The alternator is one of the most important parts of your car, since it’s the part that generates electricity to keep your battery charged as you drive. If you’ve ever wondered how they do this, we here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi have created a brief guide on how alternators work.
Alternators contain several parts, including a rotor, a stator, a rectifier assembly, and a set of brushes that maintain contact with the rotor, all of which are housed inside an aluminum casing. There’s also a pulley outside the casing.
The word alternator comes from the phrase alternating current. The rotor and stator work together to produce electromagnetic power, which is then sent to the battery. The engine rotates the alternator pulley, which causes the rotor to spin past wire coils that are part of the stator. This produces alternating currents in the rotor and stator. The electricity from this is funneled through stator leads to the rectifier diodes, which send the current in the proper direction.
Alternators also require a voltage regulator that determines the amount of voltage that goes into the engine, since too much can damage it. This isn’t everything there is to know about the alternator, so read up if you’re interested!
The Ballantyne Festival: Autumn in the Park Featuring Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast is a one-day festival in Charlotte that seeks to provide a fun, autumn-themed event for all Charlotte’s citizens. It’s free to the public, totally family-friendly, and includes tons of events and attractions. The Ballantyne Festival will take place October 10th from 11am to 9pm at Ballantyne District Park.
Everything about the Ballantyne Festival screams fall, from the chili cook-off to hayrides to pumpkin painting. Craft tables will be set up for kids, as well as inflatable bounce houses and games, but there’s plenty of fun for adults too. The oyster roast is sure to please seafood-loving adults, and the festival will feature lots of beer sellers.
There’s also plenty of live entertainment, including four local bands headlined by acoustic rock group Simplified. And the music isn’t all that’s local—Ballantyne is a huge supporter of local businesses in Charlotte. Tons of Charlotte businesses with a passion for community and personal interaction set up booths in Exhibitor Alley.
Net proceeds from Ballantyne go to local charities and nonprofits. It’s a great cause and fun time, so don’t miss it! We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi love it!
We’ve all experienced it. We are driving down the road—and doing a good job of it—when someone in the backseat leans forward to offer some unsolicited advice. While your passenger might mean well, the advice itself is typically unwanted—and distracted.
Backseat driving is a well-recognized phenomenon and has even attracted the attention of psychologists. According to Psychology Today, the need to “backseat drive” finds its source in a positive personality trait—namely, confidence. But it’s more than that. It’s about the confidence you have the power and the knowledge to help, “that you’re capable enough to influence any situation for the better.”
Recognizing that backseat drivers are really only trying to help can make it easier to deal with them. That idea can be a great way to dialogue with them. Try explaining to them that you know they are only trying to help but in reality, from your perspective, they are hurting the situation by making you doubt yourself.
Your driving experience is going to be significantly easier if you know how to handle a backseat driver. Make sure you keep this in mind the next time you have a backseat driver! Check out our new inventory today and decide which vehicle is best in preventing backseat drivers!
The crossover segment is not only popular—it’s crowded. There’s no mystery as to why the crossover has become the most popular segment. They work when a minivan or full-size SUV would be too bulky or inefficient and when a car would be too small. Because the crossover segment is so popular, it comes as no surprise that every year, Cars.com announces its Most Affordable Three-Row Crossover list, naming the best of the best in the segment. This year, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has come out on top.
The list is determined based on the characteristics consumers look for in a three-row crossover. These characteristics include an automatic transmission, power driver’s seat, rearview camera, USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity. Then, the crossover’s affordability is calculated by an equation involving the five-year fuel cost, price, and residual value.
Cars.com found that the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander met all of the requirements to be the year’s Most Affordable Three-Row Crossover. The estimated five-year fuel cost for the Outlander was $2,000 less than the next competitor on the list. Though its residual was not as strong as some, the fuel cost and a low starting price helped the Outlander to win.
The 2016 Outlander features include the best in safety, comfort, and technology among other things. Whether you’re navigating tight city streets or cruising on the open road, the Outlander is right for you.
According to Mitsubishi, the 2016 model features a RISE body construction to greatly enhance passenger protection. By absorbing energy in the event of a collision, everyone is as safe as possible. Plus, active stability control monitors grip and tire spin to ensure that you always have traction.
In addition to seven-passenger seating, the Outlander comes with added cabin quietness, automatic climate control, and optional heated windshield de-icing among other things. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat.
Finally, this most is one of the most technologically advanced models Mitsubishi has ever made. With a 6.1-inch touch panel display, rearview camera, selectable eco-mode, and optional Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio, you’ll have everything you need. Don’t settle for anything less than the new 2016 Outlander.
As you gaze out into the hot summer from your cool and comfortable car, take a few minutes to say thank you to your air conditioning. We know you don’t want your A/C to fail, so here are a few tips on how to take care of your car’s A/C.
Turn it on. This is the simplest way to prolong the life of your air conditioner. Simply by using it, you are keeping the compressor in good working order. Auto experts recommend you turn on your air conditioning on its coldest setting for 10 minutes every week—even in the winter. Not only will this keep the parts working, but it will help clear out any excess moisture from your car’s vents.
