CAR CARE NEWS :: AUGUST 2014

Popular Journey balances power, fuel economy in stylish crossover

Dodge had a winner with the 2013 Journey, and the 2014 model year builds on that success while offering a host of high-end features that make the crossover a leader in its class.

A V-6 engine coupled with standard features such as 17-inch wheels, all-wheel-drive capability and distinctive LED taillights make the Journey stand out.

Under the Hood

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Dealership expansion project underway at Elk Grove Dodge

Dealership expansion project underway at Elk Grove Dodge

Elk Grove Dodge has embarked on a major remodeling program that expands customer services, doubles the size of its parts department and adds a new service bay for heavy duty commercial vehicles.

Construction continues through early 2014 inside and outside the dealership. Recently, landscapers redesigned the front of the facility. At present workers are busy with remodeling the sales reception area and parts department. 

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Seasonal service

Routine brake checks help keep your vehicle safe

Routine brake checks help keep your vehicle safe

Some warning signs never flash across your vehicle dashboard. Problems such as squeals or a vibrating brake pedal could be your car’s way of pleading for service. 

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Car care

Don't let minor dents, scrapes ruin the value of your car

Don't let minor dents, scrapes ruin the value of your car

A relaxing summer day can turn sour in a hurry when you return to your vehicle and notice some new imperfections on its shiny exterior.

“Dents and dings are particularly annoying because they show up like spots on a mirror, especially on dark colored surfaces,” said Chuck Sulkala, executive director of the National Auto Body Council. “They also can diminish the value of your vehicle.”

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Accessories

Pet-friendly safety solutions for your furry passengers

Pet-friendly safety solutions for your furry passengers

Dogs adore car rides, and drivers cherish taking them. But sharp turns, sudden stops or collisions can cause severe injury or death to unrestrained animals—and put human passengers at risk of injury as well.

Lindsey Wolko, founder of the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety, has spent the last decade raising awareness about animal restraints for pet owners. Yet, she cautions there is no uniform safety standard for the industry.

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Seasonal driving

Plan ahead for road closures at popular destnations

Plan ahead for road closures at popular destnations

Dust off your almanac and download a freeway app for your smartphone if you are driving through any of the top metropolitan areas this summer.

Roadway construction could make travel a dusty slog if you don’t know how to navigate around road closures.

“We encourage people to plan ahead and do their research,’ said Nancy singer, spokesperson for the Federal Highway Administration.

The federal agency and every state offers traveler information on construction projects. The state sites have detailed maps and closure information.

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Before you go

Why keeping cool may cost you at the pump

Why keeping cool may cost you at the pump

A renowned federal agency has proven it costs more to be cool.

According to a recent report from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the testing arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, cranking up your vehicle’s air conditioning system increases gas consumption.

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