Headlight car care is easy to overlook, but it’s something that becomes especially important as your car gets older. Headlights can sometimes acquire a yellow film as your car ages, which can limit visibility. You should also perform routine headlight care to ensure that one of your bulbs isn’t out, as it can be surprisingly easy to miss at night.
According to Your Mechanic, headlights can sometimes turn yellow or opaque (or both) over time because the plastic materials tends to oxidize. Headlights can also become hazy if there is grit and grime buildup that isn’t removed. To fix this, you can rub headlights with toothpaste to help remove oxidation and dirt. You’ll want to rinse off the headlights when finished, and be sure to apply car wax to protect lights from future damage.
Replacing bulbs can be a little more complicated. For those who aren’t that mechanically inclined, you may want to bring your car to Larry Jay Mitsubishi for maintenance. Headlights can be removed if you loosen a series of screws that secure the headlight cover (you may need to pop the hood), and then unscrew and replace the bulb. Be sure to consult an auto expert and your owner’s manual to ensure you’re using the right bulb.
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.
Is it December already? As temperatures drop, you might want to take the time to get some winter car prep time before the freezing temperatures of January and February move in. Extreme cold can have a big impact on the inner-workings of your vehicle, so it’s best to be prepared.
Check Your Fluids
It’s best to have your vehicle in top working conditions during the colder months so you have one less thing to worry about. Keep your gas above half a tank, top off your oil, keep an eye on your coolant, and next time you get your car serviced…
Switch to Winter-Grade Oil and Wiper Fluid
As part of your fluids check, you should definitely switch over your oil and windshield wiper fluid. Winter-grade oil will be more effective in freezing temperatures, and the wiper fluid you use year-round might freeze on your windshield in extreme conditions.
Gauge Tread Depth and Tire Pressure
Having good grip between your tires and the road is crucial in hazardous road conditions. Cold also makes tires deflate faster, so keep on top of your tire pressure.
Pack a Winter Emergency Kit
Accidents still happen even if you stay on top of maintenance and do everything right. In those cases, you should have things like blankets, water bottles, a flashlight, and other emergency supplies packed and in your trunk.
Winter car prep will help you and your vehicle get through the cold winter months easier and safer than ever.
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander
If you caught the latest Mitsubishi Super Bowl ad, you might’ve been wondering: are they really going to live tweet a pizza delivery driver? Believe it or not, Mitsubishi actually did, just to prove that it has one of America’s safest CUVs.
According to Mitsubishi, the Mitsubishi Outlander safety features are some of the best on the market, one of the reasons it was an IIHS Top Safety Pick +. Equipped with Forward Collision Mitigation and other advanced technologies, avoiding accidents is easier than ever.
Because of the terrible conditions in Boston, Mitsubishi was concerned about the hard-working pizza drivers, especially during the big game. “During the biggest sporting event of the year, nobody has more to lose than one man – not the players, not the coaches, not even the advertisers spending millions and millions of dollars,” read Mitsubishi’s ad. “We’re talking about the pizza guy.”
It might seem odd at first, but Mitsubishi makes a good point. Not only will people want their pizzas as quick as possible, but people rarely stop to think about the real expense of ordering food in bad weather conditions. By giving one lucky driver the new Mitsubishi Outlander, he was as safe as possible during the big game.
Test drive a 2015 Outlander here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi to check out the safety features first hand.