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Top 10 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Car

Every driver wants a car that lasts a long time. Make your car last longer by checking your motor oil, parking in the shade, and keeping it clean.

Your car is one of your most valuable possessions. It’s also something on which you heavily depend. Nowadays, people keep their vehicles longer before trading them in or upgrading, due in part to car loans with longer payment plans. Therefore, it’s more important than ever to maintain your car properly, so it will last as long as possible with the fewest repairs.

Here are 10 relatively simple ways to extend your vehicle’s life:

1. Tend to minor repairs in a timely manner: Whether you’ve noticed your car is pulling to one side or there’s a slight hum when you turn on the air conditioning, these little issues can become big ones when left unattended. Take care of these problems at your earliest convenience to prevent further – and more costly – damage to your car down the road.

2.  Keep up with oil changes: Oil is essential to the proper operation of your engine. When oil levels are low or the oil is old and grimy, however, there is added friction between the moving parts that will eventually cause wear and tear to the engine. Have your oil changed regularly according to the schedule recommended in your owner’s manual – usually every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES 2.0

This is another great new vehicle option available at Little Joe’s Auto’s at 1601 S. Military Hwy. Chesapeak, VA 23320.  Come by and check out our entire inventory of new and previously owned vehicles.

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander – The Pros

1. Huge Interior Size

If you’re looking for something that isn’t as bulky as a full-size SUV but can still fit a lot of passengers, then the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is a good choice. With three rows of seats, it can fit up to seven passengers. Though the last row of seats is generally meant for children or smaller passengers, it can still fit adults if need be.

2. Plug-in Hybrid Model Available

An enticing new model arrives for the 2018 year. This is a plug-in hybrid, meaning that you won’t have to spend nearly as much money on gas as you would with any other crossover vehicle or full-size SUV. Though its starting price is more expensive, considering the gas savings may make this a worthwhile consideration.

3. Strong Engine

The standard engine in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine that gives a solid 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. This is quite strong for a mid-size crossover. However, the upgraded trims offer even bigger engines. The GT trim with all-wheel drive offers a 224-hp, 215 lb-ft V6 engine with a whopping 3 liters.

4. Solid Acceleration

The aforementioned 3-liter, 224-hp V6 engine accelerates quite fast for a large car. This bigger engine can get to 60 miles per hour in under 10 seconds, a fast time for a vehicle of this size. The acceleration is also quite smooth, with no hiccups or any feeling that the car is straining.

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2018 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

This vehicle has received stellar reviews across the board. Here is some more positivity about this automobile. Currently featured as a new car option at Little Joe’s Mitsubishi

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage – The Pros

1. The CVT Offers Excellent Fuel Economy

If fuel economy is important to you, opt for the CVT over the 5-speed manual transmission. Equipped with the CVT, the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is able to get a whopping 39 combined mpg. However, if you do want the manual transmission, it still gets a respectable 36 combined mpg.

2. The Warranty Coverage

Mitsubishi offers a rather generous warranty coverage on the Mirage. The basic warranty is a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty. In addition, there are a 7-year/100,000-mile rust warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Not bad for an economy vehicle!

3. Affordably Priced

We cannot ignore the price aspect of the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage. While it might be worth it to spend a little more on a slightly more powerful and better-crafted vehicle, the Mirage has one of the lowest starting MSRPs of any new vehicle hitting the market this year. This is likely going to draw the attention of those who are shopping on a budget yet want something brand-new.

4. Standard Features on the Base Trim

The base ES trim has a good amount of desirable features, some of which you cannot find as standard features on other base trims. The ES has full power accessories, a lovely 7-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. The addition of the rearview camera is especially pleasant since some makers of higher-priced vehicles have yet to make it standard equipment across their lineups.

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How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

You rely on your car’s battery to start your car every time you turn the key. Whether you are driving to work or just hitting the road for a day of fun, you need to know that your battery is up to the job. Unfortunately, batteries don’t last forever, and even new car batteries will eventually need to be replaced.

How long should the battery in your vehicle last? The answer isn’t always straightforward, and in many cases, it isn’t as long as drivers think it should be.

Car Battery Lifespan and What Causes Batteries to Fail

The average life expectancy of a car battery is three years or so, but there are several factors that can have an impact on that estimate. Even under the most ideal conditions, chemical reactions cause batteries to break down, and your vehicle will likely need a new battery within a few years.

Though car battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity. Heat can also decrease a battery’s lifespan significantly. Hot weather causes liquids inside batteries to evaporate as well as internal damage. This can occur whether you are driving or if the car is parked. The magazine recommends that vehicle owners in hotter parts of the country have their car battery tested after two years of ownership and then every year after. Those who live in colder areas can wait four years after buying a car to test performance and capacity, then every year after.

“Heat kills car batteries,” according to John Banta, a Consumer Reports project leader and part of the team that tests batteries for the magazine. “Many times in cold climates, your battery fails to start your car on a below-freezing day. The reason this happens is that the heat of the past summers has weakened your battery. When you use it in the cold, the starter requires more electrical current to turn over the cold engine with its thickened oil.”

