DIY Exterior Car Care

Taking care of your car’s exterior has a multitude of benefits, including a more polished look and an increased resale value. Here are a few DIY exterior car care tips to get you on your way to a car that looks good every day of the week.

DIY Exterior Car Care | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDWash

The first step in caring for your car’s exterior is simply by washing it. Washing your car removes harmful debris, such as road salt and dead bugs. Ideally, you should wash your car in a shady spot on a cool day. Normally, this means the evenings and mornings are the best times of the day. If the car has been sitting in the sun all day, let it cool off before you begin.

Dry

After you’re finished washing your car, dry it using clean towels, leather cloths, or microfiber towels. Letting your car sit in the driveway to dry can result in water spots. You may not notice right away on the paint, but water spots on a windshield are easily noticeable.

Wax

Wax is a valuable asset in protecting your vehicle’s paint and finish. Applying a coat of wax seals it and protects it from UV rays, salt, and everything in between. Most car waxes come in liquid or cream form. Since one application lasts a month or two, waxing is a great way to ensure your vehicle looks good for years to come.

For anything you can’t handle on your own, our service team here at JBA Mitsubishi is ready to help

A History of Mitsubishi Racing: A Century of Performance

A History of Mitsubishi Racing | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDIn honor of Mitsubishi’s 100-year anniversary in 2017 (Mitsubishi’s automotive saga began in 1917), JBA Mitsubishi has opted to take a look back specifically at several Mitsubishi racing highlights over the years. These are some of the brightest moments in the history of Mitsubishi racing:

  • 1962: Though Mitsubishi designed its Model-A in 1917, it didn’t enter a vehicle into an international motorsports event until 1962 — the Macau Grand Prix. To no one’s surprise, the Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe set the track record right away.
  • 1970: Mitsubishi introduced the Colt Galant GTO in Japan, based on the Colt F Series, which won the Grand Prix five times.
  • 1971: Mitsubishi’s Colt F2000 Formula racecar earned the automaker’s sixth Grand Prix trophy.
  • 1973: Though still not an American staple, Mitsubishi continued to dominate racing internationally — earning a one-two-three finish in the Australian Southern Cross Rally.
  • 1983: At Mitsubishi’s first appearance at the Paris-Dakar Rally, the Montero earned the triple crown.
  • 1992: Everybody’s favorite — the Lancer Evolution — dominated the racing scene, earning several titles, including the World Rally Championship.
  • 1998: This year was a big one for Mitsubishi, with victories in the WRC, the FIA World Class Cup Cross-Country Rally, and a top-four sweep at the Darak Rally.
  • 2007: Another record was broken at Dakar when Mitsubishi earned its seventh consecutive win.
  • 2014: Even the EVs got in on the racing win when the MiEV Evolution III took first and second at Pikes Peak.

Easy Headlight Maintenance Tips

Easy Headlight Maintenance Tips | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDHeadlights, though not as crucial as an engine or brake pads, are an important part of your car to maintain. Here are a few headlight maintenance tips to keep yours shining bright.

Clean Foggy Headlights

If your headlights are less clear than they used to be, you will need to clean the fog from them to ensure proper visibility. You can purchase cleaning kits at most auto parts stores, though you can clean headlights well with toothpaste and baking soda in a pinch.

To start, clean off the exterior of the headlights with a spray cleaner, then dry off with a towel. Then apply your purchased cleaner liberally to the lenses and let it sit for a few minutes. After it sits, use a brush in a circular motion to remove the cleanser — but be gentle! Finally, use the towel to buff away any cleaner from the lens.

Replace Burnt Out Headlights

If a headlight burns out, replace immediately. Consult your owner’s manual for the proper replacement, which can be purchased at an auto parts store.

Open the hood of your car and remove the power connector from the back of the headlight. You’ll also need to take off the dust cover and press down on the clip holding the bulb in place (if your car has one). Wiggle the bulb loose by pulling on the housing. Insert the new bulb and twist until it is locked in. Then replace the clip, dust cover, and power connector. Always turn on your headlights to make sure they work.

