Few things in life are as cryptic as the dreaded “check engine light,” the glowing warning sign that pops up on our vehicle’s dashboard and could be any number of terrifying ailments – or just an issue with the car’s computer. Here are a few reasons why your car may be displaying its check engine light.
Your engine will use extra fuel and potentially damage your catalytic converter and spark plugs if you don’t replace a faulty O2 sensor, which measures the oxygen in your vehicle’s exhaust system.
Mass Airflow Sensor
This sensor measures the amount of air entering the engine and determines how much fuel to use. If this needs to be replaced, it could damage the oxygen sensor and catalytic converter.
A malfunctioning catalytic converter can cause the check engine light to come on. Usually caused by neglected maintenance, damage to your catalytic converter results in more carbon monoxide emissions and poor fuel economy.
Your spark plugs may need to be replaced, or there could be an issue with your plug wires. This can cause reduced performance or clog your catalytic converter.
If broken, missing, or loose, the check engine light may come on for a simple gas cap.
These are the top five most common reasons why your check engine light may flip on. Thankfully, most of them are an easy fix. If you need help servicing your vehicle, stop by Biggers Mitsubishi.
As you have probably heard, we will be saying “Bon Voyage” when the last Mitsubishi Lancer rolls off production lines in August, as Mitsubishi will be discontinuing the cult classic car in favor of an SUV strategy. While we at Nissan of Lumberton are sad to see the Lancer go, we’ve recently learned that Mitsubishi will offer a final 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Limited Edition to say goodbye.
According to The News Wheel, the special edition Lancer will slot right above the ES trim (the Lancer’s base model) and will boast a number of unique features, such as black painted exterior finished on the upper front grille garnish, roof, door mirrors, fender garnish, and the 16-inch wheels. The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Limited Edition will also feature a sunroom and special badging.
Inside, the Lancer Limited Edition model will get unique black fabric and red stitching for the door trim, arm rest, steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake. Other design elements include the gloss black finishing, black headliner, and aluminum pedals, while tech features include Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility via the 6.5-inch Display Audio System.
“The Lancer has a long-standing tradition of providing consumers unparalleled value at an attractive price, so it was only fitting we pay tribute to the sedan with a Limited Edition trim offering,” remarked Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Mitsubishi Motors North America. “With the addition of updated styling and advanced technology features, the Limited Edition Lancer is set to appeal to consumers who prioritize aesthetics and enjoy a connected car experience.”
The new 2017 Lancer Limited Edition is available now! Stop by Biggers Mitsubishi for a test drive today.
Each year, Kelley Blue Book offers a series of awards, all of which are considered extremely prestigious in the auto industry. One of the award series the website offers is the KBB.com Most Affordable Cars in different categories. This year, Mitsubishi won several spots in the 10 Most Affordable New Cars category and the 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles.
The Mitsubishi Outlander didn’t just make the 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles list, it topped it, making it the most affordable three-row vehicle you can buy. Seven-passenger SUVs typically require a much higher cost than smaller cars, which can put a strain on families who need extra space—but the Outlander is priced around the same as full-size sedans and small SUVs, making it much more accessible for the average American family.
The Mitsubishi Mirage made the 10 Most Affordable New Cars list in 7th place, after being named the most affordable car to lease based on a study by Growella and winning multiple most affordable awards since it was first released in 2014 for the 2015 model year. The Mirage is one of the lowest-priced vehicles on the market and is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle in America. It also offers lots of features and technologies, which make it an even better value.
Find out more about these super affordable vehicles today and give us a call at Biggers Mitsubishi!
At the end of 2016, Mitsubishi rolled out a fun new ad campaign featuring children talking about the safety features in the Mitsubishi Outlander. The “Kids Talk Safety” campaign was intended to highlight all of the family-friendly capabilities standard in the 2017 Outlander in order to appeal to modern-day moms and dads looking for something that will keep their kids safe. Mitsubishi is being recognized for the campaign as a finalist for the 2017 WOMMY Awards
What are the WOMMY Awards? Every year, WOMMA – or “Word of Mouth Marketing Association” – honors brands and agencies behind the best social media and word of mouth marketing campaigns. Mitsubishi had already won the 2017 Driving Engagement Award when it drew the attention of the people behind WOMMA for the brand’s honest commitment towards safety and family values.
While the “Kids Talk Safety” campaign did make the finals, it did not end up taking home the gold. Goodroom won the top award for its Break-Up Insurance campaign, while the silver went to Singapore Tourism Board for its Lyft of a Lifetime ad. However, Mitsubishi is the Bronze Winner, cementing its place among the top three. If you’re interested in the safety features the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander offers to families, come check it out at Biggers Mitsubishi.
If you’ve never put much thought into your tires, you probably have all-season tires. But you may have heard people talk about swapping their tires out for different seasons. The reason for this is because winter road conditions are different and often more hazardous than road conditions the rest of the year. You may not have heard the term “summer tires,” but the name “three-season tires” is likely more accurate, as you’re supposed to have summer tires the rest of the year that you’re not using winter tires. But should you have summer tires or all-season tires? What’s the difference?
All-season tires rose to prominence in the 70s as a marketing ploy to attract buyers who didn’t want to spend extra time and money getting their tires swapped twice a year. However, how all-season tires are made can be concerning; manufacturers reduce the tire’s ability to grip wet roads in order to improve its traction in snow. As a result, you get a tire that’s kind of good at handling in all road conditions, but may slip up in extreme weather.
