Prepare your Car for Winter and Be Ready for Anything

Prepare your Car for Winter

Prepare your Car for Winter

Winter driving can be stressful for you and hard on your vehicle. With a little preparation, though, there’s no need to let the cold weather slow you down. Here are some ways to properly prepare your car for winter from Rochester Hills CDJR.

Monitor your tires

Cold weather can cause the air in your tires to compress, which leads to deflated tires. Keeping your tires filled with the correct amount of air is crucial to optimal traction and handling. The last thing you want on snowy or icy roads is to lose grip, so keep an eye on your tires all winter long.

Test your Battery

Those cold winter mornings are extra taxing on your car’s battery, so before the weather turns ugly, make sure your battery is fully charged. If it’s not holding a full charge, it’s time to replace it.

Pack an Emergency Kit

It’s important to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle during the winter. If you’re ever stranded in the cold, be prepared by stowing blankets, water, food, and a cell phone charger in your car so you can wait out the elements until help arrives.

 

This year, skip the stress and be prepared. Take these simple winter car preparation tips and be ready for anything! If your vehicle needs a new battery or tires, stop by Rochester Hills CDJR before the cold rolls in.

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What’s New For the 2018 Ram 1500

What's New For the 2018 Ram 1500

What’s New For the 2018 Ram 1500

What is an ideal truck?

To us, it’s one that can flex and change to meet the needs of a diverse number of lifestyles. The 2018 Ram 1500 does this well, coming in a number of trims with a long list of standard and available features. Whether you need a strong, durable workhorse or want a stylish, sleek truck to use as your daily commuter, the 2018 Ram 1500 can fit the bill.

This model year, the Ram 1500 offers even more customization options than before. New features give buyers more options, as do two new trim levels. Added to the list of trims this year is the new special Harvest Edition as well as an updated, high-end Limited Tungsten Edition. This is the perfect trim for those who want a pickup that’s more stylish than any other on the road. It features a leather interior, an attractive chrome grille, and a sport hood.

The 2018 Ram 1500 now comes with a standard rearview camera on every model, and the available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are more ways than ever to make the 2018 Ram 1500 uniquely yours. Start creating your perfect pickup when you visit Rochester Hills CDJR today.

Reasons You Should Own a Pickup Truck

2017 RAM pickup truck

2017 RAM pickup truck

Interested in getting a new truck? We understand why. They’re capable, reliable, and offer unprecedented towing power. Here are some of our top reasons for why you should own a pickup truck.

Power and Capability

Pickup trucks typically come with several engine and transmission options that crank out some serious ponies, as well as having good ground clearance, rigid body construction, and wheels built for traction.

Towing

In addition to delivering plenty of power, pickup trucks provide drivers with the ability to tow and haul whatever they need. Whether you’re hauling boats for a weekend away or a trailer full of moving boxes and furniture, your truck has got you covered.

Safety and Visibility

Pickup trucks are a lot taller than your average car, so you’ll be able to see a lot more on the road. Plus, with a tough body construction and advanced safety features, pickup trucks are often safer, too.

Versatile

With the ability to tow and haul, pickup trucks can be used for many different purposes. Depending on your needs, you can choose between several different body configurations of both cabs and truck beds to make your pickup truck your own.

 

If you’re on the hunt for a new pickup, head over to Rochester Hills CDJR to see our inventory of capable, popular RAM trucks.

Could Ram Diesel Be Disappearing?

Could Ram Diesel Be Disappearing?

Hoverboards, flying cars, time travel, the disappearance of Diesel … these are all things which have been projected into the vague and distant future. While we didn’t have time travel figured out quite as early as Back to the Future predicted, technology does continue to surprise us. Some of these possibilities seem more likely than others.

 

Recently, Germany made it known that they wish to outlaw diesel and combustion engines by 2030. The German Federal Council passed this resolution and asked the European Union as a whole to consider doing the same. It isn’t legally binding, but it has put the potential disappearance of diesel on every truck-lover’s mind.

 

Recently, a member of a Ram forum made a post about this European movement. This got other users worked up when they were forced to ask, could Ram diesel be disappearing? Members of the forum made speculations and discussed the potential alternatives of the future. One member shared a press release from a truck company named Nikola who claims to be developing a hydrogen fuel semi truck.

 

If and when diesel and combustion engines are out of the picture, drivers will turn to electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. GM has been working on hydrogen fuel for some time, but argue that they are currently lacking the infrastructure needed to really make it happen. Refueling in remote locations would not be possible … yet.

Driving Safety Tips: What to Do When You Hydroplane

Wet Tire on Black Background

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.

PepsiCo Recycling Teams Up with FCA to Help Disabled Veterans

Thank a Veteran

We should all thank our veterans for their honorable service.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, PepsiCo Recycling is launching a new program together with FCA to help disabled veterans and increase recycling efforts.

By placing more recycling bins in traffic-heavy areas of the Fiat-Chrysler America assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois, FCA and PepsiCo Recycling encourage employees to recycle more trash, which in turn supports PepsiCo Recycling’s partnership with the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. This program provides business training to disabled veterans to help them get back on their feet after returning from the line of duty.

FCA officials have been looking for a way to decrease landfill waste and increase recycling, and the partnership with PepsiCo and its support of veterans is the perfect way to go about it. Plant employees are doubly encouraged to recycle, knowing they will help both the environment and the men and women of the armed forces.

FCA also has a long history of supporting the military, including cash allowances for veterans buying new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles and teaming up with the Prestige Group Co. to grant internship positions at FCA to returning veterans.

If you’re looking for ways to help the environment, then why not look into purchasing a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle?

Ram Trucks and Rolling Stone Country Create Country Music Partnership

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Odds are high that if you love country music, you probably love yourself a good pickup truck, too. Which is why it makes perfect sense for Ram Trucks and Rolling Stone Country to come together to make country music even better.

As part of this partnership, there is a new, daily, hosted video series called the “Ram Report” available online. This series takes a look at some of the biggest country music news of the day and frequently features exclusive interviews with some of country music’s biggest stars.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ram on this exciting program, which marks Rolling Stone’s commitment to country music and our dedication to creating quality video content,” said Gus Wenner, Head of Digital of Wenner Media, in a statement. “We started Rolling Stone Country out of a deep love for the music, and look forward to this collaboration that will reach an audience who are as passionate about their trucks, as they are about their music.”

What kind of content would you like to see from this partnership with Rolling Stone Country? All of us here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge would like to know your thoughts!