CAR CARE NEWS :: MARCH 2015

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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

Listen When Your Vehicle Says, 'Knock, Knock'

Listen When Your Vehicle Says, 'Knock, Knock'

By Tony Molla

Modern vehicles are designed to run quietly and efficiently, so unusual noises usually indicate trouble is brewing.

But what do those noises mean, and how do you know which are the sounds of a potentially serious problem?

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Car care

Time to Say Goodbye to Filthy Road Grime

Time to Say Goodbye to Filthy Road Grime

Not getting stranded was probably your biggest driving concern this winter. Now that spring has rolled around and the sun has returned, chances are you’re seeing the toll nature took on your vehicle.

“All winter you’re taking steps to make sure your battery starts each morning and having the right tires to deal with snow and ice,” said Mike Deddo, a senior chemist for Turtle Wax. “Then spring comes around and you’re thinking ‘my car’s a mess, what am I gonna do?’”

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Accessories

Sunglasses Not Just for Looking Cool This Spring

Sunglasses Not Just for Looking Cool This Spring

Corey Hart wears his at night and the sharp-dressed members of ZZ Top prefer them cheap. Their popular tunes on sunglasses make for enjoyable listening but don’t help when making the best choice for driving.

“Sunglasses are so important people tend to include them in their mental checklist with wallet and cell phone before they leave the house,” said Bill Yerby, director of sales and marketing for Serengeti Eyewear. “While glare is the biggest issue, eye strain caused by harsh light and squinting presents a real and pervasive hazard for drivers.”

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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

Routine Windshield Cleaning Prevents Foggy Build-up

 Routine Windshield Cleaning Prevents Foggy Build-up

Want a simple way to reduce eye strain, glare from the road and extend the life of an expensive piece of equipment? Keep your windshield clean.

“You wouldn’t wear sun glasses to drive at night,”said Dr. Larry Beaver, vice president of technology for RSC Chemical, the company behind GUNK, Motor Medic and many others. “Yet, we drive with dirty windshields and mirrors.

“In strong sunlight or at night, dirt on a windshield is a distraction and in certain circumstances a real danger. Dirt can also hide chips and cracks that need to be repaired,” he said.

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