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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.

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.

What to Do In Case of a Dead Car Battery

preparing to charge a car battery - what to do in case of a dead car battery

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.