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 Routine Maintenance - Fuccillo Mitsubishi - Watertown, NY

Of course year-round routine car maintenance is the best way to make sure your vehicle performs well and lasts as long as possible. But for people in New York State, we have to pay special attention to the approach of winter. It’s early autumn, so perfect time to pull out the fall checklist.

A pre-winter tune up at your Mitsubishi dealer is always a good idea if you haven’t done it recently. Not a good idea to wait until there is snow on the ground. One thing you can do on your own to get started and before you bring it to the dealer is to vacuum or blow all the leaves and debris out of the ducts.

The regimen should include inspection and replacement of worn belts and hoses and as the weather cools, consider changing to synthetic lubricants. These high-tech oils cost more, so if that is an issue, talk to your Mitsubishi dealer about an alternative in lighter-weight oils for the colder weather.

The other absolute must is to have the cooling system checked. Consult your owner's manual for the proper coolant mix, which is often about a 60/40 antifreeze-to-water ratio. Since the car heater and defroster work off the cooling system, make sure those heater hoses are checked while inspecting the radiator hoses.

As the weather cools, use that as a reminder to keep the gas tank as full as possible. Aside from the obvious situation of running out of gas, keeping it fuller limits condensation in the gas tank and minimizes water accumulation – which can freeze – in the fuel line.

Check the wiper blades for deterioration and you could consider replacing them with an upgrade to winter/snow blades. Have the blades return to their parked position before turning off the engine and you might want to cover them overnight so they don’t freeze if you anticipate a frost – never put hot water on a cold windshield! Dousing with normal temperature tap water will do the job. Keep the washer fluid reservoir filled with winter fluid.<

Splurging on the full service car wash that includes a good waxing, particularly with a carnauba-based product, each year will help the paint withstand road salt and other weather grime. Lubricating door hinges, locks and weather stripping with silicone spray will help keep doors and trunks from freezing shut.

Since air condenses in cooler weather, pay attention to fluctuations in tire pressure and keep to the manufacturer's recommendation on the sticker found in the glove box or on the doorjam. Dig out the spare tire and check its overall condition and inflation. If you’re going to install snow tires for the season, it’s probably a good idea to get a start on that. Maybe they need to come out of storage before the snow. If you’re keeping your regular tires, it might be a good idea to practice fitting your snow chains, especially for the young drivers in your family.

Always plan ahead with your Mitsubishi Service Center to minimize the stress of cold-weather driving! 

This entry was posted in Fuccillo Mitsubishi of Watertown and tagged car maintenance, car service, mitsubishi cars, fall service, winter service, car dealer on 10/17/2016 at 8:43 PM

 Tire Rotation - Fuccillo Mitsubishi - Watertown, NY

 As well as keeping a maintenance schedule for your car’s engine, it’s very important to also have a maintenance schedule for your tires.
If you are new to car ownership and with tire rotation, it's the process where you change the placement of each tire that is mounted on the vehicle. Why do we do this? 
If you have a front wheel drive car, for example, even though the tires are all the same size, they will carry a different load and be utilized somewhat differently. The front tires carry more of the vehicle’s weight, are tasked with putting the power of the engine to the road and handling all the steering. They also handle about 80 percent of the braking.
When you bring your vehicle in, the mechanic inspecting a wheel during tire rotation will also do a visual safety check. This is an important feature of tire rotation.
Tire rotation is done on a regular schedule in order to make sure the entire set wear at the same ratio, equalizing tire wear and maximizing tire life. This prevents some tires from wearing out faster than others so that your purchase of sets of tires gets out of sync.
Your Mitsubishi’s owner's manual will have a recommended tire rotation schedule and a diagram of the rotation pattern that should be followed. A typical schedule calls for rotation every 5,000 miles with a "cross-rotation" pattern. That’s where front tires are moved to their opposite sides and to the rear.  Rear tires repeat this pattern moving forward. By following this pattern for the life of your set of tires, each tire will spend an equal amount of time in each of the four positions. And if you’ve got good tires and haven’t had a road hazard flatten one, the rotation cycle starts all over again.
Other than road hazards, there are a few things you can do to prolong tire life. Of course, proper tire inflation is probably the most important. Driving when the tires are not properly inflated causes undo wear and hurries tread wear and separation. Deliberately burning rubber is never a good idea, those black marks you leave on the road is money you are losing on your vehicle investment. And you can make a difference with road hazards – some are unavoidable of course – by staying out of back alleys or construction sites where you might encounter broken glass, sharp metals and nails.
If you’re a do-it-yourself, it may seem like an easy and quick task to do on a Saturday afternoon. However, how the tire is remounted can make a big difference. The nuts or bolts should be tightened with a torque wrench to the manufacturer's specifications. If you don't know the correct setting, your Mitsubishi dealer is the best place to turn for help.
Additionally, many manufacturers recommend what are called "differential tire pressures," in which the front and rear tires are inflated to different pressures since different tires carry different loads. This make perfect sense but the do-it-yourselfer may not have the best tools to calibrate this. Make tire maintenance part of your regularly scheduled maintenance at your Mitsubishi dealer!

