What is Camber?

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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!

Being a Safer Driver: Defensive Driving Techniques

Defensive Driving Tips

You’ve probably heard the phrase “defensive driving,” but have you ever wondered what it really means? For many, this type of driving is associated with driving school—tips you pick up when first driving, but that you rarely use in the real world. However, there are some important defensive driving techniques to keep in mind to keep you and your family safe as you drive.

What Is Defensive Driving?

According to Kids Health, defensive driving skills are a set of techniques that help you avoid the dangers of the road, especially when others drive dangerously. Most importantly, defensive drivers always stay focused. This means turning the radio down, putting both hands on the wheel, and observing all traffic signals and laws. If something is distracting you from the task at hand, pull over or eliminate the distraction. Even a fraction of a second could be the difference between life and death.

Next, maintain a safe following distance. For many, this refers to the three-second rule. As the car in front of you passes a post or other object, count the seconds until you pass the same object. If it’s less than three seconds, you’re following too closely. Allowing a safe following distance prevents you from rear-ending other drivers by giving you enough reaction time. Adjust this time if the road conditions worsen.

Don’t depend on other drivers. Offensive drivers assume that other drivers will get out of the way for them; however, when two such drivers meet, the results are disastrous. Never assume that other drivers will slow down or get over to allow you to merge. Never assume that they’ll wait for you, and always plan for the worst scenarios.

Finally, slow down! Driving the speed limit keeps you and the driver’s around you safer. The speed limit is carefully set with safety in mind. By exceeding it, you could lose control of your vehicle much more easily, especially around corners. Keep these tips in mind to be a truly defensive driver.

Test Driving Tips: Finding the Right Car

Before you buy a car, you should always test drive it. Many dealerships now allow you to take cars overnight, which is a great way to get to know a potential vehicle. You should look out for things like drivability, comfort, ease of use, visibility, and more. Below are some test driving tips to keep in mind to help you get the most out of your visit.

Test Driving Tips

Do Research

According to Car and Driver, the first tip is to do some research. If possible, narrow it down to two or three vehicles. Then, test drive these cars back to back. This will help you determine which you like better. You should also see if any friends or family are available to give you a second opinion. However, be sure to ask a few days in advance and have a backup plan. If necessary, make a list of things that you think are essential in a vehicle.

Get Acquainted

Next, get acquainted with the car before you drive it. Are the seats comfortable? What’s it feel like in the back? Is there a lot of storage space? What does the exterior look like? These are all questions you should ask yourself before even driving the car. If you have a car seat or other accessory, make sure it will fit as well.

Pay Attention

During the actual test drive, pay attention to things like visibility, comfort, media features, and enjoyability. Are there many blind spots? Are you too high or too low to the road? Are you comfortable? Can you use media gadgets without taking your eyes off the road? Is it fun to drive? You should also consider handling and performance as well.

These are the basics to test driving. First, come prepared. Next, give it a once over while it’s in park. Finally, when test driving, pay attention to enjoyability, safety, and more. With these tips in mind, your drive will help you make the right decision.

What to Do In Case of a Dead Car Battery

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Car batteries die for a number of different reasons. You may have left your accessories like headlights or the radio on while the car wasn’t running, left your car in storage without starting it for a long period of time, didn’t keep up with battery maintenance, or it might just be cold. How do you deal with a dead car battery? Here’s what to do.

Call Somebody: Whether it’s your roadside assistance service, a family member or friend, or a local towing service, there is someone in the vicinity who can come help you in your time of need. Keep in mind if you call a towing place, however, that they’ll need to charge your vehicle at their headquarters, so they’ll need to tow your car.

Jump Your Car: Whether you’re doing this with a friend or someone else, it’s easy to jump your car. You simply need jumper cables and two vehicles – the car with the dead battery and a “rescue” car. Park both vehicles nose to nose and attach the jumper cables to the positive and negative battery terminals, and turn on the ignition of the rescue car, allowing it to charge your dead battery.

Use a Charger: Having an AC Charger handy when your battery dies or is weak allows you to charge your vehicle’s battery without having to enlist the help of someone who can jump it.

A dead car battery is a frustrating emergency, but preparing – or at least knowing what to do in advance – can be a big help in a pinch.

Winter Car Prep Tips for Drivers

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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.

Mitsubishi Lancer History and Today: A Look at the Road’s Brightest

Mitsubishi Lancer History

The Mitsubishi Lancer has been sold over many names since it was first revealed in 1973, but its powerful performance and innovative design have always been a staple for this compact model. Today, the Mitsubishi Lancer is one of the smartest cars on the road.

