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Car Headlight Maintenance: Everything You Need to Know

Car Headlight Maintenance: Everything You Need to Know

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.

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

Best Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina

Best Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

We love living and working here in Charlotte, North Carolina. But, something we might love even more is eating here. Charlotte has one of the best dining scenes in the state and we’re lucky enough to be right in the middle of it. Here are five of the best restaurants in Charlotte.

 

  1. Fig Tree Restaurant. This delightful restaurant delivers not only delicious food, but excellent service and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. They offer a wide menu selection along with a varied wine selection.
  2. Carpe Diem Restaurant. If you’re looking for an excellent night out to celebrate any occasion or just to enjoy a decadent meal, head to Carpe Diem. They also offer catering services for wedding and other events.
  3. Capital Grille. If you prefer your dining served by friendly, knowledgeable wait staff, head to the Capital Grille. You’ll enjoy perfectly prepared food, a warm atmosphere, and a great drink selection.
  4. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. For a more laid back dining experience, Bad Daddy’s offers mouthwatering burgers, crispy French fries, and even some healthier options, like a build your own salad.
  5. Midwood Smokehouse. A North Carolina dining experience wouldn’t be complete without some barbecue and Midwood Smokehouse has some of the best in the city.

 

What is your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?

Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations in North Carolina

Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations

 

Trying to decide where to spend your summer vacation can be incredibly difficult. For fun in the sun and feet in the sand, check out these top five vacation destinations in North Carolina from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!

  1. Cape Hatteras Island – Packed with excellent restaurants, Cape Hatteras Island features some of the most scenic sunsets on the east coast. Spending the day on the island gives access to fishing, surfing, scuba diving, and much more! With one of the most peaceful atmospheres in the state, this is one destination you won’t want to miss.
  2. Duck – Located on the Outer Banks, Duck is your one-stop spot for vacation rentals next to the ocean. Spend the day in the sun, parasailing, or deep sea fishing for a vacation you’ll never forget.
  3. Boone – Located inland, Boone is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors can go hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and much more!
  4. Lake Gaston – For both adventure and relaxation, there’s no better place than Lake Gaston. Activities include water skiing, hiking, boating, barbecuing, and more.
  5. Wrightsville Beach – The perfect spot for fishing, surfing, boating, and more, Wrightsville Beach is a top vacation spot for good reason. With luxurious rentals and restaurants that will cook what you catch, there are few better places to spend your vacation.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Finally Coming to the US

A Mitsubishi Outlander out on a sunny day

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 November Sales Demonstrate Company Success

Mitsubishi 2016 model lineup

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!

Mitsubishi Offers the Best Warranty in the Industry

Mitsubishi Outlander Grill Badge

Larry Jay is proud to offer the best warranty in the industry with Mitsubishi.

At Larry Jay, we love Mitsubishi—that’s why we sell them. We’re proud to do so, too, and not just because of their outstanding engineering and reliable quality. We’re proud to provide our customers with Mitsubishi vehicles because Mitsubishi offers them the best warranty in the industry.

 

With Mitsubishi, you receive Mitsubishi Confidence, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty as well as a full 5-year roadside assistance program that isn’t restricted by mileage in any way, shape, or form – a rarity from today’s carmakers. Keep in mind, the roadside assistance does not apply to the i-MiEV, the Lancer Evolution, or the Lancer Ralliart, which provide their own assistance programs.

 

Mitsubishi’s 10-year/100,000-mile warranty is a full five years and 40,000 miles better than our next competitor. That’s why Larry Jay Mitsubishi can confidently say that we can give you the absolute best warranty in the industry today – and, more than likely, tomorrow, too!

How Alternators Work

alternator

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!

Enjoy Fall at the Ballantyne Festival in Charlotte

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!

How To Handle A Backseat Driver

how to handle a backseat driver

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!

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