How to Care for Your Car While It Sits Idle

How To Care For Your Car While It Sits Idle in Chilliwack, BC

If your car has been sitting parked for a long period of time, it’s important to monitor it for certain maintenance items. Whether it’s an impact on your car’s reliability or its safety, you need to make sure you take care of your idle vehicle. These tips on how to care for your car while it sits idle will help you combat any long-term issues that can arise from not driving around town.

Keep an eye on your tires.

Your vehicle is heavy, which is why it should come as no surprise that a vehicle sitting on its tires too long can actually ruin the tires. When a car sits, flat spotting can occur on the tires. Flat spotting is when the weight of your vehicle has flattened out a portion of your tire’s rubber. Keep an eye out for this occurrence, and make sure you regularly check your tire pressure.

Think about exterior protection.

If your car is parked in a garage, you don’t have to worry about your exterior much. If you park your car outside, though, it’s important to consider getting a waterproof cover to prevent your car’s paint job from being damage. After all, over time your car’s exterior might accumulate things like tree sap, water spots, and bird poop.

Check your battery.

Your battery can start to discharge over a long period of idleness, leaving you with a dead battery. Make sure you don’t have to jump start your car in the future and keep your battery working well. Consider plugging it into a battery tender or disconnecting the battery.

Consider going on a short drive to nowhere.

Exercising your engine is a solid way to keep it in working order. Consider taking your car on a simple, short drive around the block every now and then to keep it in working order, or even take it on your weekly trip to the grocery store if you absolutely have to go.

If your vehicle has a serious maintenance issue that needs expert attention, don’t hesitate to call us here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Chilliwack.

Vancouver International Auto Show Highlights: A Look Back

While the news broke earlier this month that the 100th Anniversary Vancouver International Auto Show has been postponed, there hasn’t been a new date set just yet. We will make sure to update you as we get more news. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the O’Connor Dodge Jeep®Ram Car Show on July 26 and enjoy these Vancouver International Auto Show highlights from last year that you don’t want to forget about.

The Jeep® Gladiator’s Western Canadian Debut

2020 Jeep Gladiator |  Chilliwack, BC

Fiat Chrysler took the Vancouver show by storm last year with the debut of the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. Combining the utility of a pickup truck and the off-road capabilities of the Wrangler, the Gladiator comes ready to take on the unbeaten path ahead. It showed off its off-road readiness with its available 33-inch off-road tires, Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, and more.

Performance-Ready Models from Mopar

During the show, you had the chance to feast your eyes on the wonders of Mopar. This exciting showcase had over 25 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram models on display, highlighting how aftermarket parts can help make vehicles of all shapes and sizes that much better.

Test Driving the Chrysler Pacifica

2020 Chrylser Pacifica | Chilliwac, BC

If you’re looking for a minivan to haul your family around town in, then it’s likely you’ve considered the Chrysler Pacifica. Just new to the market during last year’s Auto Show, this minivan was actually available to the public for test drives, making it easy to get a sense of whether or not you wanted the vehicle without having to go into a dealership.

Call us today for more information about the O’Connor Dodge Jeep®Ram Car Show this summer. Or if you have questions about servicing your vehicle.

Build Your Deal Online at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Buying a new car just got a whole lot easier. You can now purchase your next car online with us here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram without even having to come into the dealership. Simply use your smartphone, computer, or tablet — no matter where you are — to find the vehicle of your dreams. Here’s how you can build your deal online with O’Connor.

  1. Find your dream car. Simply browse our website to find the right vehicle for you. We have plenty of options to choose from, making it easy to find the best fit for your needs. Just make sure you create an account to save your progress.
  2. Pick and choose your extra accessories and the right protection plan. Do you like to go camping and need extra storage? Maybe you’re looking for some all-weather carpet mats? This is the point that you add on any extra accessories you want for your vehicle. You can also find additional protection plans on this step.
  3. Determine your monthly payment. Use our Pricing Calculator to find the right finance or lease option for your budget. You can enter your down payment and what finance terms you would like — along with your credit score — to determine how much you will pay each month.
  4. Don’t forget to get your trade-in appraisal. Take some photos of your trade-in vehicle and answer some questions around its condition so that we can gather an offer for it.
  5. Complete the easy online credit application. This simplified process strives to make it easier for you to get the finance you need for your vehicle.
  6. Submit your deposit. Secure your vehicle with a deposit.
  7. Make an appointment to visit us if you need to. We know this process can be a daunting one, so feel free to make an appointment with us at any point of your car-buying journey. We’re happy to help you through it, answering any questions you may have

Call or visit us at O’Connor if you have any questions as you build your deal online.

How to Program HomeLink®

Are you juggling with multiple garage door openers or other remote controls when you get home? Luckily, the HomeLink® system replaces up to three remote controls or handheld transmitters, allowing you to operate devices like garage-door openers, privacy gates, or home security systems directly from your driver’s seat. If you’re not sure how to program HomeLink, though, we’re here to help. Here are the steps you need to know to set up your HomeLink.

  1. Push and hold the two outside buttons until the LED indicator light flashes. Keep in mind that this can take up to 20 seconds to happen. This will erase all three HomeLink button programs, so only do it once – and don’t do it when adding additional HomeLink buttons
  2. Put the hand-held transmitter or remote control one to three inches away from the HomeLink surface, making sure that the HomeLink indicator light is still visible
  3. Use both hands and simultaneously press and hold the HomeLink button you want associated with your hand-held transmitter, while also pressing the desired button on the transmitter. Make sure you don’t release these buttons until the indicator light flashes slowly, then rapidly. Once the rapid flashing occurs, you can release the buttons since that means you have been successful
  4. Press and hold the HomeLink button you just programmed and observe the light. If the light is solid/continuous, then your device should work when the HomeLink button is pressed. If the light blinks rapidly for two seconds, then turns solid, then you need to proceed to the next steps

Only complete these steps if the indicator light blinks rapidly for two seconds, then turns solid:

  • At the motorhead unit in the garage, find the “learn” or “smart” button, which is usually near where the hanging antenna wire is attached to the unit. If you can’t find it, consult your garage door owner’s manual
  • Press and release this button, then return to your vehicle and firmly press and hold the trained HomeLink button for two seconds and release. Repeat this process sequence up to three times to complete the process.

Need more help with HomeLink? Call or visit us here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

How to Warm Your Car Up Quickly

Ram Chassis Cab with Snow Plow | How To Warm Your Car Up Quickly in Chilliwack, BC

Winter weather in BC can get harshly cold. When you have to make your morning commute, it can be difficult to want to leave your warm toasty house when you know you have to get into a cold car. To keep you cozy this winter, remember these tips on how to warm your car up quickly.

Turn on your ignition, but don’t start your engine. Doing this will help you get hot air quickly, since the engine will be primed. When the engine is primed, it will produce heat quickly.

Idle for a bit. Once your engine is primed, you want to idle your vehicle for about 30 seconds to a minute. This will help the heater core produce warm air.

Time to go. Driving your car will actually help it warm up faster. That’s because your engine will warm up, allowing more hot air to pass into your cabin. Modern vehicles usually only need about 30 seconds to warm up, so you won’t have to suffer in the cold long.

Think about where you’re pointing the hot air. When your car is finally warmed up, you want to direct the warm air at you and your passenger’s chest to help your bodies warm up quickly. Then, once you’re warm again, direct the heat toward your feet, since heat rises.

Contact us here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram for more tips on keeping your vehicle in peak condition during BC’s extreme winters.