Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

What’s Wrong with Overinflating Tires?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
person checking tire pressure in their tires

What happens when you overinflate your tires?

Most people know that underinflating tires can have a poor effect on your vehicle’s performance. What’s the proper way to make it better? Inflate them to the proper level. Some might not pay any attention to this, however, and inflate their tires more than they should be. This can be just as bad, and we’ll show you what happens when you overinflate your tires here on our blog. (more…)

What to do if you miss your car loan payment and how to prevent it happening again

Monday, October 1st, 2018
hand stamping loan documents and another holding out car key

Missing your car loan payment can ruin your whole day, but if you don’t know what to do once you realized you miss the payment, your day can definitely get worse. Here’s steps you can take in case this happens to you, and you can prevent it from happening again. (more…)

What to do if you get in a car accident

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Steps to take after you’ve been involved in a collision 

Nobody gets in their car hoping that they’ll end up in an accident. However, most drivers will get in at least three car accidents in their lifetime. While it isn’t fun to think about what you would do in an accident, it is important that you know what to do during the aftermath.   (more…)

How Can I Throw the Ultimate Gameday Tailgate Party?

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
How Can I Throw the Ultimate Tailgate Party

Gameday is here and you want to impress your buddies with the ultimate tailgate at the stadium.  Even if you are planning on attending every game this year, that still gives you limited opportunity to perfect your tailgate talents.  Hit the ground running with these simple to follow tips for throwing the ultimate tailgate party.  You don’t want to be ridiculed all season long by your buddies because you forgot something essential for the tailgate, that would decisively end your tailgate hosting days for good.  Prove to your buddies that you are the King of the Tailgate by having everything you need for a successful tailgate party the first time. (more…)

Noises You Don’t Want Your Car to Make

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017


Hmm. Purr. Vroom. Modern engineering has made driving a car easier on the ears than ever.

But there are some car noises you don’t want to hear, because they can signal trouble. Every once in a while, roll down the windows and start listening for “any sound that is odd,” says Mike Peth, director of technical training at Ohio Technical College in Cleveland. “You know your car, so you can often pick up something that may become a problem.”

These seven noises might be warning signs of car trouble:. (more…)

Prevent Summer Breakdowns

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Radiator Checkup

– Overheating engines are one of the biggest causes of summer breakdowns. Intense summer heat can strain your cooling system, so check that your radiator and hoses aren’t damaged. Make sure that your radiator / cooling system has the proper amount of coolant. NEVER add tap water to the cooling system and refer to your owner’s manual for the proper coolant to add, as well as to how often the coolant needs to be serviced or exchanged. Keeping your coolant fresh will prolong the life of the components in the cooling system such as the water pump, radiator, hoses, etc. (more…)

Family Travel Trips from Hickory Mazda Mitsubishi

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

If your next vacation is a road trip, then be prepared: Your car is about to become a mobile family room. Childproof it accordingly. (more…)

Family Travel Tips From Hickory Mazda Mitsubishi

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

If your next vacation is a road trip, then be prepared: Your car is about to become a mobile family room. Childproof it accordingly. This will probably take some time, so start a few days before your trip. Here’s how: (more…)

The Benefits of Tire Rotation

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
2016 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II concept

Tire rotation is essential to the life of your tires. However, having tires rotated at regularly scheduled intervals has many other benefits car owners may fail to consider. While it is possible for car owners to perform this task themselves, experts recommend having tires rotated by an experienced mechanic for maximum benefits.


Car Care: A New Year’s Resolution That Pays Off

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Maintenance Tips That Will Prepare Your Car for Summer

“Many New Year’s resolutions go by the wayside pretty quickly,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Regular car care is a resolution that will pay off all year, every year. It’s relatively simple to implement and the results are demonstrated in a better performing vehicle and fewer unexpected repairs and breakdowns that can result from vehicle neglect.”