Even with winter approaching fast, there is still time to bring your Mitsubishi in for a safety check and winterizing treatment.
You probably keep to a regular maintenance schedule as recommended by Mitsubishi, but sometimes it’s smart to get a seasonal touch up as well. If you (and perhaps your Mitsubishi too) are new to snowy winters it might be a good idea to talk to one of our factory trained technicians about getting your vehicle ready for freezing temperatures. People in New York State have to pay special attention to the approach of winter.
The areas most sensitive to temperature change will be the fluids and your tires. The most fundamental step you should take is to have the tires rotated and checked for wear and tear. You might want to consider a new set of snow tires if it’s about time to replace them. It’s always a good idea to replace all 4 tires at the same time. Some people like to maintain separate seasonal sets of tires, if you have the room to store them!
When you bring your vehicle in to your Mitsubishi shop for a rotation, the mechanic will also do a visual safety check. This is an important feature of tire rotation.
Your Mitsubishi’s owner's manual, or your mechanic, will be able to give you a recommended tire rotation schedule and a diagram of the rotation pattern that should be followed. Typically, rotation is done every 5,000 miles with a "cross-rotation" pattern. The technician will move the front tires to their opposite sides and to the rear; rear tires will changes sides and be moved up to the front.
As well as rotation, keep an eye on the air pressure. Freezing temps can wreak havoc on your tire pressure. If you don't know how to do this, your Mitsubishi dealer is the best place to turn for help. Driving when the tires are not properly inflated causes undo wear and hurries tread wear and separation. And it’s also a good idea to check the condition of your spare – you wouldn’t want to be in need of it only to find it is not usable.
If you do nothing else, have the cooling system checked when you get those tires rotated. Since the car heater and defroster are dependent on the cooling system, make sure those heater hoses and radiator hoses are checked.
Other items you should look at if you can: switching to lighter-weight oils, checking the battery condition and replacing wiper blades if necessary.
Another tip: keep the gas tank as full as possible during winter. Keeping it fuller limits condensation in the gas tank and minimizes water accumulation which can freeze in the fuel line. And, you hopefully will never run out of gas in a blizzard!
So don't wait until there’s snow on the ground, bring your Mitsubishi in to Fuccillo Mitsubishi for maintenance service!
This entry was posted in Fuccillo Mitsubishi of Watertown and tagged Mitsubishi Service, Car maintenance, Winter maintenance, Mitsubishi Dealer on 12/06/2016 at 9:25 PM