How To Tell When Your Car’s Battery Dies

Bad Car Battery

There are plenty of signs of a bad car battery, so if you’re having any of these issues, you should get to your dealership or mechanic and have your battery checked stat.

If it takes a long time for the engine to turn on when you turn your car key, you might be having battery issues. You may also notice your check engine light comes on occasionally. Whether it’s the battery or a problem with the engine or transmission, you should see your mechanic in these cases no matter what.

When you check your fluids, make sure you’re keeping an eye on the battery fluid level. If the fluid gets below the lead plates inside, you should have your battery checked. You could also have a battery leak, which will lead to corrosion and could mean you have to replace the battery.

Finally, your battery will eventually just get old, so have your battery inspected every year!

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Learn These Signs You Are Too Attached to You Car

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Do you love your car more than life itself? Here are ten signs you are too attached to your car!

 

# 1 – If your friends try to bring a beverage on a trip, you make them pour it into a sippy cup first.

 

# 2 – You wash your vehicle more than once a week.

 

# 3 – Those little booties that doctors wear during surgery–you ordered a lifetime supply and insist that your passengers put them before entering your vehicle.

 

# 4 – You post more photos of your vehicle to Instagram than photos of your own children.

 

# 5 – When the carjacker said, “Give me the keys or I’ll hurt you,” you offered him the keys to your house instead.

 

# 6 – You put premium gasoline in your vehicle even though the manufacturer doesn’t recommend it and you know full well it has no benefit.

 

# 7 – You named your vehicle.

 

# 8 – You have a tattoo of your vehicle’s name.

 

# 9 – You have a visible tattoo of your vehicle’s name.

 

# 10 – Your car payment is twice your house payment. And you don’t even sleep in your house. You sleep in your vehicle because “it’s only surefire way to make sure no one steals it.”

Driving Safety Tips: What to Do When You Hydroplane

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Stay Safe by Knowing What to Do if you Hydroplane.

Driving in the rain with low visibility is scary enough, but when you skid on the water and feel yourself losing control of your vehicle, it’s even scarier. But there’s no need to panic—it’s actually very easy to regain control, so just follow these steps for what to do when you hydroplane and you’ll be fine!

The first rule of hydroplaning is do not slam on your brakes. Don’t even touch them! If you brake, especially if you brake hard, you will skid and lose even more control of your car. Not preferable. There are two different methods, depending on if you’re in a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive car.

In a front-wheel drive car, you’ll want to steer into an open lane so you have plenty of room in front of you. If there isn’t an open lane, try the side of the road. As you’re steering over into that lane (don’t swerve!) slowly accelerate until you have more control.

In rear-wheel drive, on the other hand, you’ll want to take your foot off the gas pedal as you steer into the other lane. Don’t brake still! Just let your car decelerate. You should regain control quickly.

Think you might need new tires? Schedule an appointment with our service department.

Redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 Comes with Luxury Look

2015 Chrysler 200 redesign

2015 Chrysler 200

The Chrysler brand has redesigned several of its sedans, making them more marketable and valuable than ever before. One of the vehicles to receive this treatment was the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan, a sports sedan with a new aggressive exterior style and an awesome list of standard features and options that will appeal to even the pickiest consumers.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 redesign shares much of its DNA with that of the Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Dart. It includes high-strength steel to give you better driving dynamics, a quieter ride, and a rigid body. The Chrysler 200’s powertrain lives up to the promise of that exterior and body design, too. The V6 engine goes from zero to sixty in just 6.2 seconds.

Of course, you can also opt for a 2.4-liter engine that comes with more fuel efficiency and front-wheel-drive capability, so you always have options when it comes to the powertrain. You can also use the “sport” mode on the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, though, so choosing between the two will probably be a hard thing to do. Learn more about this redesigned sedan at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep!

The Chrysler New York Auto Show Lineup: Heating Things Up

Chrysler New York Auto Show Lineup

Celebrating the latest in Chrysler engineering, the New York Auto Show brought together some of the most innovative designs in automotive history. The Chrysler New York Auto Show lineup includes an array of vehicles seen for the first time, including six new limited edition models.

According to Chrysler, the new models include the 2015 Ram Laramie Limited and Rebel editions, the 2015 Chrysler 300, the 2015 Jeep Renegade, the 2015 Dodge Challenger Shaker Model, and more. The auto show highlighted incredible capabilities and performance, dominating the show with some of the world’s best new cars and trucks.

“FCA US are celebrating the spring season with a lineup that brings color and excitement to the 2015 New York International Auto Show,” said Chrysler in a statement. “[We] treated show attendees to everything from the world’s fastest muscle cars to the most fuel-efficient pick-up trucks to seductive Italian sports cars.”

The new Laramie Limited and Rebel offer exclusive off-road capabilities and an array of new features like a suspension lift kit, custom interior, and 33-inch tires. The 300 is a bold take on the classic design, now featuring best-in-class 31 mpg highway. The open-air freedom and nine-speed transmission on the new Renegade offer unparalleled off-roading, and the Shaker model is a retro throwback to celebrate HEMI performance.

The 2015 Mopar Custom Models Showcase at Detroit Auto Show

Mopar dominated the spotlight during the 2015 North American International Auto show (NAIAS) in Detroit. With three new custom models available, including two Jeep Renegades and a Dodge Challenger, Mopar engineers have certainly been busy these past few months.

According to Chrysler the 2015 Mopar custom models are the Off-Road Mopar Jeep Renegade, the Urban Mopar Jeep Renegade, and the Dodge Challenger T/A Concept. Both Jeeps boast a selection of accessories and modifications, including graphics, lights, grilles and more. The interiors have been completely redesigned with high-end durable materials as well.

“Customers can pull from our portfolio of Mopar products to augment the versatility and capability of the all-new Jeep Renegade, as shown with two Mopar-equipped Renegade vehicles, or to beef up the muscle of the Dodge Challenger while adding a vintage feel, as demonstrated by the Dodge Challenge T/A Concept,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar.

The new Challenger is an interpretation of the ‘70s classic, with Sublime Green painting, a 6.4-liter HEMI, and racing brakes and exhaust. The T/A debuted at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, but is still causing quite a stir.

These 3 models highlight some of the best Mopar has to offer. Although Mopar is usually only associated with what goes on underneath the hood, its lineup at the NAIAS proves it has no problem customizing the exterior and interior as well.

Test drive the new Renegade here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep or browse our selection of Mopar accessories to customize your Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep car or truck!

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!