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!

“Tales of the Trailhawk,” Shows 2014 Renegade Trailhawk Compact Jeep Is Ready for Any Terrain

The new 2014 Jeep Renegade may be the smallest Jeep in the lineup, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less capable or durable. Don’t be so quick to underestimate the rounded compact Jeep! The brand has created a video series titled, “Tales of the Trailhawk,” that shows how the Renegade Trailhawk, the toughest off-roading model of the Renegades, dominates on all terrains just like its larger counterparts.

Car Scoops says the videos “show the Renegade tackling water, angles and sand with apparent ease.” The footage is able to show all of the 2014 Renegade Trailhawk compact Jeep’s abilities and how they are no different than larger Jeep models. If anything, the Renegade’s smaller size is a benefit. It allows the vehicle to maneuver and handle much easier than bigger off-roaders and take rugged terrain in stride.

This tiny Jeep offers a fun driving experience while being practical enough for daily commutes. Car owners will not have any issues trying to park the Renegade, which will fit comfortably in those tight spaces you could never get a Wrangler into.

Get your own compact 2014 Jeep Renegade from us at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep!

New Chrysler 200 Advertising Campaign Goes International

The newest Chrysler 200 advertising campaign comes straight from Detroit, but appears to be much more international than that. When we see the occasional car commercial that is filmed in another language and features English subtitles, it’s safe to say we’d assume the commercial is for a foreign-made car. In an unusual twist, Chrysler has opted to do just that, adding a sophisticated and diverse appeal to their latest advertising efforts.

A total of four commercials were produced by Wieden + Kennedy Portland, the same advertising firm that created the legendary Eminem spot for the last-generation 200. Each of the four commercials for the “Ready to Take on the World” campaign will air during NFL broadcasts.

Each piece of the campaign highlights a different aspect of the American-made 200, and is narrated in Japanese, German or Swedish (each with English subtitles). Each language represents qualities those cultures are known for – Japanese level of quality, German performance, and Swedish safety standards.

The clips in each of the commercials at first appear to take place in each of the respective countries (Japan, Germany, and Sweden), but that’s the result of movie magic. The clips were actually all filmed right here at home in the US.

Three commercials have been released – Japanese Quality, German Performance – Autobahn, and German Performance – Three Times. The Swedish commercial has yet to be released.

Stop by Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep today to learn more about the 2015 Chrysler 200!

Could Jeep Wrangler Production Be Moving to Michigan?

Jeep’s world is changing thanks to stringent new federal fuel economy standards. Love it or hate it, in order to keep up with our country’s demand for fuel efficient vehicles, the Jeep Wrangler needs to make some big changes. Michigan just might benefit from what would be a major loss to Toledo, Ohio – the relocation of Jeep Wrangler production.

Toledo has been home to production of the Wrangler for more than 70 years, and if Jeep could have things its way, Toledo would remain Jeep’s home well into the future. Unfortunately for Toledo, if Jeep determines that a new, aluminum-bodied model is the next step for the iconic Wrangler, then the automaker would move production from Ohio to a plant that is prepared to handle aluminum production. Detroit’s under-utilized Sterling Heights Assembly plant could fit the bill.

According to mlive.com, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said that it would just be too expensive to update the Toledo plant to accommodate aluminum production. Don’t feel too bad though, if the Wrangler does move, the Toledo plant would welcome a new (unspecified) vehicle – meaning no jobs will be lost.

We expect things might get a bit heated as the local government fights for the iconic Wrangler and the economic incentives associated with its production. Stay tuned – we’ll keep you updated as the Wrangler navigates this unchartered territory.

Here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep, we’d be happy to welcome the Wrangler into our home state, and are looking forward to a new, fuel efficient version of the SUV – wherever it’s built.

Hilarious Jeep Driver Takes Advantage of Corvette Owner’s ‘Bad’ Parking

Nobody wants their car to get scratched or dinged in a parking lot, but drivers of fancy sports cars seem to be particularly sensitive about it. We’ve all see Porsches, Corvettes, and BMWs parked way in the back of a parking lot taking up two spaces.

But, what do you do when someone does the same thing in the first row of the parking lot right in front of the door? Well, if you’re a Jeep driver, you take matters into your own hands and pull up onto the curb and park extremely close to that precious Corvette.

That’s what one New Jersey man did after being stuck in traffic for two hours and stopping at a restaurant to get something to eat. When he saw the white Corvette taking up two spaces right in front of the restaurant, he decided to do what Jeeps do best and park however he wanted, too—half on the curb, right next to the Corvette.

He then took a seat in the restaurant by the window so he could watch for the Corvette owner. He then recorded the guy checking for any scratches as people walk by and laugh at him.

Maybe this Corvette owner has learned his lesson. If you want to park like you own the world, take your precious sports car to the back of the parking lot.

What do you think about this? Did the Jeep driver take it too far or did he give the Corvette owner exactly what he deserved?

“Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey” in Dallas on November 1

Dallas is a heck of a long drive from Rochester Hills, but Dodge and rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts in the area might want to start game-planning for a trip. On November 1, Mötley Crüe brings their “All Bad Things Must End” farewell tour to the Gas Monkey music venue in Dallas for a performance that will be a part of the “Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey” car show and concert.

If you are the proud owner of a Dodge Challenger, Charger, or Viper, then you’ll want to pre-register to show off your own bad thing at “Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey.” It costs $100 to register for two passes at www.dodgerocksgasmonkey.com, but here’s a trick that your wallet is going to love: once you arrive at the show in your prized Dodge, you’ll receive $100 cash.

That means that it’s free to attend as long as you show off your pride and joy.

In addition to the car show, Dodge will be offering the opportunity to ride in a Dodge Viper drift car or the insanely powerful Challenger Hellcat. It all culminates in an adrenaline-packed performance from Mötley Crüe at 9pm.

For more details, visit www.dodgerocksgasmonkey.com. If you’re looking to get in behind the wheel of a new Dodge, there’s no better place to start than Rochester Hills CJDR.

Fighting Fatigue Behind the Wheel

Fatigue Behind the Wheel

Fatigue Behind the Wheel

Americans are living life at a faster pace than ever before. We are busier, more active, and more committed to our families, jobs, and hobbies than decades past.  In a world that seems to move at warp speed and there is never enough time to get everything done, we survive off less sleep and more coffee.

While we might be accomplishing more while feeling more fulfilled and successful, we might also be putting ourselves and other at serious risk. Fatigue behind the wheel is a serious and growing problem as more Americans find themselves exhausted during their commute. Driving while fatigued can be just as serious as drunk driving by impairing motor skills, cognitive ability, reasoning skills, and vision.

According to autos.aol.com, AAA says that fatigued driving may be the cause for up to 11.6 percent of all fatal accidents. According to a survey from DMEautomotive, Americans are fighting fatigue in all the wrong ways. Drinking caffeine, opening windows, blaring loud music, pulling over to exercise and stretch, and turning up the air conditioning are the most common methods of combating the effects of sleep deprivation, but are ineffective.

The only real solution is to pull over and take a nap. The common methods listed above only remedy the problem for a short time. “This survey reveals a big problem: when people get sleepy on the road, too many take measures that simply don’t work,” said Mary Sheridan, director of research and analytics for DMEautomotive, in a release. “Most of us do ineffective things like stopping for that third triple-shot cappuccino or slapping water on our face just to keep going. As drivers, we need to heed our drowsiness and stop to sleep or let a rested person drive.”

If you experience any signs of drowsiness while on the road, make the responsible choice to get off the road. We here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep want all of our friends out there to be safe at all times!