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!

Keeping up with Car Tire Maintenance

Oftentimes, people think more about car tire maintenance in the winter than in the summer. Low temperatures cause tires to lose their pressure faster and become less pliable, which makes them more prone to damage — not to mention all that slippery snow and ice. However, summer presents its own set of dangers to car tires, which is why AAA urges drivers to keep an eye on their wheels during the sweltering summer months.

In fact, AAA Mid-Atlantic says they see the most tire recalls this time of year. Why? Friction from hot roads causes pressure to build up inside the tires, increasing the chance of a blowout. However, overinflation isn’t the only danger; an underinflated tire has its own issues. Not maintaining enough pressure in the tire causes the tread to wear faster and can even affect the fuel mileage of your car.

So what should you do? First, keep an eye on your tire pressure. If your vehicle has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, pay attention to the light if it comes on. Observe the tread wear on your tires to make sure they are wearing evenly; otherwise, it could be a symptom of alignment issues or improper inflation. Car tire maintenance may not seem critical in the summer, but it’s crucial to keeping your vehicle in top shape.

Fun Tucson July Events for Everyone

Tucson, Arizona is always alive with plenty of things to do. Summer in Tucson certainly isn’t boring by any stretch of the imagination. With June out of the way, July is here, and there are plenty of Tucson July events to go around regardless of where your interests lie.

July starts on a Friday, which means July 1st starts off with a Friday Night Live event in Main Gate Square where visitors can relax and enjoy live jazz music. If you’re looking for more live music, Enrique Iglesias will be in town at the AVA Amphitheater on July 2nd, or enjoy any of the many musical events throughout the month, like the Sizzling Summer Sounds Cabaret Series.

If local nature and history is more your jam, the Creatures of the Night showing at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum also falls on July 2nd. There’s also the Sweet Corn Festival July 9th through 10th, and Steam Pump Ranch offers special activities like live music, special tours, cultural presentations, and more on the 9th.

A number of events will celebrate Independence Day, like Military Appreciation Day at the International Wildlife Museum, the FC Tucson 4th of July Blast, or Casino Del Sol Resort’s Free Fireworks Extravaganza. There’s, of course, plenty more where that came from, so be sure to keep an eye on what’s going on in town for the Fourth.

As the month goes on, more and more Tucson July events will unfurl; there’s no way to list all of them. Keep an eye on the local event calendar for whatever strikes your interest.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sales Break 100,000 Milestone

The Mitsubishi Outlander has been making a bit of a ruckus in the crossover segment, quickly becoming one of the best-selling options in the market and one of Mitsubishi’s most successful nameplates ever. The success has even caused the brand to rethink their strategy and shift into a more SUV and crossover-focused game plan. Now, to add to the company’s growing list of reasons why the Outlander is one of their best products ever, Outlander PHEV sales have surpassed yet another milestone—100,000 units sold.

The Outlander PHEV’s competitors are some big names in the plug-in hybrid segment. The Nissan LEAF leads the class with over 218,000 sales worldwide, while the Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt come in second and third place, respectively. However, the Outlander PHEV is quickly catching up to them; that 100,000-unit milestone puts the Outlander in fourth place among some pretty successful and celebrated names.

Most of the Outlander PHEV’s sales have come from Europe, where Mitsubishi’s cars are a viable and, most importantly, affordable alternative to plug-in hybrid offerings from high-end names like BMW, Porsche, and Volvo. Mitsubishi hasn’t yet launched the Outlander PHEV in the American market, but considering the U.S. has one of the largest automobile industries in the world, sales can only go up when the Outlander finally hits American shores.

The Outlander PHEV is due out in the States sometime this November under a 2017 model year. Delays in its American launch were caused by changes to the vehicle’s styling and battery pack. After it’s released stateside, Outlander PHEV sales could skyrocket even further.

Hidden Gems Among Tucson Food Trucks

Between May 9th and May 15th, there were six different events in Tucson in which local businesses offered their goods to the public through outdoor food trucks. These events, such as Downtown Food Truck Rally, Community Fair & Silent Auction, or Tucson Pops Concert, among others, gave people the chance to try a bit of new grub. Here’s a few hidden gems found among the Tucson food trucks for you to give a shot.

Nhu Lan Vietnamese: Tired of the same old Asian food? Nhu Lan offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine, like Banh mi sandwiches packed with your choice of fresh veggies or savory Shrimp Tempura. Nhu Lan Vietnamese is located on 4th Avenue, so give it a try—or if you’d rather stick to your fail-safe Chinese food, they have some popular Chinese dishes as well.

Bam Bam Truck: If you’ve never heard of Mexican-Asian fusion, that’s because you’ve never tried Bam Bam. Try the Korean Tacos—they’re Bam Bam Truck’s bestselling dish, packed with kimchi, cilantro, salsa, sesame seeds, and more delicious veggies and toppings blended from the two cultures. Its permanent location is at The Flycatcher on 4th Avenue.

Pin-Up Pastries: Sweets are the name of the game in this delicious pastry shop. Known for their experimental treats and creativity, Pin-Up Pastries offers whoopie pies in every possible flavor known to man. Tucson Foodie recommends their tangy Lime Macadamia Squares. There’s no permanent location, but check out Raytheon on Hermans Road. If Pin-Up isn’t there, check the listings for any upcoming food truck events in the area.

Tucson food trucks offer many more goodies besides just these three. It’s a good idea to hit these recommendations alongside any other little-known restaurants at food truck rallies and events. Who knows? You might find some hidden gems of your own.

2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ Hits Australia

Mitsubishi has a line of pickup trucks but none are available in the United States. That’s too bad considering the Japanese automaker recently revealed the latest special edition model. The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ packs more safety and convenience features compared to the current line.

The Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ builds on the existing GLX model. Under the hood is a 2.4L turbo diesel engine that produces 178 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode, that engine certainly packs some capability. With a maximum towing capacity around 6,800 lbs (3,100 kg), this truck is more than capable for fulfilling the needs of most drivers.

Safety and driver assist features include seven airbags, emergency stop signal, a speed limited, trailer stability assist, and hill start assist as standard. That builds the GLX’s existing rear camera, 6.1-inch color touchscreen, rear step bumper, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

As for price, the Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ goes for AU$39,490 with an automatic transmission. Opting for the six-speed manual transmission runs in a good deal cheaper with a price tag of AU$36,990. Having undergone a redesign for the 2015 model year, this is a truck we’d be happy to see enter the United States market.

Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we’re happy to see more Mitsubishi special editions hitting markets!

How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to prepare for the heat! Keeping your car in top condition for the season doesn’t take much work provided that you prepare. If your car has any problems, they’re likely to grow in summer due to the heat. Here’s how to prepare your car for summer from us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi!

  • Oil – If you drive often, odds are you already change your oil. While you should follow the schedule in your owner’s manual, getting an extra oil change for summer isn’t a bad idea in the slightest. If you plan on taking long trips or towing a trailer, an oil change beforehand is highly recommended.
  • Tires – Summer tires can go a long way when it comes to hot roads. Designed to provide better handling and increased fuel economy, switching your set could be beneficial if you plan on driving a lot. Either way, examine your tires for tread wear, uneven wear, and proper alignment!
  • Battery – Now that the spring rains and winter freezes have come and gone, it’s time to give your battery some attention. Pop the hood and scrape away any corrosion, tighten the connections, and have a professional check to see if your charge is weak.