Overall, swapping your all-season tires out for summer and winter tires is the safer option. However, all-season tires can save you some cash if you live in a milder area without extreme weather. If you have more questions about whether you should choose summer tires or all-season tires, don’t hesitate to call our service department here at Biggers Mitsubishi.
Sometimes less is more, and such is proving to be the case as Mitsubishi narrows their focus onto their Outlander lineup. These sophisticated SUVs have quite a bold presence in their class, and are proving to be worth the time and attention that the Mitsubishi name is putting towards them.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in particular is proving to be a best-selling choice for small families and those looking for a versatile performance. As the smaller version of the Outlander, the 2017 Outlander Sport is more compact and thus easier to maneuver in crowded city driving or tight parking spaces, and is also exceptionally efficient at 30 mpg highway*. Even so, the Outlander Sport still gives a powerful performance.
Mitsubishi’s 2017 Outlander lineup gets updates across the board, with improvements in handling, design, and technologies. The Outlander Sport now features elegant details like LED taillights, a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and 18-inch alloy wheels, all of which help this vehicle to both stand apart from its competitors and its earlier iterations.
If you’re ready to take a closer look at one of the best compact SUVs on the market, and a favorite among Mitsubishi fans everywhere, stop by Biggers Mitsubishi today to set up a test drive in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
*EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.
Whether you’re setting out on your road trip tomorrow or you aren’t going until July, it’s never too early or too late to implement some helpful hacks into your agenda to reduce your stress levels. Here are some of our favorite road trip tips.
First of all, you want to keep yourself and your passengers entertained on the drive, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Pre-load your mobile devices with apps, games, and videos—unless your car has a mobile hotspot, in which case you don’t have to worry about it.
Check out books for the kids and audiobooks for you to listen to on the drive from your local library. Another way to keep kids occupied is to get a map that will span your whole trip, laminate it, and have your kids follow along with marker so they can see your progress.
Keep your car clean and organized with easy food storage tricks, like keeping celery or pretzels in a half-empty jar of peanut butter, putting dry snacks in old coffee creamer bottles, and using a plastic cereal container as a small trashcan.
You should also download apps that will make your trip easier, like the SitOrSquat app that helps you find clean places to use the restroom and GasBuddy, which compares area gas prices and helps you find the cheapest ones.
These are just a few hacks to improve your road trip—find even more here. And if you’re looking for the perfect summer road trip car, stop by Biggers Mitsubishi today!
Chicago is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and there’s always something going on. If you’re planning a visit for spring break or live here and are looking for something to do this weekend, check out these things to do in Chicago in April.
Coming up the weekend of the 23rd is C2E2, one of the most popular comic book conventions in the country. The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo features panels by major industry publishers like Marvel and DC as well as merchandise, costume contests, and more.
Sunday April 23 will see WingFest, which will be held by Time Out Chicago at Deuce’s and the Diamond Club, where they’ll be showing the Cubs game, so you can eat a huge variety of wings without missing it!
At the end of the month on April 30, check out the Chicago Humanities Festival, where writers, politicians, and artists will show off their works. It also boasts programs on a variety of topics like photography by black artists and clean water, in addition to a talk by Caitlyn Jenner.
These are just a few of the events going on in the second half of April, so check out the events page for more! We’re wishing you a great April from everyone at Biggers Mitsubishi.
Having a well-prepared first aid kit can help ward off problems that could potentially ruin a road trip. There are dozens of items to pack, but odds are you don’t need every single one. Having the essential items in your first aid kit is the important part. Here’s a quick list of items to put in your car’s first aid kit from us here at Biggers Mitsubishi!
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- Blanket/Clothes – Having an extra set of clothes is particularly important, especially if you plan on getting dirty to begin with. Drivers in colder climates will benefit from warm clothes and a blanket in the even that they break down on the side of the road. An extra set of clothes could also help in non-emergency situations as well.
- Flashlight and Batteries – Getting caught in the dark isn’t ideal for anyone, especially if you have a problem with your vehicle’s charging system. Stow a flashlight and extra batteries, just in case. Being able to see and signal a passing car for help is essential for any modern driver.
- Medical Supplies – Patching up a small wound, even temporarily, could stave off an emergency until you reach a doctor. Include gauze, bandages, pain relievers, and hand sanitizer in your first aid kit in case someone does get injured on the road.
Mitsubishi has been teasing a new SUV since January and now it’s finally arrived! The Japanese automaker showed off the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at the Geneva Motor Show. The Eclipse Cross boasts a sporty, streamlined design and is a prime example of just what Mitsubishi’s designers are capable of.
While it bears the name of the automaker’s discontinued sports car, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will have a slot between the Outlander Sport and Outlander models. We first saw the Eclipse Cross in the form of the XR-PHEV Concept in 2013.
The all-new SUV boasts a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission that churns out 160 hp. Drivers can also opt for a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission instead. That engine, along with a PHEV powertrain, will launch later on.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will come with four-wheel drive and Active Yaw Control, a performance feature that launched on the Lancer Evolution sedan.
The interior brings a screen on the dash with a head-up display and touchpad controller. The new SUV also features 60/40 split rear seats and an interior appointed with silver and black accents.
We here at Biggers Mitsubishi can’t wait for the arrival of the new Eclipse Cross!