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New Ram Truck Ad Celebrates the Bonds of Loyalty

Year after year, month after month, day after day, the Ram Truck  brand remains laser focused on building customer loyalty with benchmark performance, capability, technology and luxury. 

In partnership with SiriusXM, the Ram brand is celebrating that unswerving commitment by teaming up with Grammy-nominated country music singer-songwriter Eric Church in a new 60-second spot titled “Loyalty,” which features Church’s song “Solid.”

The ad captures the power of strengthening loyal and loving relationships as a father and son listen to Eric Church on the Ram class-exclusive, 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen display with industry exclusive SiriusXM with 360L as they head to catch a live performance of Eric Church on stage. Get caught up in the mood and the moment. And to keep your all your favorite tunes close at hand on the road, owners will receive a one-year SiriusXM All Access subscription with the purchase of a properly equipped 2019 Ram 1500.

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Maintenance Reminder Systems

What you need to know about your car maintenance reminder system

If you own a newer vehicle, car maintenance reminders may display in the dash to let you know when service is due. The car dashboard symbols or messages alert you when it’s time for an oil change and other needed services. Auto service requirements vary depending on the vehicle and its mileage and time on the road, so be sure to consult the factory-recommended maintenance schedule included in your owner’s manual or maintenance booklet to determine what work needs to be done at specific intervals. Two types of car maintenance reminder systems

There are two types of car maintenance reminder systems currently in use. The simpler design tracks the number of miles the vehicle travels. To receive timely alerts, you must first program the system with a service interval based on how you drive the car. Consult your owner’s manual for the criteria used to establish the proper mileage interval, and information about how to enter it into the reminder system.

More advanced car maintenance reminder systems monitor vehicle operating conditions to determine service intervals and do not require entering a pre-determined mileage. Depending on the car you drive and the type of engine oil it requires, the maintenance reminder system can indicate a service alert anywhere between 3,500 and 15,000 miles. Most vehicle manufacturers, however, say to change the oil every 12 months even if a service alert has not yet displayed. Why the right engine oil is important

An important thing to know about car maintenance reminder systems, especially those that track vehicle-operating conditions, is that their accuracy depends on using engine oil that meets the automaker’s specifications. If you use a lesser product – for example, conventional oil in an engine that requires full synthetic oil – the reminder system has no way to know. Thus, the oil could break down, resulting in accelerated engine wear or even failure before the reminder system displays a service alert. Reset the reminder system after every oil change

Follow the instructions in the owner’s manual or maintenance booklet to reset the car maintenance reminder system after every oil change. On most cars, this involves some combination of turning on the ignition and pressing the gas pedal or pushing dashboard buttons in a specific sequence. Other cars require a diagnostic scanner or special tool to reset the system.

If you do your own oil changes and your car requires a special device to reset the maintenance reminder, check with the auto repair shop that normally provides other car maintenance services for you. The shop may be equipped and willing (possibly for a small charge) to reset the reminder system. Note, however, that due to potential liability some shops will not reset the reminder system unless they can verify that all required services for a given maintenance interval have been completed.

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Minivan Monday: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid helps create road trip ‘harmony’

You’ve heard it said, ‘your life changes completely when you become a parent.’ In a new ad called “Bad Parent,” the Chrysler brand hits a more optimistic note, especially when it comes to creating your ‘happy place’ behind the wheel.

With the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, you can have it all! Thanks to the Pacifica Hybrid Uconnect Theatre entertainment system, you can get down with the tunes that rock your world in the front seat while the kids don their headphones in the back seats to enjoy ”Baby Shark” by Pinkfong on two 10-inch second-row touchscreens with dual-zone audio capability. 

The 30-second Chrysler brand ad “Bad Parent” is running across broadcast, digital and the Chrysler brand’s social channels.

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2020 Jeep® Gladiator’s new axles provide greater capability

The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator entered the midsize truck market with a lot of anticipation and unmatched capability.

Enthusiasts have been clamoring for a Jeep truck for years, with the intensity increasing following the release of the new Jeep Wrangler. But before the Gladiator was introduced, Jeep engineers made sure it was most capable on the market.

One of the Gladiator’s features that allows it to deliver legendary off-road capability is the advanced 4×4 systems. 

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

The Command-Trac 4×4 system, which is standard on Sport and Overland models, features a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 3.73 rear axle ratio.

On the Gladiator Rubicon, a Rock-Trac 4×4 system features heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 front and rear axle ratio is standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials.

“To meet the payload requirements, we went to the heavy-duty Dana 44 axles,” said Pete Milosavlevski, chief engineer. 

