Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Effective Ways to Keep Your Auto AC Running Cool


Spring weather is here, which means the team at Melloy Dodge wants to help you stay cool in your vehicle. If you’re a New Mexico resident, you know how important it is to have AC in your vehicle on a hot day. Follow these guidelines to keep your car’s cooling system working great during the Spring and Summer heat.

Check The Temperature

If your AC isn’t blowing cold air, then you may need to replace the cabin air filter. If equipped, we recommend using a thermometer to check that the unit is working correctly. Place the thermometer into the vent in your vehicle. If it’s reading too hot, there may be dust on the filter that’s preventing the air from circulating properly.

Don’t “Warm Up” Your Air Conditioner

The cooling system in your automobile works most effectively when the car is being driven. The car’s engine is what makes your air conditioner work, so running it while the car’s not in motion will only waste gas. If the heat in the car is too much for you when you initially get in, simply open the back windows for a moment while running the fan. This will swiftly blow the hot air out. Just don’t forget to roll up the windows.

Use The Air Conditioning Wisely

It's common for drivers to want to turn up the air conditioning to its highest temperature setting, but it's best to set it at the lowest temperature instead. This will save on gas and help keep the air quality inside the car at a healthy level. Adjust the fans to assist in creating a comfortable environment for all of the passengers.

It's always a good idea to be prepared before the hot weather hits. For more automotive tips and tricks, visit our website at melloydodge.com!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

How to Safely and Properly Change Your Flat Tire

Most people who drive are very likely to experience a flat tire in their lifetime. Even the top-of-the-line brands can become flat or in need of repair. Before changing out a tire, it’s very important to be aware of how to do so properly and safely. Below are a few tips from the tire experts at Melloy Dodge!

Safety is the key!

Prior to your vehicle purchase, make sure that it includes a spare tire. Some vehicles don't. Ask about and know that you have a spare prior to your purchase.

• Always keep tire-changing essentials in your car, including a spare tire, lug wrench, a jack, flashlights, batteries, gloves, reflective triangles, flares, wheel chocks, a car owner's manual, and a flat repair kit. On newer model vehicles, finding the jack and other tools can be a challenge. Make sure that you are familiar with your vehicle's tire-changing equipment BEFORE you drive. Refer to your owner's manual for complete information.

If you do encounter a flat tire, make sure you and your family are safe. Pull off the road, if you can. If you can't pull off the road, you can drive on a flat tire for a limited amount of time. Your safety is paramount. Ruining a tire or wheel is a small price to pay for you and your family's safety.

• If you can, find a safe spot to change the flat, such as the quiet side of the street, a parking lot, an off-ramp shoulder, or a long, straight road.

• Place reflective triangles or flares behind your vehicle for safety. Turn off your vehicle.

Remove the spare tire from your vehicle. Your spare tire may be located inside the vehicle or underneath. Know this information before you drive. It's your responsibility to understand this information.

If you can safely, check the tire pressure of your spare tire. If there is no tire gauge and if possible, drive to a gas station to check the pressure and to ensure safety.  If the tire pressure seems low, you can still drive on the spare. The key is to get you to a safe place.

• Place the wheel chocks (to push back against the rotation of the tire) on the opposite side of the flat to keep the vehicle secure while it's on the jack. Place the chocks on both sides of the tire, regardless of how the vehicle is leaning.

• If lug nuts are not exposed, remove the hubcap or wheel cover by using the lug wrench's flat end to pry off the cover.

• Use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts to a point where you can rotate them with your fingers. Do not remove them yet.

• Place the supplied jack underneath the vehicle and check with the car's owner manual on how to properly place and use the jack. Please be careful in inclement weather, as jacks can slip.

• With the jack in place, lift the flat approximately six inches off the ground or until the wheel will rotate freely with your hand. This should ensure that the spare will slide on without an issue.

• Completely unscrew, remove, and place the lug nuts somewhere safe because they are needed to secure the spare. The hubcap is a good place.

Again, make sure the spare is inflated and ready for use. Prop it on the side of the vehicle close to the tire that is flat.

• Remove the flat tire from the hub by grabbing it securely with both hands and pull it toward you. Then, safely set it aside.

If you can, prop the spare tire on your thighs for leverage. Quickly and safely line up the lugs with the openings on the spare tire and slide the wheel onto the lugs.

• Align the exposed lug bolts to the spare and push the spare into place. Push the spare as far back onto the assembly as you can.

