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Ram 3500 Goes Heavy Duty

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near North County

When you want a truck that can handle the work loads you demand all while riding in comfort, you get the Ram 3500 from All Star Dodge Ram near North County. Today we want to share with you how the Ram 3500 is getting even more heavy duty.

The 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty has 930 lb-ft of torque. Go ahead and let that sink in for a second.

Cummins has massaged its 6.7-liter I6 diesel to produce 30 lb-ft more than before and officially make it the class leader in torque (that’s 155 lb-ft per cylinder, by the way). For reference, the Ford F-Series Super Duty diesel makes 925 lb-ft, and GM’s Heavy Duty trucks get by with a measly 910 lb-ft.

While a 5 lb-ft lead over the competition isn’t necessarily something to shout from the rooftops about, Ram can now unequivocally say it offers more grunt than any other truck in its class. This extra power over last year’s engine comes from higher boost limits through a variable geometry turbo and an increase in fuel flow rates.

Another place where the Ram takes the cake is fifth-wheel towing, with a maximum of 30,000 pounds there. A new in-house hitch design gives the truck that capability. It’ll be yours for $1,395. Gooseneck and conventional hitch maximums aren’t industry leaders, but 31,210 and 20,000 pounds, respectively, is still way more than most need.

“Ram says the increased fifth-wheel towing capacity allows people to buy the 3500 instead of a Class 4 or 5 truck to haul the heaviest travel trailers out there. We don’t often have gargantuan-sized towing needs — and found the 900 lb-ft from before more than adequate — but 930 lb-ft of torque from a pickup truck is still a mind-boggling number.” -autoweek.com

Experience the power of the Ram 3500 at All Star today!

 

You Need a Certified Pre-Owned Dodge Ram

Certified Pre-Owned Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Kirkwood

When you are looking to change up the vehicle that you are currently driving, you might not be sure if you should go with a new car or a used car. We think that you should try to split the difference and go with a Certified Pre-Owned Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, or Jeep from All Star Dodge Ram near Kirkwood. These vehicles are used, but they have passed rigorous screenings and meet high criteria, this puts them in like new condition! You will also find that a lot of the pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs offer amazing safety features. Today we want to share with you a myth about driving on icy roads, so that you can realize how important it is to be a safe driver with a safe vehicle.

Myth: Winter tires, 4WD, AWD, stability control, ABS and/or traction control allow for safe travel on icy roads at highway speeds.

Truth: The reality is that there is no technology, no tire nor any vehicle type that allows SAFE travel on any type of icy road at speeds greater than 45mph. Not traction control, electronic stability control, 4WD, AWD, antilock brakes or the most expensive brand-new snow tires. While all of those safety features will improve a vehicle’s handling and control to some degree, they do not eliminate the danger of losing control at highway speeds over 45mph in any type of road icing condition. The general driving public has been poorly informed about this critical point. “Most assume that icy road accidents are caused by either an inexperienced or reckless driver, or a vehicle with bad/worn tires. This certainly is a contributing factor to road ice accident numbers, implicitly suggesting that the product allows a the driver to continue normally in icy conditions without a reduction in speed.”-icryroadsafety.com

Find your safe certified pre-owned car at All Star today!

Next Wrangler Generation Coming Soon!

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer in MO

We are so excited to announce that the next generation of the Jeep Wrangler will soon be available at All Star Jeep Dealer in MO. The first photos of the new Jeep Wrangler were finally released and we want to share with you some of the things that we saw!

The first 2018 Wranglers are expected to roll off the line at Jeep’s Toledo, Ohio assembly plant in mid-November, with a public reveal scheduled not long after. It’s understood that the Wrangler will debut at the LA Auto Show, which means we’ll finally get to see it in the metal sometime in the last week of November. Automotive News reports that given this launch timeline, the 2018 Wrangler should arrive in dealers early next year.

The JK Wrangler’s interior is pretty utilitarian even in high-spec trucks, but spy photos indicate that the JL’s will be a lot nicer. It looks like the Wrangler will get Fiat Chrysler’s latest UConnect infotainment system, a welcome upgrade. Dual-zone climate control and a heated steering wheel appear to be options too.

The Wrangler will also retain its dashboard-mounted window switches, further evidence that the removable doors might remain. That dashboard is rather shallow and upright, just like older Wranglers, and it appears portions will be color-matched to the exterior paint. We’re not sure whether that’ll be a high-end option or a standard feature.

“Yes, after years of teasing concepts, Jeep is finally building a Wrangler pickup, rumored to be called the Scrambler. You’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the Wrangler pickup, however, as Jeep boss Mike Manley said earlier this year that production won’t start until late 2019. Manley wants to be sure that production is going smoothly for the regular Wrangler before Jeep’s Toledo, Ohio factory starts building a second body style.”-roadandtrack.com

Soon get your Jeep Wrangler at All Star!

 

Fast Facts About Cars

Parts Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Mehlville

We love trivia! Sometimes it’s fun to learn fun and interesting facts about the auto industry. Today we thought we would broaden your knowledge of things pertaining to cars. Let’s get learning!