This entry was posted in Fuccillo Mitsubishi of Watertown and tagged mitsubishi, mitsubishi vehicle, mitsubishi service, tire maintenance, mitsubishi maintenance on 10/17/2016 at 8:37 PM

 Importance of an Oil and Filter Change - Fuccillo Mitsubishi - Watertown, NY

You’ve got your beautiful new Mitsubishi and you want to keep it running like new forever! Of course, plain and simple, oil is the lifeblood of your engine. We often hear how we should change our oil regularly, but do we pay as close attention to the oil filter as the liquid itself?

As the oil circulates through the engine, we know it picks up dirt and other contaminants, which over time can cause engine damage.

The filter allows the oil to flow through the engine after being cleaned to prevent those damaging elements from circulating. It wasn’t always this way; early engines did not have filters so they required very frequent oil changes. Technology has brought us to a very sophisticated stage where oil changes are required less and less frequently.

However, technological improvements also allow a method of filter by-pass to protect the engine from lack of lubrication under certain circumstances. An example is in very cold weather - if the oil is too thick and cannot pass through the oil filter in the normal way, it is allowed to bypass the filter. In other circumstances the oil can bypass the filter if the filter is plugged. This is sophisticated – and good – technology but it will result in unfiltered oil being passed through the critical components of the engine.

So even in the best circumstances, there are chances that contaminants can flow into the engine – perhaps over the winter - the whole oil change/oil filter process still needs attention over the life of your car.

What's right for your Mitsubishi vehicle’s engine? You really need to carefully study the specifications of each filter to determine the suitability for your particular requirements. On a new vehicle, it’s important to give consideration to the warranty. Mitsubishi may not deem some filters compatible, and that will be very important when it comes to a warranty claim. The components affected by dirty oil can be expensive. And it certainly doesn't make much sense to use the cheapest oil and filters you can find. Filters are not created equal.

When a filter does its job, internal engine components – such as the connecting rods, camshaft and valvetrain – are protected from contaminants that can cause major damage. Picking the right oil along with the right filter can definitely promote long engine life.

What the filter is made of – paper or plastic - is another big difference. Some filters are engineered with synthetic filter media, which is reputed to be capable of trapping smaller contaminants over a longer period of time over more miles. Some synthetic filters include special blends of rubber for gaskets and drainback valves. Some synthetic filters actually have larger bodies than more conventional filters, which gives them more capacity and a longer service life.

Keep a regular service schedule with Fuccillo Mitsubishi Service and we’ll always have the correct as well as best recommended lubricants and filters for your Mitsubishi! 

This entry was posted in Fuccillo Mitsubishi of Watertown and tagged mitsubishi, mitsubishi maintenance, mitsubishi service, Oil Changes, Filters on 10/17/2016 at 8:22 PM

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer - Fuccillo Mitsubishi - Watertown, NY

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer

For 2016 the Mitsubishi Lancer lineup, we saw a lot of added value with increased levels of standard equipment. This compact 4-door rides, drives and handles better than the expectations of its segment average. It’s a sporty compact  car whose ride handles the rough spots well. It’s stable and predictable and it navigates mountain curves and freeway off-ramps with responsive precision.


Inside is a new front center console and improved audio display, and outside is a new front fascia and chrome grille. The Mitsubishi Lancer is an exceptional choice for a shopper on a moderate budget looking for a lot of features. The 2016 Lancer is a fun-to-drive, compact, 4-door sedan that offers lots of value for the money, a generous assortment of standard safety features and an industry-leading warranty coverage offered by Mitsubishi – that provides a nice sense of comfort.

As part of its value message the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer offers a well-equipped package. Standard on the ES 2.0 model are fog lights, power and heated mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, Bluetooth, Fuse voice recognition, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, power windows and door locks and a comprehensive array of safety features.

The Lancer has a great reputation for lots of passenger space in the class. Comfort in the back seat is unrivaled, delivering an almost midsize accommodation in a compact package. The trunk offers a maximum of 12.3 cu ft.; however, the Rockford Fosgate system's subwoofer does cut that to 11.8 cu ft…priorities??


