Fall Service Tips to Protect Your Vehicle

Fall Vehicle Service

Taking care of your car isn’t only important for the sake of your vehicle—it’s important for your safety, too. These fall service tips will help you maintain your vehicle’s performance so that you can have safe driving moving into the fall season.

Tires

Keeping your tires properly inflated is a critical part of driving in autumn rain showers. Driving on wet roads is also much safer when your tires are in good shape, showing no signs of visible damage and maintaining a deep, healthy tread.

Battery

If the car battery is old, it may perform fine in the summer and then surprise you by dying in the autumn. This is because cold weather is tough on batteries. Avoid getting stranded by bringing your car into Pantilli Mitsubishi to have your battery tested and replaced if needed before the low temperatures hit.

Brakes

It’s obviously important to have healthy brakes when you’re preparing to drive on rain, show, or ice. If you feel a pumping or pulsing when you brake, if you hear a squeaking, or if it’s been awhile since the brakes were checked, have them looked at by our team at Pantilli Mitsubishi. We’ll make sure your vehicle is set for safe driving on slick roads.

For more tips to protect your vehicle, contact us at Pantilli Mitsubishi.

Fall Vehicle Service

Reasons Why Mitsubishi’s Warranty Is the Best

Mitsubishi’s Warranty Is the BestIf you’re shopping for a new car, you’ve no doubt heard about the benefits of warranties. This is one of many reasons why people choose to buy new or CPO over used. The peace of mind that comes with warranty coverage is often worth the extra money. But, the fact is that no two warranties are created equal, and the Mitsubishi warranty happens to offer benefits that outweigh those of other manufacturer warranties.

Powertrain Limited Warranty

The powertrain limited warranty serves to protect buyers from potential damage or malfunctions in the engine and transmission. It will cover the cost of repairs or replacements to this area. In brands like Honda, Toyota, Mazda, and Nissan, you’ll find that the powertrain limited warranty lasts around 5 years/60,000 miles. With Mitsubishi, however, buyers get a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

New Vehicle Limited Warranty

This warranty will pay for replacements or repairs to most parts of the entire new vehicle, excluding parts that need regular replacements like tires and light bulbs. For other brands, the new vehicle limited warranty usually lasts 3 years/36,000 miles, but for Mitsubishi, you’re covered in this area for 5 years/60,000 miles.

Mitsubishi warranties also come with additional advantages, like a five-year roadside assistance plan. Mitsubishi’s Warranty is the best because the brand is absolutely confident in its vehicles, and you should be too.

Learn more about why Mitsubishi has the best warranty and the best deals by calling Pantili Mitsubishi.

Signs of Worn-Out Tires

rain tiresKeeping you connected to the road are four very important pieces of rubber. Your tires are a crucial part of your vehicle’s safety, and when they get old and worn out, they could jeopardize your safety. That is why it is very important to know when you have worn-out tires. Here are some of the ways to tell when it is time to replace your tires.

  • Tread depth. With a simple penny, you can test the depth of your tread. Put a penny head down into the grooves on your tire. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is too low. Do this test on a few places on each tire since they do not always wear evenly.
  • Other signs of wear. If the tires have any cracks or bulges on the side wall, you need to get them inspected as soon as possible.
  • Age. Regardless of wear, tire manufacturers recommend you replace your tires every 6 to 10 years. Check the recommendation for your specific tires.

If you are concerned about the wear or age of your tires, schedule a service appointment here at Pantili Mitsubishi and we can inspect your tires and let you know if they are in need of replacement.

Tips for Travelling with Pets This Summer

travelling with pets

More and more drivers prefer to travel with their pets, especially on summer vacations. That’s why we at Pantili Mitsubishi have written these tips for travelling with pets. From proper restraints to knowing when to take a break, there are some important things to keep in mind when driving with your furry companion.

