Category Archives: Car Tips

Beat the Heat: Keep Your Car Cool

Beat the Heat: Keep Your Car Cool | Heritage Mitsubishi | Morrow, GAWhile we’re past the hottest part of the year, the weather has still been pretty warm lately.  If you can’t bear the heat of your car when you climb in—especially on a hot afternoon—consider the following tips to keep your car cool.

  1. Park strategically. If you have a garage or carport at home, use it. Take this as an opportunity to finally clean out the garage to make room for all of your vehicles, thus keeping them out of direct sunlight. When you park away from home, look for shaded parking garages or spots beneath large trees. If you can, park away from the sun, leaving your back windows to face the sun; that’s because rear windows tend to be smaller and will allow less heat in.
  2. Cover your windows. Invest in some shades for your windows—and not just the windshield. You can find trendy yet functional window shades at several retailers that fit all window sizes. For further protection, and if it’s legal in your state and within your budget, consider getting your windows tinted. (Read here for Georgia tinting laws.)
  3. Allow for circulation. When you park your car, leave your windows cracked slightly. If you have a sunroof or moonroof, leave that cracked as well. This will allow some air circulation while you’re out of your vehicle.

If you’re noticing that your air conditioner is not running optimally, schedule an appointment with our service department at Heritage Mitsubishi as soon as possible. Stay cool out there!

15 Must-Haves for Your Car Emergency Kit

15 Must-Haves for Your Car Emergency Kit | Heritage Mitsubishi | Morrow, GAOur homes are typically stocked with emergency supplies, food rations, and first aid kits. But what happens if disaster strikes when you are in your car? We at Heritage Mitsubishi recommend that you design a car emergency kit if you don’t already have one, which can easily be stored in your trunk or behind the seats.

Here are some must-haves for your car emergency kit.

  1. Basic tool kit
  2. Blankets, gloves, coats, and warm clothing
  3. Bottled water
  4. Cell phone charger
  5. Duct tape
  6. First aid kit
  7. Flares
  8. Flash light with batteries
  9. Food (non-perishable)
  10. Ice scraper for your windshield
  11. Jumper cables
  12. Pocket knife
  13. Rags
  14. Reflective warning triangles
  15. Tire gauge

In addition to packing your emergency kit, arm yourself with knowledge. If you don’t know how, have someone teach you to change a flat tire and jumpstart a car. Always make sure you have a map of the location you are exploring, and always tell someone where you will be driving before you leave and when you expect to arrive at your destination. Finally, make sure to keep up with your vehicle’s routine maintenance; schedule an appointment today at Heritage Mitsubishi.

No one ever wants disaster to strike on the road—or anywhere—but it is always better to be prepared than to be sorry.

Seasonal Car Maintenance 101

Seasonal Car Maintenance 101 | Heritage Mitsubishi | Morrow, GAThe age-old adage is that you should have your car serviced about two or three times a year, but an even smarter way to ensure your car stays on the road longer and drives more efficiently is to use the four changing seasons as a reminder to get your car checked out by our service staff at Heritage Mitsubishi. But what kinds of seasonal car maintenance do you need? It depends on the season.

Seasonal Car Maintenance: Every Season

Each season (or every three months), have our technicians perform the following:

  • Brake check
  • Battery test
  • Engine tune-up
  • Oil change
  • Tire rotation (and tread/pressure check)
  • Lights check

In addition to the above, have the following maintenance performed depending on each season.

Seasonal Car Maintenance: Summer

  • A/C performance check
  • Air filter replacement
  • Cooling system condition check

Seasonal Car Maintenance: Fall/Winter

  • Exhaust system check
  • Heater/defroster performance check
  • Windshield wiper replacement (fall or winter)

Seasonal Car Maintenance: Spring

  • Cooling system condition check
  • Windshield wiper replacement

Spring is also a good time for you to do a good spring cleaning of your car, though your car should be washed and cleaned out regularly throughout the year.

