Explanations of Important Dashboard Warning Lights

Here’s a scenario we all dread. You’re driving along, listening to your favorite song; then, you hear that dreaded “beeeep.” You look down and see a bright red light shining up at you from your dashboard. Unfortunately, for many drivers, those little pictures with wavy lines and exclamation marks are indecipherable.

To help you get a handle on your car situation, here are some of the most common dashboard warning lights.

Dashboard Warning Lights

Check engine light. This is by far the most dreaded of all the dashboard lights. When it turns on, you need to get it checked out by a professional so they can diagnose the problem. It can be a simple as a loose gas cap to something much more catastrophic.

Battery alert. When this light turns on, it means the voltage level is below the normal level. Have your battery and its terminals inspected.

Tire pressure. If you see this light come on, it means one of more of your tires has low pressure. Give your tires a boost of air pressure and it should turn off. If it doesn’t, consult a professional.

Traction control. When this light turns on, it means your car’s traction control or electronic stability system is active. It also usually means road conditions are slippery.

These are just a few of the most common warning lights. If you have any questions about what a light in your car means, stop by Gossett Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat and we’ll help you out.

Don’t Miss Live at the Garden Concerts in Memphis

concertFor a truly one-of-a-king concert experience, you have to attend the Live at the Garden concert series at the Memphis Botanic Garden. This series is in its 15th year and is one of the most popular summer music events in the area.

Already this summer, visitors go to listen to Heart, Gregg Allman, and Billy Currington. Coming up on August 25th, you can relive your glory days from the 1980s with some classic hits from REO Speedwagon.

Tickets are still available for this concert, but act fast because you never know when they will sell out. General lawn admission tickets cost $40 each. Or you can choose to sit at a table in the Gossett Motor Cars Pit in front of the stage for $75.

You might feel like a teenager again as you listen to “Take It on the Run” while sitting under the stars, enjoying an ice cold beverage, and surrounded by your favorite people. The gates will open at 6pm and the show will start at 8pm.

Concert goers are welcome to bring their own picnic food; however, there will be vendors available on-site selling deliciously-prepared food and drink. Be aware that you are also prohibited from smoking and bringing potentially dangerous items.

Here at Gossett Chrysler Jeep Dodge Fiat, we are excited for this show and hope to see many of our loyal customers there.

Things to Do In Memphis This July

eventBuy a new lizard, head-bang to 90s rock icons, and square dance to the best of new and classic country–those are just some of the things to do in Memphis for July.

Musicians Shinedown have been consistently rocking out since their powerful debut in 2003. They bring their dynamic live show to The Landers Center on July 20th. Show starts at 7:00pm.

On July 30th at the Fitz Casino Tunica, The Charlie Daniels Band will be performing all of their classic country hits like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Showtime is 8:00pm.

Singer-songwriter Jill Scott will be bringing her sometimes funky, sometimes jazz, always sincere live show to the Landers Center on July 30th. Show begins at 7:30pm.

Hear the sultry voice of Harry Connick, Jr. at The Orpheum on July 27th. The swingin’ starts at 7:30pm.

Or maybe reptiles are your thing? If so, you might want to head out to the Landers Center on July 30th around 10:00Aam. That’s where the Repticon Memphis Reptile & Exotic Animal Show is going down. Stick around though; Jill Scott is playing later.

From Desert to Tundra: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Testing Pushed Minivan to the Limit

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica – Available at Gossett CJDR-Fiat

Imagine buying a new vehicle that already had millions of miles on it. Sounds crazy, right? That’s what you’ll get if you pick up the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

The truth is that you’ll be buying a whole lot of confidence, not miles. Chrysler put the Pacifica through some of the most rigorous testing that the industry has ever seen.

That testing included 3.4 million miles of road testing, making it “one of the highest pre-production mileage totals of any Chrysler brand vehicle ever,” according to The Detroit News.

The all-new Pacifica also underwent extreme weather testing. Engineers drove the minivan around in the 120-degree Arizona heat as well as subzero temperatures in Alaska.

The Chrysler Pacifica is the automaker’s premier minivan, the Town & Country name having been retired. Along with the name change, Chrysler also took the opportunity to build an entirely new minivan from the ground up. This is why the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica testing was so rigorous.

As Jessica LaFond, chief engineer for the Pacifica, put it, “For us, the reason for so much testing is when you bringing a new architecture into the market, you’re starting from zero.”

Three Ways to Avoid Traffic on a Road Trip

trafficHitting the road this summer? Nothing can threaten your good vibes like highway congestion. Here are some ways to avoid traffic on a road trip.

# 1 – Use Waze

When it comes to smartphone navigation apps, there’s nothing particularly special about the basic navigation abilities of Waze. It’s the crowd-sourced traffic info that makes Waze shine. Not only can you get real-time information on a traffic jam, other drivers can help you find a successful detour.

# 2 – Time your trip properly

Most major cities experience rush hour traffic jams between 8:00am and 9:00am and between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. When planning your trip, leave at a time that allows you to avoid major cities during rush hour. Properly planning your stops for food and attractions can also help in this regard.

# 3 – Take the scenic route

A significant part of the fun of taking a road trip is the journey there, not just the destination itself. Why not enhance the journey by avoiding interstates altogether and taking the scenic route? Not only do you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery but you are also less likely to encounter traffic.