• Put the lug nuts back on and tighten them with your hand, then slightly with the lug wrench, tightening every other nut until they're all snug.

• Carefully lower the jack until the spare is on the ground and remove the jack.

• Use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern for alignment and to ensure the spare is secured. Tighten each lug nut in a star pattern, making sure not to skip one accidentally.

• If you desire, you can replace the hub cap, but it is not necessary.

Remove any wheel chocks and put the flat tire into your trunk, rear area, or backseat.

PLEASE NOTE:  Many spare tires are "donuts" or temporary tires and are NOT full-sized tires. They are much skinnier and are not meant for long-term use. In fact, donuts will come with a range in which you can drive them AND at a certain speed. Do not violate these factory instructions. Check your owners' manual for complete safety information. This is imperative for the safety of you and your family.

If you're close to a service center, drive directly there and have a skilled mechanic check your work. If you're not close to help, pull over after several miles and make sure your lug nuts are still secure. Then, seek assistance as soon as you can.

As you can see, there are many steps you can take to provide a safe and effective tire change. For more information, or for a new set of tires, reach out to the experts at Melloy Dodge today, where we can assist you with all of your vehicle needs!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

It's a situation most drivers dread—without warning the check engine light on the car's dashboard suddenly turns on and you have no idea what it means or what to do. This confusion is understandable because the light may come on for many reasons. Sometimes the alert may have been triggered by a condition that is minor and easy to address, while in other cases it may be an indicator of a serious problem that needs to be looked at. It is very important to have a licensed mechanic assess the vehicle, as delaying maintenance may lead to further damage and more costly repairs. Be sure to stop by the Melloy Dodge service center in Albuquerque. Our licensed mechanics will be happy to take care of any issues related to your check engine light.

Before coming in for maintenance, it is possible to learn a little bit more about why the light came on. Some newer model vehicles display a diagnostic code on the dashboard, which can help give you some insight into the problem. You can do so by looking up the code in the driver's manual, or online. Keep in mind that the code will only point to the general source or location of the issue. Most likely, a licensed mechanic will need to fully identify and repair the problem. Here are a few of the most common causes:

•The gas cap is loose. Try tightening it and see if the light turns off.
•The mass airflow sensor or oxygen sensor needs replacement. If these parts are malfunctioning, the vehicle may have reduced fuel economy and suffer possible damage to other engine parts.
•The catalytic converter is damaged. This part is critical to the emissions system and damage will hinder performance and fuel economy.

It’s okay to err on the side of caution when the check engine light comes on. However, never ignore this alert. A timely checkup could easily prevent much more costly repairs down the road. To get your vehicle checked or for routine maintenance, reach out to the Experts at Melloy Dodge!

Monday, February 17, 2020

How to Properly Clean the Interior of Your Vehicle

Keeping the interior of your vehicle clean and organized is more important than you may think. Your vehicle’s interior plays an essential role in its longevity. Here are five crucial steps Melloy Dodge suggests you follow when cleaning the vehicle interior to make your car feel as good as new.

Decluttering

Look for valuables and other items that are important to you, such as bags, files, and children's toys. These are common items you may have forgotten to take out of your vehicle. We suggest gathering them up and bringing them back into your home, where they are safe and secure. Grab a garbage bag to store all the trash and the items you no longer have use for.

Cleaning the Central Console

Use a clean, moistened rag and dish soap to clean the center console, dashboard, and the steering wheel. Wipes for your vehicle’s interior are also available at many automotive stores. For the areas that are hard to reach, you can use cotton wool, or cotton buds to take out debris. You can also use an old toothbrush with soft bristles to clean around the buttons and hard to reach places on the dashboard.

The Windows

Spray window cleaner on a clean towel and spread it on the windows in a circular motion. Clean the windscreen, rear window, the front mirror, and the side windows.

Upholstery and Seats

Take out all floor mats and scrub them with a soft brush in soapy water. Use clean water to rinse and leave them in the sun to dry. Use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery nozzle to clean the seats, roof, and the bottom of the car’s interior. Remember to move the seats back and forth to reach the areas beneath. We also suggest using a mild stain remover on any stains but make sure it is safe for the specific upholstery you are cleaning.

Completing

Open all the doors and windows to air your vehicle out. Return the floor mats and adjust the seats to the right positions. Adjust any other areas to their right position.

As you can see, there are many tips and tricks to cleaning your car at home. At Melloy Dodge, we always suggest keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape! For further questions or to schedule your vehicle for maintenance, reach out to us!

