Archive for Car Care Tips

New Year Resolutions for Drivers

Driving at sunset

Take to the road with a new set of resolutions to kick off 2017. Finding the perfect New Year’s resolution can be a struggle for many drivers. As it turns out, the right resolution could be behind the wheel of your vehicle.

 

  • Tires – There’s little doubt the tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, which is why maintaining them is pertinent to many. Tires that aren’t properly cared for will create decreased fuel economy, a rougher ride, and wear faster. Take a few minutes each week to make sure there’s enough tread and that the tires are properly inflated this year.

 

  • Idling –One good way to waste money is by idling in the driveway. Winter is cold, which causes many drivers to let their car idle in order to warm up. The popularity of remote starters certainly doesn’t help matters either. In reality, the fastest way to warm up your vehicle is to drive. Most engines are ready to roll after just one minute of being turned on.

 

  • Maintenance – Keeping up with routine maintenance should be high on most to-do lists. Keep your car operating at peak performance by making service appointments and consulting your owner’s manual.

 

We here at Randall Mitsubishi hope you try one of these New Year resolutions for drivers in 2017!

Fall Car Maintenance You Can Do at Home

fall car maintenance

Do a quick inspection of your car to make sure it’s ready for the fall weather!

There’s a lot of car maintenance that needs to just be done at the shop by professionals. However, you can save on fall car maintenance costs by doing some of it yourself. Service during this time of year is important with the hazardous weather and low temperatures steadily approaching. Try doing some of these simple checks to keep your vehicle working properly through the colder months.

Change wiper blades: This doesn’t take much! Most wipers are easily lifted off the windshield by a hinge, and you can snap the old ones out, put the new ones in, and lower them back onto the windshield.

Check and top off fluids: Oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid – all of these are important for you safety. Yes, even the wiper fluid. Make sure all the fluids are clean, and if anything looks low, top it off.

Replace your air filter: Air filters aren’t expensive. Most should fall in the range of $10-$15. It’s easy to pick one up from the store and replace the old one.

Inspect battery: Your battery capacity is drastically reduced in cold temperatures, so make sure you check the health of your battery and make sure all the connections are tight and clean.

Fall car maintenance doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Just make sure you have a professional like the ones in the Randall Mitsubishi Service Department take care of any of the really tough or sensitive stuff, like an engine tune-up, before you head into the winter.

Maintenance Tips: Flushing Your Radiator on a Regular Basis

Flushing Your Radiator

Taking the time to flush your vehicle’s radiator can increase its life and save you money.

 

The radiator is one of the most important components of your automobile, as it is used for cooling the vehicle. That’s one of the reasons you should maintain your cooling system; however, few drivers realize that it is necessary to flush your radiator every so often. When’s the last time you took care of your radiator?

Flushing your radiator is something that many people can do, but it can be dangerous or difficult if you are inexperienced with vehicles. According to wikiHow, the first step is to make sure your car is actually cool. Check the temp gauge to make sure the vehicle is not hot at all.

Next, jack up the car and locate the radiator. It is a complex network of pipes located at the front of the engine compartment, near the fan. It is usually covered by thin metal fins for protection. Look below for the coolant drainage valve.

After placing a pan below, loosen the petcock to drain the fluid (coolant should be recycled because it is toxic to animals and people). Flush the radiator with water, add new coolant, and bleed the radiator of air pockets by turning the car on and letting the coolant cycle (top-off if necessary).

Sound too complex? Bring it to the experts in our Service Department for a quick drain and refill. Flushing your radiator gets rid of clogs and old, deteriorated fluid. It also extends vehicle life and prevents dangerous overheating.

4 Easy Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean

tips for keeping your car clean

Get a head start on spring cleaning by cleaning out your car!

 

Is your car so dirty that you have to borrow your friend’s car every time you have a date? Is it so dirty it has been home to several generations of flies? If you said yes to either of these—or if your car could just use a good scrubbing—follow these tips for keeping your car clean.

