Spring Road Trip Tips

With the Spring weather we are experiencing in the north, you’re probably making plans to head south for a week and spend some time in the sun. However, if you’re going to take a road trip, there are a lot of situations you need to be prepared for. Follow these Spring road trip tips for a safe and fun drive!

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One of the most important parts of planning a road trip is getting your car inspected. You don’t want to break down hundreds of miles from home! Check your tires, get your battery tested, get your oil changed, and check your fluids.

It’s a good idea to have a plan for the trip, but don’t plan too strictly, because a road trip requires some flexibility. Make sure you have plenty of time for extra gas and bathroom stops—you might even want to drop by some roadside attractions. In the same vein, plan the time you leave to avoid traffic as much as possible. It’ll help you save money on gas and a whole lot of frustration if you aren’t sitting still on the highway for hours.

Finally, don’t let yourself get bored! Bring plenty of entertainment options, like audiobooks, music playlists, and toys and games to keep everyone occupied. Time will go by a lot faster if you’re keeping your mind busy.

If you need a new set of wheels to take you on your Spring road trip, stop by Ken Pollock Mitsubishi.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

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Is your car ready for winter? With these recommended steps from Ken Pollock Mitsubishi you can be sure that your vehicle is set to face the cold season.

Replace Your Wiper Blades

When the snow is really coming down, you’d better hope that your windshield wipers are up to the task. Ensure clear visibility all winter long by changing your wiper blades before the season begins.

Get an Oil Change

You should be getting oil changes regularly in accordance with the recommended mileage in your owner’s manual. Don’t hesitate to get one done before winter arrives to be sure your engine is running its best. It’s also a great opportunity for you to have your car looked at by a professional to be sure everything is in good condition and set for the season.

Check Your Tires

The roads in Pennsylvania will no doubt be slippery with ice and snow during the winter. For the best traction and most control over your car, you need to be sure that your tires are in good condition. Take a look at the tread to make sure it’s not too worn down and check your tires’ air pressure. Keeping your tires in good shape throughout the winter is one of the easiest and most effective steps you can take towards safe winter driving.

Must-See Holiday Attractions in Pennsylvania

Are you looking for family-friendly activities this holiday season? Check out these must-see holiday attractions near Carbondale!

must-see holiday attractions

Christkindlmarkt at Bethlehem

Enjoy an old-timey holiday shopping experience by bundling up and going shopping at vendor stalls in “Christmas City.” Featuring live holiday music and homemade merchandise from over 100 artisans, this is an open-air marketplace that’s sure to delight the senses.

The Pennsylvania Christmas and Gift Show

Thousands from all over the country travel to this show, one of the largest shopping experiences in the country with over 750 vendors, along with cuisines, live music and dance, and seasonal decorations.

Christmas in Our Hometown

One of the closest to Charleston in Tunkhannock, this holiday event only takes place the weekend of December 1st and 2nd, but it’s worth it. Enjoy street carolers and hot chocolate, along with horse and buggy rides and Santa visits.

Dickens of a Christmas Celebration

Taking place in Jim Thorpe, this old-fashioned celebration brings you into the spirit of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with street musicians and singers, vendor stalls with food and crafts, and a distinct Victorian atmosphere.

These must-see holiday attractions are sure to bring an extra dose of Christmas cheer into your life. Make a weekend out of it, or just take a day trip. Either way, it’s sure to be fun.

Best Road Trips in Pennsylvania to Take This Fall

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If you’ve ever driven through Pennsylvania, you know it’s one of the most beautiful places in the country, especially during the fall. So if you’re looking for a way to spend your weekends this fall, why not try a road trip around the state? Here are some great ideas for the best road trips to take in Pennsylvania this season.

A highly-recommend road trip is to go through Pennsylvania’s ghost towns. Starting from Ghost Town Trail, the trip is eleven and a half hours driving, making a loop that hits Fallbrook Cemetery, Ricketts, Concrete City, Centralia, the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike, and more. The beginning and end of the route are close together and fairly close to Pittsburgh.