The ES 2.4, SE 2.4 and SEL 2.4 models include standard the electronically controlled all-wheel drive, which Mitsubishi calls All-Wheel Control, for exemplary traction no matter what the weather brings. It includes a mode selector for front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive "Auto" or all-wheel-drive "Lock," to maintain optimum traction in all kinds of weather or driving conditions.

The three middle trim levels, ES 2.4, SE 2.4 and SEL 2.4, all have the 2.4-liter engine, continuously variable transmission and All-Wheel Control electronically controlled all-wheel drive. Moving up through the trims adds automatic on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers, more audio system speakers, leather and other convenience items.

Those looking for the best in-car audio in a compact sedan will be impressed by the 2016 Lancer’s 9-speaker, 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system; it’s standard on the GT 2.4 and optional, as part of the Sun and Sound Package, on the ES 2.0 with CVT.

The front-wheel-drive Lancer ES comes standard with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual, returning EPA estimates of 24 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. A CVT is optional.

Both the SE and SEL have all-wheel drive and the CVT as standard, along with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. When the lower ES level is specified with this larger engine, it also receives the all-wheel drive/CVT combination. Fuel consumption here is 23 mpg city/31 mpg hwy.


Come visit us at Fuccillo Mitsubishi to explore all the Lancer options!

This entry was posted in Fuccillo Mitsubishi of Watertown and tagged mitsubishi, mitsubishi lancer, mitsubishi sedan, new mitsubishi, new car, mitsubishi dealer on 10/17/2016 at 8:06 PM

 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander - Fuccillo Mitsubishi - Watertown, NY

 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

With the 2016 Outlander, Mitsubishi Motors takes unrivaled refinement and couples it to a commanding and dynamic new look. The Outlander has become renowned for its vigor and stellar road performance.  Out on the highway the driving experience is sublime, urban driving takes on a whole new assertive aspect with smooth, taut handling that gets you through traffic and narrow passages. The seven passenger Outlander for 2016 presents an unparalleled SUV driving experience.


The high quality workmanship starts at the driver compartment and extends to the front passenger seat and throughout the cabin.  The interior trim uses premium quality materials including genuine leather. Outlander surrounds you and your passengers with comfort, making even the longest journeys a pleasure thanks to generous cabin space and comfortable seating; the same attention is paid to the padding and springs in the third-row seat cushions, contributing to the riding comfort of all the passengers. You can even recline the seatbacks to any of four settings.

The rear seating can also be flexibly arranged to meet your cargo needs. The second and third-row seats can be adjusted to carry almost any combination of passengers and luggage. The second-row seat has a sliding function that allows easy access to the third-row seats.  And another ingenious feature is that all the rear seatbacks can be folded down to create an extremely large and flat luggage area.


The nimble handling and perceptive response of the Outlander put you in total control. The interior comfort and quiet leave behind the less attractive feature of city driving.  The exterior body delivers with solid-closing doors, enhancing the extremely quiet interior of the Outlander. Mitsubishi technicians have introduced 33 enhancements to NVH reduction.

Technology and Safety

The Outlander entertainment system enhances your driving pleasure with high-quality sound from the radio, CDs or your plugged-in device with a Rockford Fosgate Premium Sound System.

USB Ports & 12V Power Outlets are conveniently located inside the center floor console, allowing easy access once you open the lid and then the ability to conceal the devices once they’re attached.

Adjustments can be made easily by touching the 6.1-inch QVGA touch-panel display screen or pressing the controls mounted onto the steering-wheel. Here you will see the rear view monitor that shows the approximate backing-up course of the car as well as a view of what's behind the car on the large display screen.

 The new-generation CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) offers even smoother, more satisfying handling through any driving encounter you may have, winter driving will be safer and more comfortable than in the past. The Outlander delivers the high performance you demand of a larger SUV, including that solid acceleration with strong presence and drive.
Having peace of mind always makes for a more pleasurable driving experience, so the Outlander comes equipped with many safety measures to protect you and your passengers. These measures include a highly protective RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body, seven SRS airbags, and intelligent electronic functions that help prevent frontal collisions the rear view monitor for backing up safely.
To explore all the standard and optional features for the 2016 Mitusbishi Outlander, come for a test drive at Fuccillo Mitsubishi and speak with our Mitsubishi professionals! 


This entry was posted in Fuccillo Mitsubishi of Watertown and tagged mitsubishi, mitsubishi outlander, mitsubishi suv, new mitsubishi, new car, mitsubishi dealer, on 10/17/2016 at 8:04 PM

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