Have questions? Contact the service department at JBA Mitsubishi.

Pros and Cons of Window Tinting

Pros and Cons of Window Tinting | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDWindow tinting is one way to make your vehicle stand out on the road, but it comes with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. We here at JBA Mitsubishi would like to share some pros and cons of window tinting so you can make an informed decision.

Pros of Window Tinting

  • Interior Temperature – Much like a sunshade, window tinting can help prolong the interior of the vehicle and keep the temperature comfortable. By protecting the interior from the sun’s rays, window tinting effectively helps protect the upholstery from fading or cracking. As for the temperature, even a little window tint can make a major difference in Texas.
  • Extra Security – Window tinting makes it much harder to see into a vehicle from the outside, which can add an extra layer of security and help deter thieves from breaking into your ride. After all, if thieves can’t see into the vehicle, how do they know if there’s anything worth stealing, or if someone is waiting inside?

Cons of Window Tinting

  • Too Much Tint – Having too much window tinting could affect your visibility from the inside of the vehicle, especially when you’re driving at night. You could also end up violating state law.
  • Peeling – Over time, your window tinting will begin to peel. That means you’ll need to remove it or have it redone in the future. Alternatively, you could leave the peeling window tinting, but it will likely affect the resale value of your vehicle.

Automatic versus Manual Transmissions

Automatic versus Manual Transmissions | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDSo, you’re in the market for a new vehicle and can’t decide on what type of transmission you want. While driving a manual offers a more rustic feel, an automatic has its own set of benefits. Here’s a quick breakdown of automatic versus manual transmissions.

Manual Transmission

Also known as a stick-shift, a manual transmission means manually moving the stick in order to change gears. Learning how to drive a car with a manual transmission takes more time and allows drivers to develop a greater connection to the road. Some sports cars are only available with a manual transmission.

Being able to operate a manual transmission means being able to drive almost any type of vehicle in the world, especially in countries where automatics are few and far in between.

Automatic Transmission

An automatic transmission changes gears without any input from the driver, making driving more laid back, especially in stop-and-go traffic. Automatic transmissions tend to offer better acceleration and efficiency and generally require less routine maintenance when compared to a manual transmission. For those that want to have some input, many automatic transmissions come paired with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.

On the downside, automatic transmissions tend to increase the price of the car by a good portion. An automatic transmission’s gearbox can be harder to repair and requires specific transmission fluid.

Visit JBA Mitsubishi today to learn more about our vast selection of vehicles equipped with automatic and manual transmissions.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Preview

Perhaps the first thing that will draw you to the new 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is its price tag. This compact car is one of the most affordable new cars on the market. But, don’t let that low price fool you—the efficient Mitsubishi Mirage is still filled with features that drivers will love.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage Preview | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDIn fact, this model year the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage gains a long list of new standard features that you’ll find in every trim level. Each Mitsubishi Mirage is now equipped with a seven-inch touch screen with an audio system, as well as a rearview camera. Also, new are the standard Bluetooth® connectivity as well as steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls for easy on-the-go connectivity. These types of features are often available as add-ons in the compact car segment. The fact that they’re standard in this affordable car means that buyers are getting even more value for a very low price.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage also delivers up to 43 mpg on the highway* and features a comfortable, flexible interior with split-fold seating for versatile cargo space. It’s the perfect little car for all sorts of lifestyles, and may just be the perfect fit for you. Visit JBA Mitsubishi to learn more about the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage.

*EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.

How to Change Your Oil

Oil changes are one of the most important parts of regular car maintenance. Fortunately, they’re also a pretty manageable DIY car project. Follow these steps from Dan Edmunds, of Edmunds.com, and learn how to change your oil yourself.

Preparation

How to Change Your Oil | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDOil changes work best when the oil is slightly warm, but not hot. Start your car and let it run for a few minutes, and then turn it off. While it’s cooling, jack up your car for better access. Gather supplies, as well as the new oil and oil filter, both of which you can find at JBA Mitsubishi or at a local automotive parts store.

