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Mopar Car Care Tips

Mopar Car Care Tips

October 4, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Before winter settles in, fall is the time for owners to get their vehicles into shape.

“Now is the time to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming winter-driving season. Preventative maintenance helps vehicles perform at optimum levels in a variety of conditions. With original-equipment Mopar parts, our factory-trained technicians provide full service to Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT and Fiat vehicles. And with the addition of proven, quality-tested parts from Magneti Marelli, we also service all domestic and most import vehicles as well.”

-Jim Sassorossi,
Head of Sales and Product Development at Mopar®
Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand

Mopar’s Fall Car-Care Checklist

Brakes

Brakes

1: Brakes

Summer travel gives brake pads a heavy workout, resulting in the removal of thin layers. Now is the time to check pads, shoes, rotors, drums, calipers, wheel cylinders, brake hardware and the parking brake for wear and tear.

Tires

Tires

2: Tires

Closely inspect the tread and sidewall areas of tires for uneven or irregular wear. In addition, excessive edge wear, center wear and shoulder wear can act as an indicator for other trouble spots on your vehicle. It’s also important to ensure correct air pressure at all times in order to prevent premature wear. Be sure to check the spare as well. If replacements are needed, Mopar offers a complete lineup of tires and winter tires from BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Kumho, Michelin, Uniroyal and Yokohama brands.

Battery

Battery

3: Battery

Summer heat does the most damage to battery life and is why they often fail in the winter. Check for corroded terminals and a bulging or cracked case. Test and replace battery if necessary.

Wiper Blades

Wiper Blades

4: Wiper Blades

Winter driving conditions challenge your ability to see the road. Mopar’s lineup of wiper blades now includes Beam Blades, which provide superior all-weather performance and aid driving visibility. The wiper blades boast a skin coating that seals the aerodynamic spoiler in order to protect it from winter weather. Mopar Beam Blades also are constructed to eliminate exposed parts and to resist snow- and ice-clogging.

5: Shocks and Struts

For motorists located in cold and snowy climates, fall and winter also usher in a dreaded time of year: pothole season. Shocks and struts are the most overlooked service parts on a vehicle, but they affect ride control and comfort and can also affect a number of related parts. Mopar shocks and struts optimize vehicle handling, tire life and keep vehicles riding smoothly.

Engine Oil

Engine Oil

6: Engine Oil

Ensure your engine oil has the correct viscosity in order to endure cold weather. Engine oil should be changed or replenished at recommended intervals. Low or dirty fluids affect how an engine and its components perform and could potentially cause engine damage under extreme conditions.

7: Fluid Levels

All vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked and changed at factory-recommended intervals. Key fluids include antifreeze/coolant level and concentration, as well as power steering, brake, transmission and windshield washer fluids.

Engine Belts and Hoses

Engine Belts and Hoses

8: Engine Belts and Hoses

Replace belts and hoses at recommended intervals. Quality-tested Mopar belts and hoses offer precision fit, optimal service life and original-equipment performance.

Air Filter

Air Filter

9: Air Filter

The air filter is designed to protect your engine from airborne contaminants. Poor air flow to the engine inhibits performance and generates greater fuel consumption. A new air filter allows clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps ensure proper performance for a longer life.

10: Headlamps and Taillamps

Days become shorter in the fall and winter, meaning more nighttime driving and increased usage of headlamps and taillamps. Inspect and test all lamps on your vehicle to ensure proper function and proper alignment.

Mopar Fall Service Specials and Rebates

Mopar has a full slate of fall service specials and mail-in rebates on tap for consumers, including:

  • $70 rebates on select sets of four Goodyear premium tires
  • $20 rebates per set of any other four Goodyear tires
  • $20 rebates per set of two Value Line struts
  • $10 rebates per set of two Value Line shocks
  • $2.50 rebates per each Value Line wiper blade (applicable for all makes and models)

At select Chrysler Group dealerships, one special low price for three services: oil and filter change, Mopar Value Line wiper blades and multipoint vehicle checkup, plus a 10 percent discount on needed repairs

At select Chrysler Group dealerships, customers can take advantage of the Mopar Service Clinic, a program that offers free vehicle inspections in October and November

Mopar-First Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

  • Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
  • Vehicle-information smartphone apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
  • Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
  • Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to introduce new vehicle tracking system that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on set parameters
  • 2011 Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
  • WiFi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
  • Brand-specific customer-care telephone lines: first to offer Sunday service hours to customers
  • WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at Mopar.com.

More than 70 Years of Mopar

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

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PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), delivered the first of a demonstration fleet of Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) pickup trucks to municipal officials in Yuma, Ariz., today.

The 10 PHEV Ram 1500 pickups delivered by Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of the Chrysler Group’s advanced hybrid vehicle project, are part of a national demonstration fleet of 140 vehicles that will be used during the next three years to evaluate customer usage, drive cycles, charging, thermal management, fuel economy, emissions and impact on the region’s electric grid. In addition to Yuma, 11 other partners across the United States will receive vehicles for demonstration and testing purposes.

Abdullah Bazzi‎ (left) and Yuma Mayor Al Krieger

Abdullah Bazzi‎ (left) and Yuma Mayor Al Krieger

Strictly a demonstration program, there are no plans for a production version of the PHEV Ram 1500 truck at this time.

Cities and states were selected to evaluate temperature extremes, urban traffic cycles and diverse climates and geographies from North Dakota, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Arizona. Cities will include San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.; Austin, Texas and Kansas City, Mo.