Friday, February 7, 2020

There’s No Magic Machine Diagnosing Your Vehicle's Problems


Vehicle issues can be quite a pain. When you bring your vehicle to the mechanic to be serviced, do you really know what’s going on behind the scenes? In a world that’s constantly changing due to technological advances, it’s common to think that machines are the primary source of resolution for your vehicular issues, but that’s not necessarily true. At Melloy Dodge, it’s our goal to educate our customers.

Although there are diagnostic tools that can be used to run error codes, etc, these devices are not a magic machine. Ultimately, the people are the ones tending to your vehicle from start to finish. When you initially drop off your vehicle for service, the service writer will document the symptoms on a diagnostic form or in the system. The technician then begins with basic checks and dives in deeper to determine and confirm the issue. Once that is settled, the technician then starts a step by step diagnostic procedure to diagnose the problem and determine a solution as efficiently as possible. This information is then provided to the service writer to assemble an estimate for the costs of the work. From there, the mechanics proceed with the vehicle’s care to repair any issues. While machines are used throughout this process, it is the skilled individuals who keep everything running smoothly. Without them, there would be no resolution.

As you can see, the service experts are crucial to a smoothly running vehicle. The expertise it takes to determine and solve a vehicle’s issues can not be compensated for by technology. The Service Team at Melloy Dodge takes every step to ensure your vehicle is in the best shape possible. Reach out to us for your next service appointment!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Top 5 Myths About Buying a New Vehicle


Purchasing a new vehicle is an important investment. Honing your negotiating skills is always a good idea when you are trying to find the best deal available. Of course, there are many misconceptions about purchasing a new car. Here are a few of the most popular myths about buying a car according to the experts at Melloy Dodge

#1 Pay in Cash for the Best Deal
One of the top misconceptions is that paying in cash gives you the best deal. However, many car dealerships will still give you a great deal if you choose to finance instead of paying with cash.

#2 Purchase Now or You Risk Losing Out on a Special Deal
Many people give in to the sales tactic of buying a car now, or they risk missing out. It is important to take your time when choosing a new vehicle. At Melloy Dodge, we strive to find you the perfect vehicle with the best deal around!  

#3 Buying a Vehicle on the Internet Gives You the Best Deal
Another common myth is that buying a car on the internet gives you an excellent deal. Unfortunately, you may pay more for the vehicle because the initial price doesn't include the interest rate, trade-in price, or warranty.

#4 Special Orders are Costly
Special ordering through the dealership doesn't always cost more than buying a new car on the lot. You may even save more money in the long-term by special ordering with a dealership.

#5 Wait Until the End of the Month to Buy
Some dealerships offer exclusive deals near the end of the month, but this isn't always true everywhere else. Many times, the price at the end of the month will be the same at the beginning of each month.

Contact Melloy Dodge for More Information!
For more information on purchasing a new vehicle, reach out to the staff at Melloy Dodge. Feel free to also check out our inventory of new and used cars at MelloyDodge.com!


Monday, January 13, 2020

The Best Smartphone Apps for Drivers

When it comes to buying a new vehicle, most shoppers look for safety features and style. Of course, once you bring that new car home from Melloy Dodge, why not upgrade your experience with one of these apps?

Waze

Waze is a popular navigation app for a reason. Thanks to real-time input from other drivers, drivers have access to up-to-the-minute driving data. This helps drivers make the best choice when it comes to what route to take, whether they're on their daily commute or taking a road trip.

Roadtrippers

This app is great for the long haul. When planning a road trip, drivers have the option to look up accommodations along the way. Roadtrippers also provides information about points of interest and restaurants, which makes it easy for drivers to make all those stops by stringing the routes together.

GasBuddy

Drivers can always ensure they're getting the best bang for their buck when refueling thanks to GasBuddy. This app shows gas prices at nearby stations, so drivers can choose to go a bit further if it saves them money or refuel sooner if no better price is available. Like Waze, Gasbuddy relies on users to populate data.

Audible

While not technically a driving app, plenty of drivers (and their passengers) have enjoyed audiobooks through Audible. Not only does the service have a huge library, which includes some favorite books, but it includes original stories and books for subscribers of the series. Whether it's the latest news, true crime, or fiction, Audible books can make the trip go that much faster.

PlugShare

While not everyone has an electric car, these vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. PlugShare is the app that lists 40,000 charging stations across the US along with whether there is an option spot, always ensuring a fully charged battery.

