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Gaskets - An Important Part of What Keeps Your Car on the Road

Every member of our team at DON JACKSON MITSUBISHI wants you to be an informed driver that knows what makes your car run safely down the road and how to keep it that way. Gaskets are an important part of this, yet many people don’t fully understand their importance. Allow us to advise you on gaskets, what they do and why they’re so important.

Your vehicle has all sorts of liquids running through it, and they each play an important role, whether it’s transmission fluid, brake fluid or motor oil. Gaskets are the little things that keep…
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Which Spare Tire Do You Prefer?

A new driving season is right around the corner, and that means that you'll want to check on your safety equipment, including your spare tire. Many of our customers at DON JACKSON MITSUBISHI ask about keeping a full-sized spare tire. We'll cover the basics, so you'll know if your spare tire is the best option, or if you'd like to consider something else.

A temporary spare or a "donut," is a spare tire that comes standard with nearly every new vehicle purchase. It saves space, but you'll have to watch your speed and get into…
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The Differences Between Synthetic Motor Oil and Conventional Motor Oil, and Deciding Which Product You Should Choose


Most vehicle owners understand that routine vehicle maintenance is an important part of owning a vehicle. Oil changes are just one service you should have done to your vehicle. Whether you are changing your oil yourself or you are heading to a professional to get the job done, you will typically be asked whether you want to use a synthetic oil for the job or a conventional oil. Don't know the difference? Here's what you need to know about synthetic oil:
  • Synthetic oil contains chemical additives that are not naturally within the original oil product.
  • The chemicals added…
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Attaching Cables for a Jump Start

One of the things that you need to be careful with when it comes to jumping a vehicle is where you touch the clamps of the cables. Putting the metal clamps of the cables in the wrong spot can cause a violent reaction. This is why it is important to be careful when jumping a vehicle.

One precaution that you need to take is attaching one end of the negative cable to the negative terminal of the good battery. At this point the cables go live. This is where you have to be careful. You want to attach the other…

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Removing Emblems From Your Car

Sometimes, you might not want to see the emblems that are on your car. There are a few ways that you can debadge your car before taking it to DON JACKSON MITSUBISHI to have someone professionally remove the emblems and clean the surface.

One way to debadge your car would be to use the corner of a sturdy card, such as a credit card. Gently run the corner of the card along the edges of the emblem. This will lift the detail off of the surface of the car so that you can remove the rest of the badge.

Another…

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Understand Your Tire Pressure Light


At DON JACKSON MITSUBISHI, we regularly encounter useful car features. One feature built into every car we sell is crucial when you drive in Union City or anywhere.

Since 2007, every new car sold in the United States must have tire pressure monitoring sensors. Each wheel on your car includes one of these sensors. If your tire pressure falls too low, the sensor illuminates your dashboard's TPMS light, which looks like an under-inflated tire with an exclamation point in the middle. This light tells you that one or more of your tires has an inflation problem you need to…
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Signs of Muffler and Exhaust Problems

When there is a problem with your vehicle, there will typically be signs that you will notice. When it comes to your muffler and exhaust, there are certain issues that will present themselves to indicate a problem. Some of these issues can include:
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-A loud rumbling or clanking from your exhaust or muffler region
-Moisture leaking from your exhaust pipe
-Visible signs of rust on both of these areas
-Strong odor of gasoline when your vehicle is running
-Sudden decrease in power when accelerating
-Ongoing decrease in fuel efficiency
 

 

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How to Replace a Flat Tire

A flat tire is one of the most annoying things to happen while driving. It slows you down and can ruin your day. There are worse things that can happen, but a flat tire is easier to replace than other car parts that break down.

First, find somewhere to park where you won't put yourself in harm's way. Then, turn off the engine and apply the parking brake. Get the jack and tire changing tools out of the trunk, loosen the lug nuts, and lift the car with the jack. Then, when the car is elevated, remove the…
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Learn About Your Vehicle's Brake Fluid

Brake fluid lies within the brake lines and is an important part of your vehicle's braking system. Without brake fluid, you wouldn't be able to stop your vehicle when your foot engages the brake pedal. To keep your braking system in optimal shape, it is important that the brake fluid is drained and changed on a regular basis. To learn more about brake fluid, read further.

Although there are many types of brake fluid, the two primary types are made from silicone or glycol. Glycol-based brake fluid is commonly used on vehicles that have an Anti-lock Brake System…

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Simple and Effective Back-to-School Season Maintenance Tips

It's that time of year again! The back-to-school season is here, and that means it is the perfect time to have your car serviced so it can go another season without major incidents.

One thing that you can do now to help prepare your vehicle for the colder weather is to grab the owner’s manual and pay close attention to the schedule for maintenance checks. This guide will tell you exactly when the fluids should be flushed, when the oil needs to be changed, and how often the engine will need a tune-up.
 

 

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