Archive for December 11, 2017

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.