These are only a few apps that are great to take advantage of while on the road. Although these apps are great to use, we do not suggest or promote the use of a cell phone while driving. For more questions, or to get set up in an impressive new or used Dodge vehicle, visit Melloy Dodge!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Tips for Improving Gas Mileage

Gas mileage may not seem that important, but it adds up more than one may think. Monitoring your mileage is crucial, especially when you are trying to be budget conscious and improve the lifespan of your vehicle. At Melloy Dodge, our goal is to educate our customers. Here are a few tips for improving your gas mileage.

Slow Down

Driving at high speeds can drain the gas out of your tank. For every 10 mph that you speed up, the car consumes 4 or 5 miles per gallon. If gas is $2.50 per gallon, you'll save $10 if you are conscious of the speed limit you are driving. 

Avoid Fast, Sudden Braking and Acceleration

Sudden braking and acceleration can be destructive to your vehicle and cause you to expend more gasoline than necessary. In addition, you'll slowly damage the tires, engine, and transmission. It’s important to maintain a steady driving speed and avoid shocking your vehicle.

Fix a Bad Engine

A bad engine often works harder than it needs to and can overheat quickly. When the engine has to work harder than usual, it needs more fuel to function. At Melloy Dodge, we suggest having your engine checked at least once a year. This will help you avoid any additional costs in the future.

Turn Off the A/C

The air conditioner is another area of your vehicle that requires gas to perform. Reducing your A/C usage can improve your gas mileage significantly. Being aware of how often it is used will make a difference.

As you can see, there are many ways to improve your gas mileage. Whether you drive a truck or compact car, these tips can make a difference. For some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, visit Melloy Dodge, where we always say, deal!

Monday, December 30, 2019

MotorTrend Truck Of The Year: RAM Back To Back


We are thrilled to announce that once again the Dodge RAM is MotorTrend Truck of the year! This impressive truck has won two years in a row. The winner for 2019, the Ram 1500, and the 2020 winner, the Ram Heavy Duty!

Our 2020 Ram comes with a new EcoDiesel engine. It is also riding on a new high-strength steel platform and is available in regular, crew, and "mega" cabs. This pick-up truck now makes travel and hauling an even smoother experience. Ram trucks are not only fan favorites but are also top safety picks. The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty brings more to the table. It is sure to be a sought-after commodity on sales lots across the country this year.

If you can't take our word for how amazing this even better 2020 model is, just take a glance at what Motor Trend had to say.

If you are in the market for a 2019 Ram, the Ram 1500 is another great option! It was named MotorTrend Truck of the Year 2019 for a reason. The 1500 dominated the field with a lead in categories such as highway, towing and hauling, off-road, interior, and functionality.

Here at our Albuquerque dealership, our team has the best Dodge inventory around.  Our impressive line of trucks is perfect for the family or heavy-duty work, however, any Dodge model will get the job done! Visit our website to get prequalified and to take a peek at our impressive inventory.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Things To Look For When Test Driving A Used Car

Purchasing a new vehicle isn’t always the best choice for everyone. Used cars can be a great option if you’re looking to save, however, there are a few additional steps you need to take to ensure you are making the right purchase. Test driving a used car is a great way to help you find the best bang for your buck while making sure you are investing in the right vehicle. Keeping a few things in mind while you test drive is always a good idea. Here are a few tips to remember from the car experts at Melloy Dodge.

#1 Open Each Door & Look for Imperfections
You should always open each door and look for any imperfections on a vehicle before you test drive it. We also suggest opening the trunk to ensure that everything opens correctly and there is no damage to the interior as well as the working parts. Any slight damage could potentially get worse over time and lead to significant repair costs.

#2 Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Never be afraid to ask the owner or car dealership questions about the vehicle. If you feel like something is off, or have questions about a feature, it is better to know before you proceed with any type of purchase.

#3 Check Out All of the Buttons
Testing out all the buttons is crucial when purchasing a used car. Issues with door locks or windows could be associated with electrical issues which is fairly costly to repair. Radio troubles may be related to troubles with the dashboard, which is also not an easy fix. Ensuring that all of the buttons for the radio, mirrors, and windows are working properly is essential in helping you avoid any hidden surprises in the future.

#4 Pay Attention to the Brakes & Transmission
Testing the brakes is critical when test driving a vehicle. The brakes may need to be replaced if they vibrate or make any type of squealing or grinding sound. Paying attention to the transmission is also important. If the transmission feels like it is shifting late, slipping, or jerking, that should be a giant red flag. Transmissions are extremely expensive to repair and oftentimes may be more costly than the used vehicle itself.

