CAR CARE NEWS :: OCTOBER 2014

New Durango V-8 engine delivers power plus fuel economy

New car

New Durango V-8 engine delivers power plus fuel economy

Dodge’s 2014 Durango is the ultimate no-compromise SUV and raises the bar for performance, technology and style.

The 2014 model brings more power than before, adds an eight-speed transmission and offers am 8.4-inch touchscreen display.

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Seasonal service

Tune-ups: Why your vehicle needs a semi-annual check-up

Tune-ups: Why your vehicle needs a semi-annual check-up

By Tony Molla

Just like a doctor checks your general health, a tune up ensures your vehicle performs its best.

If your ‘Check Engine’ light is on, the shop can plug in a scan tool and look for trouble codes to see where the problem is. This can also be a good opportunity to inspect belts, hoses and connections, as well as search for leaks or parts that need to be replaced.

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Car care

Get a handle on dirty jobs with latest specialty brushes

Get a handle on dirty jobs with latest specialty brushes

A towel and elbow grease aren't always the best choices for shining your vehicle.

Sometimes a brush is the right answer.   

“Brushes are great when you need to gently agitate while letting particulates get washed away,” said Jim Dvorak of Mothers, a polish company based in Southern California.

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Accessories

Simple tips to keep a clear view on the outside world

Simple tips to keep a clear view on the outside world

You wouldn't watch a movie through broken glasses, so why drive with a cracked windshield?

“Maintaining visibility is crucial for driving safety,” said Ron Fausnight, technology specialist at RainX.

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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

Don't let bad lenses lead you down a dark alley

Don't let bad lenses lead you down a dark alley

Those bright bulbs in your headlights don’t help much if the plastic guarding them is cloudy and stained. Hazy lenses can dramatically reduce visibility, making night driving potentially hazardous.

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Unique air truck provides life-saving support for firefighters

Unique air truck provides life-saving support for firefighters

One of the most useful vehicles owned by fire departments nationwide doesn’t pump a gallon of water. Instead, the truck provides clean, breathable air to firefighters, an important commodity to someone charging into a searing building billowing with smoke.

“Firefighting is inherently dangerous and having a reliable supply of clean air allows us to perform in extremely hostile conditions,” said Capt. Ken Kuykendall of the Folsom Fire Department in California’s Central Valley.

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