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.
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.
Here in Illinois, winter is the harshest time of year, which is why you should be prepared with these winter accessories for your car.
Get your car warm and ready before you step inside with a remote starter. Just a few minutes of warming up and you’ll be ready to go.
If your car doesn’t already come with them, consider getting some seat warmers. They range in price from $20-$100 per seat, but can make your commute so much cozier.
Winter tires are entirely different than all-season tires. They are made with a unique rubber compound that helps them stay soft and pliable even under frigid conditions. In addition, they have unique tread patterns designed to cut through snow and slush.
Heated Wiper Blades
While they may cost more than $100 per set, they won’t get clogged with frozen snow and ice. You won’t have to pull over anymore just to maintain your visibility.
All Season Floor Mats
These heavy-duty rubber mats will help keep your carpeting clean when you’re dragging in all the snow, ice, and salt on your shoes. You can clean them easily with a simple hose down.
If you’re in the market for any of these winter accessories for your car, stop by our parts department here at Biggers Mitsubishi and we can help you out.
Check your tires. Test your brakes.
As the crisp breeze begins to roll off the shores of Lake Michigan, the leaves aren’t the only thing changing—your vehicle’s maintenance needs are changing, too. Lower temperatures bring about a variety of new routine maintenance that should be done before the snow begins to fall. To ensure your vehicle runs smoothly throughout the seasons, here are some fall service tips to keep in mind.
Check your tires. The low temperatures can cause a big dip in tire pressure, since cold temperatures condense air. To ensure your vehicle is running well, check your tire pressure monthly. Also, check the condition of your tires. Look for tears, holes, and tread wear. Getting a tire rotation and wheel alignment is a good idea before cold winter weather sets in.
Top off your fluids. Look into your records to see if it’s time for your car’s routine oil change. Get this done and top off any fluids that may need to be filled after a hot summer, including coolant levels.
Test your brakes. Worn-down brake pads, clogs in the brake line, and low brake fluid are all common problems as the seasons change. It’s important to keep an eye on your brakes, since they are literally a life-saving component of your vehicle.
Replace your battery. Like your tires, the performance of your battery can be affected by low temperatures. If your battery is older than five years, it’s likely time to replace it. After all, no one wants to be stranded due to a dead battery when it’s freezing out.
For any service questions—or to schedule your routine maintenance appointment—don’t forget to contact Biggers Mitsubishi’s Service Center today.