This entry was posted in Fuccillo Mitsubishi of Watertown and tagged Mitsubishi Mirage, 2017 Mtisubishi, Mitsubishi Dealer, New Car Dealer on 12/05/2016 at 6:54 PM
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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!
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!