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Auto Service and Maintenance Tips for Saskatchewan

<a href="https://standarddodge.ca/book-a-service/"><img src="https://standarddodge.ca/images/upload/May_2022/Service/Ram1500_Limited_Tire.png"alt="Close up of the 2022 Ram 1500 Limited tire”/></a>With the weather finally warming up, your tires may need to be checked over. Performing an inspection at home is easy and fast. Here’s a quick guide on what to do to ensure your tires are at their best.

If you recently swapped out your winter set for all-seasons (or you kept your all-season set throughout the winter), then you need to go over the tires to ensure they are ready to adapt to the warmer weather.

First, check the air pressure. You can look on the tire or inside the Owner’s Manual to find out what is an acceptable range. The pressure will probably be low due to the colder climate. You can remedy this by re-inflating the tire to its appropriate limit. Leaving it under-inflated will destroy your fuel economy and cause faster wear and tear.

Next, you should inspect the tread. You can do this by using a penny. Holding Lincoln’s body between your forefinger and thumb, you can insert the penny into the groove of the lowest tread point. If Lincoln’s head (any part of it) is covered by the tread, you are good to go. However, if it’s not, then you may need new tires.

Contact Standard Dodge in SK to schedule an appointment for spring tire maintenance and service today!

<a href="https://standarddodge.ca/service"><img src="https://standarddodge.ca/images/upload/May_2022/Service/Chrysler_Pacifica_Tire.png"alt="Close up shot of the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle tire”/></a>It is no secret that winters in Saskatchewan can be rough. Not only do residents have to deal with extremely frigid temperatures, but vehicles tend to take a hit during this time of year as well. This includes the tires. In this article, you will learn how to care for your tires in preparation for spring and summer.

If you installed a set of winter tires a few months ago, it is now time to swap them out for some all-season models. The tread on winter tires will wear down quickly under normal conditions. You should take them off as soon as the weather warms up to preserve them for next year.

For people who keep all-season tires throughout the year, it is time to check them over. First, be sure to test the air pressure level. It should be within the safe range listed on the unit or in your owner’s manual. You also need to look for worn-down tread, cuts, blisters, and cracks. These can occur after drastic temperature changes or simply from hitting a pothole. It also won’t hurt to have your tires rotated to ensure even wear.

Need help with tire services? Contact our team at Standard Dodge to schedule an appointment!

<a href="https://standarddodge.ca/service"><img src="https://standarddodge.ca/images/upload/April_2022/Service/Springtires.png"alt="Tires for the 2022 Ram 1500”/></a>While some tires are labelled as winter or summer, there are no sets that are exclusively known as spring tires. However, all-season units will serve you well as we move from cold nights to warmer days. Here are a few tips to better prepare for the changing weather.

First, you need to remove the winter tires from your vehicle if you had them on. Store them for next year.

Next, before you put the all-season tires back on for spring, be sure to check for signs of wear and tear. This is especially true if you have used this set before. You also need to check on the pressure. Leaving them in storage for months can lead to a decrease in air pressure. They may need to be inflated a bit.

If you have been off-roading or hit a pothole recently, you should get an alignment. This process is easy, and it ensures that your vehicle is moving correctly to avoid premature wear on the tires. Finally, it might be a good idea to rotate the tires while you are in the process of switching them. Put the ones from the back on the front and vice versa.

Contact the team at Standard Dodge to schedule a tire service today!

<a href="https://standarddodge.ca/book-a-service/"><img src="https://standarddodge.ca/images/upload/April_2022/Service/SpringTires1.png"alt="Close up of tire for the 2022 Ram 1500 truck”/></a>Now that spring is upon us, you may be wondering if it’s time to switch out the tires. The answer will vary depending on what you are looking to achieve with your daily driving comfort level.

If you have a set of winter tires on your vehicle, then you certainly want to change them. Your best options are going to be a summer or all-season set.

Summer tires are designed from a sticky compound that produces a tread that is great to prevent hydroplaning. Also sometimes referred to as performance tires, this set is ideal for cornering at high speeds, fast acceleration, and responsive braking. Optimal weather for them is an average daily temperature of 6-degree Celsius or above. Vehicles that typically use them at sports cars and luxury models.

On the other hand, all-season tires are more commonly found on cars, light-duty pickups, and SUVs. They are good on wet surfaces and can handle fluctuating climates that stay above freezing. They also tend to have a long tread life - which is about 80,000 miles as opposed to the summer set’s 50,000 miles.

Want to get a summer or all-season set for your vehicle? Get in touch with our service department and ask about the Sailun brand.

