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.
Mitsubishi’s history dates back to 1917, when the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. released the Model A, the first ever Mitsubishi vehicle. A century later, Mitsubishi is still producing high-quality, affordable vehicles all over the world, including a range of incredible cars for the racing circuit.
The history of Mitsubishi racing goes back to the 1960s, when the automaker entered the Mitsubishi 500 Super DeLuxe in the Macau Grand Prix in 1962. Initially a marketing tactic to promote the brand’s first post-war vehicles, the 500 Super DeLuxe destroyed the competition, taking the top four places in the Under 750 cc category.
Mitsubishi’s racing success continued through the years in more than just circuit racing—in the 1970s it dazzled the off-road racing world, sweeping the top spots in the East African Safari Rally and the Southern Cross Rally, multiple times. Since it started competing in the World Rally Championship in 1973, Mitsubishi has won 34 titles.
Mitsubishi is also the most winning automaker in Dakar Rally history, with 12 wins from the late 1980s to 2007. These are just a few of Mitsubishi’s many racing wins throughout its long history. To find out more about Mitsubishi’s performance vehicles, give us a call at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!
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.
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.
Summer is here, which means plenty of fun-filled days spent outdoors. And if you love the outdoors, you probably love camping. Here are some ideal Mitsubishi models for camping so that you can have the ultimate summer adventure.
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
The Outlander Sport is the ideal crossover. It’s the in-between size that’s sure to fit your camping gear. A roomy cargo area leaves room for a small or large tent plus chairs, blankets, and any other must-have camping gear. Plus its “sporty” suspension is sure to handle off-roads like a pro.
If you’re going for a big camping adventure, you’ll want the big space that comes with the Outlander. This SUV has 63.3 cubic feet of space with all seats down, leaving plenty of room for camping cargo. But if you want to bring friends, no problem! With versatile seating, there’s room for friends and their gear.
More of a solo adventure-seeker? The Mitsubishi Mirage’s hatchback leaves room for a small tent and a chair and will get you to your getaway, fast.
In need of the perfect camping car? Come down to Larry Jay Mitsubishi today and we’ll help you find one!
There are lots of choices to make when it comes to buying a new car. One of the biggest choices to make it whether to buy a new or used car. But did you know you can compromise? A Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is the best of both worlds.
So first of all, you’ll want to know what “Certified Pre-Owned”, or “CPO”, means. The “pre-owned” part means that the car has been previously owned by somebody else. However, the “certified” part is what makes it different from a used car. Before being considered a Mitsubishi CPO car, every potential vehicle must first go through a strict evaluation.
First, a car must be less than five years old and have less than 60,000 miles on it. After that, it has to go through a 123-point inspection to meet the tough requirements of the CPO program.
Something you’ll get with a CPO car that you won’t get with a used car is a warranty. Mitsubishi’s CPO program comes with New Vehicle Limited Warranty and Powertrain Limited Warranty. Plus, you’ll know your car’s history when you buy it thanks to a free vehicle history report.
Certified Pre-Owned cars give you like-new cars all at an affordable price. Come down to Larry Jay Mitsubishi today to check out our CPO collection.
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!
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.
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!
The Outlander PHEV is coming to America!
For a few years now, Mitsubishi has been marketing a plug-in hybrid EV version of its popular Outlander family in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, but the variant never made its debut on North American soil. However, following the introduction of the Outlander’s next generation sometime after 2017, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will finally be available in the US.
The decision accompanies Mitsubishi Motors’ announcement that the company has reevaluated its plans and has chosen to more aggressively target the SUV segment. The current generation of the Outlander PHEV could arrive in the US as early as next May. In addition, the automaker expects to have released three new SUVs to the lineup by 2020, including a new unnamed crossover, the next installment of the Outlander, and a new Outlander Sport. Mitsubishi says all three vehicles will offer optional hybrid powertrains, in addition to the traditional gas setup.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been around for four years now, but the company is just now bringing the plug-in hybrid model to the American market. However, the decision makes sense now that Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has turned their sights on the SUV market in an attempt to focus on their strengths.
Can’t wait to get your hands on a new Outlander? You can at least partially quench your thirst for the PHEV by test driving a 2015 Outlander at Larry Jay Mitsubishi today!
Mitsubishi was looking fierce in November!
Mitsubishi November sales numbers have been released to the public, and the company continues to enjoy one of its best years yet due to the continued success of the Mitsubishi Outlander and the SUV’s variants. So far in 2015 Mitsubishi Motors has sold over 87,000 units year-to-date, a stark contrast to 2014’s numbers of just over 71,000 within the same time period. That’s a 23 percent increase!
In just November alone, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has sold 6,722 products – up 3.6 percent from November 2014’s sales numbers. The Outlander shows the biggest leap in sales from the previous year, with an increase of 69.3 percent, or sales of 1,717 units. The Outlander Sport sold even more units in November; the popular SUV saw 2,955 units sold last month.
Mitsubishi’s continued success with their SUVs has caused the company to turn its attention to the SUV segment. Over the next five years, Mitsubishi plans to introduce three new SUVs to the US lineup. Mitsubishi November sales certainly back up this decision, as the company continues to find great success.
See why more people choose Mitsubishi by scheduling a test drive at Larry Jay Mitsubishi today!