#5 Mechanical Issues 
Mechanical issues can be one of the most common problems with used vehicles. Whether it is trouble with a hose, belt, faulty wipers, or issues with the steering wheel, it is imperative to make sure all mechanical components are working properly. If you are unsure how to inspect these things correctly, we suggest taking the vehicle to a licensed mechanic.

Thoroughly inspecting a vehicle before a purchase is vital to making the most informed decision. Feel free to reach out to the experts at Melloy Dodge with any questions. Don’t forget to check out our great selection of used vehicles!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

When Is The Appropriate Time To Use 4-Wheel Drive?

Kick it into 4X4! 4-wheel drive is a vehicle feature that is especially helpful during the winter months, and while driving on unpaved roads. It is the capability of a vehicle to provide torque to all four tires at the same time. This contrasts with rear-wheel drive, for example, where only the rear wheels are powered. There are times when 4WD is useful and times when you should not use it. It is crucial to know the difference, as it may negatively impact your vehicle if used incorrectly. Here are a few situations where you would want to put your 4X4 to good use and when you should avoid using it.

First, you should understand when you shouldn't use 4WD. It is unnecessary any time you're driving on flat, dry roads. In fact, doing so can damage your drivetrain. Instead, stick to using it during inclement weather. 4-wheel drive is especially useful during winter when there is ice, snow, and sleet on the roads.

When it comes to 4WD, there are different settings. Four-high, and four-low. Four-high is most useful when driving on rougher terrain maid of loose gravel, mud, or sand. When facing serious snow or mud, deep sand, or even crossing water/climbing rocks at low speeds, four-low will serve you best. Imagine commercials where people drive their vehicles off-road. While tread remains the same, there is more power behind the wheels.

Many vehicles have automatic four-wheel drive or AWD. Drivers don't need to manually set 4WD because AWD detects traction of your tires, such as when it's slippery in Winter, and shifts into 4WD if they are slipping. All-time AWD works all the time but doesn't have the same torque as four-low. For many people, AWD is all they need. However, it's important that you still drive reasonably as it cannot improve traction. This means slowing down in inclement weather. For that same reason, you should ensure that your tires have proper tread for the road conditions.

As you can see, 4-wheel drive has more to understand that one may think. Whether you are driving home on a snowy day from work or off-roading in the mountains, it is important to recognize when you should be using this feature and how to use it. For more information, or to have your 4-wheel drive serviced, reach out the experts at Melloy Dodge!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Christmas Gifts You Can Give Your Car

Tis the season for giving. It’s that time of year where you typically buy gifts for loved ones, but you don’t have to stop there! Whether you have a new or used vehicle, there are parts and vehicle accessories you can get to make your car, truck, or SUV jolly this Christmas. Check out this list of the most popular items at Melloy Dodge.

Tonneau covers
Secure and protect cargo in your truck bed with a Tonneau cover. These covers protect your cargo from the elements and keep them secure while driving, as well as from theft.

Running boards
Running boards give you a boost into your vehicle and keep your interior cleaner by acting as a doormat. They also block debris from damaging your truck or SUV.

Truck bed organizer
Bed organizers can hold a variety of cargo from tools to groceries to cleaning supplies. They also keep your truck bed neat and tidy.

Floor mats
Floor mats take a lot of wear and tear from shoes, dirt, and water. Replace old mats for better coverage and to spiff up your interior.

Portable battery jump starter
Getting stuck with a dead battery is the worst, especially during Winter. A portable jump starter will assure you peace of mind and safety. You won’t need to rely on finding another motorist to assist you in jump-starting your vehicle.

Heated seat cushion
For a used car without heated seats, a heated seat cushion is a perfect gift for those cold mornings when the temperatures are below freezing, and the car heater seems to take forever to warm up.

Seat gap filler
Never lose keys, money, or glasses down in the gap between the seat and the center console again. A seat gap filler will eliminate that black hole where objects disappear.

Emergency kit
Every car should have an emergency kit with jumper cables, flashlight, tire pressure gauge, window breaker/seatbelt cutter, and first aid items. These can be a lifesaver in case you find yourself in an emergency.

When it comes to the accessories, we have available at Melloy Dodge, the list could go on! For more Christmas gift ideas for your vehicle, visit Melloy Dodge or check out our accessory specials. You can even take advantage of our 10% off coupon!