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5 Things Every Car Owner Should Know How to Do

If you own a vehicle, there are some basic things you should just know how to do. Knowing these skills will help save you time and money should a problem arise, especially if that problem happens during a West Virginia winter! Check out our list of the top items everyone who owns a vehicle should master.


Check Engine Oil

Checking your vehicle’s engine oil is a simple process if you know where to look. All you have to do is locate the dipstick and see where the oil hits it to determine if you’re low on oil. Driving a vehicle that needs an oil change is never a good idea, so be sure to do regular checks on this. It’s also important to know how often your vehicle needs oil changes, which can be found in your owner’s manual.


Jump-Start a Car Battery

Getting stuck with a dead car battery is never anyone’s idea of fun, so make sure you know how to jump your car safely. Keep jumper cables or a battery pack in your trunk at all times! You never know when you might need them.


Decode Dashboard Warning Lights

Familiarize yourself with your car’s dashboard warning lights in case one pops up. The best way to do this is by checking your owner’s manual, or checking online using your specific vehicle’s make, model, and year. If you have any questions about an unfamiliar warning light, don’t hesitate to call our service center at 304-296-4402.


Keep a Maintenance Log

While the Morgantown Mitsubishi service center will keep records of your visits and maintenance items, we also recommend keeping your own maintenance log for your vehicle. That way, if you service your vehicle somewhere else you’ll have all the information about what’s been done to it. Keeping a log of your mileage and how often you fill up is also beneficial. In case of any changes, this can help you determine if there’s an issue with your vehicle before it escalates.

Emergency Kit

Pack a Useful Emergency Vehicle Kit

Keeping a vehicle emergency kit is something drivers often brush off, but it can be a very important thing to have in your car. We recommend packing a kit with items like:

  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Drinking water
  • Ice scraper
  • Gloves
  • First-aid kit
  • Nonperishable food items
  • Fire extinguisher

If you have any questions, the service team at Morgantown Mitsubishi would be happy to provide answers or show you how to handle any of these maintenance items. Schedule an appointment with us today at 304-296-4402 for all your minor and major service needs.