Jul 20

Seasonal Car Maintenance Checklist

seasonal car maintenance checklist - car service

To keep your car running smoother longer—and to keep your passengers safe on the road—it is crucial to keep up with seasonal car maintenance. Our service technicians at JBA Mitsubishi are trained to handle all of your maintenance needs. Use the seasonal car maintenance checklist below to steer your conversation with our technicians every time you bring your car in for an oil change and tire rotation.

Summer

Every summer, our certified technicians should check the following:

  • A/C performance
  • Brake condition
  • Battery life
  • Cooling system condition
  • Engine performance
  • Lights
  • Oil and fluid levels
  • Tire tread and pressure
  • Windshield wiper condition

Fall and Winter

Every fall and winter, our certified technicians should check the following:

  • Brake condition
  • Battery life
  • Cooling system condition
  • Emergency kit condition
  • Engine performance
  • Exhaust system condition
  • Heater and defroster performance
  • Lights
  • Oil and fluid levels
  • Tire tread and pressure
  • Windshield wiper condition

Spring

Every spring, our certified technicians should check the following:

  • Brake condition
  • Battery life
  • Cooling system condition
  • Engine performance
  • Lights
  • Oil and fluid levels
  • Tire tread and pressure
  • Windshield wiper condition

 

Spring is also the time for you to do extensive cleaning to your vehicle, especially after battling the road salt from our harsh Maryland winters. Clean your underbody when washing the exterior, and clear out all trash before vacuuming and wiping down the interior.

Need to schedule maintenance? Call our service department today at (855) 441-1723.

Jul 10

4 Best Places to Go Camping near Glen Burnie, Maryland

best places to go camping near Glen Burnie

Glen Burnie is located close enough to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore to give you a taste of the big city life, but it is also surrounded by several amazing camping locations. If you’re thinking of packing up the SUV (may we recommend the new Mitsubishi Outlander?) and going camping this summer, check out these top four best places to go camping near Glen Burnie, courtesy of the staff here at JBA Mitsubishi:

Cherry Hill Park

Distance from Glen Burnie: 30 miles

This RV park and campground is the closest to Washington, D.C., making it the perfect place to go after a long day of visiting the monuments and the Smithsonian.

Thomas Point Park

Distance from Glen Burnie: 25 miles

Located right on the water in Annapolis, Thomas Point Park is a less frequented getaway with truly stunning views.

Swain’s Lock

Distance from Glen Burnie: 45 miles

A bit of a farther drive, Swain’s Lock is located in Potomac. The area is full of things to do, including biking, fishing, and hiking.

Bayshore Campgrounds

Distance from Glen Burnie: 75 miles

Bayshore is actually a lot closer—as the crow flies—but because you’ll have to travel across the water, this location is a little more difficult to reach, but it’s totally worth the drive.

Do you have a favorite camping spot near Glen Burnie? Share it with us below.

Jun 14

Defensive Driving Tips for Staying Safe on the Road

Defensive Driving Tips for Staying Safe on the Road | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDWhat is defensive driving? The answer is right there in the name – to be prepared to defend yourself while you drive. While we can’t control the reckless behavior of other drivers on the road, we can control our own driving habits, and by being on the lookout for potential driving hazards, we can prevent collisions before they happen. Here’s some defensive driving tips you should keep in mind.

Focus

Don’t let your attention slip away to other things. Eating behind the wheel and texting are big no-nos, but you should even be cautious about looking down at the radio. This allows you to react quickly in emergencies.

Watch Other Drivers

People will switch lanes without turning on their turn signal, hover in your blind spot, cut you off at a stop sign, and all sorts of risky behaviors, but by keeping an eye on them and being ready to slow down or avoid someone, you can stay safe.

Don’t Speed and Leave a Space Between Other Cars

Tailgating is dangerous because at any moment someone could slam their brakes, resulting in a collision. Make sure you can at least see the bottom of the tires of the car in front of you. Make sure to follow speed limits, too.

Follow these defensive driving tips to keep yourself and other drivers safer on the road. Remember, you can’t always depend on other drivers!

Jun 14

Easy Car Maintenance You Can Do At Home

Performing easy car maintenance at home can save you money in the long run. Here’s some examples.