According to the DMV, driving with a pet is like driving with a small child in many ways. You should never leave them unattended, always use proper safety equipment, and be prepared for messes. In particular, you should stop every two hours for water and a bathroom break when travelling with dogs, and never leave them in the car. Temperatures can soar on hot days, which is often fatal for pets.

Avoid letting your pet stick its head out the window, regardless of how much it might enjoy it. That’s because this can cause respiratory problems, road debris can strike your pet, and they can escape in the event of an accident. Pets should be in small carriers that securely strap into the seat. For big dogs, consider buying a rear seat barrier.

Finally, be prepared for messes. Some companies offer no-spill dog bowls for your pet to have fresh water all the time, and many suggest travelling with newspaper, towels, and cleaning supplies.

To avoid car sickness on long trips, try car training. This involves taking short trips with your pet to get them acclimated. Above all, if you notice your pet is too stressed, consider just leaving them at home.

Off-Roading Tips: Dos and Don’ts

off-roading tips - 2017 mitsubishi outlander sport
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the many Mitsubishi vehicles with available AWC systems.

Going off road is one of the best ways to enjoy your Mitsubishi model, particularly those offered with the innovative All-Wheel-Control (AWC) system. Nevertheless, there are some important off-roading tips to keep in mind before you hit the trail. From safety to common sense, we’ve compiled some of the most important things to keep in mind.

According to Popular Mechanics, it’s essential to read the terrain. That means you should scout out the trail before you speed through, looking for dangerous spots, sharp turns, and cliffs. You should look for points on the horizon where the trail disappears, which signals a sharp dip or turn. Finally, look for topographical maps of the area if possible.

Next, put it into four-wheel drive as soon as you hit the trail. It sounds like common sense, but many drivers get the adrenaline going and forget to turn on 4WD. Before you know it, you could get stuck. Additionally, you should go through a pre-trail checklist, including 4WD, a stocked first aid kit, and more.

Finally, take recovery gear. If you get stuck, you should be prepared with essentials like heavy-duty tow straps (with fabric loops, not metal), tow hooks, a winch, and gloves. You may also want to stock your first aid kit just in case as well. These are just some of many tips we at Pantili Mitsubishi recommend.

Warm Weather, Sunny Skies: Spring Driving Tips

spring driving tips

Spring weather is warmer, sunnier, and wetter—reasons you may need to change your driving habits. Here is a list of spring driving tips to keep in mind as you hit the road in the coming months, as spring showers can lead to dangerous roadways. From driving habits to maintenance, there are some helpful ideas to remember.

According to AARP, you should be extra careful after it rains. Roads are often covered with a thin layer of oil, and, when combined with rain water, can be incredibly slick. Try to go 10 mph slower while it rains and immediately after to prevent unnecessary accidents. Also, be sure to get new wipers if yours are in poor shape.

Next, you’ll have to share the road with bikes and motorcycles. Warm weather brings more people outdoors, increasing the risk of a collision in many areas. One important tip to remember is that motorcycles and bikes alter your spatial perception because they are smaller than cars; therefore, you’re driving closer than you might think. Be sure to give motorcycles and bikes extra space to ensure safety.

Finally, talk to your doctor before taking allergy medications and driving. Many may cause drowsiness and slow reaction time, making them dangerous to take while behind the wheel. If your allergies are severe enough, it may be a bad idea to drive at all.

These are some of many spring driving tips. Want to get your car in working order for the spring? Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi to let our experts have a look.

New Year’s Driving Resolutions

 New Year’s Driving ResolutionsIf you still haven’t chosen a New Year’s resolution, then we have the perfect idea for you: Become a better driver. This goal doesn’t involve any significant amount of skill, time, or money. All you have to do is observe your surroundings and follow a few basic rules, making you a safer and more responsible driver.