Need to schedule maintenance? Contact Heritage Mitsubishi’s service department today.

How to Check Your Coolant

When you become a car owner, it can be quite overwhelming to figure out everything that you have to do to keep your car maintained. One thing that many people forget, or don’t know how, to do is check their fluids. That’s why today we’re going to go over how to check your coolant. It’s easy.

  • Start by identifying your expansion tank. If you are unsure of what this is, check for the location in your vehicle handbook. Follow any vehicle-specific advice that they give.
  • Check your levels. Your coolant should be in between the min/max lines on the sides of the expansion tank.
  • As you’re checking your coolant levels, have a look at any of the hoses that you can see. If you see any wet or stained hoses, you may need to have your car looked at.
  • If you need to fill your coolant, wait until your engine is cold. If the engine is hot, it could result in a release of hot liquid.
  • Ensure that you’re using the right type of coolant.

If you follow these five simple steps, you will have no issue in refilling your coolant. Good luck, and ask an expert if you are ever unsure of what you’re doing.

Preparing Your Car to Have a Baby on Board

baby on board

Baby on Board

You’re all set for the big arrival. The baby’s room is done and you bought that family-friendly SUV (maybe a Mitsubishi Outlander?). But what else goes into preparing your vehicle to have a baby on board? Here are some quick tips.

Buy an Approved Car Seat

There are lots of rules and regulations about having a baby ride in the car. All infants and toddlers should ride facing the rear until they are at least two years old.

Get a Window Shade

You don’t want that hot, burning sun to beat down on your baby’s sensitive skin! Get a window shade or, if you haven’t bought that new family hauler yet, consider investing in privacy glass.

De-Clutter and Invest in a Cargo Blind

If you don’t have a separate trunk, having a mess sitting around in your cargo area can be a hazard. Clean it up and look into options for separating the rear seat from the cargo area for more safety.

Get Up to Date on Service

You should be doing this anything to keep your vehicle safe and to help it last longer, but it’s even more important when you have a baby on the way.

Pack Baby Essentials in the Car

Wipes, diapers, bottles—anything you can think of that the baby might need on the road. Having a baby on board makes getting from Point A to Point B slightly more complicated.

How to Maintain a New Car

maintain a new car

Keep Your Car Looking New

There is something so nice about driving off the dealer lot in a brand-new car. Everyone always mentions the “new car smell,” but your vehicle is also untainted by debris and the wear-and-tear of time. You might want to maintain a new car so that it keeps that new look and feel all year long. But how would one go about accomplishing such a feat? Follow these tips to keep your new car new for as long as possible.

Invest in protective accessories and maintain the paintwork

Keeping up with your vehicle’s exterior paint can make a big difference in prolonging your car’s good looks. Accessories like weather shields and headlamp protectors help preserve the exterior as well.

Keep up with scheduled maintenance

This one’s common sense, but most people are guilty of skipping this step. Routine preventative maintenance keeps your powertrain running smoothly.

Use the right fuel and watch your mileage

Read the owner’s manual for fuel specifications and make sure you drive smoothly and carefully for improved fuel economy.

Protect your vehicle from the sun

Direct sunlight can fade the interior, so use a sun shade or try to park in shaded areas.

Clean your car regularly

Proper cleaning and care prevents a build-up of dirt and grime—not just on the exterior, but in the under-carriage, too.

 

If you didn’t know how to maintain a new car before this, hopefully these tips give you a good place to start. Good luck with your brand-new ride!

Road Trip Time: 5 Great Driving Destinations for Your Mitsubishi Mirage

driving destinations for your Mitsubishi Mirage

For as affordable (under $15,000) and fuel-efficient (over 40 mpg) as the Mitsubishi Mirage is, owning this five-door compact car leaves you a lot of extra cash for travelling. The best thing to do in your Mirage—especially if you’ve purchased the redesigned 2017 model—is to take a road trip. Here are some great driving destinations for your Mitsubishi Mirage.