Air Filter

Easy Car Maintenance You Can Do At Home | JBA Mitsubishi | Glen Burnie, MDPossibly the easiest on the list, changing your air filter should only take about ten minutes. Look for the air filter casing, open it up, remove the old filter, and replace it with the new one in the same position the old was in.

Windshield Wipers

Changing your wipers is also a quick and easy job. Lift your old blades off the windshield and remove them by pressing the detachable tab on their underside, then attach the new ones.

Oil and Oil Filter

This one’s a little more complicated, but still easy. Drain the old oil into a pan under your vehicle and, while you’re waiting for the oil to drain, change your oil filter. Then, simply replace the oil plug and refill the oil cap with the new oil.

Battery Maintenance

Make sure to remove the battery terminals, removing the negative cable first. Then, clean corrosion off the posts, rinse, and dry with a rag, then replace the terminals.

Changing Exterior Lights

Another super-simple one, all you have to do is purchase new light bulbs, remove the casing for the old bulb, and install the new one. While you’re at it, you may want to clean the inside of the light casing, too.

It can be fun to learn how to do easy car maintenance yourself. It saves you a lot of time that you’d spend running to your local repair shop.

May 19

Summer Car Maintenance to Prepare for Vacation

Summer Car Maintenance
Ah, summer! What’s the first thing you think of when you picture “summer”? Is it cookouts on the grill, bonfires, or long roadtrips with your friends or family to a relaxing vacation at the beach? If that last option is on your list of plans within the next few months, there’s something you should consider before you start focusing on packing your luggage or who’s going to watch the family pet – your car! You should plan to do some summer car maintenance before you set out on the open road.

  • Keep yourself AND your car cool: Before you head out on any sweltering summer adventures, make sure both your air conditioning and your car’s cooling system are in working order.

  • Take care of your engine: Change your oil on time and have your engine inspected by a pro. If your engine goes, the whole car goes.

  • Check your tires: Hot pavement and friction can do a number on your tires. Rotate them often, make sure they’re properly inflated, and check the tread depth before you go.

  • Maintain your brakes: It’s important to listen to your breaks; if there’s any squealing, grinding, or otherwise weird noises, you should probably check them.

  • Prepare for summer thunderstorms: Don’t estimate the power of brand new windshield wipers. Practice driving more defensively and cautiously in the rain, as well.

Summer car maintenance is crucial to having a great, worry-free vacation. Need to have your car serviced before you go? Stop by our service department at JBA Mitsubishi.

May 16

How a Used Car Becomes a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle
So you’re interested in getting a certified pre-owned vehicle. That’s great! There’s a number of benefits to owning a CPO vehicle that make it less of a risk and a better choice than your typical used car. CPO vehicles are guaranteed quality, usually have more recent model years than most used cars for sale, and come with several perks and a warranty that make buying a previously-owned car stress-free. But how, exactly, does a used car become a certified pre-owned vehicle?

Regardless of the company, all CPO vehicles are subjected to a strenuous inspection that involves everything from the external appearance to the mechanical inner workings of the car. Mitsubishi’s CPO program, for example, utilizes a 123-point inspection, in addition to requiring the car to be no older than five years old and to have less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. If a model passes this thorough inspection and repair process, it gets certified and comes with perks like the best warranty in the business, 24-hour Roadside Assistance, a Vehicle History Report, and more.

Owning a certified pre-owned vehicle takes some of the worrying that goes into the car-buying process off your shoulders and puts it on the manufacturer instead. If you’re interesting in a Mitsubishi CPO vehicle, head over to our dealership here at JBA Mitsubishi and let us introduce you to our inventory of trustworthy, certified used cars.

Apr 20

The History of Mitsubishi and Its Principals

Mitsubishi Motors is celebrating its 100th anniversary since the release of its very first vehicle, the 1917 Mitsubishi Model A. So how has Mitsubishi Motors lasted such a long time? The truth is that Mitsubishi first began in 1870 as a shipping firm and put its foot in as many ponds as possible over the next few decades until it finally dove into auto manufacturing.

History of Mitsubishi

Principals

Today, Mitsubishi is one of the largest companies in Japan—Mitsubishi Bank is the biggest bank in the country, Mitsubishi Corporation the biggest trading company, and so on. Over almost 150 years the company has developed three corporate principals that have let them maintain integrity and social responsibility.

