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<a href="/images/upload/service_transmission_repair.jpg"><img src="/images/upload/service_transmission_repair.jpg"alt="Mechanic hand holding towel while working under the hood of a car"/></a>Automatic transmissions, like those on the Jeep Compass, can be costly to repair or replace. Sometimes, it is impossible to avoid such a situation, especially when you have an older vehicle. However, there are ways you can increase the lifespan of your current system.

Use the correct transmission fluid

You can find out what type of transmission fluid is recommended for your vehicle in the owner’s manual. If you’re still not able to get any information, you can come to our service centre to have your system inspected by a professional.

Check the fluid level regularly

Make sure your engine is on and idling prior to measurement. Pull out the dipstick (usually labelled ‘ATF’) and wipe it with a cloth before putting it back in to check the level. If it is low, it might mean you have a leak and need to take your vehicle to a service centre.

Flush your transmission regularly

If your fluid starts to get dark and has a rotten smell, it needs to be flushed. You don’t need to wait for this sign, though. You can have a professional inspect and clean your transmission at least once a year for optimal performance.

If you want a skilled technician to inspect your transmission, contact our St. Paul, AB service centre today to schedule an appointment.

What Are the Advantages of a Spray-In Bed Liner for Your RAM Truck in Lloydminsterl?

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(Posted on May 20, 2021 at 06:32PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://stpauldodge.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[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/May_2021/ram_1500_bed_liner.jpg"alt="Bed of 2021 RAM 1500 with tailgate down"/></a>Some new pickups, such as the 2021 RAM 1500 Limited, feature a spray-in bed liner - which is intended to improve the cargo experience and allow drivers to more efficiently (and confidently) manage payloads. Some consumers may wonder whether this option is the right choice for them, however, if they're not frequently making long-hauls. 

Let’s take a closer look at why you would want to have a spray-in bed liner in your truck - regardless of your payload preferences. 

It protects against the elements.

Spray-in liners coat your bed’s surface entirely, creating a water and air-tight seal. You won’t have to worry about dirt, heat, moisture, or ultraviolet rays damaging your truck. With a drop-in model, you do not get the same protection because there will always be small gaps; and these will allow debris to penetrate. 

It preserves your truck’s resale value.

Since it protects your bed from dents, scratches, corrosion, and other forms of damage, a spray-in liner helps you maintain a higher resale value.

It does not require maintenance.

Once you spray the bed liner on, you never have to think about it again unless it gets damaged, which is very rare. Cleaning it is also convenient compared to a drop-in model that needs to be removed and washed separately.

Contact our St. Paul dealership today to ask about spray-in bed liners on our RAM trucks.
<a href=https://stpauldodge.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=1&t=0&filter=[Used%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/May_2021/2021_jeep_wrangler_axles.jpg"alt="Jeep Wrangler climbing over a rock with underside exposed"/></a>An axle supports the car’s weight, rotates, and turns the wheels. It is essential for both safe operation and performance. This is especially the case for off-road vehicles like pre-owned Jeeps (all of which have been battered and bruised by rough terrains throughout the years).

Most mechanics will examine your axles as part of a routine inspection, but you can also check them yourself. There are two different ways to ensure these vital components are functioning correctly.

Visual inspection

A mechanic will usually do a quick visual inspection during your tuneup. You can perform it too, but it requires getting under your car. Once there, you will look for holes, fluid leaks, cracks, dents, or nicks. All these can compromise the structure and leave your axles unable to perform at optimal levels.

Driving Inspection

This option is easier, but you need to know what to look for. You should be aware of vibrations and clicking, grinding, or popping sounds while turning. Knocking or banging noises can be a sign of a more serious issue. 

If you suspect a problem, the best course of action is to contact our St. Paul service centre for a professional inspection. We will ensure that your pre-owned Jeep is properly maintained and ready for action.
<a href="https://stpauldodge.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CCherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/May_2021/jeep_cherokee_tinted_windows.jpg"alt="Red 2021 Jeep Cherokee parked near a vineyard"/></a>Tinted windows, like those available on the 2021 Jeep Cherokee, have esthetic value for many owners - serving as sleek contrasts to metallic trims, roof rails, and sculpted hood-lines. However, they also have practical benefits that a driver would appreciate (whether or not they care about their vehicle’s exterior appearance).

UV Protection

UV rays can cause damage to the skin, reducing the moisture, elasticity, and cellular structure of the outer layer - which can heighten the risk of sun-burn and other conditions. Tinted windows can block up to 99% of all ultraviolet radiation, however, and assure a safer cabin experience for all passengers. 

UV rays aren’t just harmful for your skin. They can also cause your upholstery to fade much faster than it otherwise would (cloth, suede, and leather materials are all affected). This will not only impact appearance, but it can also reduce a car’s resale value.

Better Fuel Economy

Window tinting doesn’t just block the sun’s UV radiation. It also stops solar heat. This means you will use the air conditioning less, which will lead to better fuel economy - with fewer resources needed and engine strain decreased. 

If your vehicle does not have tinted windows, a service centre may be able to apply a laminate to the glass. Contact our St. Paul dealership to find out more.


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