Signs You Need New Brakes

Keeping track of the braking system is something drivers tend to forget about or simply overlook. As one of the most important safety systems in a vehicle, ensuring that your brakes are in top condition should be a priority for most drivers. Fortunately, modern braking systems give plenty of warnings before they need to be replaced. Here are a few signs you need new brakes from us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

  1. Screeching – Created by metal rubbing against metal, modern braking systems make a high-pitched screeching sound when the brake pads are nearly gone. Loud enough to be heard with the windows rolled up, the screech shouldn’t be ignored and drivers would do well to make a service appointment sooner rather than later.
  2. Seeing – Did you know it’s possible to actually look at your brakes on modern vehicles? By looking through the wheel spokes, drivers can see what’s left of the brake pad pushed against the rotor. If there isn’t at least a quarter inch of pad left, make a service appointment to have your braking system inspected.
  3. Vibrating – Vibrations in the brake pedal are a sign of warped rotors and indicate that the brake pad can’t grab the rotor’s surface evenly. Generally caused by long periods of braking, like when driving down steep hills, a vibrating brake pedal warrants a trip to a certified service department.

Next-Generation Mitsubishi Outlander Spotted Testing

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander - Tuscon, AZ
The Outlander pictured here will be receiving slight tweaks that will make it even better.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a favorite compact SUV of enthusiasts and the average driver alike. The current generation has been around for a while, which led to many believing that the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander was right around the corner. Now the next-generation Outlander has been spotted testing and the spy photos are pretty revealing.

The new model will take cues from the 2013 and 2015 XR-PHEV concepts, a welcome move, given the brand’s skilled hand in styling. The look won’t be quite as sporty but the front end and sloping roof are here to stay.

The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will likely be more compact to compete with models like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.

Several photos gave a sneak peek at the interior, which features a new layout with the infotainment touchscreen on top and plenty of chrome and silver details.

The new Outlander will likely come stocked with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A new plug-in hybrid model is also rumored as well. Both models will come with front-wheel drive. Rumors of an all-electric Outlander have been flurrying around the industry but there’s no confirmation from Mitsubishi yet.

We here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi can’t wait for the arrival of the next-generation Outlander!

Great Ways to Have Fun in Tucson

When you come to Tucson, whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are just visiting, there is always something new to see or do. If you’re looking for something new to do, here are five ways to have fun in Tucson.

  1. Explore the Outdoors. The Tucson area is a unique part of the United States with a wide range of outdoor activities. Some of the best places to explore include the Sabino Canyon and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
  2. Learn about history. Here in Tucson you can learn about local history and even history from further afield. Try visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum or the Mission San Xavier del Bac with over 400 years of history within its walls.
  3. Eat some food. With more restaurants than you could ever need, Tucson offers plenty of options for delicious food. Be sure to enjoy some authentic southwestern cuisine.
  4. See a show. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional stage play or something a bit more laid back, Tucson has what you need. Visit the Gaslight Theater and you’ll get dinner along with a fun show.
  5. Have some fun. There are numerous festivals in the city throughout the year, including the All Souls Procession held the first weekend of November each year.

How do you like to have fun in Tucson?

What Are the Benefits of Dealership Financing?

The majority of car buyers opt to pay for their cars using a car loan. Buyers have lots of choices when it comes to choosing their loan and most financing experts recommend getting pre-approved for a loan before starting the car shopping process.

However, even if you have already secured a loan through your bank, you still have another option: dealership financing. The benefits of dealership financing can actually save buyers hundreds or thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

Dealership financing departments, like the one here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, have access to a wide network of lenders. This means we may be able to secure better loan terms than you were able to find yourself.

Another benefit is simply convenience. When you choose dealership financing, you can pick out your car, settle on the price, and sign all the paperwork in the same place. You won’t have to drive to a bank to complete the loan process.

Dealerships also have access to exclusive financing offers from the manufacturer. These offers can include things such as low or no interest, or a percentage of “cash back.” However, these offers are usually only available for buyers with excellent credit.

The next time you’re shopping for a car, be sure to see what financing the dealership can offer you.

Support Your Home Team: Essential Tailgating Gear

Looking for essential tailgating gear? Aside from the perfect vehicle, there are a range of other things to consider before you head off to the big game. From entertainment to cleanup, there are a million things that can make your trip more enjoyable. Here’s just a short list of the best to bring along.

Some things to consider include a throwback jersey and a hoodie. A throwback jersey is the perfect way to show that you have supported the team from the beginning. Plus, these jerseys look fantastic. Bring a hoodie as well, as these games tend to get chilly fast. A hoodie is also great for those looking for extra pockets to store essentials.

Your rear end will be thanking you after you buy a seat cushion. Few realize how uncomfortable stadium seats really are until they are actually at the game. These seats can keep you in comfort through the fourth quarter, letting you sit back and truly relax.

Make sure to bring some wet wipes as well. Because most tailgating crews prefer hot wings and other messy food items, it’s important to bring the proper cleanup gear. Not only can messy food cause messes all around, but it can also attract insects down the road. In short, be sure to bring some cleanup supplies.

