Car Care Tips

Non-genuine parts may seem more affordable at first glance, but can incur higher costs in the long run. Here are a few factors that go into consideration when choosing between genuine and non-genuine parts.


When using genuine parts, you can be assured that they are of higher quality than others in the market as they have passed rigorous quality standard tests, including testing the parts on the actual vehicle itself. Many non-genuine parts will often be of lower quality due to the inferior materials used.

Exact Fit

Genuine parts will fit your vehicle as they are engineered to the exact standards as your vehicle – using the same blueprints, dies, tools and moulds used in the vehicle’s manufacturing process. Non-genuine parts may not fit properly as they serve a range of car models. Even if your vehicle appears to be driving fine, you may encounter problems later on. At Cycle & Carriage, we use only genuine parts from our Principal Marqués for your vehicles.

Reliable and durable

Be absolutely assured of the reliability and durability of Mitsubishi’s genuine parts. This is because genuine parts have been tested to ensure durability and performance, even under the most demanding conditions. Non-genuine parts require frequent servicing, repairs and even major engine overhauls. All these will only mean higher costs to you in the long run.

One part affects another

In many cases, every single individual part has been designed to work with another to produce a single output. If you replace a genuine part with one of lesser quality, it could affect the performance of the vehicle considerably and jeopardise your safety on the road.

Guarantees and warranties

All Mitsubishi genuine parts replacement and repairs come with 2-year or 40,000 km warranty, whichever comes first. Genuine parts always come with warranty, unlike non-genuine parts.

For optimal performance of your vehicle, parts replacement is recommended as an important aspect in proper car maintenance.

Parts Purpose and Frequency for change
Air Con Filter
  • To filter out dust, pollutants, bacteria and other harmful elements contained in external air supplied to the interior of vehicles, and clean the air inside vehicles through circulation. It ensures cleaner, fresher and healthier air in the car by reducing odour, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide
  • Clogged air filters are bad for you and your passenger’s health and comfort
  • Replace upon recommendation
Oil Filter
  • To maintain the correct oil pressure, flow volume, pressure relive valve opening and, of course, to filter out and trap foreign particles and debris introduced into the oil by normal riding
  • Blocked filter may lead to oil starvation, and ultimately, engine failure
  • Replace with every oil change
Air Filter
  • An engine needs an exact mixture of air and fuel in order to run, and all of the air enters the system first through the air filter. This catches the dirt and other foreign particles in the air, preventing them from entering the system and possibly damaging the engine
  • Replace every 20,000 km
Spark Plug
  • A device used in an internal combustion engine to ignite the air-fuel mixture through an electric spark
  • Replace every 40,000 km and for platinum plug, every 80,000 km to 100,000 km or reliable starting, low emissions, good fuel economy and performance
Fuel Filter
  • Traps and prevent large particles in the fuel from getting into the engine and cause serious engine damage
  • Replace where applicable to prevent choked filter which can lead to engine stalling
  • A physical reserve of energy used to power the vehicle during ignition and provide energy or the on-board systems
  • Check every servicing schedule
  • Most Important: Battery has to comply with manufacturer’s specs
Brake Pads and Discs
  • 2 brake pads squeezed together into the spinning brake disc to slow/stop the vehicle when hydraulic brakes are applied
  • Visual check is usually sufficient or both brake pads and brake discs. To check on the rear drum brakes, removal of wheels is essential
Transmission Filter
  • Transmission will wear and create metal particles and band material. The filter holds these and prevents them from being recirculated throughout the transmission
  • Replace where applicable
V-Belt/Serpentine Belt
  • To drive the water pump, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and alternator
  • Recommended to change when:
    1. There are more than four cracks in the belt per inch
    2. Any single crack is more than half the depth of the belt
    3. It has been between 40,000 km – 60,000 km or more since it was last replaced
Timing Belt
  • Timing belt is the most important element in the engine as it is used to drive the internal engine and crankshaft and camshafts so that the intake and exhaust valves and pistons can move in proper firing order. A worn out timing belt may affect the ignition timing of the engine and in the worst case scenario may cause the engine to seize
  • Recommended to replace between 80,000 km to 100,000 km
Sing the correct oil keeps your engine running smoothly.

Primarily, oil stops the metal surfaces in your engine from grinding together and wearing by creating a separating oil film between them. The oil also disperses heat and reduces wear, protecting the engine.

On top of this, good engine oil prevents dirt build-up and deposits by keeping them in suspension. It can also protect against sludge and fights oxidation, minimising corrosion of your engine.

Insist On Shell Helix Ultra With PurePlus Technology

New Shell Helix Ultra is formulated with exclusive Shell PurePlus Technology, a leading edge gas-to-liquid process that converts natural gas into crystal clear base oil. The base oil is 99.5% pure and contains no impurities, which helps to deliver ultimate cleansing effect and maximum performance in maintaining fuel economy.

The unique combination of Shell PurePlus Technology with Active Cleansing Technology enables Shell Helix Ultra to deliver even higher levels of cleansing and protection, making it the most advanced motor oil ever.

Special Features Customer Benefits
Enhanced Viscosity
  • Faster oil flow for quicker engine warm-up
  • Easier starting in cold weather
  • Maintain oil’s performance in extreme temperatures
  • Fuel economy up to 3%**
  • Improved piston cleanliness*
Reduced Oil Consumption
  • Reduced oil consumption compared to conventional group II and III base oils, due to low-volatility oils

*Compared to conventional Group II and Group III base oils in sequence IIIG oxidation and piston deposit test

** Based on the M111 FE test compared with the industry reference oil. Fuel economy varies from 1.7% to 3% depending on the different vehicle types and the applied engine oil (e.g. up to 3% fuel economy with Shell Helix Ultra Professional AF 5W-30).

Take care of your investment by understanding it from the inside out. We have put together a list of tips to ensure top-in-class performance from your Mitsubishi that includes:

  • Air conditioning
  • Batteries
  • Brake noise
  • CD player/CD changer
  • Electronic devices
  • Foggy front headlamp
  • Light bulbs
  • Sports rim installation
  • Thick car mats
  • Tyres
  • Vehicle pulling to the left
  • Wiper blades

Keep your car in tip-top condition always.

Download and read the Handy Tips brochure here.