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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!

 

Ram Trucks Changing the Game Since 1994

Ram Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near University City

It’s no secret that Ram has been changing the truck game up for a long, long time, but what you might not know is that Ram literally ‘broke all the rules’ for what a truck was back in 1994. What caused this catalyst? Was it because it was a simpler time? Was it because there was a popular tool man who grunted? We are not sure, all we know is that Ram thought it was time things changed for trucks.

Pickups are an ever-present, widely accepted member of the American landscape. But it didn’t use to be that way. Even in the 1980s, pickups were considered tools, not family transportation. Dodge’s second-generation of Ram pickups is largely credited as the catalyst that transformed the American pickup from a utilitarian workhorse to a friendly companion that wasn’t out-of-place in the mall parking lot. Both Ford and General Motors soon followed Dodge’s lead in making pickups focused more on people than cargo and low costs.

Over two decades ago, Dodge designers decided to add more creature comforts and convenience features to its pickup. How this change in design was the result of a designer at Chrysler’s brand new headquarters and technology center went to an area of the complex still under construction to take photos of the construction works’ pickups. “The design team studied the photos (Polaroids, no less) to see how loose items were stored inside the cabs. The research resulted in innovative storage solutions considered commonplace in modern trucks. Ram was also the first to offer a four-door extended cab, offering easier entry to the rear bench.”-topspeed.com

Take a test drive of the wonderful Ram lineup trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near University City. They would love to show you why the Ram truck was and is game changer.

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What’s coming for the Ram Lineup?

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

We like taking a look at what is coming soon for the Ram lineup of trucks. It’s fun to see the concept trucks that are coming and what all they might have to offer! Today we want to take a look at what we hope will soon be coming to All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville.

The next generation of Ram 1500 pickup trucks, coded DT, is likely to have some lighter materials accompanying the usual steel, to increase the fuel economy and load capacity. Some models may gain some cab space, as well. It’s scheduled to go into production in early January 2018, as a 2019 model, at the Sterling Heights assembly plant — a move from the traditional Warren plant.

The new Rams are supposed to have grilles that are not quite as tall, so they can improve their aerodynamics. The huge Rebel tailgate letters may be replaced by the Ram logo or smaller letters; but the “big rig” styling will continue. The crosshair is said to be returning in force, with Dodge giving it up instead of Ram. Automotive News wrote that the headlights will be smaller and integrated into the grille, with horizontal fog lights put into the bumper; they also projected a flatter center console to provide more space.

“The Pentastar upgrade with direct injection should boost power to 310-320 hp, with higher economy and better low end torque. A forced-induction straight-six is expected around 2020; and there’s even talk of a four cylinder turbo, around 290 hp, as an economy option for fleets (and to get the “highway mpg” advertising number).”-allpar.com

In the mean time, take a look at the current Ram 1500 that is on display at All Star. We are sure that you will love it!

Let’s Get Classy with a Ram!

Ram Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Louis

We are super excited to announce that the Ram line of trucks is getting to release a couple of new trim levels on their trucks. These trucks will soon be available at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Louis. These new trims pay homage to the Lone Star State!

Shown at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, Ram unveiled two new special appearance packages for its pickups that have a distinctly Texan twang.The 2018 Ram Laramie Longhorn Southfork, named after the real-life ranch made famous by J.R. Ewing on TV’s “Dallas,” features upgraded leather upholstery in a distinct brown and beige color combo, plus leather wrapped around its pillar-mounted grab handles. Its steering wheel combines walnut wood with—you guessed it—leather. If that’s not enough, the truck’s headliner and visor mirrors are suede. The Laramie Longhorn serves as the lineup’s new flagship and it features bold “Longhorn” badging to match.

“Ram says it’ll offer the Southfork package on 2018 model year 1500, 2500, and 3500 versions of its trucks in both rear- and four-wheel drive. Additionally, Ram is extending its Lone Star Silver Edition package to include 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty versions of the truck lineup in addition to the half-ton Ram 1500. The appearance package builds on the Texas-only Lone Star package with additional chrome details outside, side steps, and 20-inch alloy wheels.”-thecarconnection.com

We want you to head to All Star Dodge Ram today and check out the current trucks in the Ram lineup. We are sure that one of the great models will suit all of your needs. The team at All Star would love to help you decide between the Ram 1500, 2500, or the 3500. Get down to All Star today and get yourself the truck that you deserve.