Autumn Car Care Tips for Your Jeep®

Autumn Car Care Tips for Your Jeep® | Toronto, ON

Soon enough, the weather will be a bit chillier here in Toronto. Now is the perfect time to check in on the health of your vehicle. Here are some autumn car care tips for your Jeep® to ensure it runs smoothly in the changing seasons.

Test the battery

Extreme heat can deteriorate the strength of a vehicle’s battery, much like extreme cold. Check under the hood for any signs of corrosion on the battery terminals and clean those off safely. You should also perform a health test on the battery to see if it needs to be replaced. If you’re not sure how to do this, bring your Jeep® to our knowledgeable team at Downtown CDJR.

Check the tires

Leaves, rain, and snow all make roads slippery. The tires of your Jeep® ensure that you have enough traction to get through all of that. Check the air pressure of the tires to see if they are over- or underinflated. Either issue can cause problems, so you’ll want to be sure that you’re adhering to the manufacturer’s suggested air pressure.

Replace the windshield wipers

After sitting in the sun, your Jeep®’s windshield wipers might be dried out and cracked. If you notice any tears or rips in the rubber pieces that touch the windshield, you will want to have those replaced as soon as possible. Leaving worn down windshield wipers attached could eventually scratch the windshield glass and create poor visibility when it rains.

Here at Downtown CDJR, our goal is to make sure you’re ready for anything that comes your way when you’re driving in your vehicle. Stop by and see us in Toronto for any questions you may have or for any of these maintenance issues.

3 Tips for Sanitizing Your Vehicle

Sanitizing Your Vehicle | Toronto, ON

Sanitizing your vehicle is a great way to protect yourself and your passengers from the spread of viruses and other illnesses. Start with these three tips to enjoy improved cleanliness and peace of mind as you drive.

Wash frequently touched surfaces

Make sure you wash each of your vehicle’s high-touch areas. The climate controls, touch screens, steering wheel, shift knobs, lock buttons, interior and exterior door handles, and all other frequently touched surfaces should be wiped down with disinfecting wipes or an alcohol-based cleaner and microfibre cloth.

Be thorough

Clean all of your vehicle’s hard interior surfaces, including the dashboard, centre console, door panels, and windows. Even if an area hasn’t been touched, you or a passenger may have recently coughed or sneezed on it. You’ll also want to sanitize soft surfaces like seats, carpets, and headliners. Make sure you’re using appropriate, non-bleach-based products that won’t damage the upholstery.

Keep your vehicle clean

Once you finish your initial sanitization steps, prioritize keeping up with cleanliness. Keep disinfecting wipes in your vehicle and use them regularly on high-touch surfaces. It’s also a good idea to apply hand sanitizer before entering your vehicle and after getting out.

Still have questions about the best products or processes for sanitizing your vehicle? Get in touch with our service department here at Downtown Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Important Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Car

Spring Maintenance Tips | Toronto, ON

Snow is quickly becoming a thing of the past as we say goodbye to winter. As the temperatures begin to rise, it’s time to start thinking about getting your vehicle ready for spring. Here are some spring maintenance tips to keep in mind as you prepare for warmer weather.

Switch out your winter tires

Spring means less snow and ice. It also means that you no longer need the extra traction your winter tires provide. Bring your car in to Downtown Chrysler to get your winter tires switched out for all-season ones.

Give your vehicle a spring cleaning

Salt and winter grime build up over the course of the cold season, potentially leading to rust and other damage. Give your car a thorough cleaning both inside and out to get yourself ready for the spring — and don’t forget the undercarriage.

Check your fluids

Make sure your vehicle is up to date on its routine maintenance and check its vital fluids, including oil, coolant, and wiper fluid.

Get your brakes checked out

Winter road conditions can affect your braking system, so make sure you get it checked out as the weather warms up. That way, you can be confident that your vehicle will stop the way you need it to.

Put these steps on your to-do list for spring, and be sure to visit our top-notch service department here at Downtown Chrysler for all your vehicle’s maintenance needs.

Consider These 3 New Year’s Resolutions for Drivers

Consider These 3 New Year’s Resolutions for Drivers | Toronto, ON

New Year’s Day is almost upon us — have you considered what your resolutions will be for 2020? While losing weight and getting healthier are common options, keep these New Year’s resolution for drivers in mind as well.

Remember your car’s regular maintenance. Part of car ownership is making sure that your vehicle gets its regular oil changes and tire rotations. It can be easy to put these simple tasks off, though. This year try to stick to your car’s maintenance schedule as closely as possible to ensure your vehicle stays in working order.

Be eco-friendlier. With climate change continually having a spotlight in global news, why not try and do your part to help out? Start practicing eco-friendly driving habits. Along with splurging on a new hybrid model like the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, you could also stop idling in rush-hour traffic, decelerate and accelerate more smoothly, or opt for public transportation.

Go on your dream road trip. 2020 sounds like the perfect year for an adventure. Stop putting off that long trip you’ve been wanting to take and make it a reality. Create a bucket list filled to the brim with road trip destinations throughout Canada and head out for an adventure.

Here at Downtown Chrysler, we wish you success in the New Year as you strive to make your goals a reality.

The Cold Is Coming, So Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Get Your Car Ready for Winter | Toronto, ON

As winter’s cold starts to edge out the brisk autumn air, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your vehicle for lower temperatures. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of ways you can get your car ready for winter.

Switch out tires. During the winter, the roads become slick with ice, snow, and rain. Get the best traction ever and let Downtown Chrysler switch out your all-season tires for winter ones. They will help improve your grip on the road as the weather gets worse.

Prepare yourself. Emergencies happen when you least expect them to, which is why you should have an emergency kit in your car with items like a shovel, jumper cables, ice scraper, a flashlight, a bag of sand, flares, and warm clothing.

Check your battery. When temperatures drop, so does the efficiency of your battery. If you’re due to get a new battery, have it installed before winter sets in.

Fill your car’s fluids. Fluids are important to keep your car running — and will help it stay in tiptop shape throughout the winter. Top off your windshield wiper fluid to help keep your visibility up, and fill your antifreeze to the appropriate level.

For all your service needs, schedule an appointment with Downtown Chrysler today.