5 Reasons Why Your Check Engine Light is On

Biggers Mitsubishi Check Engine Light

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.

Oxygen Sensor

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.

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.

Spark Plugs

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.

Gas Cap

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.

Final Details for the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is no more. Long live the Final Edition.

Mitsubishi has unveiled the final details of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition—the last Evo the automaker will produce after 10 generations of performance excellence.

After launching the Evo Final Edition X in Japan earlier this year, it’s now our turn to say our goodbyes. The car is based on the GSR trim and gets a slight power bump up to 303 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, though most of its performance upgrades are not engine related.

To make its handling even more exciting, Mitsu equipped the Evo Final Edition with Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, and two-piece Brembo calipers on the front axle. In other words, expect your lap times to go down.

There are also a few visual updates, like a black aluminum roof, black interior with red accent stitching, dark chrome Enkei wheels, special badging, and a unique numbered plaque for each of the 1,600 models that will be sold in the United States.

We hate to see the Evo go at Biggers Mitsubishi, but it had a great run, and the Final Edition model seems like a good way to go out with a bang.

New Mitsubishi Crossover in the Works

new Mitsubishi crossover

A new Mitsubishi crossover is in the works, due to the popularity of the Outlander, featured above.

Crossovers keep getting bigger in the United States—and we don’t mean in terms of size—and since the Outlander and Outlander Sport are already Mitsubishi’s best-selling vehicles, the automaker figured it might as well throw a new one into the mix.

CEO Osamu Masuko told Automotive News that Mitsubishi would present a new CUV that would go on sale in the United States and Europe. Production wouldn’t occur until about two years from now, but we already know that it’ll slot right between the aforementioned Outlander and Outlander Sport and compete with crossovers like the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.

But there’s something else, too. “The Outlander is growing in size, while the Outlander Sport is getting smaller, so it opens a space for the new SUV,” said Masuko. This would ensure the new Mitsubishi crossover doesn’t also compete with its own siblings in the lineup.

It’s a long way off for now, but we look forward to the new crossover at Biggers Mitsubishi!

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Named KBB Best Buy Award Finalist

KBB Best Buy Award

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was recently given the KBB Best Buy Award!

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was named a KBB Best Buy Award finalist last month, joining 48 other vehicles narrowed down from an initial list of 300. Kelley Blue Book’s annual Best Buy Awards determine the best new models in various segments and proclaim one vehicle the ultimate Best Buy. A KBB Best Buy Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the auto industry.

The KBB Best Buy Awards consist of a year-long evaluation by a panel of experts that takes into account pricing, how much the car costs to own over a five-year period including depreciation and maintenance, sales information, and reviews from drivers. The finalists, which will now be subject to these rigorous tests, were determined based on overall vehicle quality and value.

Mitsubishi is excited to see that the Outlander has made the list of finalists, citing the over 100 improvements from the 2015 model year to 2016 and saying that the Outlander is “the beginning of a new direction for the Mitsubishi brand.”

DIY Maintenance Tips: How to Flush a Radiator

how to flush a radiator

If you go to put coolant in your car and find that there’s gunk floating in your fluids or if you turn on the heat and only cold air comes out, your radiator might need flushed. If you want to try it at home, follow these steps on how to flush a radiator.

Before you start working, make sure your engine is completely cooled down. Don’t try to flush the radiator unless your car has been sitting for at least two hours.

Once the car is cooled off, jack up the front so it’s easier to do work underneath. Then you’ll pop the hood and look for the radiator, located near the engine. If you can, use soapy water to clean off any grime on the radiator, and then check for damage like rust or leaks.

After that, put a drain pan under the radiator’s drainage valve under the car, unscrew the bolt, and let the coolant drain out, then replace the plug. Back under the hood, use a hose to flush the radiator with water and turn the car on for ten minutes. Turn it off, let it cool, drain the water, add new coolant, and you’re done!

Outlander Leads Mitsubishi August Sales

Mitsubishi August Sales

The Mitsubishi Outlander has had a phenomenal year.

In a recent press release, Mitsubishi Motors America unveiled its 2015 August sales numbers for public viewing, and the statistics are staggering. The company has seen its best August numbers since 2008. Mitsubishi August sales in 2015 are a significant improvement over 2014’s numbers from the same time period, boasting a 22.1% increase in overall sales.

The 2016 Outlander Sport outshone the rest, selling 3,286 units in the month of August alone. The base Outlander itself, which sold 2,188 units in August, was redesigned for the 2016 model year, with over 100 improvements made by Mitsubishi to improve the SUV’s appeal. The improvements worked, luring in enough buyers that the Outlander’s total sales jumped 92.9% from August 2014 to August of this year. The SUV saw its best August sales in 12 years.

Other vehicles in Mitsubishi’s lineup include the Mirage, which sold 1,569 units in August, and the Lancer, which sold 1,240. However, Mitsubishi August sales were definitely led by the incredible sales of the Outlander and Outlander Sport, paving the way for future success.

Third-Generation Mitsubishi Montero Sport Debut to Happen Soon

The Montero Sport may soon be racing other Mitsubishi products, like the Lancer above, on American roads.

The Montero Sport may soon be racing other Mitsubishi products, like the Lancer above, on American roads.

We might soon be seeing an SUV on American roads again that hasn’t been seen here since 2006. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport was a good-looking, robust, and accommodating SUV back then. It looks like it’s going to be even better this time around.

As Automotive News reports, the Montero Sport is “built on the frame from the L200 pickup.” The L200 pickup truck isn’t sold in the States, but it’s extremely popular overseas. Basing the Montero Sport on a truck gives it better response and handling in places where the road conditions can be rough, Automotive News says.

The third-generation Mitsubishi Montero Sport debut will occur at the Bangkok Auto Show on August 1st. Makes sense since the SUV will likely be manufactured in Thailand. From there, Mitsubishi will export it around the world.

Will it make to the United States and if so, when? The Montero Sport might not make it to United States “anytime soon”, says Automotive News.