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Winter will be here soon. So now is the perfect time to make sure your Ram is ready to deal with the ravages of cold weather. Even though Ram trucks are tough and versatile enough to handle any type of weather conditions, it is wise to make sure to do the proper winter maintenance and preparation. If you have a late model Dodge truck you won’t have to do too much to get it ready for winter. Still, there are a few things every truck owner should do to ensure their truck makes it through whatever winter brings with flying colors. Most of them are simple, easy and inexpensive. And, if you have any issues, you can always bring it into Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.
One common reason people have problems with their trucks in winter is because they fail to do routine maintenance. Most newer Rams don’t require extensive winterizing. Simply check the owners manual and make sure you have had all the required services performed by a reputable technician. This should include checking all the fluids under the hood and replacing them if necessary. Pay particular attention to your engine coolant and make sure you have the right winter mix. Plus be sure to get your oil changed at the appropriate time. Your transmission fluid should be checked as well.
Problems starting in cold weather is another common issue people have with their vehicles in the winter. Often the problem is the battery. So as winter approaches be sure your battery is in tip top shape. Make sure the battery leads are intact, tight and corrosion free. Have your battery tested to ensure it is at full power. If it is not, then charge it or replace it. Many places will test your battery at no charge.
An Emergency Kit
You should always keep an emergency kit in your truck. That kit should have jumper cables, a tow strap, a blanket, bottled water, a mobile charger and a first aid kit. Even if your truck never needs it, that emergency kit may come in handy for helping someone else.
Check Your Tires
Depending on the age of your tires and the amount of wear and tear they have endured, you must make sure they are prepared to take on the winter. Make sure they have the right amount of air pressure and the threads are not overly worn. Consider if they need to be replaced or if you should put on snow tires. Good tires are an important safety feature. Pay attention to them.
Before the inclement weather begins, thoroughly inspect your windshield washer and wiper blades. Replace old or worn wiper blades immediately and make sure the washer nozzles are clear and properly aimed. Use only winter-grade windshield solvent to fill the windshield washer fluid bottle. Consider stowing an extra gallon in your truck just in case.
Four Wheel Drive
Check the operation of your truck’s 4WD components. Ensure locking hubs, push button engagement and the transfer levers move freely and engage and disengage properly. Whether you have a Ram 1500, 2500 or 3500, don’t neglect this step.
The 2017 Dodge Durango is a formidable SUV, and it continues to be a popular seller for Dodge as buyers love the power, reliability and room. While true, like every auto manufacturer, Dodge is working on making its trucks, cars and SUVs even better, and the 2017 Dodge Durango has some subtle changes, along with some big ones. With that in mind, here are some of the changes in store for the 2017 Dodge Durango.
The most significant changes are sure to be noticed by any fans of the Durango. The GT model will replace the Limited series. On the SXT styles, three rows of seats are optional, which is an upgrade from the standard. The rearwview camera will show a view of the trailer when the vehicle is moving. It will be shown on the 8.4 inch dashboard screen. The price change for the SXT model should please anyone as it’s dropping $500. The Citadel and R/T trims will cost $100 more. Again, nothing huge or earth-shattering, but with the SXT having a third row of seats, it will attract people with families and those who want to take long road trips. While you can’t test drive the car and take it for a road trip, if you want to take a spin around the block, check one out at Chapman Dodge
With the new GT model replacing the Limited in the Durango SUV lineup, we are seeing that Dodge is more serious than ever. The GT is a great SUV that comes with leather seats, a 3.6 liter V-6 engine, a monochromatic exterior, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear or front wheel drive – buyer’s choice. In previous models, three rows of seats were standard on all versions of the Durango. But, for the 2017 base SXT, the standard will be two rows of seats that hold five passengers. A third row of seats will be an option, as well. A third row will remain standard on the R/T, Citadel and GT models, and they seat seven passengers comfortably or six passengers when the middle row is two captain’s chairs.