Fall Arizona Events: Things to Do Near Tucson

Looking for fall Arizona events? There’s plenty to do in the state, whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, concert, or cultural experience. With a new Mitsubishi model, you’ll easily be able to explore the state, including some of the most memorable activities and events in recent years. Here’s a list of just some of the many things happening.

According to the Visit Arizona website, one of the most popular events in the area will include the Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival. This will include a range of events and festival activities, including those hosted by Southern Arizona cultures and ethnic communities. You can eat some great food, see live performance, listen to music, and see folk art demonstrations. There will also be traditional dancers from the Pascua Yaqui tribe and the Tohono O’odham nation. This festival is from October 7 to 9.

You can also stop by the 31st annual Butterflied Overland Stage Days. This celebration recognizes the famous mail route that spanned from St. Louis to San Francisco. There will be music under the Ramada from October 7 to 9 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday). There will also be a car show, vendors, art shows, food, and more.

These are just two of the upcoming events near Tucson in the future. You can experience local culture and history, as well as have a good time. Stop by today.

Signs You Need New Brakes

The braking system is incredibly important no matter what road you’re or how fast you’re going. Since it’s the most important safety system of the bunch, there are a few notable signs you need new brakes when the time comes.

  • Unresponsive – Arguably the most noticeable sign you need new brakes, fading or unresponsive brakes should be attended to immediately. If the pedal falls to the floor with little resistance, there could be an air leak or a brake fluid leak. If your brakes are unresponsive, cruise to a stop and have your car serviced immediately.
  • Pulling – While it doesn’t necessarily indicate you need new brakes, the car pulling to one side when braking is a serious problem. The brake linings could be wearing unevenly or there could be something in the brake fluid that doesn’t belong there. Either way, have your braking system checked out sooner rather than later.
  • Squealing – If you hear a high-pitched squeal when you hit the brakes, make a service appointment immediately. That sound is an indicator that the brake pads are nearly gone or have faded completely. It isn’t safe to drive as you may not be able to stop.

If you’re having brake problems, come see us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi and make an appointment with our top-notch service department!

Back-to-School Carpool Tips

Many schools are back in session, which means it’s time for parents to provide transportation for their kids. Carpooling can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re new to the whole “taking the kids to school” thing. Fortunately, we here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi have some excellent back-to-school carpool tips that can help you transition into the new school year!

  1. Organize – Before heading out to school, contact other parents and plan out the route and schedule so no kid gets left waiting in the driveway. Ensure there are enough seats for each child and remind the children who will be picking them up before and after school each day. Doing so will ensure there’s no confusion among the kids.
  2. Drive – Did you know there are quite a few rules and recommendations about driving with children in the car? For example, the NHTSA suggested children who are shorter than four feet, nine inches must ride in a booster seat. Kids 12 years old and younger also can’t ride in the passenger seat. As always, obey the speed limits and pay attention to the crossing guards.
  3. Arrival – When dropping off the kids, make sure they exit the car on the curbside. Have the older children keep an eye on the younger ones as they exit the vehicle. As always, minimize distractions and keep an eye on the road!

What to Do When Your Car Overheats

It’s especially common during summer, so knowing what to do when your car overheats is vital in order to avoid seriously damaging your engine. Always keep an eye on your temperature gauge—if it gets to a dangerous or even unusual level, follow these steps.

An overheated engine is not necessarily dire, but if you notice the temperature gauge is high, immediately turn off the AC. If it doesn’t go down, turn on the heat, which directs heat away from the engine, and roll down your windows so you don’t suffocate. If it’s still high, it’s time to check your coolant.

Pull over when it’s safe to and immediately shut off the engine. Wait for the temperature gauge to go back to normal before you open the hood to avoid getting burned! Once it’s cooled down, pop the hood and check to see if the coolant is at the right level. It’s a good idea to keep some in your car in case an issue like this arises, along with a jug of water. If it’s low, pour in antifreeze and water until the reservoir is full. For help locating the coolant reservoir, look in your owner’s manual.

It the problem persists, head to a mechanic to have it looked at. Driving too much on an engine that continuously overheats could wreck it!

August Events in Tucson

There are way too many things going on in Tucson next month to list—there are 30 pages for August on VisitTucson.org’s event calendar! You’ll never run out of August events in Tucson to go to, but here are some of the coolest things going on.

One event being held every week is the Cinema La Placita film series, which shows classic films outdoors in the plaza of La Placita Village in downtown Tucson every Thursday through the end of August at 7:30pm. Admission is only $3! There are all kinds of summer-long events going on, including art shows and weekly concerts, so be sure to check out the event calendar.

If you’re an instrumental music fan, check out the performance by the famous group The Piano Guys on August 4 at the Tucson Music Hall. Nature and animal lovers should definitely hang out at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on a Saturday night for Cool Summer Nights, where each week they stay late after the museum closes and watch the night animal life come out when the sun sets.

Tucson has something for everyone, from a Birding and Nature Festival for the birdwatching crowd to a youth triathlon organized by the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Wherever your interests lie, you’re sure to have fun in Tucson this summer!