CAR CARE NEWS :: APRIL 2014

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New Charger blends legendary performance with modern style

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New Charger blends legendary performance with modern style

The venerable Dodge Charger is back in 2014 with its aggressive styling, legendary performance and a technology package that gives drivers modern amenities in a vehicle with a classic heritage.

Under the Hood

Dodge engineers outfitted the 2014 Charger with two premium engine options. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine generates 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque while still managing an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway.

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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

'All-weather' tires get a grip on typical spring roads

'All-weather' tires get a grip on typical spring roads

The term “all-weather tire” gives drivers a vision of something that handles road conditions in any kind of weather.

Tires, like vehicles, are designed for specific uses. How do you know if choosing an “all-weather” tire—also known as an “all-season” tire—is the best solution for your driving style and conditions?

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Driving with the enemy: Tips for battling spring pollen

Driving with the enemy: Tips for battling spring pollen

Allergy sufferers who dread the yellow onslaught of spring may not realize that their vehicle is conspiring with the enemy.

Pollen clings to painted surfaces on your vehicle. It settles on seats and dashboard, courses through vents and nestles in the fibers of interior carpet.  

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Accessories

Explore your options when bringing bikes along for the ride

Explore your options when bringing bikes along for the ride

Sports enthusiasts who are dusting off bikes and pulling out camping gear struggle with the same considerations they tackled in winter. 

Namely, how can they transport expensive sports equipment without damaging it during the journey? 

“There are lots of options when it comes to transporting bikes and gear,” said John Bauer, founder of Rack N’ Road stores.  “We always ask drivers if they intend to transport their gear on a long or short trip.”

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Seasonal driving

Cactus Highway blooms with color this spring

Cactus Highway blooms with color this spring

Rick Bowers is the kind of driver who keeps one eye on the road and one eye on the side of the road. He’s looking for clues, anything that will betray the hiding spots of his quarry.

“Sometimes they hide underneath desert brush,” said Bowers, a field ecologist whose name is on the cover of some 150 field guides. “Often you can see them 20 or 30 feet off the roadside.”

Other times they squeeze in the crevices of massive boulders or crouch among tall grasses of the Sonora desert.

What is Bowers’ target of prickly interest?

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Before you go

Paper maps vs. GPS: When to go 'old school'

Paper maps vs. GPS: When to go 'old school'

Remember paper road maps? They always came along for the ride, tucked into the open compartment on the inside of the car door. Folded, creased, and coffee-stained, the road map was a trusted driving companion.

Then came GPS, with its modern touch-screen technology and disembodied voice (“Turn left in one mile”). Our trusted maps began gathering dust as we bought vehicles with in-dash GPS systems or downloaded GPS apps onto our smartphones.

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