The standard heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear solid axles on the Gladiator also have extra-thick tubes and forgings for additional strength, rigidity and durability.

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2019 Ram 1500 Laramie: Why I’d Buy It…

“What truck should I buy?” It’s a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would MotorTrend en Español managing editor Miguel Cortina drive? Keep reading for the answer, and see other editors’ picks here.

“If I still lived in Texas, this is the truck I’d get,” I told my dad when he was visiting me in California while we were riding in the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie. He gave me his what are you talking about face that only a father who drives a BMW 4 Series could have, but I firmly stood by my decision. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I live in Redondo Beach, where having a full-size truck can be a bit uncomfortable to drive on a daily basis.

But if I was living in Texas and still maintained my single status, the Ram 1500 Laramie is the truck that I’d buy. I would most likely go with the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, since it’s powerful enough to drive in the city and off-road, and it comes with eTorque as standard. I’d also be saving about $1,400 with this engine over the V-8, and even more bucks on a weekly basis when hitting the pump. But best of all is that I’d be getting a truck that drives well and looks great.

With so many options and packages available for the Ram 1500, its $41,635 base price can quickly skyrocket. So, I would keep things simple. By choosing the Laramie, you’re already getting a nicely equipped truck, so there’s no need to go for more (at least in my opinion). Because I wouldn’t be towing or doing any hardcore off-roading, I’d keep things simple and go with the standard 3.21 rear axle ratio, 4×2 traction, and no towing packages. I would add the deployable bed step for $195, as it simplifies the access to the bed.

The Level 1 Equipment package is not a bad deal for $1,695. It adds automatic high beams, blind-spot monitor, parking sensors in the front and rear, automatic windshield wipers, and remote tailgate opening, among other things. Also, as much as I’d like to upgrade the 18-inch wheels, I’m fine with those and prefer saving a few more bucks. Interior-wise, I’d only add the rubber floor mats, which can be a bit expensive for $135, but it helps when cleaning the truck. Other than that, I wouldn’t add more options, as I’d get leather seats and the 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment.

That would bring the final price to $42,110 given some of the discounts that Ram currently has. In today’s full-size truck market, this isn’t a bad deal. Granted, I’m not getting 4×4 traction or any other fancy equipment, like the 12-inch touchscreen. But this price gets me MotorTrend’s 2019 Truck of the Year that’s well-equipped and doesn’t break my wallet.

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There’s Bad News About The Dodge Demon

This is not a rumor. It’s official.

The outside chance that Dodge would revive Challenger SRT Demon production has finally been crushed. Speaking with, recently re-appointed head of FCA passenger cars Tim Kuniskis has confirmed once and for all that production of the street-legal 840-hp Demon drag racer will remain capped at 3,300. “The Demon isn’t coming back,” Kuniskis stated. “You know what would happen, if those 3,300 people that paid a lot of money for a serialized car, do you know what they would do to me if we brought it back?”

The guy has a point. This doesn’t mean anyone who didn’t manage to get a build slot for one of the limited-run Demons is completely out of luck. It just means they’ll have to pay more on the private market for that highly prized collector’s muscle car.

It’s no wonder the Demon was so highly sought after due to it being the highest horsepower production Challenger ever. It also has the highest output of any production V8 ever, fastest quarter-mile time (9.65 seconds) of any production vehicle, and its 0-60 mph is an outright crazy 2.3 hypercar-killing seconds. MSRP: $84,995. Search online, however, and you’ll see prices over $100,000 and climbing.

Aside from that sheer amount of power, one of the Demon’s other great attributes was the fact it could be quickly modified for drag race use thanks to the Demon Crate, which cost buyers only $1.

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Vehicle Escape Tools

AAA research report finds car escape tools effective in breaking tempered windows, not laminated

The idea of being trapped anywhere can cause a rush of panic and anxiety. But, imagine being trapped in a car that is either upside down or sinking in water. A scenario like this is unthinkable. Luckily, these types of accidents are rare – in 2017 there were an estimated 8,000 crashes where a vehicle became partially or fully submerged – in comparison, motorists experienced rollover crashes more than 10 times more frequently. The key to surviving an event like this, or any emergency, is to remain calm, have a plan in place and keep a car escape tool in the vehicle at all times. Tested car escape tools did not shatter laminated glass

To help consumers make an educated decision when purchasing a car escape tool, AAA examined six tools to determine how effective they are in breaking tempered and laminated glass. During testing, AAA researchers found that only four of the tools were able to shatter the tempered glass and none were able to break the laminated glass, which stayed intact even after being cracked. During multiple rounds of testing, it was also discovered that the spring-loaded tools were more successful in breaking tempered windows than the hammer-style. More new cars have laminated side windows

AAA’s study shows the importance of keeping an escape tool on hand, but it also demonstrates how critical it is for drivers to know what type of side window glass is on their vehicle – tempered or laminated. Motorists may not realize it, but an increasing number of new cars – in fact, 1 in 3 2018 vehicle models – have laminated side windows, a nearly unbreakable glass meant to lessen the chance of occupant ejection during a collision.

