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<a href="https://stpauldodge.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[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.
<a href="https://stpauldodge.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[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="https://stpauldodge.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[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="https://stpauldodge.com/service/"><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="https://stpauldodge.com/inventory/details/10537/new-2021-dodge-durango-r+t-1C4SDJCTXMC790517"><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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