A Swiss diplomat copped a speeding fine worth $290 000. Seriously.

In Switzerland, the cost of a speeding fine is based on the speed the vehicle was travelling at as well as the driver’s income. The diplomat in question, who earns around $26 million per year, was clocked driving his Ferrari at 137km/h through a village.

60 million cars are produced worldwide every year.

That’s 165 000 cars per day!

Women buy more new cars than men.

Think that the auto market is a man’s world? Think again.

Recent research by Cooper Tires revealed that women buy 60% of all new cars sold,
and influence 80% of all new car purchases.

The average person will spend 2 weeks of their life stopped at red lights.

Ouch. Maybe we should make that time worthwhile. Start learning a language, anyone?

The average car is made up of over 30 000 parts.

Alright, so this number does include the small stuff, like handle screws and panel pins.
But 30 000 is still an incredible figure when you give it some thought! The good news is that the Parts Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Mehlville can help you release all of them when the need arises. The friendly team in the parts department has the knowledge to help you figure out just which parts you need to keep your car running smoothly.

To get more information on the latest and greatest cars, trucks, and SUVs that have been put out by Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and Chrysler, head to All Star today. Their friendly team is waiting to serve you!

More 1500 Spy Shots!

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Clayton

When you are shopping for a great truck, you know that you need to check out the Ram truck lineup at All Star Dodge Ram near Clayton. We are super excited to share with you what we saw on some of the recent spy shots that were captured of what we think will be the new 2019 Ram 1500.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ money-making Ram 1500 truck is getting a major overhaul, this generation was introduced for the 2009 model year. We expect styling will be evolutionary and that Ram won’t follow Ford down the aluminum road, using a steel bed and primarily steel body panels. The truck in these spy photos is almost entirely covered in camo, but peering through it as best we can, it appears as if the grille will partially bleed into the headlights, an industry-wide design trend. These photos also show a massive cab, possibly indicating the introduction of the Mega Cab to the 1500 series (it previously has been available only on the heavy-duty models) or simply that the truck is getting bigger. There also have been rumors, stoked due to a patent filing in 2014, that this next-gen Ram would have a split-door tailgate, but no center seam is evident on this test truck.

“These shots provide a pretty clear look at the interior, highlighted by a massive squared-off UConnect infotainment screen. The redesigned climate controls feature a three-dial row beneath two radio knobs, and aeronautical-style switches can be seen at the bottom of the center stack. We also can see that Ram’s rotary gear selector survives the makeover.”-caranddriver.com

For more information on the Ram 1500, head to All Star Dodge Ram today. Their team is ready to help you get behind the wheel of a great Ram 1500 today!

Ram 1500 Getting a New Interior

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram in MO

When you want a great pick up truck, you think Ram. They have the power, the agility, and the comfort to get the job done. We added comfort in there because we know that for a long time trucks were all work and no play. Trucks were rough and tumble but not that comfortable to ride in. Ram changed that game and for the next model year, they are making the interior even more comfortable.

“The new Ram truck will get much of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ latest interior technology as it tries to get ahead of the updated Ford F-150 and upcoming replacements for the current GM twins [the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500]. The new Uconnect 4.0 multimedia system is likely present here, but with a taller, vertically arranged information/navigation screen found in other FCA products with physical buttons running along the sides and underneath.”-news.pickuptrucks.com

Other features we’re hearing about include self-park assist, a lane-keeping assist system and other driver assistance technology, as well as a relocated integrated trailer brake controller.

In addition to a key-activated automatic tailgate opener (press the icon on the key fob), the Ram 1500 will provide remote control over the access height when air suspension is selected, so passengers and cargo can be loaded more easily without having to start the truck first.

We know that it will be a little while before the new interior is available for us to take home, but we are still so excited to see it! Soon you will be able to get the latest Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram in MO. Just talk to a member of the All Star team about all of the great features that the Ram 1500 has to offer!

Getting to Know Dodge

Dodge Ram cars, trucks, and SUVs at All Star Dodge Ram near Wentzville

As we start to hit the holiday season, we are feeling a bit nostalgic. We like being reminded of our joyous memories from the past and thought we would share some of our memories with you. We want to take a look back at how Dodge got its start, doing all the way back to the founders, the Dodge brothers. You can always get the latest Dodge models, as well as some classics too, at All Star Dodge Ram near Wentzville.

Like many other pioneers in the automobile industry, the Dodge Brothers were skilled machinists from a modest background. John Francis Dodge (bom October 25, 1864) and Horace Elgin Dodge (bom May 17, 1868) were two of the three children of Daniel Rug and Maria (Casto) Dodge of Niles, Michigan. Delphine Dodge was the third child. They attended public schools, but learned the machinist’s trade from their father, who ran a shop specializing in internal combustion engines for marine use. The inseparable brothers built the first bicycle in Niles. They left this sleepy town in southwest Michigan in 1886, stopped briefly in Battle Creek and Port Huron, Michigan, and then worked steadily at the Murphy Boiler Works in Detroit until 1894. They moved across the Detroit River to Windsor, Ontario, where they became machinists for the Canadian Typograph Company and soon began their first venture to manufacture precision metal products.

