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Staying Alert to the Signs of Starter Failure Can Reap Great Benefits

Here at our conveniently located facility, our Mitsubishi service technicians enjoy helping drivers to spot signs of car trouble. One area that is of great concern to drivers of every vehicle is trouble with the starter motor. Among other things, a well-functioning starter enables vehicle operators to start and operate their vehicles at the times of their choosing. As such, it is of key importance for vehicle owners to keep their starters in shape.

To this end, it can be useful for vehicle owners to have knowledge about some commonly seen starter issues.  

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Basic Car Battery Shopping Guide

Although there are many batteries available for cars, some products may not provide enough power for demanding routines. In this guide, you'll learn how to pick a suitable battery for your automobile.

Every battery has valuable details in its description. When reviewing the labels, look for any description that highlights high-performance components. A high-performance battery is somewhat expensive; however, it's worth the cost because the cells provide long-lasting power. 

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Take Care of Your Radiator to Prevent Overheating

Summer is hot, but your car doesn't need to run hot. In fact, an overheating engine can lead to serious, long-term damage to your car. Experts say it is cheaper and easier to prevent overheating.

There are components that make up the radiator and cooling system. It's good to know about them, their functions and servicing them. The radiator has a core surrounded by cooling fins. Coolant flows through the core while air passes through the fins. Heat is released through the fins, keeping your vehicle's temperature at a proper level. 

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You Might Need New Wiper Blades

When you are driving in a storm with the rain really coming down, you soon realize just how important it is to have a good set of wiper blades. Without them, you wouldn't be able to see anything. Wiper blades need to be changed every so often so that you will always have a clear path to see.

One of the signs that you need new wiper blades is smearing on the windshield when the wipers are attempting to clear the rain. The blades shouldn't make any streaks. Wipers that are going bad may also make a chattering…

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3 Factors That Determine How Often You Should Wash Your Vehicle

How good your vehicle looks is as important to us at Valley Imports Mitsubishi as to how well it runs. We want you to get the most enjoyment out of your car, truck, or SUV for years to come, and that includes a lustrous and shiny paint job that still looks as showroom fresh as the day you bought it.

While most auto detailing shops recommend washing your vehicle once a week, it may not be enough. Below are a few guidelines to consider to help you decide how often you should wash your vehicle. 

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Take Care of Car Errors Before it Gets Too Hot

One thing that you need to know about your vehicle is that in many cases, any errors that the vehicle has in its performance are going to be aggravated in the hotter season. Therefore, you are going to have to make sure that you take care of your vehicle before it gets very hot.

One of the issues you have to watch out for is the hard starts. If your vehicle is having a hard time starting up, then you are going to have to take it to a mechanic in order to get it looked at and corrected. 

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Tips for Dealing with a Vehicle Crash

Emotions run high in the minutes following an accident. When you get into any kind of fender bender, it’s important to remain calm. At Valley Imports Mitsubishi, we recommend doing a few things.

Take photos, talk to the other driver, and move your vehicle so it isn’t blocking traffic. If your vehicle cannot be driven away, be sure to contact a tow company. You will have to report the accident to the police regardless of whether there have been injuries. If there are injuries, an ambulance will be dispatched. Information needs to be shared between drivers, too, including…

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The Importance of Using the Right Oil for Your Vehicle

The fuel economy of your vehicle is influenced by oil. However, you want to do more than just have your oil changed every scheduled time. You also want to make sure that the type of oil you are using is the recommended one for the vehicle you are driving.

If you are using oil other than what is recommended by the manufacturer, then you are going to very likely lower the fuel economy. Therefore, you want to know what the manufacturer recommends for motor oil. After all, the recommendations have been made based on the tests and observations they made…

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Can You Use Your Phone While Driving When You Have the Android Auto System?

One of the confusing facts about the Android Auto System is that you cannot take your smartphone off the Android Auto System and use it for a separate application. When you plug in your smartphone to the dash to access the Android Auto System, you surrender the phone to that system. If you remove it from the car’s system, then all the information that is coming through your phone disappears.

These factors remain in place wherever you are driving, whether in our city or out in the country.  

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How Move Over Laws are Keeping First Responders Safer

When you’re driving down the road, do you know what the Move Over laws are in the area that you're traveling? At Valley Imports Mitsubishi, we’re trying to get the word out so that you can be sure to move over when you see an emergency vehicle.

The Move Over laws vary by state. However, the basic concept is that if you see an emergency vehicle stopped on or on the side of the road, you move to a different lane. By doing so, you give them more room to work so that they don’t risk…

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