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<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.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/May_2021/chrysler_dual_exaust.jpg"alt="chrysler 300 driving on a road with dual tailpipes at night"/></a>Dual exhaust systems are associated with performance vehicles. Though these components can bring additional power, some are not authentic. Cars may have a single pipe for airflow, but use a Y-split near the back bumper to make it appear like it has two. 

Legitimate dual exhaust systems allow the engine to breathe better by letting the gasses out of the cylinders faster, which, in turn, speeds up the combustion cycle. The auto typically has a catalytic converter and wider-than-normal tailpipes to prevent pressure from building up in any part of the powertrain. 

A well-engineered dual exhaust system can increase both efficiency and horsepower. Performance vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Charger offer this type of feature, and you can also find it on premium trims of some autos, including the Chrysler 300. 

To find out which cars, SUVs, and trucks have the best dual exhaust systems, contact our Calgary, AB dealership today.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/car-service-calgary-ab/"><img src="/images/upload/May_2021/calgary_service_centre.jpg"alt="two hands turning a wrench on the battery of a car"/></a>Synthetic oil uses an artificial blend of chemicals to achieve the same lubricative properties as regular crude. The mixture usually includes altered petroleum products and other raw ingredients. 

Here is why the synthetic option can be better than the regular variety for your next oil change.

It doesn’t need to be changed as frequently.

You need to replace standard motor oil every 5,000-8,000 km (on average). This is because the lubricative properties break down, and the liquid can turn into sludge. Synthetic options, however, are resistant to this process, so they can last for 10,000-15,000 km - or even longer - without harming your engine. 

Regular oil breaks down easily at higher temperatures.

If you leave your engine running (such as on a job site) or drive in warm conditions, synthetic lubrication will continue working, but crude could stop providing protection. 

Synthetic products can also improve performance because of their superior lubricative properties. When it is time for an oil change, contact our Calgary service centre to discuss your options.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[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/May_2021/jeep_wheel.jpg"alt="close up of wheel on blue Jeep Wrangler with plant in foreground"/></a>Tire pressure is vital for the safety and performance of your vehicle. You can find the recommended readings for your truck in pounds per square inch (PSI) in your owner’s manual, on the inside of the driver’s door, or on stickers in your glove compartment. 

Furthermore, RAM trucks are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), which will alert you if the PSI is too high or low. 

Here is why proper inflation is vital.

Better Performance

Maintaining your tires at the correct pressure improves their performance and makes them last longer. Under-inflated wheels can decrease power and make control more difficult.

Increased Safety

Improperly inflated tires may provide inadequate or uneven grip, making both brakes and steering dangerously slow to respond.

Better Fuel Economy

Maintaining optimal pressure is one of the easiest ways to improve fuel economy. An under or over-inflated tire has greater rolling resistance, which can reduce your efficiency by up to 5%.

For an inspection of your current tires or information about a new set, contact our Calgary service centre today.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.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/April-2021/2021_chrysler_caravan_fuel_efficiency.jpg"alt="Chrysler Grand Caravan driving on the street"/></a>How you drive and maintain your car can have a significant impact on its fuel economy. Here are some tips to make your engine as efficient as possible.
 
Don't Overload the Roof

At highway speeds, up to 50% of engine power is used to overcome aerodynamic drag. Things like bike racks, cargo boxes, and loaded roof rails can significantly increase air resistance. You can limit this issue if you store items inside your vehicle. 

Slow Down

The faster you go, the less efficient your car gets. Acceleration can hurt fuel economy, and hard braking can waste the energy you spent getting up to speed. Using cruise control on the highway can help minimize gas use. 

Perform Regular Maintenance

Dirty spark plugs, blocked air filters, and contaminated motor oil can all hurt fuel economy. Follow your vehicle's maintenance schedule, and keep appointments at your service centre. These regular tune-ups can also increase the lifespan of your auto. 

To see which vehicles provide the best fuel efficiency figures, contact our Calgary, Alberta dealership today.

What Advantages Can Plug-in Hybrids Bring to Calgary Drivers?

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(Posted on Apr 27, 2021 at 03:36PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.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/April-2021/2021_Chrysler_Pacifica_Hybrid_PHEV.jpg"alt="Back view of 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid charging"/></a>Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) have high-capacity rechargeable batteries. Unlike standard gas-electric models, these autos can run solely on lithium-ion power for between 25-50 KMs (after which the regular engine kicks in). 

PHEVs do come with higher price tags than standard gas-electric vehicles. However, these cars, such as the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Jeep Wrangler 4xe, offer some advantages. 

First of all, plug-in hybrids consume up to 60% less fuel than regular autos. This leads to lower greenhouse gas emissions. If you care about your carbon footprint, PHEVs may be a practical and attractive choice. 