<a href="https://standarddodge.ca/inventory/details/339/new-2022-ram-1500-big+horn-1C6RRFMG1NN127882"><img src="https://standarddodge.ca/images/upload/March_2022/Service/OilChange.png"alt="View of the hood of a 2022 Ram 1500 Big Horn in White”/></a>One of the most common maintenance services is an oil change. Every vehicle needs one eventually. Luckily, you can schedule at your convenience with our team at Standard Dodge in SK.

An oil change is an act of removing the old oil that is inside the engine and replacing it with a new liquid lubricant. The job of the oil is to keep all of the moving parts inside the motor running cool. This prevents overheating and lengthens the life expectancy of the car, truck, SUV, or van.

When dirty oil is left to run through the system for too long, it can cause a build-up of sludge and debris. This will lead to issues down the road with the various components of the engine. You can check the oil yourself at home. Pop the hood and find the dipstick. Pull it out and look at the oil residue on the end. If it is golden brown, it is still okay. However, if it is dark brown or black, it is time to swap it out.

Typically, an oil change will also require the replacement of the oil filter. This is designed to prevent debris from entering the lubrication system.

Contact our experts today to make an appointment!

<a href="https://standarddodge.ca/inventory?newUsed=New"><img src="https://standarddodge.ca/images/upload/March_2022/Service/TireRotation.png"alt="Red mid-size SUV parked outside a townhouse”/></a>Whether you have the average all-season tires or a winter set installed on your vehicle right now, you can get them changed out or rotated at the Standard Dodge dealership in Saskatchewan.

Depending on the drivetrain of your model, the tires can wear down unevenly over the years. For example, FWD vehicles tend to see extra wear on the front units first. By taking them off and switching them with the back ones, you can get more mileage out of the entire set.

If you currently have winter tires - we recommend Sailun - then it may be time to change back to the all-season, summer, or performance set that the vehicle usually has on. That can also be scheduled here through our service department.

The difference between tires is usually the material and the tread. Winter sets are crafted from a rubber that can withstand colder temperatures without cracking. They also tend to have a deeper tread for enhanced grip on snow and ice.

Do you need to make an appointment for a tire service or any other type of routine maintenance? If you said yes, then you should get in touch with the team of experts at Standard Dodge in SK today!

<a href="https://standarddodge.ca/inventory/details/348/new-2022-ram-1500-big+horn-1C6SRFFT6NN107655"><img src="https://standarddodge.ca/images/upload/February_2022/Service/2022_Ram_1500_WinterTires.png"alt="2022 Ram 1500 in black on the snowy Standard Dodge lot”/></a>While 4WD is the best drivetrain to have during a snowstorm, it isn’t the only thing you need to travel safely during inclement weather. It is also highly recommended that you invest in a set of winter tires to keep you on the road and out of a ditch. If you have a Ram 1500 pickup, the Sailun tires are top-rated.

Most Ram trucks come standard with a set of all-season tires. These are great for the changing weather conditions, and they provide enhanced grip on slick streets. However, they are not designed to grab ahold of snow or ice. Instead, they are best for dry or wet surfaces. While they can be acceptable for occasional light snow, the winters in Saskatchewan are far harsher than these units can manage.

That is why you need Sailun winter tires. Crafted from a flexible rubber material that can handle extreme temperature fluctuations, these can get a good grasp on slush, ice, and snow to keep you from losing control of the vehicle. They function properly at temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit) as well.

Need to replace your tires with a winter set? Contact the Service team at Standard Dodge in SK today to get an appointment!

<a href="https://standarddodge.ca/inventory/details/281/new-2022-ram-1500-big+horn-1C6SRFMT7NN123866"><img src="https://standarddodge.ca/images/upload/January_2022/Services/2022_Ram_1500_BigHorn_Wheels.png"alt="2022 Ram 1500 Big Horn in Velvet Red on the Standard Dodge dealership lot”/></a>If you own a Ram pickup, then you already know that it comes standard with either all-season or off-road tires depending on the trim level. However, having a set of winter tires can be very beneficial for you especially if you live in or around Moose Jaw.

With frigid months filled with frost and ice, it can be very hard (and dangerous) to drive on the streets during the winter. While most tire sets for Ram trucks provide a solid grip for slick roads and rugged terrain, it is best to invest in a winter set for maximum traction.

Sailun winter tires are crafted out of a tougher rubber material with a unique pattern containing blocks that eat up snow. Designed to prevent fishtailing, they latch onto the slippery surface and keep your vehicle on the pavement. Even as the temperature plummets, the material will remain soft, supple, and fully capable of handling sub-freezing days without cracking.

Thanks to the superior groove style, sets from Sailun will enable you to drive safely during extreme inclement weather. And yes, they can be equipped on 4WD models as well as RWD ones.

Contact Standard Dodge today to learn more about preparing your truck for the colder months of the year.


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