Leaving your car parked or stored for long periods of time can also lead to a dead battery that you will need to recharge before heading out for a drive.

Testing a battery’s performance and reserve (or amp-hour) capacity is not just a matter of seeing whether it will hold a charge (or checking the electric eye found on some batteries to see if it is green), so testing is best done by an auto technician at a repair shop. A professional can also determine if any problems you are having may be caused by something else, like your battery terminals or alternator. If a bad battery is the culprit, your mechanic will help you choose and install an appropriate replacement.

https://www.cars.com/articles/2013/03/how-long-does-a-car-battery-in-a-new-car-last/

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How Often Should Tires/Wheels Be Balanced?

Smooth driving is a balancing act that requires getting the wheels and tires to spin at high speeds without vibrations. That’s not a slam dunk; a dirty little secret about car wheels and tires is that they usually aren’t perfectly round, even when brand new. What’s more, their weight often isn’t evenly distributed, so they’re heavier in some spots than others.

Either issue can cause annoying vibrations. Out-of-balance tires can also cause rapid tire or suspension wear, so it’s not just about ride comfort.

That is why when new tires are mounted on wheels, mechanics spin-balance them to detect and eliminate vibrations before mounting them on the car. Some vibrations can be eliminated by rotating the tire on the wheel so the heavy or high spot is in a different location that better matches up with the wheel. Small weights are attached to the rims with adhesives or clips to counteract the heavy spots and provide a smooth ride. Over time, though, the wheel weights can fall off. If that happens to a front wheel, you may feel vibrations through the steering wheel that typically become more pronounced as vehicle speed increases. Vibrations from an imbalanced tire can also be felt through the floorboards.

Many tire dealers include free lifetime rotation and tire balancing with new tires (something you should ask about before buying). Tire rotation is when the tires are removed and reattached at a different position on the vehicle to ensure they wear evenly, which should be done as regular maintenance according to the automaker’s recommendation, every 5,000 to 7,500 miles on most vehicles.

Many consumers neglect the balancing part and have their tires rotated only periodically. If balancing was included with your tires, it would be wise to remind the shop to check the balance at the same time. Even if balancing costs extra, it’s a good idea to have it checked at least every two years, or more often in areas where roads are not well-maintained.

Vibrations can also be caused by a bent wheel, a damaged tire (which won’t be fixed by balancing), worn suspension parts or worn wheel bearings, so wheel and tire balancing may not eliminate all vibrations.

Tires and wheels are balanced before being attached to the vehicle by spinning them on a machine that identifies heavier or stiffer spots that cause vibrations. Some tire dealers and repair shops balance tires on “road force” machines that simulate the weight and forces applied to tires and wheels during driving conditions. They say this method detects tire imperfections and provides more accurate and detailed readings that allow more precise wheel balancing.

https://www.cars.com/articles/how-often-should-tireswheels-be-balanced-1420681259118/

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How Often Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

The recommended intervals for changing brake fluid are all over the board depending on the manufacturer, from as often as every two years to actually never. Wait, never? Really, never.

For example, Chevrolet calls for a brake fluid change on most models every 45,000 miles, but Honda says to do it every three years regardless of the vehicle’s mileage. Three years is also the recommended interval for most Volkswagens, but Mercedes-Benz vehicles typically call for fresh fluid every two years or 20,000 miles. In contrast, on the Ford Escape, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Camry and other models from those manufacturers, there are no recommendations for replacing the brake fluid, only instructions to inspect it periodically.

This leaves it up to the owner to consult what the manufacturer says in their car’s maintenance schedule and rely on the advice of a trusted repair shop.

Brake fluid lives in a sealed system and can survive for years, but moisture from the surrounding air can work its way in through hoses and other parts of the brake system. If your brake fluid has become dirty or contaminated, it can change how your brake system operates — brake pedal feel can be affected, as can heat dissipation in repeated stops. Water in the brake lines lowers the boiling point of the fluid, so stopping ability can diminish in hard stops as heat in the system increases. In addition, over time the moisture can cause internal corrosion in the brake lines, calipers, the master cylinder and other components.

Flushing and replacing brake fluid might cost $100 or less on many vehicles, but replacing rusted brake lines, brake calipers and other brake parts can run several hundreds of dollars, so clearly there’s value in keeping up with maintenance. As a rule of thumb, it’s wise to have the brake fluid inspected and tested for moisture content every few years, and no more than every five if you live in a high-humidity area. Drivers living in areas that get winter weather should also inspect their brake system frequently, as salt and other contaminants can get into the brake fluid.

You might be able to tell it’s time for a change by looking to see if the fluid is still fresh in the brake fluid reservoir, usually sitting on top of the master cylinder under the hood of your vehicle. Brake fluid is often light brown in color, and in some vehicles it’s clear (at least when new) but will darken with age, becoming murky from water contamination. A better way is to have it tested by a professional for moisture and see what they recommend. Oftentimes you can have this service performed at the same place that performs a rapid oil change. Since the technician is already poking around under the hood, it’s easy for them to take a sample and inspect all of your vehicle’s fluids.

https://www.cars.com/articles/how-often-do-i-need-to-change-my-brake-fluid-1420680336417/

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