The limited reliance on fuel also means that PHEVs have a lower cost of ownership. Depending on your driving habits and the availability of charging stations, you may be able to handle your commute without relying on the gas engine at all. 

To learn more about the plug-in hybrid options for Alberta drivers, contact our Calgary dealership today.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.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/April-2021/2021_chrysler_300_sedan_.jpg"alt="Chrysler 300 sedan parked in front of a building"/></a>Despite the increasing popularity of SUVs, auto buyers can still find sedans on the market in Alberta. Are these traditional four-door family cars, such as the Chrysler 300, a worthwhile purchase? 

Here is a look at the advantages that sedans offer. 

They’re safe and secure.

One significant advantage of sedans is that they have closed trunks, which offer better security for your valuables and more visibility while driving.

They are more fuel efficient.

Sedans are lighter, and, in many cases, they come with more efficient 4-cylinder or V6 engines. They are also more aerodynamic. Combined, these qualities lead to less gas use compared to SUVs and pickups. 

They offer better handling.

Sedans are closer to the ground, giving them more stability and a lower chance of rolling over. Also, their height and stance provide the driver with a better feel for the road. 

To inquire about sedans like the Chrysler 300 or Dodge Charger, contact our Calgary, AB dealership today.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.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/April-2021/jeep_grand_cherokee_airbags.jpg"alt="x-ray view of airbag system on 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee"/></a>Side airbags are designed to protect passengers during perpendicular collisions and rollovers. These safety elements are common in most modern vehicles, including SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and sedans such as the Chrysler 300

There are two categories: chest protectors and curtain units. The former, also known as torso airbags, deploy from the door or the seat. They protect the body during a collision. 

Side curtain airbags are found along the ceiling of the vehicle and open across the windows, protecting the heads of all outboard passengers. These cover the first, second, and (if applicable) third-row seats. 

Because there is less buffer space on the side of the vehicle, these airbags deploy three times faster than those in the front. They also stay inflated longer to protect passengers in the event of a rollover. 

To learn more about the airbag coverage on Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, and Dodge vehicles, contact our Calgary dealership today. 
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CWrangler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/jeep_wrangler_trail_cam.jpg"alt="A view of the Jeep TrailView Camera video feed on Uconnect touchscreen"/></a>The Jeep Wrangler has two main cameras meant to increase safety. One is in the front and the other in the rear. 

The forward-facing unit, also known as the TrailCam, shows what is directly ahead of the vehicle. The image is displayed on the Uconnect touchscreen and features dynamic tire-path lines superimposed on top of the video feed. This view is for off-road conditions and allows the driver to see obstacles - such as boulders - in real time. The tool is available on models with 8.4-inch touchscreens. 

The rear camera, known as the ParkView, offers a wide-angle picture of the area behind the Wrangler. The image is displayed on the Uconnect touchscreen with dynamic gridlines to help guide the vehicle as the driver attempts to back into a parking space.

To see these unique tools in action yourself, contact our Calgary dealership to schedule a test drive in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.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/April-2021/2021_dodge_grand_caravan_safety_locks.jpg"alt="A family outside a home entering their Chrysler Grand Caravan"/></a>Child safety locks are unique systems installed on the rear doors of most vehicles. They are especially relevant on family autos, such as the Chrysler Pacifica and Grand Caravan

When engaged, they prevent passengers (especially curious young children) from interacting with the lock from the inside, whether the auto is in motion or stationary. 

While most vehicles offer these child safety devices, models have different ways of engaging them. Some rely on a switch on the edge of the door. You can find this by opening it and looking along the side for a lever with a sign above it saying on-off or lock-unlock. 

Other autos have electronic controls on the steering wheel, the driver's door, or a different location in the front. If the child lock switch isn't immediately visible, you can find it by referencing the manufacturer's manual.

To learn more about the safety features of family vehicles like the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica, contact our Calgary dealership today.
2021 jeep wrangler for sale in calgary abDirty or diminished brake fluid will reduce stopping efficiency, which could lead to dangerous situations on the road. 

How does this issue arise? The heat from the pads can cause the liquid to lose its lubricative properties, or debris can contaminate it, leading to abrasions or corrosion. 

Changing the brake fluid and cleaning the system can ensure that your car will retain its stopping capabilities. When should you ask your service centre technician to check for an issue? First, your owner’s manual will offer maintenance recommendations for flushing and replacing the lubricant. Different makes and models have suggested schedules, ranging from two to five years or 30,000 to 40,000 km. 

A more efficient option is to check the brake system during regularly scheduled maintenance at your favourite Calgary service centre. The advantage of this approach is that the technician can usually spot low or contaminated fluid before it causes a problem. 

If you would like to learn more about our services for Calgary vehicle owners, contact us today. 
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