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

Mitsubishi car

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!

Why Mitsubishi Has Succeeded for a Century

100 Years of Mitsubishi

 

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is any type of successful company. As Mitsubishi celebrates its 100th anniversary, it deserves a respectful look at its humble beginnings and its big impact on the automotive world.

 

Mitsubishi started as a shipping firm in 1870. The firm, which was run by Yataro Iwasaki, was around for over 40 years before the company tried its hand at a car, the Model-A, in 1917. However, this hand-made car was too expensive to produce and wasn’t a success. Nevertheless, the company persevered. Even while they had to market under the guise of Dodge in order to get their foot in the door, in 1982 Mitsubishi finally made its first official American debut.

 

While the company was being marketed under the Chrysler umbrella, they still worked to engineer and invent technologies that would change the automotive world. Mitsubishi designed the first-ever Traction Control System and the first Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine. They also began development on electric vehicles even years before they made their Drive@Earth pledge, which promises to create vehicles that can coexist with a healthy environment.

 

Today, Mitsubishi has continued to redefine standards in electric and hybrid vehicles. Vehicles like the i-MiEV and the Plug-In Hybrid PHEV SUV provide just a glimpse of what’s to come in this dedicated company. A lot has happened for Mitsubishi in the last century, and the upcoming years are sure to be filled with just as much surprise and innovation.

 

How to Save Fuel

How to Save FuelThey say only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. But there’s a third thing missing from that quote, and that’s gasoline. Anyone driving a gas-powered vehicle has to fill up their tank, and that’s just unavoidable. But perhaps you can fill yours less often by learning how to save fuel when you drive. Next time you’re cruising in your Lancer from Larry Jay Mitsubishi, follow these guidelines for better gas mileage.

 

Eliminate Weight

 

The heavier your car is, the more gas it needs to move. If you’re the type of person who leaves clutter in the trunk or back seat, you’re wasting gas. Clean out your car for less drag and better efficiency.

 

Cool Off the Right Way

 

Windows up or windows down? It’s the age-old question. The truth is, it depends on the speed. If you’re driving at highway speeds, having the windows down makes a vehicle less aerodynamic and therefore uses more gas. In this case air conditioning is more efficient. However, when driving in town, it’s better to do windows rather than AC.

 

Check Your Tire Pressure

 

Under-inflated tires aren’t functioning as well as they could be, and require more gas from the car to function. Check your tires’ PSI regularly to make sure your tires are inflated properly and giving your car the best mile to the gallon possible.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Tire Pressure

Know About Tire Pressure

When you think about the most important safety features on your car, you might think of your traction control, brakes, or even airbags. However, these features are nearly useless without your tires. That is why it is important to take good care of your tires. And, the simplest way to do that is by making sure they have the right air pressure.

Here are five things you need to know about tire pressure.

  1. Tire pressure measures the amount of air in your tires. Too much or too little air can cause undue stress on your tires making them wear out sooner than they should.
  2. Proper tire pressure is important. Not only does it prolong the life of your tires, but it keeps your fuel efficiency where it should be and helps prevent tire emergencies, like blow-outs.
  3. Your tire pressure decreases over time because of things like air slowly leaking through the rubber compound, an actual puncture in the tire, leaking valve stems, and impacts, like running into the curb.
  4. To check your air pressure, you will need a pressure gauge. Unscrew the cap on the valve stem and touch the pressure gauge to the stem until you hear a stream of air. Quickly remove the gauge and read the pressure. Repeat to ensure accuracy.
  5. Adding air to your tires is simple. Most gas stations have air pumps. The correct pressure should be indicated on your tire’s sidewall. Add air until all tires are properly inflated.

If you have any questions about your tires, stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi and we’ll inspect them for you.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Car Ready For Spring

Spring is just a few weeks away. This means, it is time to shake off the last residue of winter and get your car ready for spring. Here are five simple steps to follow to get you prepared for the season ahead.

  1. Wash your car. Winter can leave a layer of grime and salt all over your car. Give it a thorough wash, including the underbody, to help prevent corrosion.
  2. Replace your wiper blades. Your wiper blades have spent months working hard to keep your windshield clear of frost, ice, and snow. This can make them dry and brittle. Your wiper blades should be switched out about every six months. If your blades are leaving streaks or stuttering, it’s time to change them.
  3. Check your tire pressure. Give your tires a good inspection. If you switched them out for winter grade tires, put your all season tires back on. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and check the tread depth. Look for signs of cracking and other extreme wear.
  4. Top off fluids. Check your fluid levels and make sure everything is where it needs to be.
  5. Change your oil. Start off the spring with fresh oil.

If you need help getting your car ready for spring, schedule an appointment with us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

What is Camber?

camber

As a car owner, you’ve undoubtedly heard about wheel alignment. You’ve probably agreed to have your wheels aligned upon a mechanic’s recommendation, if nothing else. Wheel alignment is an important part of maintenance. It helps your tires to last longer by ensuring that they get even wear on their tread. This helps them grip the road better, and in turn keeps you and your passengers safe.

Some people, however, like to tweak their alignment for performance purposes. When this is the case, they start to get into the details about alignment, which includes three elements: camber, caster and toe. Here we’ll look at camber, what it is and how that affects performance.

Camber refers to the angle of a car’s wheel in relation to the surface of the road. It’s a measurement in degrees that explains whether the wheel is tilted inwards towards the fender wells, our outward away from them, and by how much. A 0º camber would mean that the tire is perfectly perpendicular to the ground. A negative camber means that the top of the tire tilts in, where a positive camber means that it tilts out.

Negative cambers are popular among drivers who like a thrilling performance. With negative camber, the tires grip the road better during tight corners. However, it doesn’t offer a strong grip on normal roads. For most people, a neutral camber is the best and safest bet for everyday driving.

To schedule your wheel alignment, contact Larry Jay Mitsubish!

Three Ways to Know that It’s Time to Buy a New Car

It’s Time to Buy a New Car

There are plenty of car commercials, glossy magazine ads and well-lit dealerships that are always around. If you were to get a new car, you’d know where to look. But how can you tell that it’s time to buy a new car? Here are three signs that may mean you should start shopping.

Frequent Repairs

Some maintenance is to be expected in a car that’s got a healthy amount of miles on it. Parts wear down and need replaced and systems need tweaked. But if you’re having trouble keeping your car running without shelling out some serious cash every couple of months, it may be time to upgrade.

Repairs Cost More Than the Car

One way you can weigh the benefits of getting the repair versus starting fresh is by learning what your car is worth. If its current market value is close to what it will cost for a new transmission, then you may as well put that money towards a new car.

Extra Unnecessary Costs

As a car becomes more and more outdated, it can cost you a lot more than it would to invest in a new vehicle. Not only do older cars have outdated fuel systems that will cost you more in gas but older vehicles will cost you more from insurance, too. Plus, aged cars are likely lacking the “drive clean” technologies that would let them pass emission tests by today’s standards. Buying a new car will be a safer choice not only for you and your family, but for the environment as well.

If you’re having these problems and think it’s time for you to begin car shopping, contact Larry Jay Mitsubishi!

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