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Common Diesel Engine Problems That Vermilion Truck Owners Need to Know About

(Posted on Aug 17, 2021 at 12:52PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[New%2CRAM%2C1500%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/August_2021/ram_1500_towing_diesel.jpg"alt="A RAM 1500 pulling a speedboat on a trailer out of the water at a landing"/></a>In many ways, diesel engines are easier to maintain than their gas peers (which is why Ram fans prefer them). However, these motors do experience occasional issues, and it is important to recognize problems early so that a trained technician can handle them before they get worse. 

Here are two of the most common issues for diesel engines. 


Overheating is the most common issue faced by diesel engines. It can lead to worse problems, such as distorted cylinder heads and pistons or a damaged crankshaft. Luckily, all pickups have a gauge that will warn you when the engine gets too hot. 

Oil Leakage

Old gaskets and seals can crack or peel away and allow lubricant to spill out. Many oil leaks are slow, so you may not notice them until it's too late. This issue not only affects the working of the engine, but it can also pollute the environment and pose a fire risk. You can check your levels regularly using the onboard computer or a dipstick and visit a service centre when it gets low without explanation. 

Regular maintenance and early inspections when you suspect a problem can keep your diesel engine in perfect shape. Contact our service centre today if you need assistance with your pickup truck. 

Why Your Work Truck Needs Heavy Duty Coil Spring Suspension in Cold Lake, AB

(Posted on Aug 12, 2021 at 10:38AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[New%2CRam%2C3500%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C4WD%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/August_2021/ram_3500_heavy_duty_shocks.jpg"alt="A 2021 RAM 3500 carrying two pallets of bricks in its bed with the liftgate open"/></a>Coil springs are an essential part of any vehicle’s suspension system. They absorb the impact of a rough and uneven road, making for a smoother ride and protecting other drivetrain components from rattling and wear-and-tear. 

Pickups like the RAM 3500 have heavy-duty coil springs, which use denser materials to provide better protection than standard units. If your truck lacks this extra-strong component, you can visit our service centre to find out if you can upgrade to more-capable ones. 

Here are some of the reasons to use a truck with heavy-duty suspension. 

You can carry heavier loads

Heavy-duty coil springs can handle heavier loads than regular ones and will provide a stiffer, more responsive ride when you are towing a boat or construction equipment.

You can drive on rougher roads

Heavy-duty coil springs are ideal for rocky, uneven roads. They provide comfort for you and your passengers and keep vehicle components from breaking.

You get more clearance room

Heavy-duty coil springs can boost your ground clearance by an inch or more compared to regular units, and they will keep that distance from the road even if you are carrying a hefty load. 

To find a truck with heavy-duty suspension or to inquire about installing new coils, contact our dealership today. We will happily schedule you an appointment with our service team at your earliest convenience. 

How Does Chrysler's Stow 'N Go Seating Work in Lloydminster, AB?

(Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 12:04PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[New%2CChrysler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/Pacifica_stow_n_go.jpg"alt="A woman folding a seat in a Chrysler Pacifica using the Stow 'N Go feature"/></a>Chrysler’s Stow’ N Go Seating is a unique feature on Pacificas and Grand Caravans that lets you fold the second and third rows into bins under the floor. The design makes more space for cargo if the seats are retracted. When not in use, these compartments can provide storage for other items. 

The Stow’ N Go bins are under the floor mat in front of each row. To access the compartments, you simply disengage the lock rod and pull on the handle near the seat. The hatch will open easily, though you may need to slide the nearby chair forward if it blocks the path. 

To use the Stow’ N Go feature, you first need to ensure the front rows are far enough forward. You then have to fold the armrests and remove any loose items that may block the process. There is a strap on the bottom of each seat or bench section. When you pull on it, the chair folds down until you can comfortably close the hatch and replace the mat. 

When you need the seat again, you simply open the compartment and pull on the same strap until the chair comes up and clicks into place. 

If you would like to try the Stow’ N Go feature on the Chrysler Pacifica orGrand Caravan models, contact our Alberta dealership today.