  • State park: Travel through beautiful scenery by looking for your nearest forest or park. Spend a day hiking and bring a picnic lunch.
  • Local speedway: Head out into the open country in search of a local dirt or paved race track that holds races on nights or weekends. Leave your Mirage in the parking lot while you enjoy the show!
  • Flea market: Do some second-hand shopping by taking your Mirage to an outdoor market and loading the trunk up with unique treasures.
  • Beach: Grab your swimsuits and drive along the coast of a body of water. When you see a public beach, pull over and dig your feet in the sand!
  • Orchard: Get away from the busy city and find a farm that allows you to pick seasonal fruits and vegetables. Bring back baskets of items you can eat on your drive home.

How to Remove Scratches From Your Car

How to Remove Scratches
We hope your car doesn’t look this bad.

No matter where you go or what you do, you’re bound to get a scratch in your car. It doesn’t matter where you get it. Once you see the scratch, you can’t forget about. One option is to head to a professional to have the scratch removed, but that can get costly. Here’s how to remove scratches quickly from us here at Heritage Mitsubishi.

You’ll need to investigate the scratch before you can fix it. Start by dragging your fingernail over the mark. If your nail gets caught, the scratch could be too deep to fix with a do-it-yourself method.

Once you’ve determined the depth of the scratch, it’s time to do the prep work. Clean in and around the scratch thoroughly. Any dirt or grime left behind will end up in your paint. That could become a worse problem than the scratch itself.

To get rid of the scratch, grab a tube of toothpaste and a damp rag. Add a few dabs of toothpaste to the rag and rub in small circular motions, Karate Kid-style. Depending on the depth of the scratch, it could only take a minute or two for it to disappear. To check, simply lift the rag. Once you’re satisfied with the result, there’s nothing else to do. It’s as easy as that!

How to Change a Car Tire

Change a Car Tire

Knowing how to change a car tire is essential to anyone driving on the highway. Even if you have roadside assistance, you can often switch out a flat tire for your spare before help arrives. It’s a pretty simple process, no matter how challenging it may seem. All you need is a jack, a wrench, a spare tire, and your owner’s manual. We here at Heritage Mitsubishi know the simplest way to change a car tire!

  1. Pull off to the side of the road. Straight, level roadways are ideal
  2. Pop off your hubcap and loosen each lug nut. Don’t remove them altogether and leave the car on the ground. You may need the leverage.
  3. Jack up the car about half a foot. Consult your owner’s manual to see where the jack should be placed on your particular vehicle.
  4. Remove the lug nuts and keep them in a secure place so you don’t lose them.
  5. Remove the flat tire by pulling straight away from the car.
  6. Line up your spare tire with the lug nut posts then push the tire in as far as it will go.
  7. Replace the bolts but don’t tighten them just yet.
  8. Lower the car to the ground.
  9. Tighten the lug nuts, replace the hubcap, and you’re done!

How to Jump Start a Car

Jump Start a Car

24/7 roadside assistance comes standard with most new vehicle purchases these days, and that leaves a decently-sized knowledge gap. While roadside assistance can be nice, more often than not you can perform the maintenance yourself before help arrives. Jump starting a car is one of the easier do-it-yourself maintenance tasks. If you don’t know how, don’t fret. We here at Heritage Mitsubishi know the fastest way to jump start a car!

  1. Start off by identifying the battery terminals and jumper cables. The positive terminals and cables are red while the negative terminals and cables are black.
  2. Attach one end of the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Attach the other end to the positive terminal of the live battery.
  3. Attach one end of the negative (black) cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  4. The other end of the negative cable attaches to an unpainted piece of metal beneath the hood. Jumping posts and unpainted engine bolts are perfect spots.
  5. Make sure the cables are secure and start the car with the live battery. Let it idle for a few minutes.
  6. Try starting the car with the dead battery. If it starts, let both cars idle. If it doesn’t, wait a few more minutes and try again.
  7. Once both cars are running, disconnect the cables in the opposite order you attached them.