What to Do For Back to School Car Care

As students across the country begin to gear up for the new school year, planning their first day outfit and comparing schedules with their peers, the likelihood of them remembering to do their car’s routine maintenance is slim. To ensure that your teen driver’s back to school car care experience is a smooth one, we’ve compiled a quick list of items to check before the first class bell rings.

Back to School Car Care
Make sure you inspect your car for problems before you start carpooling to school!

Are any indicator lights on? As you might have already guessed, indicator lights on the dashboard are there for an important reason—to indicate when there’s a problem with your car. If you happen to have an indicator light on, the likelihood of your car needing to be looked at is high. Don’t ignore them. In fact, you can use your handy-dandy owner’s manual to look up what they mean, so you can take it to the shop and knowledgably tell the mechanic what the light means!

Have you looked under the hood recently? If you don’t already know how, ask your parents to show you have to check fluid levels, like engine oil, coolant, and transmission fluids. Also, check the battery to make sure the cables and terminal posts are in tip-top shape. This will ensure you won’t get stuck at school with a car that won’t start.

Is your engine making a strange noise? While the hood is up, start the car, turn on the fans, and listen. If there are strange noises coming out of your engine, it’s time to take a trip to the mechanic shop. Also, be sure to check your brakes. If they feel spongy or squeal, it could be time to replace your brake pads.

Did your tires pass the honest Abe test? There’s a simple test to see how old your tires are—the Abe test. Grab a penny and place it into your tire’s grove. If you can see Abe’s entire head, your tires are worn out and need to be replaced. While you’re doing this test, make sure you also check the tire pressure in all four tires with a tire gauge. Inflate them if needed.

Does the garage floor have stains on it from your vehicle? Look around on the garage floor or the ground where your car is normally parked. Do you see any oil or antifreeze around? If so, that’s normally a sign of a leaking problem. Take your car in for its checkup to ensure this problem gets fixed.

Is the car interior messy? There are two reasons why you shouldn’t leave your car in a messy state. Not only does garbage, like an empty soda bottle, increase the likelihood of something lodging under the brake or gas pedal, impeding your ability to drive, but leaving valuables in sight also increases the risk for car break-ins. Keep your car clean and the risks are minimal.

After you complete this back to school car care checklist and are still concerned with something, make sure you bring your car in to the mechanics before the first day of school. We promise, it will make your school year that much easier.

SRT Motorsports Heads to Canada for Toronto Pirelli World Challenge

This weekend, July 19 and 20, SRT Motorsports will take on the Toronto Pirelli World Challenge in a surprise entry. Kumo Wittmer will drive in the all-new No. 92 Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun to have Kumo step into the Pirelli World Challenge and test his skills in the Viper GT3-R against the top class in the series,” said Ralph Gilles, CEO of SRT Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, in a statement. “This is a test Viper that Riley Technologies prepared and we see this race as an opportunity to showcase our customer program. We’ve had success in the series with Dan Knox taking the Viper to the winner’s circle during the Detroit race weekend and we want to continue building momentum with our Viper GT3-R program.”

Toronto Pirelli World Challenge
SRT Motorsports hopes to take home another victory at the Toronto Pirelli World Challenge.

Montreal native Wittmer has chalked up three podium finishes out of six starts so far in the IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship series in 2014. This weekend’s double-header will be his first appearance in the Pirelli World Challenge since 2010.

The race will air on television on NBC Sport Network on August 10 at 1:30 p.m. EST. Join with us at Corwin Dodge at we cheer SRT Motorsports and Kumo Wittmer on to victory.

Separate Key Fob Unlocks 707 Horsepower in 2015 Dodge Challenger

The all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT will feature Dodge’s most powerful V8 ever, making it both the most powerful Challenger ever built and the most powerful muscle car ever.

Under the hood, the 2015 Challenger will boast a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat engine, cranking out 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

It’s the first factory supercharged HEMI and Dodge’s first application of V8 supercharger technology. Such is its power that Dodge has taken upon itself to offer buyers not one but two standard key fobs—one red and one black.

The black fob is benign enough. When used to start the engine, it will be reduced to a “mild” 500 horsepower output. When the red fob is used, the Challenger SRT’s full horsepower and torque potential is unlocked.

We’re not sure if making two fobs to separate the 500 and 707 horsepower experiences was necessary, but we imagine it will lend itself to quite a bit of fun—like when pressing a big red button to make something incredible happen. Just bust out your red key fob and hear the engine roar in response.

Find the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT at Corwin Dodge later this year and check out the muscle for yourself.

Dodge Celebrates 100 Years

Dodge Brand Turning 100

July 1 officially marked the 100th anniversary for Dodge. Dodge celebrates 100 years by inviting a handful of journalists to spend the day at Meadow Brook Hall in Michigan. KBB.com shared some of the highlights from the event.

Brothers John and Horace Dodge started their automotive company in 1914 and the first Dodge-branded vehicle rolled off the assembly line in November 1914. From then on, Dodge has been a mainstay in the automotive industry producing some of America’s most iconic models, including the minivan.

On display at the press event were some pretty spectacular milestone vehicles, including the 1915 Dodge Brothers Touring Car, the first vehicle to come out of the Dodge Main assembly plant. There was also a 1929 Dodge Senior Six Roadster, a 1941 Dodge Command Car used in World War II, a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, a 1984 Dodge Caravan, and a 2003 Dodge Viper SRT-10.

Which historic Dodge vehicle would you be most excited to drive?

Here at Corwin Dodge, we are excited to be a part of this historic 100 year anniversary and look forward to a year filled with celebrations. Come celebrate this milestone with us by taking a test drive in one of the newest cars to hit out lot!