Maintain a Smooth Ride with these Winter Car Maintenance Tips

winter car maintenance tips

Dealing with winter can be a huge pain in the you-know-where. Add car issues to that, and you have yourself a giant headache. Luckily, there are some things you can do to prepare your car for the colder months, so you can at least cross one of these issues off your list. (Sorry, we can’t make winter go away.) So, without further ado, here are Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep’s winter car maintenance tips to make your life easier!

  1. Winterize, Winterize, Winterize! When temperatures drop, so does your tire pressure. At the beginning of each winter, make it a habit to check your tire pressure and top it off if needed. Consider swapping out your regular tires for winter ones, which will help your car grip the road in the iciest of conditions. Also, make sure you take your car for a winter tune-up, where your mechanic will check your battery, antifreeze, heaters, brakes, lights, and fluids to make sure they are winter-ready.
  2. Keep it Clean. Salt and other winter debris can wreak havoc on your car’s exterior. If you leave it there to accumulate, you’re increasing your car’s chances of developing rust, which can lead to all kinds of problems. Clean it regularly during winter, making sure you wash underneath the car where the majority of salt tends to gather.
  3. Stay Up-to-Date With Maintenance. You might be busy with the holidays and trying to stay warm and sane during winter, but that doesn’t mean you should let your car’s maintenance schedule slide. If your car is due for service, make it a priority to get it taken care of. If there are any issues with your car, your mechanic can take care of them before they begin to affect you.
  4. Don’t Forget Your Emergency Kit. If you get stuck in a blizzard, there are certain things you should have in your car for survival, including blankets, socks, gloves, hats, snacks, water, a shovel, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit. Keep these in your car all winter long—you might never need them, but you’ll sure be glad of them if you do!

Chrysler Diesel Engine Repeats as One of Ward’s 10 Best Engines

Two of Chrysler’s engines recently made it onto this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Engines list. The two engines were the 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. The Chrysler diesel engine is a repeat winner, having made the Ward’s Auto list last year as well, and it remains the only diesel engine on the whole list.

At least one Chrysler Group vehicle has been on the list for the last five years, and both of these engines are very worthy candidates. The EcoDiesel gets 28 mpg highway in the 2015 Ram 1500 pickup and is also available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The HEMI engine, on the other hand, gets 707 horsepower, making it the most powerful engine ever included on the list. The HEMI engine powers the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

“These two distinctly different engines represent the wide range of powertrain-engineering expertise and technology at Chrysler Group,” said Bob Lee, Vice President and Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering. “For their considerable might, they also are both highly efficient and refined – key hallmarks of Chrysler Group powertrains. Such attributes have helped power our vehicles to the top of the sales charts.”

Those same attributes also helped lead the engines to be included on this exclusive list, and in turn, that recognition leads to more customer appreciation. So come see Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep for more news about both these engines and the amazing Chrysler vehicles in which they come.

Jeep Wrangler Named SEMA’s Hottest 4×4 SUV for Fifth Time

SEMA's Hottest 4x4 SUV

2015 Jeep Wrangler

Every year, aftermarket tuners and carmakers rush to show off their vehicles decked out in special, top-of-the-line parts during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Each vies for the prize of being named one of the show’s “Hottest Vehicles.” This year, the Jeep Wrangler has driven over the competition as SEMA’s Hottest 4×4 SUV, making it the fifth year in a row this rugged vehicle has earned the award.

“The Jeep Wrangler is our most accessorized vehicle and to have it awarded for a fifth consecutive year at SEMA demonstrates its popularity due to the quality of the vehicle along with that of the performance parts and accessories Mopar has developed for it,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO for Mopar Service, Parts, and Customer Care.

Winners of the prestigious Hottest Vehicle awards are decided through a survey taken by participating SEMA exhibitors. The Jeep Wrangler combined Mopar parts with the rugged, handsome Wrangler silhouette to create a drool-worthy off-roading vehicle. Performance parts, such as the 2-inch Lift Kit and the Front and Rear Axle Mounting Bracket Package, helped increase the Wrangler’s appeal, making it perfect for any adventure.

To see the Jeep Wrangler in action, stop in to Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep and give SEMA’s Hottest 4×4 SUV a test drive!

Chrysler Pentastar Logo Makes Way for FCA

A brand’s logo can easily become an instantly recognizable symbol of what the brand stands for. Even young children who can’t read can recognize certain logos. Now, the automotive industry will be losing the Chrysler Pentastar logo, which has been a mainstay of the industry since 1962.

Chrysler has completed its merger with Fiat and the official name of the joint company is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. As such, the branding needed to change, too, and both groups have switched over to the new FCA logo.

While this simple logo may not be as creative as the Pentastar, it shows the solidarity of the new merger and it doesn’t affect any of the eight brands sold by Fiat Chrysler, meaning you won’t be seeing it on the back of any new cars or trucks any time soon.

The new FCA logo is already in use on most of Chrysler’s corporate and online communications. However, if you find yourself pining for the old star, you can always look at the top of Chrysler’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, as there are no plans to remove it from the building.

What do you think about the logo switch? Stop into Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep today and let us know your thoughts!

2015 Chrysler 300’s Redesign Is Both Bold and Noble

Chrysler revealed a redesign of the full-size luxury Chrysler 300 in Los Angeles last week. The results of the transformation were nothing short of bold.  And yet, Chrysler understands what a lot of car companies miss when it comes to redesigns: tradition. No matter what you do, you are always building on tradition.

For Chrysler, it was important to reconnect with the original one-of-a-kind character of the 300. Chrysler brand CEO Al Gardner said, “It’s going to take you back to that 2005 car,” the first year of 300 production. “That’s when you saw it coming down the road, you sure as heck knew what it was.” Gardner wanted to take what was going on with the 300 back then and “up the attitude.”

One peek at the 2015 Chrysler 300’s redesign and you will think “attitude.” Inspired by the recent redesign of the 200, the new 300 has stately and taller front end, with a decidedly blue-blooded grille. Its lines are curvier this year and its stance hints a little more at performance.

At Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep, we have a long tradition of selling great cars at great prices.  Come out and test-drive a Chrysler today.