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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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