A road trip should not be stressful. That’s what everyday life is for! Using these strategies to avoid traffic on a road trip, you can make your trip more fun and more memorable.

Chrysler and Google Join Forces to Make Driverless Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan

2016 Chrysler Pacifica

2016 Chrysler Pacifica – Available now at Gossett CJDR-Fiat!

Perhaps more than any other company, Google has committed an astounding amount of research toward autonomous driving. The tech company has been in the business for a while and has made extraordinary inroads in making a truly driverless car a reality.

Fiat Chrysler, like many other automakers, is working to introduce stable and truly helpful autonomous technology into their lineup. To that end, the brand has teamed up with a certain technology company to make 100 driverless Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.

When faced with making a driverless minivan, you can imagine the decision makers at Chrysler asking themselves, “Why reinvent the wheel? Let’s call Google!”

The division of labor is rather simple. Chrysler will design the minivans so that it can easily accommodate the computers and sensors of Google’s self-driving system. In turn, Google will install its technology and ensure that the software works just like it’s supposed to.

The partnership between Chrysler and Google is the first time that the tech giant has teamed up with an automaker to install its technology.

Car Parts Explained: How Anti-Lock Brakes Work

brakeCars are complex machines with tens of thousands of part. However, it is important to understand some systems, including anti-lock brakes. We’ve put together a post on how anti-lock brakes work, helping you to understand one of the most important automotive innovations in recent years.

According to How Stuff Works, anti-lock brakes or the anti-lock braking system (ABS) was actually developed as early as 1929 by Frenchman Gabriel Voisin; however, it did not really hit the automotive market until the 1970s, and it wasn’t until the early 1990s that it became standard on virtually all new cars.

Anti-lock brakes work by rapidly pulsing the brakes, a method used in order to prevent locking. When the wheels lock-up, this means that they stop spinning. Although this might seem good, it often causes cars to skid or slide, eliminating control. Anti-lock brakes stop and start at the blink of an eye—so fast, in fact, that you can’t see it. This actually allows you to stop faster, especially when slamming on the brakes.

ABS consists of a computer controller, wheel sensors, and hydraulics. Basically, a computer and sensors determine when wheels lock (or may lock) and then activate calipers with a hydraulic system to “pulse” the brakes. Again, this all happens so fast you probably won’t be able to see it.

ABS may also be used with systems like traction control to increase stopping power. ABS reduces the risk of multiple vehicle crashes by 18 percent. In the US, ABS is required by law in all models that have electronic stability control, a regulation that began in 2011.

New 2017 Pacifica Interior Wins Awards from Wards Auto

The new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is already winning awards, including the Wards 10 Best Interiors award. This annual prize is given to the top models in the world, focusing on those with premium interior designs. The Pacific was a no-brainer, with a sophisticated design and high-tech gadgets.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

According to Chrysler, Wards took two months to look at a total 47 vehicles, scoring the best on materials, ergonomics, driver information, safety, comfort, fit-and-finish, and aesthetics. The editors at WardsAuto decided the 2017 Pacifica interior was definitely one of the best.

“The folks who put the minivan on the map in the 1980s have stunned the segment yet again with the lavishly appointed Chrysler Pacifica,” said Tom Murphy, senior editor of WardsAuto. “Shoppers buy minivans out of necessity, but there are many aspects of the Pacifica they will want…A trip to school, hockey practice or the doctor’s office will never be the same.”

Believe it or not, Chrysler invented the minivan more than 30 years ago—the Pacifica is just the result of years of design. This model is great for large families who want to enjoy driving, with the latest in entertainment and comfortable seating no matter where you are going.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Vehicle User Guide Gives Drivers Access to the Info They Need

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Have you ever had that experience when you don’t know what a certain light on your dashboard means? Or you don’t know how to access a feature you know your vehicle has? Sometimes you can find the answers to these and other questions in your car’s owner’s manual—that booklet in your glove compartment that you’ve never opened. But what happens if you need the info while you’re driving?

FCA is going to make it really easy for drivers to look up this information by pre-installing a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Vehicle User Guide into the Uconnect system of every Pacifica model. Drivers will be able to easily navigate the User Guide either by searching for keywords or browsing through four categories: Vehicle Operation, Uconnect Radio, Vehicle Maintenance, and Emergency & Support.

Some of the features will even be VIN-specific, so you won’t have to read through information that doesn’t apply to your car.

The Uconnect Vehicle User Guide made its debut first in the 2016 Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300.

If you had the Uconnect Vehicle User Guide installed in your car, would you take advantage of its easy-to-use features?

Why April Is Car Care Month

car care monthTaking care of something is the simplest way to make it last longer. This applies to your car just like everything else, and a well cared for car will not only last longer, but it will be safer and more efficient. This is why April is recognized as Car Care Month.

With spring finally here, it’s time to take care of your car by catching up on its neglected maintenance. This will make your car ready for any upcoming spring and summer road trips. And, by taking care of minor issues now, you can prevent them from becoming major catastrophes down the road.

According to the Car Care Council, 84% of vehicles participating in car care events in 2014 were in need to service or repairs. Some of the most common maintenance issues included needing an oil change, needing a new air filter, and having low or dirty coolant.

If your car is in need of some spring maintenance, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment with us here at Gossett Chrysler Jeep Dodge Fiat. We will make sure your car is ready for the road ahead.