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How Calgary Drivers Can Benefit from Chrysler's Automatic Headlamps

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(Posted on May 7, 2021 at 01:00PM 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/May_2021/chrysler_300_headlamps.jpg"alt="front view of chrysler 300 with LED headlamps on"/></a>Automatic headlamps are just like regular units, but they turn on and off without any input from the driver. 

This system relies on photoelectric sensors mounted under or above the windshield. These detectors measure illumination much like a photographer's light meter and, if needed, tell the onboard computer to engage the headlamps. 

While the sensitivity of the system gets set by the manufacturer, you can override it. This could be necessary if the sensors do not respond to precipitation, for example, or if they get fooled by artificial lights.

In general, automatic headlights are an invaluable tool that helps drivers ensure they always have the correct illumination. Some systems also come with a self-levelling feature, which detects oncoming vehicles at night and switches off the high beams to avoid blinding the other driver. 

To see automatic headlamps on vehicles like the Chrysler 300 or Jeep Grand Cherokee, contact our Calgary dealership today.

Why RAM's Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Is Useful for Calgary Drivers

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(Posted on May 6, 2021 at 07:17PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CRAM%2C2500%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/May_2021/2020_ram_1500_wheel_pressure.jpg"alt="white RAM 1500 parked on a boardwalk under a bridge"/></a>Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), standard on RAM trucks, warn drivers when wheels are not properly inflated. This issue could lead to longer braking times, poor fuel economy, and lagging performance.

The alert is typically a yellow indicator on your dashboard that looks like a horseshoe with an exclamation mark in the middle. 

There are two types of TPMS: direct and indirect.

Direct TPMS

Direct TPMS uses a sensor on the wheel itself to monitor tire pressure. It relays the information to a central control module, and it usually sends an alert if the reading is below 75% of the manufacturer’s recommended level.

Indirect TPMS

Indirect TPMS uses wheel speed sensors in the Antilock Braking System (ABS). When a tire is underinflated, it tends to rotate faster than the others. If the central module detects this, it triggers the alert. 

To learn more about this critical safety system and check the availability of RAM trucks, contact our Calgary dealership today.

How Does the Chrysler Pacifica's Active Noise Cancellation Work in Calgary?

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(Posted on May 6, 2021 at 05:09PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CChrysler%2CPacifica%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_chrysler_pacifica_noise_cancellation.jpg"alt="passenger-side view of wheel, seat, and dashboard of 2021 Chrysler Pacifica"/></a>A quiet cabin can bring luxury ambiance to any vehicle. Some autos, such as the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, use active noise cancellation (ANC) to create an exceptionally peaceful interior for passengers.

ANC in a minivan works as it does in noise-cancelling headphones. Sensors in the vehicle detect sounds and send them to a digital signal processor (DSP). It creates an inverse of each sonic wave and sends it out through the stereo speakers. 

ANC is not the only way to dampen noise in vehicles, however. Another method is to use acoustic glass for the windshield and side windows. Both these features are also available in the Pacifica.  

This double-layer glass surrounds a sheet of transparent vinyl, which acts as a sound-proof barrier. Some vehicles use the same material as a laminate on the outside of the windows. 

To see these features for yourself, contact our Calgary dealership today.

Do Calgary Drivers Need a Hardtop for their Jeep Wrangler or Other Convertible?

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(Posted on Apr 9, 2021 at 03:01PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CWrangler%2C%2CSport%20Utility%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_convertible.jpg"alt="Interior view of Jeep Wrangler with retraced hardtop"/></a>If you want an open-air driving experience, like the one offered by the Jeep Wrangler, you are probably wondering whether you should get a soft or hardtop. In Calgary's four-season climate, the latter may seem to be a better option. 

Is a hardtop really more suitable? Let's take a look at the pros and cons. 

 
Pros

1. Hardtops offer better noise control, so if you value a quiet ride, they are the obvious choice. 

2. Due to its superior insulation, this option is better able to handle winter weather.

3. Hardtops are also easier to clean, and they do not require any special washing solutions. 

Cons

1. Hardtops take longer to remove and reinstall.

2. They do not have the classic "convertible" look. 

3. They take more space to store, which means you will be getting less cargo room than with a soft-top.

If you would like to see the Jeep Wrangler's soft and hardtop options, contact our Calgary dealership today. 

The Benefits of the Chrysler Pacifica's Tri-Zone Climate Control for Calgary Drivers

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(Posted on Apr 8, 2021 at 03:01PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CChrysler%2CPacifica%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_tri_zone_HVAC.jpg"alt="Interior of 2021 Chrysler Pacifica dashboard and steering wheel view"/></a>Tri-zone climate controls are a valuable component for larger vehicles, such as the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Touring. However, for smaller sedans, these units are typically a luxury rather than a necessity. 

A three-sector climate control system allows the driver, passenger, and rear-seat riders to create their own temperature bubbles independent of the others in the van. 

With automatic systems, like the one on the Pacifica Touring, you can set the temperature, and the vehicle will keep it at that level until you change it. Some cars, however, require you to make adjustments manually. 

It is important to make a distinction between tri-zone climate controls and rear vents. Many minivans and SUVs have back-row heat and air-conditioning outlets behind the centre console. In single or dual-sector cars, these do not have separate settings, so they release air at the same temperature and speed as the front.  

To learn more about the Chrysler Pacifica's climate controls, contact our Calgary dealership today.

What Are the Advantages of Jeep's Ventilated Seats in Calgary, AB?

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(Posted on Apr 7, 2021 at 04:30PM by Josh Lew)
<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%2C80th%20Anniversary%20Edition%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/grand_cherokee_vent_seats.png"alt="Close-up of 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee leather ventilated seat"/></a>The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is an example of a high-end trim that has ventilated seats. This feature is also common on luxury vehicles, and it usually comes standard for the front row, though some cars offer it in the rear, as well. 

Ventilation features typically rely on small fans or blowers that draw air from the cabin and circulate it through the seat. The surface of the chair is porous, allowing the cooling flow to directly contact the driver and passenger. You can control the temperature with a dial on the dash or centre console. 

This feature can be especially useful on long trips, and it proves invaluable when you park outdoors in the sunshine. Without this element, the solar heat gain would make sitting almost unbearable. 

Most vehicles that offer this feature, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, have both heating and ventilation units. If you would like to try one for yourself, contact our Calgary dealership to schedule a test drive.
2021 chrysler 300 for sale in calgary ab4x4 vehicles are a necessity for many motorists in Calgary. Whether traveling during winter or off the pavement, AWD can provide the right amount of grip and traction. When conditions are good, however, front or rear-wheel drive is sufficient. 

Some AWD cars and trucks have a transfer case that disconnects the front or rear axle when 4x4 mode is unnecessary. These autos either allow the driver to switch manually or change automatically if the vehicle's sensors detect stable surface conditions. 

For example, the AWD Chrysler 300 disconnects the front axle so that drivers can enjoy performance-oriented RWD if they choose. The Jeep Cherokee, on the other hand, disengages the rear wheels to offer FWD. 

In addition to giving drivers more options, these systems help increase fuel efficiency. For instance, the Chrysler 300's V6 gets a class-leading 7.8 L/100 km on the highway when it's in RWD mode. 

To learn more about the available AWD systems near you, contact our Calgary dealership today.


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