 

# 1 – The gas station ain’t just for filling up! Every time you fill up, take the opportunity to clean out your car. Cleaning it as you go prevents trash from building up to point where cleaning up seems overwhelming.

# 2 – Keep a lid on it. If you are the kind of person that likes to snack in the car, put your snacks in some kind of lidded containers. This is especially true for beverages. We know coffee tastes better without a lid, but a coffee spill can be hard to get out!

# 3 – Always keep a trash bin. Without a trash bin, you are more apt to indulge in nasty habits, like just throwing trash on the floor.

# 4 – Keep cleanup materials with you! Something as simple as wipes can help you attack those potential stains as soon as they happen. It’s just like medicine—preventative housekeeping is the best housekeeping.

After cleaning out your car, bring your car over to Randall Mitsubishi service department for a tune up!

Instructions on How to Change Your Vehicle’s Oil

how to change your vehicle’s oil

An oil change doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow these steps to learn how!

The importance of changing your vehicle’s oil cannot be understated. The process of changing the oil in your car helps maintain its health. However, when it comes time to do so, many people struggle with the actual process, as it can be confusing. That is why we’ve decided to assemble step-by-step instructions on how to change your vehicle’s oil.

  • Step #1: Start your vehicle so that the engine and the oil become warm, but not hot.
  • Step #2: Spread a large amount of plastic sheeting on the ground.
  • Step #3: Drive your vehicle over the plastic sheeting.
  • Step #4: Use a jack to lift your car off the ground.
  • Step #5: Set your jack stands in their proper place and lower the vehicle again.
  • Step #6: Smear new oil on your new filter’s gasket.
  • Step #7: Remove your vehicle’s drain plug to get the oil flowing.
  • Step #8: Remove your vehicle’s old oil filter.
  • Step #9: Replace it with your new filter.
  • Step #10: Install and tighten a new gasket on the plug.
  • Step #11: Add the new oil to your engine.
  • Step #12: Recycle your old oil.
  • Step #13: Use a jack to raise the car and remove the jack stands.
  • Step #14: Lower your vehicle to the ground.
  • Step #15: Clean your work area.

With that, the process of changing your vehicle’s oil will be complete! Good luck with all your car maintenance.

If the steps on how to change your vehicle’s oil sounds too intimidating, bring it in to Randall Mitsubishi. We’ll be happy to help!

Cars 101: How to Use a Car Jack

How to Use a Car Jack

Knowing how to use car jacks is very important especially is you get a flat tire.

 

While using a car jack stand is pretty easy, there are also a lot of ways to do it dangerously, so it’s important to know how to use a car jack safely before you attempt it.

First, know that there’s a difference between a scissor jack and a jack stand. Scissor jacks shouldn’t be used all the time and are only for emergency situations. You should usually use a jack stand.

When you go to jack up your car, make sure you’re on a flat, level surface. Pull your parking brake up and put some kind of blocks behind the tires to keep the car from sliding backward or forward while you’re underneath it.

Position the jack under a sturdy piece of the frame, and not the outside part with paint on it. Get under the car a little and look for a divot near the wheel—that part is meant for jacks! Using two jack stands is safest. Crank them up so there’s just enough room to fit underneath and lock them. Shake the car a bit to see if it moves too much. Afterward, lower the jacks and you’re done!

For service repairs and service advice, visit the experts at Randall Mitsubishi in San Angelo!

Consider These Dog Safety Car Tips for Responsible Dog Ownership Month

Dog Safety Car Tips

Safely traveling with your dog is the best way to protect your furry friend in the event of an accident.

This month marks Responsible Dog Ownership Month, a time to reflect on what being a responsible dog owner truly entails. An important aspect of your dog’s safety is how you transport him or her in the car, which, if not done correctly, can be hazardous not only for the dog but for the driver and passengers.