“To improve safety, more cars have laminated side windows – but a majority also have at least one window made of tempered glass,” said John Nielsen, managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair for AAA. “Our research found that generally vehicle escape tools can be effective in an emergency, but only if drivers know what type of side windows they have, otherwise they could waste precious seconds trying to break glass that will not shatter.” How to know the type of glass windows your car has

Finding out what type of glass side windows are made of is easy. Drivers should check for a label located in the bottom corner of the side window, which should clearly indicate whether the glass is tempered or laminated. If this information is not included or there is no label at all, AAA advises contacting the vehicle manufacturer. It is also important to note that some vehicles are outfitted with different glass at varying locations in the car (e.g., tempered glass on rear side windows versus laminated on front side windows).

Being prepared in an emergency can greatly improve the chances of survival, especially if drivers and their passengers have become trapped in the vehicle. AAA strongly recommends drivers do the following: Do these three things to be ready in case of emergency

Prepare ahead of time: • Memorize the type of glass the vehicle windows are made of – tempered or laminated. If the car has at least one tempered window, this will be the best point of exit in an emergency. Also, remember – standard escape tools will not break laminated glass.
• Keep an escape tool in the car that the driver is comfortable using, has tested ahead of time and is easy to access. Spring-loaded tools often have a key chain. Drivers can also mount the tool to the dash or steering column to keep it in place during a collision.
• Plan an exit strategy ahead of time and communicate it to everyone in the car. This will help avoid confusion in an emergency, which could increase the time it takes to exit the vehicle. Also, have a backup plan in case an escape tool cannot be used or doesn’t work.
What to do if trapped in a vehicle

If trapped in a vehicle, remember there is a S-U-R-E way out: • Stay calm. While time is of the essence – work quickly and cautiously to ensure everyone safely exits the vehicle.
Unbuckle seat belts and check to see that everyone is ready to leave the car when it’s time.
Roll down or break a window – remember if the car is sinking in water, once the window is open the water will rush into the car at a faster rate. If the window will not open and the car has tempered glass, use an escape tool to break a side window to escape. Drivers should also remember that if the vehicle is submerged:
o If a window will not open or cannot be broken because it is laminated, everyone should move to the back of the vehicle or wherever an air pocket is located. Stay with it until all of the air has left the vehicle. Once this happens, the pressure should equalize, allowing occupants to open a door and escape.
o A hammer-style escape tool (as opposed to a spring-loaded-style) could be much harder to swing underwater.
Exit the vehicle quickly and move everyone to safety.
• Call 911 – while this is typically the first step in an emergency, if a vehicle has hit the water or is on fire, it is best to try to escape first.

“Knowledge is power and the more drivers understand about their car – like what type of glass their side windows are made of – the better prepared they will be in the event of an emergency,” added Nielsen.

For a full list of vehicles with laminated side windows, please click here.

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Minivan Monday: Stow ‘n Go Makes On-Road Convenience a Family Priority

In 2004, the Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system was a minivan segment ‘first’ and remains a unique feature to the Chrysler Pacifica, thanks to a big ‘thumbs up’ by minivan owners and their families

Stow ‘n Go pushed on-road convenience to a whole new level because it anticipated that families and ‘stuff’ are natural go-togethers for so many different occasions. Sports events, vacations, birthday celebrations, moving to a new home, the list of uses for Stow ‘n Go convenience is almost as endless as the storage space it offers with just a few easy steps. See for yourself. 

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How Often Should You Change Engine Oil

Every automobile engine needs oil, but not just any oil will do. Modern engines are designed and built to exacting standards and require oils that meet very specific industry and automaker specifications to ensure a long service life. Failure to use the right type oil, and document its use, could void your new-car warranty.

(AAA Image) Most late-model cars require synthetic-blend or full-synthetic, low-viscosity, multi-grade, resource-conserving oils that minimize friction and maximize fuel economy. However, choosing the right oil is not always easy. The proper oil for your make and model of vehicle must have the correct SAE viscosity grade, meet performance standards set by the API, ILSAC and/or ACEA, and comply with any unique specifications established by the automaker or engine manufacturer. These requirements are detailed in your vehicle owner’s manual, and your auto repair shop can provide information on your vehicle’s recommended oil specifications as well.