Understanding the 2021 RAM 1500’s Cab Options in Bonnyville, AB

(Posted on Jul 20, 2021 at 06:48PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[New%2CRam%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/ram_1500_cab_options.jpg"alt="2021 RAM 1500 Crew Cab pulling a boat on a trailer out of a lake"/></a>The RAM 1500 is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a light-duty pickup offering towing capabilities. Each model also has three cab options for those with different needs. The varieties are Regular, Quad, and Crew. Here is a closer look at each one. 

Regular Cab

This cab style has two doors with a choice between bucket seats and a three-person bench. Due to its low weight, it has the highest towing capacity and is excellent if you’re looking to get lots of work done without carrying multiple passengers.

Quad Cab

The Quad Cab has four doors and seating for up to six. The rear doors are relatively small, but the vehicle can accommodate passengers in the back comfortably. This model only comes with a 6’4” cargo bed. It does, however, offer a higher towing capacity than Crew models.

Crew Cab

This is the largest cab style. It has full-sized rear doors and seating for up to six. The back also has the most legroom of the three choices, so it is the ideal option if you have to carry multiple passengers. 

If you would like to see the different cab options on the RAM 1500 (or schedule a test-drive in one of our available models), contact our dealership today.
<a href="[New%2CChrysler%2CGrand%20Caravan%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/2020_grand_caravan_with_doors_open.jpg"alt="Side view of Grand Caravan minivan with front and side door and liftgate open"/></a>You may know that your engine needs regular oil changes. However, other components also need lubrication, especially when cold weather rolls around.

Here are some elements in your car that you should consider lubricating, either yourself or at a service centre, especially before it gets cold. 

Window tracks

Window tracks need a dry Teflon or silicone spray at least once a year. Be sure to cover the front, rear, and top channels, then open and close each a few times to ensure an even spread. 

Hood latch

A hood latch needs aerosol lithium grease. For the best lube, apply the substance to the locking mechanism. You can also add the dry Teflon from your windows to the inside of the lock cylinder.

Door hinges

A little aerosol lithium grease can also help the door hinges work smoothly and protect them from rust. You need to make sure the hinge area is clean before application. 

Lock cylinders

These little slots are where you put your key to lock and unlock the doors. You can inject some dry Teflon into the cylinders to lubricate them for smooth operation. 

A skilled auto technician can help you with these other lubrication jobs during regularly scheduled maintenance. Contact our service centre to make an appointment today.

What You Need to Know About Tire Maintenance in Lloydminster, AB

(Posted on Jul 6, 2021 at 07:43PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[New%2CJeep%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/jeep_wrangler_wheel.jpg"alt="Closeup of Jeep Wrangler wheel and off-road tire"/></a>Your tires are the only parts of your vehicle that come into direct contact with the road. They experience ongoing wear and tear and need to be maintained for both performance and safety. 

Ideally, you will inspect your tires monthly. However, if you drive regularly, especially on uneven roads or a cold climate, you should check them once every two weeks. Below are some of the things to consider while examining the wheels. 

Tires can suffer from one of three problems that can cause excess and uneven wear and tear: 
  • Over-inflation
  • Under-inflation 
  • Poor wheel alignment
Over-inflation makes the middle wear faster, but insufficient air pressure causes the edges to age more quickly. Poor wheel alignment diminishes the treads on one side of the tire while leaving the other looking new (because it is not actually contacting the road). 

Rotating and Wheel Alignment

Your front and rear tires wear down at different rates, so it’s a good idea to visit a service centre to rotate them every 8,000 km to get the most life out of them. You should also have your wheels aligned after 20,000 kilometres, or if you ever notice that the steering is not straight. 

If you would like assistance with your tire maintenance, contact our service centre today and schedule an appointment.
<a href="[New%2CJeep%2CGrand%20Cherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/remote_start_uconnect.jpg"alt="Person in a cafe looking at their remote start app on a smartphone"/></a>Remote starters are among the most popular features in modern vehicles. They don’t always come standard, but it is possible to have a service centre technician install one for you. The system is available on many autos, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Charger

Remote starters are especially beneficial in areas with extreme weather changes, but they can also offer other advantages.

Warm up the engine before driving

Starting your engine and driving immediately can stress the motor because the oil hasn’t had time to warm up yet. You can trigger the remote ignition before leaving the house, giving the lubricant a chance to heat up and become effective.