Here are some ideas to keep your dog safe in the car, every time you drive:

  • Consider keeping your dog in a crate while driving, which is an incredibly effective way to reduce injury in the event of a collision.
  • If you’re taking long trips, be sure to pause at rest stops to give your dog a break, letting it stretch its legs and enjoy some fresh water.
  • Lock your windows, so that your dog doesn’t accidentally open one.
  • Never – ever – leave your dog locked in the car on a warm day. The interior temperature of your vehicle can become deadly alarmingly fast.
  • Know your dog! Some dogs are more anxious than others, and you have to respect your dog’s specific needs for a happy trip.

Do you have any other dog safety car tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments or visit Randall Mitsubishi!

Check Out These End of Summer Car Maintenance Tips to Prepare for Fall

End of Summer Car Maintenance

Getting your car prepared for Fall and Winter is important to prolong the life of the car.

As the summer season slowly drifts away into autumn, it’s more important than ever to perform a routine maintenance check on your vehicle. Doing so will both evaluate the damage of summer and prepare your car for the hazards of fall—and the ensuing winter.

Here are some end of summer car maintenance tips to get you started:

  • Check your owner’s manual, and make sure you are following all recommended maintenance schedules.
  • Give your tires a thorough inspection, keeping an eye out for tire pressure, tread, and alignment.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly, and evaluate your windshield wiper fluid, which may be running low.
  • Though it may still be warm outside, you’ll want to check that your heater is working now, before it’s too late and you find yourself stuck in the cold.
  • Get your car checked out by a professional in the Randall Mitsubishi service department. Our service technicians will certainly pick up on anything you may have missed.

Do you have any other tips? Let us know your routines in the comments or at Randall Mitsubishi!

Car Washes vs Hand Washing

car washes vs hand washing

Though it is time consuming, sometimes it is a good idea to hand wash your car.

Dads in movies from the 80s make it seem like a personal insult if you don’t wash shine your own car to a perfect, meticulous finish, but is there really that much of a difference? When it comes to automatic car washes vs hand washing, which one is better depends entirely on you.

For one, not everyone can or wants to wash and wax their car at home. It’s time-consuming, and it’s not fun to do if you don’t have a garage and you want to clean muddy slush off your car in the middle of winter.

Another thing that isn’t great about hand washing: runoff. When you clean your car at home, you send chemicals into grass and sewers. But automatic car washes aren’t perfect either.

The only real way to remove contaminants from your car’s surface is through hand washing, using clays and polish to restore the car’s shine. You don’t get the same experience with an automatic wash, which is a great reason to at least take care of your car at home every once and a while, even if most of the time you hit the car wash instead. Visit Randall Mitsubishi for more great car cleaning tips and to check out our full selection of Mitsubishi vehicles!

Quick Car Cleaning Tips

Quick Car Cleaning

Finding new, efficient ways to clean your car can help keep it looking like new!

Cleaning your car is something every driver should know how to do. Some drivers may want to get it over with as a fast as possible. As a result, they tend to miss some spots. There are a few key places that can make your car look and remain clean with some elbow grease. We here at Randall Mitsubishi have a few quick car cleaning tips to make your car look new!

  • The Vents Even with air filters, dirt and dust can pile up inside the vent just out of reach. To reach it, you’ll need a few tools, none of which are expensive. First, take a long, thin brush and spray it with furniture polish. Stick it in the vent and dust around. Wipe the dirt and dust off the brush with a rag and move to the next vent. Doing so will keep dust and dirt from reclaiming your car when you turn on the air.
  • The Leather If your car has leather, you’ll want to give it a good cleaning even if it doesn’t look bad. You’ll be surprised just how dirty it was when you’re done! Cleaning is simple. Buy a cleaner meant specifically for leather and spray it on. After it’s sat for a while, wipe the spray – and dirt – off. Be sure to add conditioner to keep the leather clean for a long time!
  • The Windows Cleaning the windows goes a long way and you don’t need much to do it. A simple window cleaner and cloth is just about it. Be sure to roll down the window to clean the very top!