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 PHEV includes a liquid-cooled 12.9kWhr lithium ion battery pack and a 6.6 kilowatt (kW) on-board charger. Additional features include AC power generation of up to 6.6kW; directional charging; reverse power flow and full regenerative braking used to capture more energy. For fuel economy improvements, the front axle can be disconnected when not needed.

The powertrain also includes a 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine and a two-mode hybrid transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI is equipped with a Multiple Displacement System (MDS) that improves fuel efficiency at highway speeds by shutting down fuel delivery to up to four cylinders.

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

The battery pack is located under the second-row seat of the pickup and is liquid cooled to help maintain a consistent battery temperature. For on-the-job electrical power tools, a 240 volt/30 amp four-prong outlet and 120volt/20amp duplex outlet power strip is located in the rear box.

“Cities have been carefully selected to help the Chrysler Group collect a wide range of data,” explained Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of Chrysler’s advanced hybrid vehicle project. “Temperature extremes found in the cold of North Dakota or the heat of Arizona can have a severe impact on battery life and charging efficiency.”

The choice of a Ram 1500 pickup truck was based upon two-speed transmission technology that was readily available from a previous vehicle electrification project from the Chrysler Group.

Mayor Al Krieger of Yuma, Arizona

Mayor Al Krieger of Yuma, Arizona

Urban and rural use also will be tracked to measure battery performance and overall hybrid efficiency with the demonstration fleet of pickups. Other uses include military bases where vehicles will be able to provide power back to the electric grid in what is termed “reverse power flow” of up to 6.6kW.

Funding for the program in part is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the Transportation Electrification Initiative sponsored by the DOE. The grant, totaling $48 million from DOE and $49.4 million from Chrysler Group, was designed to develop vehicles that will be cost efficient for consumers, satisfy safety concerns of daily travel without recharging and help reduce dependence on foreign oil.

PHEV Ram 1500 in front of the Yuma City Hall

PHEV Ram 1500 in front of the Yuma City Hall

The Chrysler Group also is developing a similar fleet of 25 Town & Country minivans with plug-in hybrid technology for demonstration and evaluation that will be allocated to select cities later this year.

As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Seven Mopar Maintenance Tips

“Now is the time to get your vehicle into shape for the summer travel season. Performing preventative maintenance is critical for maintaining the safety and performance of your vehicle. For those who own a Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep or Ram vehicle, we recommend that they stick with the specialists and have all maintenance and repairs done by qualified, factory-trained technicians in our dealerships. Our technicians have the expertise, tools and factory-backed parts for these vehicles. And they work on them every single day.”

-Jim Sassorossi, Head of Sales at Mopar
Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand

Check Tires

Tire wear is a good indicator of how your vehicle’s steering and suspension are performing. Excessive edge wear, center wear and shoulder wear can be clues that other maintenance is needed. Check air pressure on all tires, including the spare, as incorrect tire pressure can cause tires to wear prematurely. Tread and sidewall areas should be inspected for uneven or irregular wear and should be replaced if worn or damaged. Mopar offers a range of tires including B.F. Goodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Kumho, Michelin, Uniroyal and Yokohama.

Checking Tire Tread

Checking Tire Tread

Check Brakes

Every time you brake, a thin layer of the pad is removed. The key is to replace the pads or shoes before the drums or rotors become damaged. Pads, shoes, rotors, calipers, fittings, brake hardware and parking brake should be checked for the summer driving season. If your brakes sound like they’re squealing, it may be time for replacements.

Checking Pads and Rotors

Checking Pads and Rotors

Check Fluid Levels

Engine oil should be changed or replenished, and all vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked and changed at factory-recommended intervals to make sure they’re fresh and filled to the recommended levels. Low, or dirty fluids can have an impact on how your engine and components perform and could potentially damage your engine.

Checking Fluids

Checking Fluids

Check Engine Belts, Hoses and Fuel Filter

In today’s vehicles, a single drive belt provides power to many engine accessories, and hoses carry vital fluids under high pressure. Prevent a breakdown or serious engine damage by replacing belts and hoses at recommended intervals. Quality-tested Mopar belts and hoses offer precision fit, optimal service life and original-equipment performance.

Checking Engine Belts

Checking Engine Belts

Change Air Filter

The air filter is designed to protect your engine from airborne contaminants. Poor air flow to the engine inhibits performance and can generate greater fuel consumption. A new air filter allows clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps to ensure proper performance and longer life.

Checking The Air Filter

Checking The Air Filter

Check Battery

Whether it’s the first start up in the morning or having the reserve power to run the air conditioning and other accessories, the battery is the critical source. Corroded terminals, a bulging or cracked case are signs that a battery has been subject to extreme conditions. And each battery has a limited “life” to it. Test your battery and replace it if necessary to make sure you have the cranking power to start your vehicle and keep it running.

Checking the Battery

Checking the Battery

Check Wiper Blades

Worn wiper blades can affect your vision and ability to see the road and vehicles in front of you. For greater visibility and smooth operation, Mopar all-season wiper blades are built for the long haul and feature a strong, all-metal superstructure for durable, reliable performance. An innovative wear indicator gradually turns from black to green to yellow as the blades wear.

Checking Wiper Blades

Checking Wiper Blades

There you have it! Make sure to check over those vehicles before you hit the road this summer on those fun adventures! As always click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles and more! Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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