Here are a few New Year’s driving resolutions to get you started:

  • Familiarize yourself with your vehicle; have you actually read your owner’s manual?
  • Make a seatbelt rule in your car, not only enforcing it upon yourself but also upon your passengers, no matter what.
  • Slow down this year! Not only is it much safer to drive more slowly, but also, it increases your fuel economy.
  • Stop driving on empty. As your gasoline level reaches its lowest, your engine has to work harder, with dirtier gasoline, causing damage with time.
  • Put together a hand-written maintenance log and keep it in your glove box, keeping track of your oil changes, tire checks, etc.
  • Finally, put a stop to drunk driving – and never ever drive while under the influence again.

For more safe driving tips – or to start the year out behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle – contact us or visit us anytime at Pantili Mitsubishi.

How to Get Your Christmas Tree Home without Damaging Your Vehicle

How to Get Your Christmas Tree Home

For many people, holiday decorating starts with finding the perfect Christmas tree. Millions of people head to their local tree farms to choose the right tree for them, making it necessary to know how to get your Christmas tree home. If you have found the tree of your holiday dreams, make sure you follow these tips to get it home without harming your car or the tree.

Wrap it up. If your tree isn’t already sold in netting, ask your vendor for some or bring some along to ensure you don’t lose any needles or branches in transit. If a net isn’t available, then wrap your tree in a blanket or a tarp to prevent damage to your vehicle and the tree.

Avoid excess wind damage. Nothing can ruin a picture-perfect tree than wind damage. Avoid as much wind damage as possible by pointing your tree in the right direction. The tree trunk should always point towards the front of the car to help your tree arrive home unscathed.

Tie it securely. You don’t want to lose your Christmas tree somewhere on the highway, so tie it securely to your roof. If your vehicle has roof rails, utilize them. If it doesn’t, open the car’s doors and tie the tree down with rope, threading it through the car to get the most security.

Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

Thanksgiving Decoration IdeasThanksgiving is right around the corner but there’s still plenty of time to create some holiday decorations! Get into the season by letting the kids run wild with a creative design or idea. If you’re drawing a blank, don’t worry; we have you covered! Here are some creative Thanksgiving decoration ideas from us here at Pantili Mitsubishi!

  • Chalk-Painted Pumpkins – Pumpkins are good for more than just carving to celebrate Halloween! Left over pumpkins are great to for the holidays. Chalk paint is rather easy to come by and coloring the pumpkins yourself is a simple task. All you need are some paint brushes, primer, and chalk paint. Make sure to supervise the kids!
  • Fall Kids’ Table – Those who have large families tend to separate the kid and adults during Thanksgiving. While some kids may not be too happy with the separation, making a festive table can help ease their woes. Add gift bags, fall treats, and a small do-it-yourself tree where the leaves are made of what the kids are thankful for written on paper.
  • White Pillar Candles – Nothing is more inviting than a warm home with the flowing smell of delicious food! Looking the part is just as important as serving an incredible meal. Add a selection of scentless white pillar candles to complete the look.

Prepare Your Car For Winter

The cold weather is creeping up on us and it will strike in full force before you know it! Winter can do a number on your car, especially if you haven’t properly prepared for the harsh season. Preparing for winter’s icy fist is actually easier than it may seem. Here are a few ways you can prepare your car for winter as recommended by us here at Pantili Mitsubishi.

  • Oil – As the temperature drops, oil grows thicker. Old oil will grow even thicker than new oil which means your engine won’t run at peak efficiency. Fresh oil will allow your engine to put out optimal power and earn the best fuel economy this winter.
  • Lights – Visibility is a major part of driving, as any good driver knows, which is why its important to keep your lights in proper working order. Take the time to wipe down and clean the lenses. Replace any burnt out bulbs if necessary. Your lights increase your visibility but also make your car more visible to other drivers.
  • Tires – Tire pressure tends to drop as the weather grows colder which means you’ll need to ensure your tires are properly inflated at least once a week. Check the tread level as well to ensure you have enough tread left to provide enough traction on slick roads.

Prepare Your Car For Winter