CAR CARE NEWS :: JULY 2014

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Popular Journey balances power, fuel economy in stylish crossover

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Popular Journey balances power, fuel economy in stylish crossover

Dodge had a winner with the 2013 Journey, and the 2014 model year builds on that success while offering a host of high-end features that make the crossover a leader in its class.

A V-6 engine coupled with standard features such as 17-inch wheels, all-wheel-drive capability and distinctive LED taillights make the Journey stand out.

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Seasonal service

Five tips keep drivers from getting hot under the collar

Five tips keep drivers from getting hot under the collar

Anyone driving in a hot or muggy climate knows their vehicle’s air conditioning system makes the journey more enjoyable--and helps keep tempers cool, too. 

How do you keep cool air from turning into stale, warm gusts?

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Car care

Answers to sticky problem of removing bug goo

Answers to sticky problem of removing bug goo

That rubber wiper at the gas station won’t always remove the caked insect carcasses from your windshield. Similarly, tap water and a paper towel won’t wipe away splattered remnants of those dragon flies, gnats and mosquitoes hovering above the nation’s roads.

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Accessories

Don't let all the small electronics turn a good day bad

Don't let all the small electronics turn a good day bad

It’s not enough anymore for your car’s battery to just help start the engine. It also needs to power a navigation system, charge your cell phone, run the kids' DVD player, operate a back-up camera and a plethora of 21st century conveniences. 

So how do you ensure your battery has enough strength to do all that and prevent you from being stranded thousands of miles from home on your summer road trip?

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Seasonal driving

Plan ahead for road closures at popular destnations

Plan ahead for road closures at popular destnations

Dust off your almanac and download a freeway app for your smartphone if you are driving through any of the top metropolitan areas this summer.

Roadway construction could make travel a dusty slog if you don’t know how to navigate around road closures.

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Before you go

Easy ways to prevent heat-related catastrophe

Easy ways to prevent heat-related catastrophe

Summer travel means extra precautions for drivers and passengers, especially during weekends and holidays.

So says the California Highway Patrol, which warns drivers easy safety precautions help mitigate summer heat taking its toll on vehicles, drivers, passengers and pets. 

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