Have it serviced. Usually every two years, your air conditioner will need a refresh—which entails re-gassing and cleaning up the system.
Give it a break. While using your A/C will keep it working, using it too much may cause it to break down. Try relying more on the fan speed instead of a colder temperature to keep you cool. If it’s blazingly hot and you’re trying to turn your car into a freezer, you are making your car work really hard.
If you think your car’s air conditioning might need a bit of a pick-me-up, give the service department at Larry Jay Mitsubishi a call and we’ll make sure you stay cool this summer.
Driving to work can sometimes take forever. Weaving in and out of city traffic is enough to make even the most relaxed person stressed out. Not only is it frustrating, but it can also be expensive. At Larry Jay Mitsubishi, we understand your pain. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five ways you can cut your commuting costs.
Find the Best Gas Prices
No one likes paying for gas, but if you’re going to drive anywhere, it’s something you’re going to have to do. So why pay more than you have to? Use apps like GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas in your area.
Carpool with a Co-Worker
Got a friend at work? Consider setting up a carpool together. Taking one vehicle will save you both a lot more money than taking separate vehicles. Plus, it will give you a chance to converse with one another.
Use Mass Transit
Sometimes city bus or train systems can take longer to get to work than taking a car. But in the long run, they are much less expensive. By taking a bus or train to work, you end up saving a lot of money.
Bike to Work
If you live in the city, there’s no need to drive through heavy city traffic—bike to work instead. Not only will you get there faster, but you will also be getting healthier by exercising.
If your job offers you the opportunity to work from home, seize it. Working remotely will allow you to get your job done in the comforts of your own home. You won’t even have to drive to work at all!
Whether you bike, bus, or buddy up, there are plenty of ways to make that annoying and expensive commute a little more tolerable—and perhaps even enjoyable.
When the summer sun is high in the sky, nothing is better than a day trip to the beach! Walking along the warm sand is relaxing, and playing near the ocean is a great way to cool off in the hot summer sun. It’s important to make the most out of your time at the beach. That’s why Larry Jay Mitsubishi has built a list of fun beach activities to do the next time you find yourself laying out on the sand.
1. Collect Sea Shells
Some of the most beautiful designs found in nature are found on sea shells. These shells come in a wide variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Plus, sea shells can make great, cheap souvenirs from your beach trip.
2. Build a Sand Castle
There have been some amazing castles and structures built on the beach out of sand. Why not try your hand at one, too? Building a sand castle, or another piece of sand art, is a great time!
3. Practice Beach Yoga
The beach is already one of the most relaxing places you can be. The only way to make it more relaxing is through yoga. Practicing yoga routines on the beach will make you feel stress-free for the rest of the week.
4. Plan a Beach Cook Out
As night falls and your time at the beach comes to an end, conclude a perfect day with a perfect snack. Light up the night on the beach by roasting marshmallows over an open flame for delicious ‘smores. Just make sure to put the fire out safely!
By partaking in these fun beach festivities, you can turn a great day at the beach into a perfect summer day!
They say the West is the best, but they really only say that because it’s a nice rhyme. The savvy traveler knows well that the East coast has just as much fun and beauty to offer. But just in case you’re not in the know, we’ve thrown together some info on a few of our favorite East coast road trips destinations.
New England offers all sorts of wonderful treasures for the adventurous driver. The Daily Beast recommends taking the route from Gloucester, Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut. Best features? You’ll get the chance to eat the best seafood of your life and ponder the quiet beauty of harbors.
Music fan? Start in Memphis, Tennessee and drive to New Orleans, Louisiana along Highway 61. You’ll have the opportunity to hear some of best music the country has to offer along the way.
If you are a sunshine addict, then take US 1 in Florida. This highway runs close and parallel to the A1A, which affords wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can start anywhere, but be sure and make it down to Key West, Florida – if for anything, just to experience the Overseas Highway.
Okay, so you need a nice rhyme? How about… the West may be the best, but the East ain’t the least!
Father’s Day is fast approaching, and if your dad is like most dads, he’s very difficult to buy for. For most guys, if they want something and they have the money, they buy it. That doesn’t leave much room for you. So why not pad his tool collection? Assuming he’s got all of the standard tools, here are a few Father’s Day gifts that we at Larry Jay Mitsubishi think he might not even know that he needs!
Electric Knife Sharpener. This tool makes sharpening knives a cinch. Just place your knife in the slot, turn it on, and before you know it you’ve got dangerously sharp knives.
Bottomless Watering Can. Using a hose can make it very difficult to get the right amount water to your plants. Nothing beats a water can, but you constantly have to refill it. Not this can. It connects directly to the hose for an endless supply of water.
Multi-Tool. There are some really great and useful multi-tools on the market. Your dad may have these tools individually, but having them all in one place is extremely convenient.
SUGRU. Popular Mechanics recommends this air-cured rubber putty. It’s moldable putty that can be removed, but in the meantime remains strong, flexible, and waterproof.