In the same vein, you could take a trip through Pennsylvania’s most abandoned places, perfect for Halloween. But if you’d keep it light on the creepy factor, try the state’s most picturesque small towns. Start from Ligonier if you’re near Pittsburg and check out Hollidaysburg, Elizabethtown, Eagles Mere, and more, stopping only once you’ve reached Smethport.

If you’re not interested in visiting towns and cities and you’d rather check out the natural wonders of Pennsylvania, there’s a road trip for that too! Pennsylvania is full of interesting and beautiful nature, from Dinosaur Rock to Ringing Rock County Park. Or you can take advantage of the season and go on a fall foliage road trip, which will take you from outside Pittsburgh all the way to Philadelphia and back for some incredible views of the changing leaves.

The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport are perfect for a leisurely drive around the state, so if you’re looking for a great road trip car, come down to Ken Pollock Mitsubishi today!

How to Prepare Your Car for Fall

As the days get shorter and cooler, it will start to feel more and more like autumn. Before the colorful leaves start arriving, you need to properly prepare your car for fall. Here are a few suggestions to ensure your vehicle is ready.

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  • Check your tires. Wet leaves on the road can lead to slick conditions. Make sure the tires have enough tread to properly grip the road.
  • Turn on the heat. Before the temperatures drop too low, turn on your heater to make sure everything works.
  • Get new wipers. Your windshield wiper blades should be replaced every 6-12 months. If your wipers are leaving streaks or the rubber is cracked, it is time for a new set.
  • Inspect your lights. Check all of the vehicle’s exterior lights. Replace any broken bulbs and make sure they are all angled correctly.
  • Inspect your battery. A weak battery will fail when it starts to get really cold. Look for any corrosion; clean off the terminals. If your battery doesn’t have enough power, get a new one.

If you need help getting your car ready for fall, schedule a service appointment here at Ken Pollock Mitsubishi; we will make sure you are good to go.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross May Win Golden Steering Wheel Award

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has yet to arrive here in the United States and won’t until early next year. However, it is already receiving praise, including being on the shortlist to receive the Golden Steering Wheel award.

This award is given out each year by Auto Bild, a German automotive magazine. The Eclipse Cross is one of a dozen small SUVs competing for the final award. Soon, an expert group of judges will test and compare each of these vehicles before choosing the winner.

“The Eclipse Cross has generated a huge amount of interest and this nomination proves just how eagerly awaited it is as well as the impact it is destined to have on its segment. It’s already amassed thousands of admirers and we’re looking forward to seeing their enthusiasm turn into a lot of votes,” said Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.

We at Ken Pollock Mitsubishi cannot wait until the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross makes it way to our showroom floor. We love its sleek styling, distinctive lighting, impressive array of available technology, and everything else about it. If you want to be one of the first to drive home in this all-new model, give us a call.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is designed for families with a need for space. The latest model boasts a vast array of standard features that offer plenty of comfort and convenience benefits on the road. The SUV even features a plethora of standard and available safety features that set it apart from the competition. Available from an affordable price, the Mitsubishi Outlander offers some of the best features on the road.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is the ultimate family vehicle.

The Outlander’s spacious interior seats up to seven passengers comfortably. A vast cargo area offers up to 63.3 cubic feet of space for all of your larger items. Available roof racks further increase the overall versatility and utility of the 2017 Outlander.

Available leather upholstery and leather-wrapped accents add a touch of sophistication to the family-sized SUV. Apple CarPlayand Android Auto compatibility are just a few of the innovative technologies available in the 2017 Outlander.

Under the hood lies a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that earns up to an EPA-estimated 30 MPG Highway.* Drivers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine for a thrilling 224 horsepower. Available All-Wheel Control and paddle shifters create a driving experience unlike any other in the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Ken Pollock Mitsubishi is proud to provide the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander to the entire Carbondale area!

