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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!

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!

How to Finance a Car at Randall Mitsubishi

Finance a Car

Randall Mitsubishi wants to make the car financing process as quick and easy as possible!

 

It’s easy to pick out the perfect car, especially if you already have one in mind, but getting the money for it is a different story. If you’ve never had to finance a car, whether you’re a first time buyer or bought from private parties prior, here’s a quick overview of what the process is like.

If you’re buying from a dealership, a finance department is likely to do all the hard work for you. Preapproved loans take more work and the offers are similar to those you’ll receive when applying through a finance department.

You’ll need to know your employer, expenses, income, rent/mortgage payment, and social security number before you’ll be able to fill out applications. Once they’re filled out and submitted, all you can do is wait.

Lenders will run a credit check that will reveal your credit score and any outstanding debt. Based on that information and your application, they’ll accept or reject you. If they accept, they’ll make a loan offer.

Once you receive loan offers, it’s important to pay special attention to the annual percentage interest rate (APR) and length of the loan as they determine how much interest you pay. Accept the loan that’s right for you!

We have a great finance department here at Randall Mitsubishi! Come down and see us for your next car purchase.

Most Common Types of Vehicle Accidents

Common Types of Vehicle Accidents

Get to know these common types of accidents to help you avoid a collision.

 

If you could know the common types of vehicle accidents, then you might be able to avoid them better. Knowing the causes could help you stay more aware in certain situations and improve your driving technique. Here a few of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents…

Type: Rear end collision

According to the NHTSA, almost 1/3 of accidents on the road today are rear end collisions. This is an easy fix, right? Simply increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. But it’s not that easy. Distractions can nullify that extra distance. So do your best to avoid those.

Type: Animal collision

Even small animal collisions can cause damage and even cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Larger animals like deer can even total your vehicle. The trick here is to expect to see animals on the road in areas in which it is likely. At night, you can even look for illuminated retinas on the sides of the road.

Type: Side impact collision

Not only are these types of accidents common, they are highly lethal. The NHTSA found that a quarter of all passenger deaths are attributed to side impact collisions. To try and avoid these, look both ways when pulling away from stop signs and stoplights.

If you have found yourself in one of these situations and need some car service look to the service experts at Randall Mitsubishi in San Angelo, TX. We will get you back on the road quickly and efficiently!

Drive Safe: 3 Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Save money and stay stress-free this holiday travel season!

Thanksgiving is nearly upon so hopefully you’ve booked your flight and made plans by now. Whether you have or not, there are still a few things you can do to make your trip smoother. Avoid getting trapped at the airport this holiday season. We here at Randall Mitsubishi has some Thanksgiving travel tips to make reaching your loved ones go much smoother!

  1. Avoid Checking Bags. Many airlines charge a fee for every bag you check. To save both time and money, pack all your essentials in a carry-on. Send the rest of your items, like clothes, to friends or family at your destination via the mail. You’re also less likely to lose your luggage this way.
  2. Arrive Early or Late in the Day. Crowds are at their peak around the middle of the day. To pass security checkpoints and reach your gate quickly, arrive early or late in the day. If you arrive early, you’ll be less likely to experience flight delays as well.
  3. Book Your Flight Early. Millions of people will be booking their flights around the holidays so you’ll need to book before the masses in order to get your preferred flight. Avoid higher ticket prices by booking early as well.

Happy travels!

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!