Mitsubishi Car Maintenance Tips

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Did you know that conducting basic maintenance on your car can save you money? Our New York Mitsubishi dealer has compiled a list to help you keep your car running its best.

Tires are one of the most important components of your car so its very important to keep them in good running condition. About every 5,000 miles or so, your tires should be fully rotated. You should also regularly clean the dust and dirt from your tires as the combination of grime, moisture, and heat can cause them to become hazardous. To clean off any dust, simply use a damp sponge and cold water. Another component of your tires that should be regularly check is the pressure. Low tire pressure can decrease your car's fuel economy and diminish its handling. The last component to check on your tires are the depth of the treads. Warped tire treads can diminish the traction necessary for you to stay safely on the road.

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The engine is what powers your vehicle and can be the most expensive thing to have repaired or replaced. To help avoid any major issues, you should check your belts for wear every 25,000 miles. You should also regularly check your oil and coolant levels. To check the level of your oil, locate and remove the engine's dip stick, wipe it, replace it, and remove it once more to examine how far up the dip stick the oil clings. As for the coolant, check the coolant reservoir to see where the liquid lies between the high and low markings. Low oil levels can break your engine and low coolant can cause it to overheat.

There are several dash and instrument warning lights in your car and you should know what each indicates. If the check engine light comes on, you may need to simply tighten your gas cap. If this doesn't remedy the problem, visit a mechanic or auto parts store with an OBD2 reader to interpret the code and diagnose the issue. The service engine/maintenance required light usually indicates the need for maintenance. It can also indicate map engine, oil, and air temperatures which can be reset if you clear the issue. When your electrical fault light comes on and stays on, it may indicate that our electrical charging system is no longer working properly. You'll need a professional to check the system.

If your first brake warning light comes on, it could mean there's an issue with your braking system. It could also mean your hand brake is engaged or that your master cylinder fluid is low. If the hand brake is disengaged and you fluid is full, then you'll need to see a mechanic. If your second brake light comes on, this means there is an issue with your Anti-lock braking system (ABS). This also needs to be checked by a professional as soon as possible. If the coolant warning light comes on you simply need to top-off the coolant in your radiator. You can purchase pre-mixed coolant in many large stores. Lastly, if your oil warning light comes on, it means your oil pressure is low and you need to have the problem diagnosed as quickly as possible. A serious enough oil issue can kill your engine.

If you are unsure or would rather have us take care of your car, schedule a Long Island Mitsubishi service appointment today!

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