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In the extreme heats of Arizona, it is important to know the effects that the heat can have on your vehicle, and how to deal with them. There are many Dodge dealers in Phoenix who are able to assist you in getting your vehicle summer-ready.

When it comes to tires, it is common to be concerned with avoiding road hazards like nails, glass and other debris that could cause punctures, but heat is a comparable enemy. In addition to the heat generated by rolling resistance and friction of your tires, summer pavement temperatures can exceed air temps by 10-15 degrees. The extreme heat increases stress on tread cracks, sidewall bubbles, bald spots or other structural deficiencies that could cause a blowout or disintegration. To avoid such occurrences, it is important to have your tires inspected during each oil change for proper inflation, tread depth and signs of wear or damage. This also applies to older tires with low miles because age could compromise structural integrity. Regular vehicle cleaning with the use of specific protectants can also help protect your tires because they often contain UV protection and help maintain the elasticity of the rubber.

Summer’s extreme heat can also kill your car battery. In fact, high temperatures actually accelerate your battery’s chemical operation and cause its internal fluids to evaporate, triggering it to burn out quicker. To avoid this from happening, keep your battery clean all year-round. The terminals should always be free of corrosion and can be maintained by applying a solvent of water and baking soda with some steel wool. Like other periodic maintenance items, have the battery checked on a regular basis.

Even today’s modern vehicles have traditional systems of belts and hoses to help move essential fluids like oil and coolant and turn fans to maintain proper engine operating temperature. Frequently, a basic visual inspection of these items may not reveal harmful damage occurring inside hoses and on the undersides of belts. Prolonged exposure to excessive heat can cause cracks, leading to radiator failure and engine overheating. To avoid this, have your hoses and belts checked regularly clamps by a professional mechanic, or by visiting Chapman Dodge. Also, have your cooling system pressure tested for leaks, then flushed and filled regularly.

Modern vehicles often offer more vibrant colors, brighter finishes and improved protection. Unfortunately, some manufacturers have decreased production costs by using thinner paint coats that are more susceptible to external damage. Constant, direct sun exposure can damage your vehicle’s clear coat and cause paint, rubber and plastic trim to fade, crack or peel. Similarly, high temps inside your car result in a greenhouse effect causing your dash and upholstery to fade, dry out and crack. In the absence of a garage, many car detailing experts recommend covers to protect your car from oxidation, bird droppings, acid rain and other contaminants as well as sun damage.

The transmission is the functioning heart of your car, and can be under increased stress during summer’s high temperatures and its labyrinth of internal parts is subject to failure if overworked or not properly maintained. It is essential to keep on top of scheduled transmission maintenance, including fluid and filter changes at least every 20,000 miles. If your vocation or lifestyle requires carrying heavy loads, check your owner’s manual to ensure it is within the vehicles towing capacity. And for the everyday driver, keep unnecessary cargo out of your vehicle that can build up and add taxing weight.

For more information on how to make sure your car is ready for the summer, visit Scottsdale Dodge.



Anyone who is in the market for a Dodge Dart in Phoenix has noticed that the 2013 Dodge Dart GT is the top trim in the Dart lineup, delivering styling that is completely unique. Up front is Dodge’s familiar grille, with cross-shaped elements in either black or body color finish. The overall design manages to be both aggressive and curvaceous, due in part to the angular face and details like optional dual exhaust outlets, blacked-out trim and a distinct lack of chrome.

Stop by Chapman Dodge to see how the GT setup adds a sport suspension with frequency-sensing damping shocks. It is offered with a six-speed manual dual- clutch transmission and Chrysler’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder Tigershark engine produces 184 horsepower with 174 lb-ft of torque. According to Dodge, the dual-clutch transmission is certainly smooth with subtle shifting that feels like a standard automatic, even when coasting. Using the electronic range select results in nearly instant gear shifts.

Standard equipment for the 2013 Dart includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, aggressive front fascia with black accents, dual exhaust, LED taillights and a unique interior treatment with a heated steering wheel. Additionally, the Dart has projector fog lights and power heated mirrors. An 8.4-inch touchscreen display and a ParkView rear backup camera will keep you up to date with technology, while premium door trim panel with soft-touch upper surfaces, a leather steering wheel and accent stitching on the instrument panel will preserve your style. Also included are a power 10-way driver seat, including power lumbar support; driver and front passenger seatback pockets; overhead console with sunglass holder; front passenger in-seat storage, and temperature and compass gauges.

The 2013 Dodge Dart GT was built with 68% high-strength steel and includes ten standard airbags. Other safety features include child seat anchors, emergency braking assist, stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and emergency interior trunk release. Furthermore, the 2013 Dodge Dart GT is the only car in its class to offer blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection.

All in all, the Dodge Dart GT is a quiet, sporty car with a good interior space and fine grip and composure. It has modern features and a balance of economy and acceleration that is sure to deliver an excellent driving experience.