On models with the 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen, the rear camera can now show the view of a trailer being towed while the SUV is moving. On the SXT model, a rearview camera is an option, and it’s standard on the other trims. People who tow a lot and want to use their SUVs to the max will love the rearview camera as it comes in handy, and Dodge listened to the demands of their buyers when adding this feature.
With the Durango being the larger of Dodge’s SUVs, it’s used for towing and heavy duty tasks. The Durango is based on a rear-drive truck platform, which offers drivers the chance to go off-road, carry a lot of stuff and people or two heavy items. With towing capability of up 7,400, with the V-8, and three rows of seats, we can see why the Durango is the best choice when compared to flimsier and smaller SUVs. While the company didn’t rock the boat and make huge changes, Dodge did enough to entice people to check out its new additions, and if you are in the market for an SUV, you should take a long and hard look at the 2017 Dodge Durango.
The 2017 Grand Caravan has some great new features that make it an even more compelling buy, but if you like the current or past models, you will be happy as Dodge has kept all the good, while improving in a few areas. The seven-passenger Dodge Caravan is now enjoying a new lease on life, and if you are in the market for a new van, you should give it a spin as you are sure to love it. Yes, Dodge had planned to end production of the ever-popular Grand Caravan and only sell the Chrysler Pacifica, but due to great sales, the Caravan lives on!
The biggest change that will bring smiles to consumers is the lower price tag on the very well-loved SE model. This is rare to see. Most manufacturers of cars, trucks and SUVs never lower prices, especially when they improve upon an already great product. The base SE is a thousand dollars cheaper than last years model. Other models have gone up slightly, but with additions, the price is well worth it, and if you are considering a minivan, the 2017 Grand Caravan SE is a solid choice. If you go to Chapman Dodge, you can see for yourself how great the Grand Caravan is.
The price of the SE Plus package, which Dodge treats as a completely separate model, drops by an eye-popping $900 to $2,700. The investment is well worth it as the package comes with second-row bucket seats, which you can fold into the floor. There are also power windows for the second row, and the Uconnect multimedia system to keep kids and adults alike entertained. With 17-inch allow wheels, premium cloth seats and a higher-grade interior trim, the SE Plus package is a great investment as you will love the add-ons and comforts.
While the base price on the SXT went up $1,200 to nearly 32k, it will have more standard equipment such as leather and suede upholstery, automatic headlights, Uconnect and a power driver’s seat.
Finally, the new GYT model will be replacing the R/T, and it will have a $1,000 base price jump, and it will sale for just shy of $35k. For this price, drivers will be treated to heated first and second-row seats, heated steering wheel, the Uconnect system, an auto-dimming mirror with a microphone, along with window shades to keep everyone comfortable.
Coming standard with all models is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with a six-speed auto transmission and front-wheel drive. With Stow ‘n Go seats in the second and third rows that fold into the floor, all models will be perfect for camping or hauling stuff around town. Any model you choose should suit your needs, and they all come with a host of features.
The Grand Caravan is one of the most innovative minivans on the market, and it’s been very popular in its more than three decades in production. This model still offers it all, whether you want to haul a family or move apartments. And, it’s a great value for the budget-conscious shopper who desires a minivan with all the goodies. Simply put, the 2017 Grand Caravan is a great choice.
The Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats are here, and driving enthusiasts the world over are ecstatic. And who can blame them. Every real car lover wants a sensible family sedan that has a top speed of 204-mph, like the Dodge Charger Hellcat. But have you ever wondered what it took to make this muscle car lover’s dream a reality?
The battle was between horsepower and fuel economy. And with the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise coming up and the worship of American horsepower about to kick into high gear, now is a great time to let real car enthusiasts get a look behind the curtain and see the machinations and negotiations that took place at the headquarters of Dodge and lead to the development and production of the Charger and Challenger Hellcats.