*Fuel economy estimate. Actual mileage may vary.

Preparing for Your Road Trip

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A summer vacation usually means some kind of road trip to your destination. No matter where you’re going, there are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the road.

Avoid Fatigue

Make sure you are well-rested and eat something before you get on the road. If you do find yourself tired, pull over and stretch your legs. Don’t try to battle fatigue by driving through it. Drivers who are absurdly tired should put the seat back and take a nap for an hour or so. A cool drink or caffeinated beverage can help you stay awake too. And having a snack certainly never hurts!

Keep Track of Kids

A long road trip can be tiring, but you should never leave your kids in a locked car under any circumstances. Even if the windows are down or air conditioning is on, a child’s body heats up faster than an adults. Before you leave, make a plan for how you are going to manage the kids during stops. Make a note or some kind of reminder to check the backseat before you go inside too. The last thing you need is to run a child to the emergency room due to heatstroke.

Maintenance

Having your car professionally serviced prior to a road trip can significantly reduce the amount of mechanical problems you encounter on the road. All drivers should have their cars serviced, even if they keep up with routine maintenance. Check your owner’s manual for routine maintenance required by your car.

At Ken Pollock Mitsubishi, we are happy to help you with any of your pre-road trip service needs. Stop by today for a regular maintenance check!

How to Do an Oil Change at Home

oil change at homeSometimes, it can be nice to know some basic repair skills, like tire swaps and changing your oil, for sticky situations. The team at Ken Pollock Mitsubishi is here to help! If you’re ever in a bind, here are a few steps to help you get started on an oil change at home.

First, you have to find the correct oil and filter for your car. Check your owner’s manual or ask them to look it up for you at the parts store if you aren’t sure. You’ll also need a socket wrench, an oil filter wrench, a funnel, something to catch the old oil as it pours out, and rags.

You want to change the oil when the car is warm, but not blazing hot. Let the engine idle for a few minutes to warm up the oil and help it flow better. Then, locate your drain plug. If you don’t have enough room, you’ll have to jack your car up a couple of feet off the ground.

Put the oil pan under the drain plug, and then use the socket wrench to turn the plug to the left to loosen it. Let the old oil pour out into the pan until it slows to a drip. Replace the plug and then locate the oil filter. Use the filter wrench to loosen it and then use your hand to remove the filter. Put some motor oil on the new filter to keep it from sticking and slide it into place.

Now that your new filter is in place and your drain plug is back on, you can start adding new oil. Pop the hood open and find your oil well, and simply pour as much oil in as your owner’s manual calls for. Check periodically with your dipstick to see if the oil level is high enough.

If this seems like a bit much or you’d prefer to have it done by our well-trained mechanics, stop by Ken Pollock Mitsubishi today! We’d be happy to help you out with any of your repair or maintenance needs.

Welcome to Ken Pollock Mitsubishi!

Hello, and welcome to the new Ken Pollock Mitsubishi blog. As a new dealership in the Carbondale area, we strive to be a helpful, supportive addition to the community and give our customers the very best service in the area.

Ken Pollock Mitsubishi

We’re proud to join the trusted Ken Pollock Auto Group, which brings great customer experiences to Carbondale area residents every day. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction.

At Ken Pollock Mitsubishi, we do it all, from selling and leasing new vehicles to major and minor repairs. We aim to make the process of buying or leasing a new car as smooth and fun as possible. Once you’ve got your new Mitsubishi, you can come in for excellent routine maintenance from our trained technicians!

Ken Pollock is fully stocked with OEM parts; when we replace parts on your vehicle, we’re doing it with the parts that were designed to fit it perfectly. We’re equipped with all the latest repair and maintenance technologies, too, so you know when you come to Ken Pollock you’re getting the most advanced care possible.

We’re so excited to be joining the Carbondale community, and we hope to see you at Ken Pollock to pick out your new Mitsubishi soon!