They began with only twelve employees, but quickly established a reputation for excellent workmanship. Consequently their business grew and forced them to move to larger quarters at Hastings Street and Monroe Avenue. When they left there in 1910 for the spacious Hamtramck site, the Hastings Street plant was the largest and best-equipped machine shop in Detroit. (This information was compiled from dodgemotorcar.com, dodge.com, and classiccars.com.)

Get your Dodge Ram cars, trucks, and SUVs at All Star today!

Ram 3500 Wins Tug of War

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near North County

When you need a powerful truck with all the bells and whistles and a comfortable ride to boot, then you need the Ram 3500 from All Star Dodge Ram near North County. Today we want to talk about the added towing capacity that will be available on the 2018 Ram 3500.

If you have your eye on a 2017 Ram 3500HD equipped with the optional turbocharged 6.7-liter inline-six diesel engine with an intent to tow, then we’d recommend you wait to sign the paperwork. Next year’s truck equipped with the Cummins-sourced diesel engine will be available with a massive 930 lb-ft of torque—a gain of 30 lb-ft over the torquiest 2017 Ram 3500HD. 

The Ram’s extra grunt isn’t for naught, either, as the model is now capable of towing up to 30,000 pounds when equipped with the brand’s new fifth-wheel hitch design. That’s an increase of 5000 pounds over the 2017 truck. The hitch will set Ram buyers back $1395 but allows the 3500HD to tow up to 2500 pounds more.

“The 2018 Ram 3500HD goes on sale soon with pricing that’s expected to remain close to the numbers for its 2017 counterpart. Although Ram isn’t ready to release horsepower figures for its diesel variant, we expect similar output to the 385-hp unit that currently sits at the top of the 2017 Ram 3500HD’s diesel totem pole.”-caranddriver.com

We know that you will want to test drive this powerful truck for yourself, so head on over to All Star Dodge Ram today. Their friendly and knowledgeable team is ready to share with you all of the benefits that this great truck has to offer. Remember, this truck not only has a massive towing capacity, but also has one of the most luxurious interiors on the market. You can have it all when you buy a Ram 3500 from All Star!

But How Does it Work?

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Louis

Have you ever wondered how the engine on the Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Louis works? Today we would like to provide you with a basic explanation on how the engine works. Remember, there is a lot more going on under the hood of the Ram 2500 than what we can explain here, but we think you are going to like learning about these powerful engines.

Most pickup trucks sold today have internal combustion engines. Passenger vehicles are powered by two main types of engines: compression, aka diesel, and spark ignition, aka gasoline.

Both spark ignition and compression ignition engines can work on a two- or four-stroke cycle. The more common of the two for automobiles, and certainly pickups, is the four-stroke. If we follow the path of the air entering a four-stroke engine, the strokes (or stages) in order are:

  1. Intake: The piston moves from top dead center to bottom dead center with the intake valve(s) open. If fuel is injected into the throttle body or intake manifold, then it is pulled into the cylinder with the air. If fuel is directly injected, then it may be injected near the end of the intake stroke and into the beginning of the compression stroke.
  2. Compression: All valves close and the piston moves from bottom to top dead center. Near the end of the compression stroke the spark plug fires, igniting the air-fuel mixture.
  3. Power: The piston moves from top to bottom dead center with all valves closed. The air inside the cylinder expands from the combustion of the air-fuel mixture. This provides the driving force for the engine.
  4. Exhaust: The piston moves from bottom to top dead center with the exhaust valve(s) open, pushing the exhaust out. (This information is compiled from news.pickuptrucks.com.)

Learn more about the Ram 2500 and its engine options at All Star Dodge Ram!

Do I Really NEED Dealership Service?

Service Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Saint Charles

We hear this question all the time. The short answer is YES! We will get into the long answer shortly. Whenever you need anything done to any of your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, or Chrysler cars, trucks, or SUVs, you should really bring it to the Service Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Saint Charles. Their team knows just how to handle any and all situations that may come up. Now here’s the long answer…

One of the biggest advantages of servicing a vehicle at the dealership begins right in the service bays. Dealerships employ technicians that are considered specialists in working on a particular line of vehicles. They are manufacturer-trained and, in most cases, only work on the make of vehicles that are sold through that particular dealership.

The specialist training is often only offered to a manufacturer’s network of dealerships, and encompasses not only the service technicians, but service managers, advisors and support staff as well. This means that the men and women working on the vehicles have intimate knowledge of how these vehicles are supposed to perform and how/when to make necessary repairs.

“Another advantage is the relationship that is built with the dealership. By having a vehicle serviced regularly at the dealership, they have an accurate and up-to-date picture of the road and service history of that vehicle. They are better equipped to understand what is going on with each individual vehicle because they have all prior service records right at their fingertips.”-tischerauto.com

When it comes time to get any of your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, or Chrysler vehicles serviced, head straight to All Star. Their team is ready to assist you in whatever you might need done!