How to Identify Leaking Fluids

If you notice something dripping underneath your car, you need to figure out what it is as soon as possible to keep your car from becoming even more seriously damaged. Here are some ways to identify leaking fluids from your car.

Color, smell, texture, and even taste are all characteristics that can help you figure out what a fluid is. Engine oil, for example, ranges from light brown to black in color, depending on when it was last changed, and it feels oily to the touch. You can identify the smell by pulling out the dipstick and comparing.

Transmission fluid can be mistaken for engine oil if it’s brown or black, though newer transmission fluid may be pink or red. It also feels slippery to the touch. Power steering fluid is a reddish brown, also easy to confuse with transmission and engine oil, but its consistency is thinner.

Brake fluid is easily identified by its clear or light amber color that looks similar to vegetable oil. Coolant is nearly always bright green or red and usually has a sweet smell, though in recent years the formula for the smell has been changed to keep dogs from eating it.

If you notice plain water dripping from your car, don’t worry about it—it’s most likely dripping condensation from your climate control system.  As always, contact our service department with any questions!

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Thanksgiving Driving Tips

Thanksgiving is the most traffic-heavy holiday of the entire year, partly because it isn’t a big vacation holiday like Christmas so everyone is out on the day of. Thanksgiving driving means major road congestion in addition to potentially slick roads, a car full of precariously packed food, and the usual holiday stress, so follow these tips for a safer drive.

Distraction is the enemy of safe driving, especially on busy roads. If you need directions to where you’re going, have a passenger navigate or put your GPS in clear view so you don’t have to look away from the road to check the directions. And seriously, do not text.

Don’t let holiday frustration get the best of you. Easier said than done, sure, but heavy traffic is not where you want to get impatient and make a stupid mistake. Getting somewhere on time is never as important as getting there alive.

Unfortunately, when you’re driving on a holiday, other drivers will be just as frustrated and distracted and impatient, so you have to account for their actions even more than you usually do. Be extra vigilant at intersections and exits where you could get cut off.

Otherwise, drive slowly, be cautious, and brake and accelerate gradually, and you’ll have a much safer trip!

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Four West Virginia State Parks to Visit this Summer

Did you know that West Virginia is home to over 50 state parks and forests just waiting to be explored this summer? Your next daytrip, weekend excursion, or full-fledged vacation may be mere miles down the road. Check out four of our favorite West Virginia state parks, all less than an hour from Mountaineer Mitsubishi in Beckley, WV.

 

  1. Little Beaver State Park: Just 15 minutes from Beckley, Little Beaver is home to a variety of outdoor activities. An 18-acre lake stands in the center of the park, where visitors can fish, canoe, or kayak. Visitors can picnic, hike, and bike their way through the park’s many trails.
  2. Twin Falls State Park: Take a short ride to Twin Falls, less than 40 minutes outside of Beckley, boasting a lodge, cottages, campsites, and an 18-hole golf course. Guests are able to hike one (or more!) of the park’s twelve trails, go swimming in the pool, or visit the Pioneer Farm, a restored living history 1830s homestead.
  3. Plum Orchard Lake: About a half-hour from Beckley rests Plum Orchard Lake, spanning over 200 acres. The lake has 6.5 half miles of shoreline and, with a maximum depth of 40 feet, makes for good fishing and boating. Hunting is allowed at Plum Orchard Lake, a wildlife management area, where deer, wild turkey, and squirrel abound.
  4. Pipestem Resort State Park: Drive 55 minutes southeast of Beckley and arrive at Pipestem Resort, where you can stay at one of two lodges, rent a cottage, camp, golf, and more. Park visitors can see West Virginia plant and animal life in the Nature Center, participate in weekly resort activities, fish in Long Branch Lake, and hike the numerous trails throughout the park.

 

Whether you head to a state park near or far this summer, remember to take advantage of the many attractions West Virginia has to offer, including those local to Beckley. Need a new set of wheels to get you there? Make a stop at Mountaineer Mitsubishi and let us give you a hand. Happy trails!

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Pack your family up in the Mitsubishi and visit one of these great West Virginia state parks!

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2018: Mitsubishi Montero Return?

Mitsubishi is unleashing a couple new models in the United States market to keep its sales on the rise. One of the models is the refreshed Outlander Sport, which we’ve known about for a little while now. The second, however, looks like it will be a long-overdue replacement for the Montero.

Mitsubishi took the Montero off the North American lineup back in 2006, but it’s still available in Europe and Australia. The Mitsubishi Montero replacement in North America will be about the size of its predecessor but thanks to a more modern chassis and use of lightweight materials, it will be several hundred pounds lighter.

The Montero will maintain its off-road capability to appeal to buyers who need an SUV that can tow or head off paved roadways. The head of Mitsubishi Britain, Lance Bradley, stated that the Montero will be a more affordable alternative to the upscale Land Rover LR4. Engine options for the next Montero are looking like a V6 or plug-in hybrid with a turbo four and electric motor.

The Mitsubishi Montero return is scheduled to show up on lots and in showrooms in 2018. Mark your calendars!

We here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi are ecstatic to see a new full size Montero making its way into the Mitsubishi North America lineup!

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Mitsubishi Evo Crossover?

The Lancer Evo is dead after 2015, that’s nothing new, but what may come after is entirely a rumor but interesting nonetheless. After an incredible year of sales in 2014, there’s more room to play with the Mitsubishi lineup. From what we can tell, it looks like the next Evo may very well be a high performance crossover.

