We here at Coronet Mitsubishi want to make your shopping experience as pleasant and trouble-free as possible. To that end, we’ve compiled a short glossary of common finance terms. This list is by no means exhaustive and if you have any questions, feel free to contact our finance department.
Q: Why is routine maintenance is important?
A: Here at Coronet Mitsubishi, we cannot overstate the importance of routine maintenance. By doing certain things now before they actually become a problem, you could potentially save thousands down the road.
Q: When do I need to get routine maintenance done?
A: The easiest answer to this question is to read your owner’s manual. There should be a nicely laid-out chart that shows you exactly what you should get checked and when. This will include things such as oil changes, belt changes, tire rotations, etc. Keep in mind, however, that this schedule is laid out for the average driver. If your normal driving is much heavier, or even lighter, than the recommended service table, you may need to adjust the schedule to fit your needs.
Q: Can I skip routine maintenance?
A: We do not recommend skipping any routine maintenance. You might feel like the costs of routine maintenance can quickly add up, but with routine inspections, we can catch a minor issue before it becomes a major (and more expensive) one.
Q: What is considered routine maintenance?
A: Items such as oil changes, fluid checks, general inspections (tires, belts, lights, etc.), battery checks, windshield wiper replacements, filter replacements, new spark plugs, and tire rotations are common components of routine maintenance. All of these things would not be done at the same time.
Q: How often do I really need an oil change?
A: The standard answer has always been every 3,000 miles or 3 months. However, for many cars that just isn’t true anymore. As technology has developed and engines have become more advanced, this time frame has gotten longer. For example, a 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage only needs an oil change every 7,500 miles or 6 months.
Q: How often should I check the fluids in my car?
A: Check your fluids once a month to make sure they’re at the correct level and don’t seem dirty or smell burnt. If you notice anything odd about your fluids, you’ll want to check for leaks and consider having your oil changed. Change the oil in your car every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Change your transmission fluid every 30,000 miles or so, unless you notice something odd about it.
Q: How do I know if my tire pressure is low?
A: Often you can tell by looking, but it’s good to check occasionally, and in cold weather you’ll want to check the pressure as often as once a week. To check your tire pressure, you can buy your own pressure gauge or just run to the gas station and use the tire refilling station to check the psi.
Q: How often should I change my wiper blades?
A: If you keep your car in a garage, you can probably get away with changing the blades once a year. Cars that stay outside should get new wipers two or three times a year. Fall is a good time to change them, as it precedes the two most precipitous seasons of the year and you want your blades to be fresh and working well.
Q: Why are my brakes squealing?
A: Squealing and grinding noises usually mean your brake pads are wearing down. It’s important to get problems with brakes fixed quickly. The brakes are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, and if they go out it could lead to an accident.
Q: When should I get new tires?
A: When the tread has worn down or is uneven. Try the penny test.
Q: How can I get back on schedule?
A: If you want to get your car back on track, schedule a service appointment today at Coronet Mitsubishi and we’ll make sure you and your car are ready for the road ahead.