Drain the Oil

Pop open the hood and remove the oil cap. This will allow the oil to drain more neatly. Put on a pair of latex gloves, and locate the oil drain plug. Place your drain pan beneath the drain plug, but be prepared to adjust as the oil will drain at an angle. Use a wrench to remove the plug and let the oil drain. While the oil is draining, you can wipe the drain plug clean if needed.

Change the Filter

Once you’ve replaced the drain plug, reposition the drain pan so that it’s under the oil filter. When you remove the filter, you’re likely to make a bit of a mess and that’s ok. Hold the filter over the pan to drain it, then take a rag and wipe the filter sealing surface clean. Before installing the new filter, take a dab of fresh oil and smear it around the new filter’s ring.

Add New Oil

Now that the filter has been replaced, it’s time to add the new oil. Add the type and the amount of oil recommended by your owner’s manual. Once it’s in, lower your car, check the levels, start it up, and enjoy your accomplishment.

What is Camber?

What is Camber? | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDWhat is camber? Every vehicle has it, but the majority of drivers don’t know what camber is. As it turns out, camber is incredibly important to how your vehicle handles and performs. Here’s everything you need to know about camber from us here at JBA Mitsubishi.

Camber, or more specifically the camber angle, is the angle between the vertical axes of the wheels. The camber angle is essentially the part of the vehicle where the suspension meets the steering. There are two types of camber: positive and negative.

Positive camber is when the top of the wheel is further away from the axle than the bottom. Negative camber is the opposite, when the bottom of the wheel is further from the axle than the top.

That’s fine and dandy, but what does the camber angle actually do?

The camber angle of the vehicle has a significant effect on how the vehicle handles. Negative camber, for example, boasts more grip when heading around corners because the rubber rolls on itself while cornering. In short, the camber angle determines how your vehicle handles when cornering.

Most drivers find themselves heading in straight lines. In that case, the vehicle has the most traction with a camber angle of zero, or when the tread sits flat on the road.

Fall Car Maintenance Tips

Fall Car Maintenance Tips | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDA new season is nearly upon us which means it’s time to read up on some fall car maintenance tips. As always, properly maintaining your vehicle has plenty of benefits, ranging from performance and efficiency to ride comfort. Check out these tips from us here at JBA Mitsubishi.

Check the Lights

Properly functioning headlights and taillights are a necessity to driving safely at dusk, night, and during storms. Walk around the exterior of your car with an eye on the lights. Make sure all lights, including the brake lights, parking lights, and emergency flashers are all functioning properly. Take the time to check the seals on each light. If any bulbs are burnt out, replace them as soon as possible.

Check the Battery

Your car isn’t going to be operational without a battery. Remove your battery and clean any rust and debris off of the connections. Look over the battery for any abnormalities, such as bumps and bulges. Replace it if necessary.

Get an Oil Change

Oil is essentially the life blood of the engine. The summer heat will cause oil to thin, especially if you drove a lot. A simple and cost-effective oil change will offer benefits like improved performance and efficiency as well as protect the engine.

How to Save Fuel

Summer marks a time of hot weather, new adventures, and spending time with friends and family. Unfortunately, the How to Save Fuel | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDsummer heat can also impact fuel economy. On the bright side, there are steps you can take to help improve you efficiency. We here at JBA Mitsubishi know how to save fuel while on the road this summer and we’re happy to share with you!

Slow Down

Simply slowing down will save vast amounts of fuel over the course of summer. Driving over the speed limit can result in significant mileage decreases. Spare a few minutes and drive the speed limit in order to conserve fuel.

Combine Trips

There are few better ways to save fuel than to plan your trips ahead of time. Local jaunts, such as errand running, are excellent ways to save fuel. Simply plan out your trip ahead of time so you don’t have to head home between errands. Longer trips, such as family road trips, should be planned as well. Know where you’re going whenever possible and avoid guessing the directions.

Choose Efficiency

The easiest way to save fuel is to drive a car with a higher efficiency rating. Some models, like trucks and SUVs, will offer more space and utility, but at the cost of lower fuel economy. If you don’t need the extra space or utility, it would be beneficial to drive a more efficient vehicle, such as a sedan or crossover.