Let’s be clear here: the rumor of a Mitsubishi Evo crossover isn’t anything new, but after 2014, it seems all the more likely. The most likely candidate is the Outlander Sport (ASX in the United Kingdom). After the Outlander PHEV brought the automaker a 158% sales increase and a record sales year in the UK, a performance crossover may be the way to go.

Set to compete with the Audi RSQ3 and BMW X2 M, the rumored Evo crossover would roll with a hybrid powertrain and four wheel drive. If this comes to fruition, expect around 300 hp. At this point, it’s all just a rumor and Mitsubishi isn’t committing to anything.

“Ultimately it all comes down to the financial case for it and whether the company has the resources to do it,” said Lance Bradly, head of Mitsubishi UK.

We here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi aren’t sure of anything yet but we’ll keep you updated on the Mitsubishi Evo crossover!

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How to Get Better Fuel Economy

Nobody likes to waste money and nobody likes filling up their car with gas. So, how can you save money and visit the gas station less often? The answer is simple. Just follow these steps to get better fuel economy. Not only will this help you save money and gas, but you’ll also be doing the environment a favor.

  • Drive the speed limit. While we might like to drive with a lead foot sometimes, it really doesn’t get us to our destination significantly faster. By driving the speed limit, you can save fuel and avoid getting a speeding ticket.
  • Get a tune up. Get your oil changed when it should be along with getting other routine preventative maintenance done on your car. This will keep your car running as efficiently as possible.
  • Check your tires. Most new cars come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. If it lets you know your tire pressure is low, don’t wait too long to put air in the tires. This will not only help you drive more efficiently, but tires with too little air can be dangerous.
  • Do not idle. Turn off your car when you’re not actually driving. Idling the engine is a complete waste of gas.

Do you have any other fuel-saving tips to share?

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Mitsubishi Has Chosen Ally as Financial Partner

When it comes to financing your new car purchase, you want to make sure you’re getting the best financial service with the best options. When you purchase a new Mitsubishi, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Mitsubishi has chosen Ally has its preferred financing source.

With this new partnership, Mitsubishi customers will have access to Ally’s comprehensive product lineup, including retail and lease financing, insurance offering, wholesale financing, and more. Ally also offers education and training programs along with a Dealer Service Center that is available seven days a week.

“Ally is committed to the success of our OEM and dealer relationships, and is continually looking for opportunities to strengthen those interactions with premium product offerings, best-in-class service and innovative ideas,” said Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally, in a statement. “We are pleased that Mitsubishi Motors North America has chosen to place its trust in Ally to support its retail sales growth plans and improved customer experience.”

If you have any questions about this new partnership with Ally, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. Our knowledgeable financing associations will be happy to answer all your questions.

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Mitsubishi Lancer Final Edition Headed to Japan and Australia

Earlier this year, Mitsubishi announced that it will be saying a fond farewell to the Lancer model, a compact car that the automaker has been proudly producing for more than 40 years.

The Lancer is going out on a high note, however, with Mitsubishi releasing a final, special edition line of the vehicle, called the “Final Edition.” The automaker had announced that there were to be 1,000 units of this commemorative car headed to Japan, and now they’ve added 150 more for Australia.

It appears that the Final Edition variant will be red, based on these promotional images from Japan. This model is a true tribute to the Lancer, combining the line’s classic styling with small, modern accents.

Will we get any Mitsubishi Lancer Final Edition models here in the United States? We have our fingers crossed. Will you miss the Mitsubishi Lancer? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Tips To Handle Aggressive Drivers

When you get into a potential road rage incident, it can be easy to lose perspective, like any other time anger rears its ugly head. You, or another driver, can forget that your lives at risk. Is anything worth that?

Don’t let anyone pull you down to their level. To help you defuse a potentially dangerous situation, here are a few tips to handle aggressive drivers.

If another driver has become angry at you, they can feed off any sort of interaction. Making eye contact with them, or doing something as silly as a gesture, can quickly and dramatically escalate an already tense situation. It’s best to ignore them.

If the subject of the other driver’s anger is a parking space, tell yourself it’s not worth it. Because it isn’t!

If an angry driver is behind you on a multi-lane highway, resist the urge to participate in their games. Simply wait for a safe opportunity to get over and allow them to pass.

If it’s you who happens to be the one who has gotten all worked up, create a go-to routine when you get stressed. Try driving with the flow of traffic (in the slow lane, so to speak), listening to mellow music, and enjoying the views.

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Mitsubishi Introduces New Design Language with 2016 Outlander

Did you think you had seen all Mitsubishi has to offer? Think again. The automaker is switching it up, with its new design language being featured for the first time on a production vehicle. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander made its grand entrance at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month, and we like what we see.

“The 2016 Outlander has an eye-catching design aesthetic inside and out, and with its long list of engineering upgrades the new Outlander literally looks, drives and feels like an entirely new vehicle, making it an even more compelling value than before,” said Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president, Don Swearingen.

Mitsubishi designers and engineers left no panel unturned and no surface uncovered when it came to enhancing the vehicle. In fact, more than 100 modifications and improvements were made.

The front design of the new Outlander bears the name “Dynamic Shield.” More than an aesthetic, it is designed to better protect the vehicle and its passengers. Inside, even the steering wheel has been redesigned and rear seating reconfigured. Advanced technology is used throughout to make the vehicle safer and more comfortable.

We at Mountaineer Mitsubishi will, of course, be sure to keep you posted on the model’s arrival in our showroom. We can’t wait to get a closer look at the new Mitsubishi.

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