Depending on vehicle age, type of oil and driving conditions, oil change intervals will vary. It used to be normal to change the oil every 3,000 miles, but with modern lubricants most engines today have recommended oil change intervals of 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Moreover, if your car’s engine requires full-synthetic motor oil, it might go as far as 15,000 miles between services! You cannot judge engine oil condition by color, so follow the factory maintenance schedule for oil changes.

Oil Change Intervals – Older Cars
Older cars typically have oil change intervals based on mileage, and have two maintenance schedules, one for cars driven in “normal” operation and another for those used in “severe service.” The latter category involves operating your car under one or more of the following conditions:

  • Primarily short trips (5 miles or less)
  • Extremely hot, cold, or dusty climates
  • Sustained stop-and-go driving
  • Carrying heavy loads or towing a trailer

If your vehicle use falls under the severe service definition in your owner’s manual, maintain your car using the more rigorous schedule. However, if you drive your car under normal conditions, be wary of spending hard-earned money on oil change services and other maintenance work your car may not need or benefit from.

Oil Change Intervals – Newer Cars
Most newer cars are equipped with oil-life monitoring systems that automatically determine when an oil change is needed and notify you with an alert on the instrument panel. Early simple systems are time and mileage based, but current advanced designs analyze actual vehicle operating conditions to identify when the oil will begin to degrade. In fact, the owner’s and maintenance manuals for many newer cars eliminate “severe service” recommendations altogether because the oil-life monitoring system automatically shortens the oil change interval when it detects heavy-duty operation.

Whenever you have your car’s oil changed, the service technician should reset the oil-life monitoring system. If you change your own oil, you can reset the system by following the instructions in the vehicle owner’s manual.

Less frequent oil changes on newer engines make it essential that you check the oil level monthly and top it up as needed. While many engines will use less than a quart of oil between changes, others can consume as much as a quart every 600 to 700 miles. Maintaining proper oil levels can help you avoid costly car repairs; engine wear or damage resulting from low oil levels will not be covered by your new-car warranty. Note that if you do not put many miles on your car, most automakers recommend an oil change every 12 months, even if the maintenance reminder has not come on.

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Truck Thursday: Jeep® Gladiator Wayout concept can go into the wilderness with a place to stay

Jeep® created the perfect Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicle for the outdoor-lover who finds parking a recreational vehicle in a trailer park basically like placing a home on the outskirts of a suburb, and sleeping in a tent isn’t far enough outdoors.

The Jeep Wayout concept is a fully capable overland concept that  uses the all-new Jeep Gladiator’s best-in-class payload area for a full roof-top tent and custom canopy.

Jeep® Gladiator Wayout concept

“This is about finding a secret spot out in the woods where maybe you have to cross a creek and climb a boulder to get to,” said Mark Allen, head of Jeep Design. “This truck can get you out farther, and once you are out there, you are safe.

The Wayout was one of the Jeep concept vehicles showcased this year at the annual Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah, where Jeep enthusiasts gather to take their 4x4s on the rugged trails that surround the town. 

The Wayout is based on the 2020 Gladiator Rubicon and was designed as an overlanding truck, or a vehicle made specifically for the self-reliant traveler who ventures to remote destinations.

As a concept vehicle, the Wayout is a functional version of the Gladiator with a mixture of available and pending features along with some specialized accessories dreamed up by Jeep designers and created specifically for this vehicle.

The Wayout’s body-armored exterior features a new Gator Green color that will soon be available on production Gladiator models.  A custom bed rack with an integrated ladder carries the commercially available roof-top tent that sleeps two comfortably. It also features a commercially available 270-degree awning with amber LED task lighting that helps travelers set up camp when the day is done.

Jeep® Gladiator Wayout concept

“It’s really self-contained camping,” Allen added.

Two custom-fit auxiliary fuel tanks are integrated into the bedsides to go even deeper into the wilderness. The Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit increases ground clearance for the Gladiator and its  37-inch mud-terrain tires for increased off-road capability.

A 12,000-lb. Warn winch and Jeep Performance Parts snorkel help overcome multiple obstacles and, when outlanders find that perfect location, the Wayout has a custom integrated roof-rack system for packing gear up top. 

“We didn’t want to add every part and piece, all the pots and pans available for overlanding,” Allen added. “We just wanted to show what could be done.”

Jeep® Gladiator Wayout concept

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