CAR CARE NEWS :: JANUARY 2015

New Challenger Blends Muscle with Best-In-Class Horsepower

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New Challenger Blends Muscle with Best-In-Class Horsepower

Dodge’s top-selling Challenger is back in 2015 with an all-new R/T Scat Pack and 392 Hemi, best-in-class 485 horsepower, Scat Pack Shaker models and an all-new interior.

Under the Hood

Dodge engineers didn’t hold back on horsepower in the 2015 Challenger. The R/T Scat Pack is centered around a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission that will take it from 0-60 in the mid four-second range.

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Download Mobile App for Access at your Fingertips

Download Mobile App for Access at your Fingertips

Now it’s even simpler to communicate directly with Elk Grove Dodge. A free mobile app gives customers the ability to make appointments, download mobile coupons and view inventory at their convenience.

“Our new mobile app is easy to use and navigate,” said Vince Bloom, general manager of Elk Grove Dodge. “It was designed to give customers up-to-date information at their fingertips.”

To download the mobile dealership app for Android, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/qc4qno7

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Seasonal service

Five ways to prevent battery problems this winter

Five ways to prevent battery problems this winter

Most drivers only think about their vehicle’s battery when it goes dead.

“Fortunately, batteries rarely fail without warning and paying heed to their death throes can help you avoid frustration,” said Jim McIlvaine of OPTIMA Batteries, known around the industry as OPTIMA Jim.

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Car care

Simple steps to protect exterior against harsh weather

Simple steps to protect exterior against harsh weather

Waxing isn’t just for muscle cars on display at auto shows. Laying down a protective layer over clean paint helps your vehicle weather the snow, rain and salty roads of winter.

“Winter always has the harshest elements on the paint itself,” said Mike Pennington, a product expert for Meguiar’s, a company specializing in car care products. “A thorough washing and waxing before winter is crucial for the preservation of your vehicle’s exterior. It’s not just a job for summer.”

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Accessories

Improve visibility, performance with heated blades

Improve visibility, performance with heated blades

Ever scraped snow and ice off a windshield only to see a new layer coat the glass minutes later? A set of heated wiper blades keeps the frost from reforming and improves visibility.

“If you’ve driven in snowy weather you’ve probably seen some guy with his arm out the window trying to shake ice off his wiper blade while he’s driving,” said John Giummara, marketing director for Thermalblade, a Pennsylvania-based company that produces a patented heated wiper blade.  “You don’t want to ever have to do that.”

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Seasonal driving

Life-saving tips for traveling through school zones

Life-saving tips for traveling through school zones

School zones present special challenges for drivers of all ages, especially during the first few weeks of September.

“We want parents to make safety a top priority for their teens as they head back to school this fall,” said Ashley Sharaky, spokesperson for California’s Office of Traffic Safety. “Of course, these reminders apply not only to back-to-school season, but throughout the school year.”

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Before you go

Emergency trunk essentials for cold weather driving

Emergency trunk essentials for cold weather driving

People who live in harsh climates know the importance of a well-stocked emergency kit--a bit of pertinent advice for all drivers planning excursions during winter months.  

“Vehicles have more advanced safety features than ever before, but that doesn’t mean winter driving is any less dangerous,” said Tim DeSpain, a public information officer for Alaska’s Department of Public Safety. “Vehicles have anti-lock brakes, airbags throughout, navigation systems and traction control, but all that doesn’t matter if you’re stranded in the cold.”

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