1800 N Federal Hwy Delray Beach, FL 33483 561-257-5402

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO CAR SERVICE


Your vehicle is a pretty important aspect of your life. It takes you from point A to point B, creates family fun memories, and gives the satisfaction of ownership. It is crucial that you take special care of your valuable possessions. Staying on top of your vehicle’s maintenance improves your car’s safety, betters your reliability and performance, and prevents you from costly repairs! To keep your vehicle in tip-top shape, follow our comprehensive 3 step car service guide!

  • Routinely Inspect Your Vehicle – Getting through your car maintenance is actually quite simple! Most of the stuff you can do yourself from home. Check out the parts and components of your vehicle that are already one step off the checklist.  This includes taking a look at fuel economy, oil levels, cleaning the brake dust off of your wheels, checking tire pressure, checking tread depth, making sure all of your lights are working, and ensuring everything under the hood looks appropriate.
  • Become Familiar With Your Light Indicators – Knowing the different lights will save you from a worsening service situation. Here’s a few and their meaning.
  • Check Engine Light: This light typically indicates an issue with the components of your vehicle’s motor that contains sensors attached to and monitored by your vehicle’s OBD-II interface. There are over 400 codes that may trigger your check engine light. If you don’t have an OBD scanner, ask a professional to do it for you.
  • Service Engine Light: This light indicates a past due or upcoming maintenance your vehicle may need. Your vehicle’s manual may provide the meaning of this light indicator.
  • ABS Warning Light: If this light indicator shows up you need to take your vehicle to the nearest automotive shop as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis. This light indicates that there is an issue with your anti-lock braking system that keeps your vehicle stable and in control in sudden stops.
  • Coolant Warning Light: This means your vehicle is overheating! Pull over until your vehicle cools down. Do NOT attempt to open the radiator cap until your vehicle has cooled down given that the cooling system is highly pressurized.
  • Track Your Vehicle’s Maintenance With Technology – There are plenty of apps where you can stay up to date on your car service and maintenance right from the palm of your hand! These apps allow you access to everything including service records, upcoming maintenance, mileage history, and a lot more convenient features. Here is a list of apps to use: aCar, AutoCare, Car Maintenance Reminder, Car Minder Plus, and Road Trip!

Making sure your vehicle is running properly and effectively is quite easy. If you’re not sure how to take action on a car service issue that may arise, check your manual or ask a professional. Visit the Delray Mitsubishi full service center for the best team of car service pros on your next maintenance or service check. We offer outstanding prices and guaranteed customer service satisfaction! Click on our homepage for dealer information!

THE TIRE DILEMMA ARE RUN-FLAT TIRES WORTH IT


Flat tires are unquestionably the biggest burden, especially because they tend to happen unexpectedly. You’re stuck with the options of waiting endlessly for roadside assistance or doing the dirty work yourself and changing the spare if you’re lucky to have one hanging around in your trunk.

There is a possible solution, we introduce to you the run-flat tire. Also known as 0-pressure tires, have the magic of supporting the strenuous weight of your vehicle within a 100 mile radius of your stopped destination of which is hopefully the repair shop! As awesome as it sounds, there is still a dilemma about these “perfect” solution tires.

According to Edmunds, these run-flat tires are standard on 14% of vehicles. These numbers recently doubled in the past decade but have unfortunately hit a hard steady stop with consistent numbers of 13-14%. They’re most common in the following brands: BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini Cooper, and Cadillac.

The Run-Flat Tire Pros

  • The Ability To Drive On A Flat Tire: The overall benefit that comes with the run-flat tire is the ability to continue driving up to a 100 miles after all the air has left the tire. This means you get to keep your clothes clean and stay inside your vehicle without worrying about waiting a decade for roadside assistance. After your tire has run out of air, it is important that you reduce your driving speed to no more than 50 mph for your safety. The owner’s manual will have precise figures for each tire/vehicle application.
  • Improved Stability After A Blowout: Given that this tire technology has the ability to support the the car after a tire has no air, a sudden blowout or deflation will result in a decreased weight transfer and tread destabilization. Steering and handling will continue to be fairly normal.
  • Decreased Vehicle Weight: Theoretically speaking, the weight of your vehicle will go down thanks to not having to have the spare wheel and tire repair tools.
 

The Run-Flat Tire Cons

  • No Spare Tire
  • Blowouts Are Still Possible: The driver needs to be attentive at all times. It is imperative that you do not drive past the 100 mile range or over the recommended 50mph speed.
  • Difficult To Be Aware Of Low Air Pressure: The sidewalls lose the ability to bulge when the air pressure is low given to a harsher construction when run-flat tires are used. A low tire  pressure system is recommended in order to be alert of your tire pressure to prevent a flat.
  • Run-Flat Tires Are More Expensive To Replace
For more information about your run-flat tires, visit or contact Delray Mitsubishi! Our team of experts has all the answers to your questions!
Text Us