comes with the Outlander. This SUV has 63.3 cubic feet of space with all seats down, leaving plenty of room for camping cargo. But if you want to bring friends, no problem! With versatile seating, there’s room for friends and their gear.

Mitsubishi Mirage

More of a solo adventure-seeker? The Mitsubishi Mirage’s hatchback leaves room for a small tent and a chair and will get you to your getaway, fast.

In need of the perfect camping car? Come down to Larry Jay Mitsubishi today and we’ll help you find one!

What Is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

2017 Mitsubishi LancerThere are lots of choices to make when it comes to buying a new car. One of the biggest choices to make it whether to buy a new or used car. But did you know you can compromise? A Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is the best of both worlds.

So first of all, you’ll want to know what “Certified Pre-Owned”, or “CPO”, means. The “pre-owned” part means that the car has been previously owned by somebody else. However, the “certified” part is what makes it different from a used car. Before being considered a Mitsubishi CPO car, every potential vehicle must first go through a strict evaluation.

First, a car must be less than five years old and have less than 60,000 miles on it. After that, it has to go through a 123-point inspection to meet the tough requirements of the CPO program.

Something you’ll get with a CPO car that you won’t get with a used car is a warranty. Mitsubishi’s CPO program comes with New Vehicle Limited Warranty and Powertrain Limited Warranty. Plus, you’ll know your car’s history when you buy it thanks to a free vehicle history report.

Certified Pre-Owned cars give you like-new cars all at an affordable price. Come down to Larry Jay Mitsubishi today to check out our CPO collection.

Take Your New Mitsubishi on These Scenic Drives near Charlotte

scenic drives near Charlotte - Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogNow that summer is here, you might be yearning for a new ride. Stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi and we can get you in an excellent, affordable Mitsubishi that we know you will love. Once you have your new Mitsubishi, you will want to take it out driving to get the full feel of it. Here are some great scenic drives near Charlotte, North Carolina you should consider.

  • Crowders Mountain Drive. Take this winding road through Crowders Mountain State Park and you may end up stopping frequently to try some rock climbing, hiking, and to just enjoy some beautiful views.
  • Flint Hill Ramble. Travel through the Uwharrie National Forest and pass by Jumping Off Rock, drive through the once-booming mining town of Ophir, and take in the sights of the beautiful blue water.
  • Grassy Island Crossing. Head south of the Uwharrie National Forest to drive through the Grassy Islands. This is a great choice for birdwatchers or fishermen.
  • Indian Heritage Trail. Take a tour back through history and learn more about North Carolina’s Native Americans. As you are taking in the historical sites, you can also stop for juicy, ripe peaches along the way.

Which of these routes are you planning to take?

How to Change a Tire

Change a Tire - Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogKnowing how to change a flat tire is one of the most essential maintenance procedures that all drivers should know. To change a tire, you need the following equipment: jack, lug wrench, fully inflated spare tire, and your vehicle’s owner’s manual. All of these items should have come with your car.

Along with those items, it is also recommended that you keep a flashlight, rain poncho, a 2×6-inch piece of wood, gloves, and wheel wedges in your car for when you do need to change your tire.

Follow these steps.

  1. Move to a safe spot. Get out of traffic and find an open area that is as close to flat as you can get. Make sure you turn on your hazard lights and apply the parking brake.
  2. Prepare the wheel. Put the wheel wedges in front of or behind your wheel to prevent your car from rolling. You will then remove the hubcap and loosen the lug nuts.
  3. Use the jack. Place the jack next to the flat tire. Put the piece of wood under the jack to make it more secure. Raise your vehicle until the flat tire is six inches off the ground.
  4. Remove the lug nuts.
  5. Remove the tire.
  6. Put on the spare tire.
  7. Tighten the lug nuts by hand.
  8. Lower the vehicle. Use the jack to lower the vehicle until it just touches the ground. Then, tighten the lug nuts as tight as you can with the wrench.
  9. Lower the vehicle completely.
  10. Put away all your equipment.

If you have had a flat and need a new tire, come visit us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

5 Things to Look Out For When Buying a Used Car

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While buying a used car has become incredibly viable due to the price of new cars, the price could come with a few surprises. Hidden damage could cost a fortune in repairs. We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi have five things to look out for when buying a used car.Mitsubishi car

  1. Leaks – If a car is leaking oil, anti-freeze, or any other type of fluid, it could be a cause for worry. To check to see if the car you’re considering has any leaks, take a test drive and stop on a clean, dry part of the road. Idle for a minute or two then pull forward. If you see any liquid on the ground, it may be a good idea to pass on the car.
  2. Reviews – Checking out the model as a whole is a great idea when buying a used car. Reviewers often list common problems, defects, and overall impressions and experiences.
  3. Vehicle History Report – Any seller should have a vehicle history report available. If they don’t consider shelling out a few bucks to get one. The report will list any accidents, major repairs, ownership history, and more.
  4. Interior – Before buying, make sure you do a full inspection of the car’s interior. Look for tears in the upholstery, stains in the carpet, and use your nose. The smell of cigarette smoke isn’t something you can get rid of just by opening the windows.
  5. Exterior – Give the car’s exterior a good inspection. Rust and leaks could be signs of major problems sooner rather than later. Minor scratches and dents are common and aren’t too much cause for worry. Larger damages are something to take into account when negotiating the price though.

Dashboard Lights and Their Meanings

Dashboard lights

Dashboard lights can vary from car to car, so it’s important to consult your owner’s manual if you see one come on that you don’t know the meaning of. However, there are some that you’ll want to know off the top of your head so you can pull over as soon as you see it.Dashboard lights

If the coolant temperature light comes on while you’re driving, you need to pull over before your car overheats and turn the heater onto full blast to remove some heat from the engine. You could have a coolant leak or low coolant that needs to be replaced or repaired right away.

If you drive with the oil pressure light on, you may damage your engine due to not having enough oil, so you’ll want to check the oil level immediately. Similarly, the ABS light could mean that you don’t have enough brake fluid or that there’s another issue with your brakes.

There are plenty of lights that just let you know when something is on, though, like the fog light indicator. You might also get indicator lights for minor problems that don’t need fixed immediately, like low washer fluid or the light letting you know when a lamp is out.

For more help on diagnosing what your dashboard indicator lights mean, give us a call at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!

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