Corporate Responsibility

One of these principals is Corporate Responsibility to Society. This principal focuses on enriching society in everything the company does as well as work to protect and improve the global environment. The second principal is Integrity and Fairness, which is a policy of transparency and openness that allows the company to maintain its integrity and never act unfairly. The third is Global Understanding Through Business, which is all about expanding business with a global perspective.

This commitment to transparency, global expansion, and responsibility to society has let Mitsubishi become a force of nature in business worldwide. For more information on the history of Mitsubishi or our high-quality vehicles, give us a call at JBA Mitsubishi.

Apr 15

How to Test Drive a Car

People test drive cars all the time, but how many of them really know what to look for? Especially if you’re test driving a used car, you want to make sure you’re using that opportunity to make sure that car is totally right for you. Here are some tips on how to test drive a car.

Test Drive

Once you’ve decided on a few cars to test drive to compare notes on, make appointments at the dealership all fairly close together so that they’re fresh in your mind when you make your decision. At the dealership, before you take the car out, look it over thoroughly.

Does it have enough cargo space and seating? If you have kids who will be in the car, bring them with you and have them test out the back seats. Do they fold down easily? All of this is important if you’re going to invest in a vehicle long-term.

Next, drive it. You aren’t just listening for signs of damage or worn parts, though that’s definitely a concern, especially with used cars. You want to listen to the cabin—if it’s quiet or noisy, if you can hear the engine—and get a feel for the way it drives, how far away the controls are from the steering wheel.  If it’s not comfortable or accessible for you, you might want to consider other vehicles. Check the AC and heat, make sure everything is working properly.

These are general guidelines, so check out Car & Driver’s piece on it here, and if you’re looking to take something for a test drive, let our team know at JBA Mitsubishi!

Mar 27

5 Scenic Places in Maryland to Drive Your New Mitsubishi

Scenic Places in Maryland

Gunpowder Falls State Park by Gavin St. Ours

Maryland is far from the largest state but it features some of the most scenic drivers in the world. From vast mountains to historic sites, there’s plenty to do and see, especially when you saved money and got everything you wanted in your new Mitsubishi. Check out these five scenic places in Maryland to drive you new Mitsubishi from us here at JBA Mitsubishi!

  • Blue Crab Scenic Byway – Those in love with water will find the Blue Crab Scenic Byway the perfect trip for them. The path has access to both the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Best of all, it offers a perfect view no matter the season!
  • Falls Road – Country and city combine along Falls Road, a scenic route that’s bound to help you get in touch with nature. Hiking paths at Gunpowder Falls State Park are the perfect location to stretch your legs.
  • Mason and Dixon Scenic Byway – Arguably one of the most well-known drives in America, the Mason Dixon Scenic Byway stretches just over 100 miles. The route traverses rural parts of the state and offers an intense, natural experience.
  • Antietam Campaign – History buffs will get their fix by traveling along the Antietam Campaign, the prime location for the Battle of Antietam. The bloodiest location of the Civil War offers scenic views, no history knowledge required.
  • Mountain Maryland Byway – Breathtaking views and a thrilling ride come together on the Mountain Maryland Byway. Travel along loops and curves to take in the magnificence that is the Maryland’s western mountains.

Mar 27

What You Need to Know About Tires

What You Need to Know About Tires

Mitsubishi Tires

Properly maintaining your tires is something many drivers don’t think about until there’s a problem. Fortunately, taking a few proper precautions can help significantly improve your ownership experience. Here are a few things you need to know about tires from us here at JBA Mitsubishi.

Proper Tire Inflation

Keeping your tires inflated to the manufacturer-suggested pressure may seem pointless but it comes with a variety of benefits. Drivers who maintain the optimal pressure will experience a smoother ride and better fuel economy. Their tires will also see a longer lifespan, resulting in savings over time.

It pays off to check your tire pressure once a week or so.

Signs You Need New Tires

There are a number of signs you need new tires. First, the penny test, where you place Lincoln’s head into the tire tread, is a great indicator of whether your tires have enough tread for optimal traction. A tire where Lincoln’s head is still showing has less than 2/32-inches of tread, which means you should get a new set of tires.

Tires are often subject to wind, rain, heat, and various other weather conditions. As a result, abnormalities, like cracks, and bulges, can form. Examine your tires weekly for abnormalities. If you spot any, it’s time for a new set of tires.

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