All Ram Trucks to Meet J2807 SAE Tow Rating Standards

Reading a story over at pickuptrucks.com, Ram Truck has made the leap into full J2807 towing standards-compliance across the Ram line.

From the article:


Here’s a sample of the current maximum towing capacities for the full range of 2015 Ram trucks:

  • Ram 1500 V-6 with 3.6-liter gasoline Pentastar: unsurpassed 7,600 pounds
  • Ram 1500 V-6 with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel: best-in-class 9,200 pounds
  • Ram 1500 V-8 with 5.7-liter gasoline Hemi: 10,650 pounds
  • Ram 2500 V-8 with 6.4-liter gasoline Hemi: 16,300 pounds
  • Ram 2500 with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel: best-in-class 17,970 pounds
  • Ram 3500 V-8 with 6.4-liter gasoline Hemi: 16,420 pounds
  • Ram 3500 with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel: best-in-class 30,000 pounds

You can also download a PDF of the full press release.

Whether you’re hitting the road with an RV, dropping your boat in the water, or escorting your prize horses to the track, you’ll get the job done with class, style and economy in a Ram truck from Mark of Lake Charles.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: America’s Most Powerful Car EVER!

At Mark, we love our Dodge Challengers, and the 2015 SRT Hellcat has got us salivating in anticipation.  Check out this exciting run-down over at Forbes:

No matter how you slice the data, Chrysler is enjoying great success in the automotive world.

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How is this magnitude of success reflected in the modern product, beyond higher sales numbers? One could argue the first indication of confident optimism within Chrysler was the revival of the V10-powered, 640 horsepower SRT Viper in late 2012. But if that car represented Chrysler’s opening salvo in the modern-day horsepower war, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is an unmitigated nuclear strike. At 707 peak horsepower, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful American production car — ever. Let’s review the Hellcat’s top 10 amazing facts to fully appreciate what the spoils of success have allowed Dodge to unleash on the American car-buying public.

A 2014 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn, a Man, and His Dog

DigitalTrends posted an entertaining and informative review of the 2014 Laramie Longhorn 2500 by Nick Jaynes.

Ruger especially enjoyed the Ram 2500, as he could stick his head out the side along the cab, ears flapping in the wind, enjoying a nose-full of fresh country air. Ruger has always reacted with great excitement to the sound of a healthy diesel engine. Maybe it’s in his blood. I don’t know. Either way, I could tell he was having a blast in the Ram.

The article also features some terrific original photography, including detail shots of various interior and exterior features.

Apple CarPlay coming to Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Rams

Our iPhone users are rejoicing at the announcement that upcoming Chrylser, Dodge, Jeep & Ram vehicles will offer the Apple CarPlay platform as part of their future vehicle infotainment systems.

When CarPlay products launch later this year, they will support the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. Connection to a head unit is required through a Lightning cable.

Read more at AppleInsider.

6 Ways to Care for Your Car During the Summer

It’s usually pretty warm out in Louisiana year-round, but in the summer months, it gets just plain hot.  And with the increased heat comes increased risk of mechanical issues if you don’t maintain your vehicle properly.  So before you hop in the car for a joy ride, check these components first:

  1. Air Conditioning: In LA, AC is a must-have to survive the heat. Have your AC system inspected by a qualified technician at Mark Dodge to ensure that the cabin air filters are clean and intact.
  2. Cooling System: One of the most common causes of vehicle breakdowns in the summer is engine overheating. Be sure to check the level, condition and concentration of your coolant on a regular basis to avoid getting stuck in the breakdown lane on a real scorcher.
  3. Oil Level: Summer means gorgeous sunny days and adventures with the crew. Don’t miss an oil change (every 3,000 miles) – especially if you’re going on long road trips or towing a trailer.
  4. Tires: If you’re driving more frequently, your tires are enduring increased amounts of wear and tear. Check your tire pressure frequently, and have the tires rotated every 5000 miles.
  5. Windows: Summer also means more bugs on your windshield. When it’s time to gas up, clean all of your windows and your headlights to prevent any visual obstructions while you’re behind the wheel.
  6. Windshield Wipers: When you start to notice that your windshield wipers aren’t keeping the windshield as clean as they once did, consider replacing them. Wipers deteriorate from dirt and other debris, and can result in poor performance in inclement weather.

You’re probably itching to get out on the road, but taking the time to optimize your vehicle for summer now can save you the hassle of mechanical issues later – not to mention the cost of repairs.  Contact the experts at Mark Dodge to get your car ready for summer!

“My car engine is overheating, now what?”

No one ever wants to glance down at the temperature gauge in their vehicle while driving and see that little needle pointed to the “H,” indicating an engine overheat.  In the unfortunate event that this does happen, you may be able to safely stop your car, or you may not be in a position to do so.

If You Can’t Pull Over:

  1. Turn the air conditioning off.  The AC system puts stress on your engine and causes it to heat up.
  2. Turn the climate control settings to “vent” and crank the heat.  Believe it or not, doing this actually helps to disperse heat from the engine.
  3. If you’re sitting in traffic or otherwise stopped but not able to pull over, you can turn off your engine then turn the key into “ignition mode.”  This will keep the radiator fan and blower active.
  4. Slow and steady wins the race.  If you’re in stop-and-go traffic, it’s better to creep slowly than to stress the engine by slamming on the gas and then the brakes.
  5. Pull over as soon as it’s safe.  The methods in this section are meant to prevent a breakdown when you’re not able to get off of the road.  Once you can, turn off your engine and let it cool down.  Then, follow the steps below to aid in the cooling process, or seek roadside assistance.

If You Can Safely Stop Your Vehicle:

  1. Pull over as soon as you notice that the temperature gauge is rising.  Turn off your vehicle and give your vehicle some time to cool down.
  2. Open the hood to let heat out faster.
  3. Check the coolant reservoir to see if it’s running low and fill if necessary.  You should always travel with extra coolant for emergencies, but in the event that you don’t have any, you can use water for a quick fix.  If your vehicle doesn’t have a reservoir, wait for the radiator to cool completely before checking the coolant level to avoid getting burned.
  4. Try to locate a leak in the radiator or cylinder head.  If you aren’t car savvy, it’s probably a good idea to bring your car to the nearest auto shop so they can take a look.
  5. If your coolant level was low, you refilled it and there are no signs of a leak, you can probably continue on your way.  If the car is completely out of coolant, seek roadside assistance rather than driving to find help, because operating your vehicle when it’s out of coolant can severely damage your engine.

Most importantly, if you’re engine overheats, don’t panic.  Just get to a safe place as soon as you are able, and call for assistance if needed.

VIDEO: Nine Year Old Faith Offroading In Her Dad’s Jeep Wrangler

We all care about the well-being of our children, and we all want them to succeed in life. Whether the parenting style behind this decision was negligent or groundbreaking, the father of a nine-year-old girl posted a video to the Jeep Experience Facebook page, showing her carefully and skillfully following his directions while navigating some dangerous terrain, fortunately while seat-belted. Apparently she’s been practicing Jeep offroading since she was two years old!

We found a more expanded, four-part video of theirs on YouTube that’s definitely worth watching (however you feel about it).

Part 1:

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Part 3:

Part 4: