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Archive for March, 2015

How to Protect Your Car from Winter Salt

best auto lenders 11In times of severe winter weather, there are countless motorists who are worried about their rides. While the cold season are harsh on people, it is much harsher on vehicles. This is because aside from snow, ice and frigid temperatures, cars are also affected by salt. The salt used to melt ice on roads during winter can do some significant damage, so owners must not forget to protect their vehicles. Read on below for some tips on how you can protect your car from road salt and brine.

Remember to wax and seal

Waxing is one of the best ways you can make you car winter-ready as well as salt-ready. Wax serves as a shield of sorts, one that protects the vehicle’s paint surface from the elements. Sealants have the same purpose. It is most ideal that you wax and seal before the winter season begins so that the car is properly protected from rust and corrosion. However, if you failed to do this, make sure to wax and seal every time the car gets washed.

Wash the car thoroughly

Speaking of washing, make sure the vehicle is cleaned thoroughly. Regardless if you send your ride to the carwash or you wash it yourself, ensure that the vehicle gets washed from top to bottom. Road salt can reach the undercarriage and other hard-to-reach areas (i.e., beneath wheel wells, the area behind the fenders, etc.), so make sure these are kept salt-free too. Otherwise, you might have to deal with rust, corrosion and the repairs and expenses that come with these.

If you send your car to the carwash, find out if it is equipped to eliminate salt from parts underneath the vehicle. If you do the washing yourself, rinse the salt using a hose.

Thorough car cleaning should extend to the inside, too. Eliminate salt from the carpets and mats with a vacuum.

Inspect the vehicle

Inspect your car after washing. Look for signs of possible salt-related problems like rust, corrosion or oxidation. These include paint flakes and chipping. If you see chipped paint, replace it immediately.

Avoid puddles and deep snow

If you can, avoid driving through puddles of water. These puddles not only have dirty water, but also a lot of road salt. By driving through them, you risk having your undercarriage exposed to salt and brine. Avoid driving through deep snow as well. Since the deep snow can pack salt into the undercarriage, removing the salt can be more challenging.

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FCA US Recalls More Than 469,000 Cars, SUVs Globally

bestautolenders10FCA US started the month of March with a small recall. The Auburn Hills automaker previously known as the Chrysler Group issued a recall for more than 2,200 cars worldwide over fuel-delivery parts that could possibly leak.

The recall campaign covers an estimated 2,211 vehicles, specifically 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT coupes (pictured) and Dodge Charger SRT sedans which are powered by 6.2-liter V8 engines. The automaker learned of the possible fuel leak through a dealer which conducted a pre-delivery vehicle inspection. The components have undergone leak-testing, but the company’s engineers found out through its own investigation that some hose seals were not installed properly.

Majority of the recalled vehicles—about 2,012 units—are in the United States. FCA US knows of no crashes or injuries related to the issue. Dealers will replace the suspect fuel-delivery parts.

The hose seal recall comes after a larger callback issued by FCA US on Friday. The company said it is recalling about 467,480 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) worldwide over a fuel-pump issue.

The models covered by this recall are 2012 and 2013 Dodge Durango SUVs as well as non-NAFTA 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs that have 3.0-liter diesel engines under the hood. The campaign does not cover the models equipped with EcoDiesel engines.

Like in the March 1 recall, most of the vehicles covered by the fuel-pump-related callback are in the U.S. There are 338,216 affected units in the U.S. FCA US knows of no related accidents or injuries.

This recall is related to a previous recall issued last September, which affected 230,760 2011 Durangos and Grand Cherokees with gasoline engines. FCA US discovered that the fuel-pump relays have a tendency to be deformed and are therefore more likely to compromise fuel-pump function. Deformed fuel-pump relays can cause engine stalls and could prevent a vehicle from starting. The automaker noted that the latter condition is more common in this most recent callback.

FCA US also pointed out that the suspect component is found inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM), which is involved in other vehicle functions. The company clarified that other functions including airbag deployment are not affected by the suspect part.

The automaker will address the problem by installing a new relay circuit that makes the fuel-pump relay more durable. It will soon notify affected customers of when they can bring their vehicles for service but for now, it advises owners who experience engine stalls and no-start conditions to contact their dealerships.

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