Monthly Archives: December 2015

Jack Frost is Coming, Are you Ready for Him?

If you look outside it might surprise you that today is the first day of Winter.  Usually at this time of year, it is frozen tundra, but this year, we got lucky. But I’m afraid we’ve got some bad news.  Usually when we get milder weather in December it means January and February will be brutal with snow and ice. But, with mild weather, you can start to winterize your car before Jack Frost makes his appearance Jim Shorkey Mitsubishi has some steps that will ease you into the coming Winter weather.

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  1. Wash Your Car

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To combat the icy roads we put down salt and soot to help with traction.  Sure, it gets us where we are going but it can do a number on our cars.  Before the first snow hits, you will want to wash your car.  Washing your car before Winter will remove all the dry mud that was caked on.  Mud can hurt the paint if it has been dried on for a long time.  In addition to the wash, add some wax to give your car the needed protection of the harsh Winter.

  1. Add a Battery Charger in Your Car

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Snowy weather puts your engine under more strain, which in turn means the battery is working harder.  Obviously if it is working harder that means more juice is being used.  This means the battery can run flat, quicker than usual.  Therefore, a battery charger is a good idea. These chargers clip onto your battery’s negative and positive terminals to give you an extra boost.

  1. Check Your Cars Liquids

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Nothing sounds more unpleasant than popping your hood on a freezing day.  Be preemptive and check you coolant, oil and anti-freeze.  Or you can come down to the Jim Shorkey Mitsubishi Fast Lane and we can do it for you.  You will want to have a half and half mix of coolant and water in your radiator.  The right mix will allow the water to stay as a liquid well below freezing point.  With engine oil you will want everything running smooth in the engine.

  1. Get New Wiper Blades and Refill Wiper Fluid

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Snow visibility can be rough, the wipers can smear and actually make your window even worse.  With wiper fluid that can level the playing field.  New wipers can reduce smear as well.

  1. Keep Your Gas at Least Half a Tank

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We aren’t worried about running gas while your driving, we are concerned about your car starting.  Low and changing temperatures can cause condensation to occur inside your gas tank which, when mixed with the fuel, could freeze as it makes its merry way along the fuel lines.

  1. Have a Good Ice Scrapper

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This one is pretty obvious.  Having a good ice scrapper can go a long way.  You want to get the ice off your car as fast and possible.

  1. Keep an Emergency Kit in the Car

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You may find you self in a situation where your car wont start. It’s always a good idea to be prepared.  An emergency kit could be a life saver.  An emergency kit consists of items like engine oil, spare wiper blades, tire pump, jumper cables, salt, blankets and other useful items.

  1. Getting Winter Tires

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Buying winter tires is the best way to fight against snowy conditions.  A good set can last for multiple winters and improve your car’s ability to drive on slippery surroundings.  Winter tires are game changers and many experts say that a 4X2 with winter tires are better in snow than 4X4 with regular tires.

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7 Gift ideas for your Gearhead in your life!

It should come as no surprise that Jim Shorkey Mitsubishi has many gearheads working here.  From technicians, sales consultants and receptionist many love working with cars even after they leave work.  And let’s be real, you probably have a Gearhead in your live too!  Here are 7 items that any gearhead would love to get during the holiday season.


Metro Vac Handheld Vacuum Cleaner $89.99

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If you are always on the run, eating in your car, things can get messy.  The 500-watt Metro Vac weighs less than 3 pounds but delivers 60″ of water lift (sealed suction measurement) that makes really fast work of cleanups in your car


Deluxe Sta-Put Hammock Car Seat Cover for Dogs $46.99

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Have a pet friend you want with you but not the fur in your vehicle.  The hammock shape also acts as a barrier to the front seat, and includes two storage pockets.  Works with all vehicles with headrest.


Dual USB Charger $22.99

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With the Dual USB charger, you can now charge or power two devices at the same time. The low-profile dual charger includes both high and low-current USB outputs, perfect for charging your tablet and handheld mobile device simultaneously while you’re on the road.


Global Power Converter $37.99

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The Global Power Converter not only converts voltage, but includes 4 built-in adapter plugs for the regions of Europe, the U.K., Australia and China–over 150 countries in all. So there are no individual plugs to misplace–just one compact unit that fits easily in the smallest bag. You can use it with small travel appliances up to 1875 watts, including most hair dryers, curling irons and shavers.


Heavy Duty Clean Park Garage Floor Mat $232.95

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The Clean Park also keeps your garage and home safe by keeping all of your walk areas dry.  The heavy duty vinyl, in conjunction with the raised plastic edges, holds gallons of liquid from spreading onto the garage floor.


Non-shed Imitation Sheepskin Auto Seat Covers $64.99

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These Auto Seat Covers are machine washable. Fits high or low back bucket seats. The imitation sheepskin seat covers won’t leave fibers on your clothes like other custom simulated sheepskin seat covers. Sold as a pair.


Swift Hitch Portable Back-Up Camera $239.99

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Make one person trailer hookup easy with a portable backup camera. Simply magnetically affix the camera to your tailgate and view the action from the driver’s seat on the handheld 2.5-inch color screen. It even has night vision.

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