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Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings Demystified

Our DON JACKSON MITSUBISHI service department recommends you bring your vehicle to us for routine motor oil changes, but we understand that isn't always feasible. Often, you end up having to change your own motor oil, so you've probably already encountered motor oil viscosity ratings. What are they and why are they important?

Not Too Thick or Thin

Motor oil viscosity ratings provide a numerical snapshot of how thick or thin motor oil runs in cold or hot temperatures. Motor oil has to be thin enough to lubricate and clean your engine, but it can't be too…
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Don't Neglect a Battery In Need of Replacement

At DON JACKSON MITSUBISHI we take pleasure in helping to educate drivers about their vehicles. The battery is one of the most important pieces of equipment on your car. It should be replaced when it is no longer able to function properly.

Car batteries are not designed to last forever. They are composed of battery cells that can stop charging after a period of time. In the best cases you can expect to get about five or six years of use before a car battery will need to be replaced. You may have difficulty starting your car when the battery…

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Tips for Changing to Your Spare Tire

Knowing how to replace a flat tire is important to avoid being stranded on the side of the roadway. Here at DON JACKSON MITSUBISHI, we care about the safety of our customers, so we want to inform you of a few tips that will help you in the event of an inconvenience. Here are a few good bits of information concerning flat tire replacement:

Use a Wheel Chock, Loosen Lugs Before Raising

It is crucial to place a chock, thick board or rock securely under one of the wheels to prevent the car from rolling while switching out for the…
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Resin Windshield Repair

We all run into the need for a repair of our windshield at some point. It does not take much for a crack to appear. The best thing to do is get it fixed once it does, or else the crack can grow in size. The easiest way, and least expensive way to do this is to use a liquid resin that will attach to the crack. The resin does not get rid of the break, but it just attaches to the crack and makes it stronger. Some cracks will be almost invisible when they are repaired. Some that are…

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Seeing the Light: DIY Headlight Restoration

Foggy and discolored headlights are not only an eyesore, but they can also be a safety hazard. When headlight lenses fade, yellow, and crack, they become less efficient at projecting light, which ultimately reduces your visibility. While headlight replacement is a good option, it is often an expensive endeavor. A better option is to restore your headlights, which can be done quickly and easily in your own driveway.

There are several commercially available headlight restoration kits that can help you to restore your headlights in a few simple steps. 

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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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