It was in 2014 that Dodge unleashed these two magnificent beasts with incredible straight-line speed on an unsuspecting public. From the first whispers about what Dodge had up its sleeve and in its garage until the incredibly sleek and powerful new Hellcat versions of the Charger and Challenger hit the asphalt, Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press followed the developments closely. He knew about the horsepower wars that raged inside the company. He heard that the output targets that started at 600 horsepower had been upped first to 675 and finally to 707 by the time production started. You can read numbers and be impressed, but you should test drive one at Chapman Dodge if you want to see how great the horsepower feels.
Mopar had long earned a reputation for creating groundbreaking vehicles with specs that were off the charts. But although the specs on the Charger and Challenger Hellcat models were reportedly quite amazing, even Phelan was stunned when the cars hits the streets in all their muscle car glory. He and many others were impressed with the handling and blown away by the drivability of the vehicles. If you looked past its top speed of over 200 miles per hour and simply focused on the comfort, amenities and style of the vehicles, you might even be able to convince yourself the Charger Hellcat was the ideal family sedan.
It’s true that the Charger and Challenger Hellcats were simply a way to for Dodge to get the driving public’s attention. And they did indeed do that with the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat being unofficially crowned King of Woodward. Still they are fun vehicles that can appear civil and tame at first glance. But step on the gas and put them through their paces on city streets, the open road or a dragstrip and the inner beast rears its beautiful head and leaves bystanders and other drivers with their mouths agape. It’s a wonderful and wondrous sight to behold.
The Charger and Challenger Hellcats are by no means perfect, but they’re great. Like other high-performance vehicles, they don’t focus on gas mileage, but they are reliable, fast and fun to drive. Sales have never been a problem and are up almost 10% in 2016. And rumor has it there’ll soon be a Hellcat version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Welcome to the new Golden Age of Horsepower.
There is no doubt about it, the Ram truck line is one of the most well-liked, well-designed and popular lines out there. If you are in the market for one, you will probably be surprised at how many options you have, and there are plenty of them to consider. With that being said, the Ram 1500 and 2500 are two of the most popular, and many, naturally, want to buy one of these two models.
To get started, rather than test driving one of the two models, you must think about what you want. Are you looking to drive the truck around town, or are you looking to tow and carry a lot? Do you want to carry a lot of passengers, or will it be just you and your spouse? Though, both models can carry up six people, comfortably. By knowing what you need out of your truck and what you will demand out of it, you will make your process go much smoother and faster.
First, it is necessary to dispel a mistruth. The Ram 1500 is often called a half-ton truck, but that is misleading as it can, in the case of the Ram 1500 Tradesman, carry nearly a ton, and it has a maximum towing capacity of 10,640 lbs. The same is true for the Ram 2500, where people often call it a one-ton, when the truth is, the Ram Tradesman 2500 can carry nearly two tons and tow nearly 18,000 lbs. So, if you want to tow and carry anything from a boat to 3,000 pounds of bricks, you should check out the 2500, and if you don’t need that heavy capabilities, the 1500 might be a better choice.
Another important thing to consider is the available engine size. The Ram 1500 comes with a choice of a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6, a 3.0 liter EcoDiesel V6 and a very powerful 5.7 liter V8 HEMI. With these great options, a driver will enjoy the choice of incredible fuel economy or amazing power. But, even with the larger engines, they don’t do too bad at saving fuel as Dodge has made strides in fuel economy and technology in the last few years. With more towing and carrying capability comes bigger engines. The HD Ram 2500 includes a 5.7 liter HEMI option, as well as a 6.4 liter V8 VVT HEMI. Finally, we can’t forget; the 6.7 liter Cummins Turbo Diesel is another option that is popular among people who want the most power as diesel gives the best towing power and long-term dependability.
As a general rule of thumb, it is better to buy more than you need and not less than you need as it’s never fun to be caught in a situation where you don’t have enough power to carry or tow heavy items. But, if you are honest with yourself about what you want and need out of a truck, you are likely to pick the right one, even though both the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 are great options. But, nothing is better than a test drive, which you can do at Chapman Ram Las Vegas.