Greater security

With a remote starter, your keys don’t need to be in the vehicle while the engine is running, but it will switch off if someone opens the door or sits in the driver's seat. The car is perfectly secure as it warms up. 

Warm your car and windshield beforehand

You can set the defrost and heater in the "on" position, and they will warm and de-ice the vehicle after you activate the remote start feature. This advantage can be especially desirable during cold winters.

If you would like to find a vehicle with a remote starter, contact our dealership today. You can also visit our service centre to inquire about having a system installed.
<a href="[New%2CChrysler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/2021_Chrysler_shifter.jpg"alt="Closeup of Chrysler's rotary shifter with a silver knob on the centre console"/></a>You might be wondering whether to opt for a manual or automatic transmission for your next car. There are different advantages to each choice, but most people prefer the latter because it is more convenient.

Automatic transmissions are easier to operate, but they have other important advantages, as well. 

An automatic transmission is more versatile

If you like a higher level of control, many modern automatic transmissions have dual-mode setups. You can switch into manual and use either a lever or wheel-mounted paddles to shift gears. Vehicles such as the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 offer this feature.

They are more comfortable to drive

Automatic vehicles offer convenience. There’s no clutch to activate manually, and you do not have to keep removing your hand from the wheel to shift gears. Both short and long trips are more comfortable because the vehicle demands less interaction from the driver.

They offer better fuel economy

Traditionally, automatic vehicles have had a reputation for being less fuel-efficient than manual ones. However, modern versions of both standard and Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVTs) offer optimal performance thanks to a perfectly tuned gear shifting system. 

To learn more about vehicles with automatic transmissions and to get your gear-changing system serviced, contact our dealership today.
<a href=""><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/st_paul_service_centre_(1).png"alt="The hand of a mechanic opening the oil reservoir of a vehicle with the hood open"/></a>Modern vehicles are built to perform better, last longer, and require fewer repairs. However, taking your auto to a service centre for preventive maintenance can ensure that you avoid breakdowns or more serious (and expensive) issues later on.

Here are the reasons why preventive maintenance is so important. 

Your vehicle will be safer

Performing routine maintenance will lower the chances of a catastrophic malfunction while you’re driving. Such occurrences could leave you stationary on the shoulder of the highway or even cause a collision. 

You will enjoy optimal performance

Keeping up with your vehicle’s maintenance schedule will ensure better performance. For example, you can be confident in the traction of your tires, the reliability of your transmission, and the responsiveness of your engine.

It will save you money

Preventive maintenance, by its very definition, limits more significant issues. Larger problems with your engine, transmission, and other major components tend to be costly. You can reduce these expenses with cheaper scheduled tune-ups. 

It will preserve the resale value of your car

Preventive maintenance won’t just make driving a better experience for you, but for the next owner, too. A well-kept vehicle will usually get a higher price in the used car market.

Contact our St. Paul, AB service centre today to schedule your next maintenance appointment.
<a href=""><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/Dodge_Durango_RT.png"alt="A red 2021 Dodge Durango R/T with hood scoop parked in front of a white background"/></a>Autos like the 2021 Dodge Durango R/T offer sport-tuned suspension. This element is usually paired with performance-oriented vehicles (the SUV mentioned above has a 5.7L V8 engine). What exactly does the special feature bring to drivers? 

Generally, suspension systems smooth out the ride so that you do not feel all the bumps on the road. It also helps keep tires fully in contact with the pavement. A vehicle featuring sport tuning focuses more on the latter because it improves overall control. 

The Durango R/T, for example, has a firmer ride than SUVs with standard suspension tuning. However, the driver gets a really good feel for the road, and the wheels offer a more solid grip. Overall, you get much better control on corners and curves and during acceleration. 

In a vehicle with sport-tuned suspension, you also get less body roll. This occurs when the cabin sways or moves excessively during aggressive steering or speed changes. 

To ensure that the sport suspension is functioning correctly, you need to monitor tire pressure and wheel alignment. A mechanic can check shocks, springs, and axles during routine maintenance. 

To learn more about the Dodge Durango R/T or to schedule a maintenance appointment in our service department, contact our St. Paul, AB location today.

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