 

When the Mitsubishi Lancer was first released, it was designed to compete with other economy cars at the time, offering a few engine options and body styles. But as the decade went on and into the next, the Lancer spread globally, and its design became more aggressive.

 

By the ‘90s, the Lancer had become a racing champion, with the Lancer EVO winning a handful of consecutive titles between 1996 and 1999. The Lancer EVO’s technology continued to raise the bar for the industry, offering superior handling and control.

 

Overtime, the Mitsubishi Lancer held its title as one of the sharpest, most clever vehicles on both the road and the tracks, leading up to today – where you will find the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer.

 

The latest model is built on the Lancer’s legacy while also reflecting the needs of the contemporary driver, with excellent available all-wheel drive abilities and one of the best warranties in the entire industry.

 

To learn more about Mitsubishi Lancer history or to check out the latest model, contact us or visit us anytime at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

Consider Donating to these Charlotte Charities This Holiday Season

Charlotte Charities

This holiday season, it’s easier than ever to give back to the community by helping those in need, thanks to the many excellent charities here in Charlotte that focus on holiday-centric work.

 

Of course, a donation to most major charities is sure to make a difference, but here are a few Charlotte charities to keep in mind this season:

 

  • HopeMatch – Directly matches a family in need with a family who wants to provide, so that more personalized and specific donations can be made during the holiday season. Learn more here.
  • The Sandbox – Supports the families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer or another life-altering illness, through financial aid, gift donations, and much more. Learn more here.
  • Kids First of the Carolinas – Offers holiday gifts to families in need, from additional Christmas gifts to Easter baskets; this organization also supports local teachers and students. Learn more here.
  • Charlotte Family Housing – Aims to empower homeless families to obtain long-term shelter and services, by helping them find paths to more permanent homes. Learn more here.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte – Brings people together to build new houses and communities for those who need them most. Learn more here.

 

For more ideas about how to help our community, visit us anytime at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

Why the Evo Was Discontinued and How Mitsubishi Will Replace It

Why the Evo Was Discontinued and How Mitsubishi Will Replace It

In its prime, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo was a regular competitor in the market for road and rally cars. The rivalry between the Evo and Subaru’s Impreza- based WRX was heated, and it was always interesting to see what each company would do to outperform the other.

 

Unfortunately, Mitsubishi has decided to discontinue the Evo to focus on other concepts and designs. While this is disappointing for Evo fans everywhere, Mitsubishi has some pretty cool plans for the future.

 

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV

 

This next-generation full-size SUV is poised to change the way that people think about SUVs. It’s based on a front engine, rear-wheel layout plug-in hybrid EV system, and it will feature advanced “connected car” technology.

 

Mitsubishi Concept AR

 

This next-generation multi-purpose vehicle utilizes a hybrid system, and it will feature a danger detection system to keep drivers safe.

 

Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV

 

This Sport Utility Truck seamlessly blends all of the great features of Mitsubishi’s Triton, while also providing the comfort and style of an SUV.

 

Mitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV

 

The design of this vehicle is a strong indication of the direction in which Mitsubishi believes that cars are going. It is a purely electric vehicle with a deep, sophisticated, and clean exterior.

 

While it’s disappointing that Mitsubishi discontinued the Evo, there are plenty of great designs ahead for fans to look forward to!

How to Detail Your Car Like a Pro

How to Detail Your Car Like a Pro

As the days pass by and we get caught up in all of the daily life activities, it’s easy to forget about simple things like taking care of our cars. However, detailing your car every once in awhile makes a huge difference. Here are some tips for how to do it on your own.

 

Start With Compressed Air

 

Before you even get the vacuum out, use compressed air to blow dirt and particles out of the hard to reach cracks and corners. Once you get it all into the center of the car, you can then vacuum it up.

 

You can also turn the compressed air on your vents to get all of the dust out of there to keep your car smelling nice.

 

Use Non-Acidic Wheel Cleaner

 

Keep your wheels and rims looking nice by using a non-acidic wheel cleaner. The acid in some washes eats away at the protective layers on your rims, causing them to rust faster.

 

Hand Wash

 

The best wash is a hand wash. This allows you to get into all of the hard to reach places and get every last bit of dirt off of your car. Avoid using things like dish soap on your car. You may end up destroying the protective layers on your paint if you aren’t careful.

 

By following these simple tips, you will be able to detail and clean your car like a pro.

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