There was a time when to gain entry and to start a vehicle required a relatively simple car key. The only security feature was the profile on the key blade, which was appropriate security in virtually all situations. However, car thieves got better at their craft and Detroit responded with more sophisticated keys, in particular, electronic keys. Today we have many different types of car keys to contend with and this article will help you understand the types you may come across in new and used cars.

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Transponder Keys

Around the mid-1990s, the major car manufacturers began placing a transponder chip in the plastic head of the key. The chip emits a signal to a receiver in the car’s ignition. If the receiver detects the wrong signal — meaning that the wrong key is in the ignition — the vehicle will not start.

 

Laser-Cut Keys

You can tell a laser-cut key apart from a basic key because the shank is slightly thicker and has fewer grooves. Laser-cut keys are often referred to as “sidewinder keys”, due to the distinctive winding cut on the blade. The machines needed to cut these keys are more expensive than a standard key-cutting machine and are not as likely to be found at every locksmith or hardware store. Laser-cut keys usually have built-in transponder chips and need to be programmed at the dealership or by a locksmith, when lost.

 

Switchblade Keys
Switchblade keys have shanks that fold into the fob when they’re not in use and pop out with the press of a button. They can have a basic cut or a laser cut. One small advantage of the switchblade key is that its components can be purchased separately. If for some reason your key is damaged and no longer works, you can buy the shank separately.

 

Smart Keys
Smart keys aren’t keys in the traditional mechanical sense. They are fobs that are either inserted in the dash or, in the more advanced systems, they just stay in your pocket or purse. As the sales team at Hoover the Mover of South Carolina explained to us the driver simply turns the car on and off with the press of a dashboard mounted button when a smart key is sensed on the person.  A smart key’s main form of security is its ability to use rolling security codes.

 

Prepare Now
There’s no denying that modern keys are expensive. And so the best defense against losing them is a good offense. It is better to get a spare key now, on your terms, than to stress out and spend the money in what might be an emergency. You can take advantage of the cost-cutting methods here and avoid the labor charges by programming the key yourself.

If you are a MOPAR muscle car fan then you know the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is over the top wild. With a real 707 factory horsepower and a quarter-mile time of just 11.2 seconds, it’s the most powerful, fastest muscle car ever built.

The reason, of course, is a monster of an engine: a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8. By the way, the decision to use a supercharger instead of a turbocharger is because the engineers at Dodge didn’t want any turbo-lag issues, plus it sounds real cool – honestly.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

A key change to this latest Challenger, besides the Hellcat’s uber-powerful engine, is an optional new 8-speed automatic transmission. The shorter first few gear ratios allow for a 0.5 second drop in 0-60 mph times, and on a racetrack, it’s highly intuitive when selecting the correct gear for a specific corner.

OK, its not exactly cheap. Crosstown Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram tells us The SRT Hellcat starts at $59,995 – and that includes gas-guzzler tax. And its not very fuel efficient. Reviewers have commented that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets some 9.5 mpg real world gas mileage. Nevertheless it’s an absolute riot, and very drivable when not being driven heavy footed. Some of this drivability can be attributed to the power steering is a touch overboosted and light (despite the Hellcat receiving hydraulic rather than electric steering) so there is a minimum of road feel.

Braking for the SRT Hellcat is accomplished by 36mm six-piston Brembo aluminum calipers. The shocks are well tuned so that there’s not a lot of pitch and dive front to back, meaning the body stays relatively flat. As you turn the vehicle, you do begin to notice the weight and a bit of inherent roll but it does so evenly front to back giving you a sense of being under control. As you’d expect with any front engine car, the limiting factor is understeer and it requires a little patience to allow the car to rotate around sufficiently before getting back on the gas. Speaking of gas, for those that want to let someone else drive the car, such as “one of the kids”, it arrives with two keys – a black one that limits power to a pitiful 500 hp and a red one that unleashes all 707hp.

In summary, the new Challenger is exactly what a muscle car should be. But is it the new king of the hill? Well, that’s a subjective call but you can say one thing; It’s probably the most authentic muscle car on the market today. Here’s your chance. If you missed the first muscle car era, here’s your opportunity to get in on this one in a major way.

It started in the 1930s. The US was reluctant to enter into the armed conflicts in Europe, at that time, but realized in the late 1930s that it may get pulled in if the war escalated. In preparation for this, the US military began to look at various necessary material preparations. In particular, one of the first items on their wish list would be an enormous number of vehicles just for basic transportation. In early 1940, the US Army during the prep phase contacted 134 US-based companies and asked them if they had interest in building a prototype of a small, 4WD reconnaissance car for a potential war effort.

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Only two companies responded to the request; Willys-Overland and The American Bantam Company. The lack of response almost certainly due to the impossible deadline they had placed on the request: a working prototype needed to be delivered within a mere 49 days.

Willys asked for more time to deliver a prototype but the Army refused the request. The American Bantam Car Company, which was being reorganized within backruptcy and had no engineering left on the staff, solicited Karl Probst, an ex-Bantam employee to help them out.  After turning down Bantam’s initial request, Probst responded to a direct Army request for a design and commenced work. Working at a feverish pace, Probst laid out full plans for the Bantam prototype, known as the BRC (Bantam Reconnaissance Car), in just two days. While much of the vehicle could be assembled from off-the-shelf parts, custom 4WD components were to be supplied by Spicer Corporation.

Although the Bantam prototype met almost all of the requirements, the Army felt that the company (Bantam) was too small to supply the number of vehicles it needed, so it supplied the Bantam-Probst design to Willys and Ford who were encouraged to make their own changes and modifications. The resulting Ford “Pygmy” and Willys “Quad” prototypes looked very similar to the Bantam BRC prototype. Spicer supplied very similar four-wheel drivetrain components to all three manufacturers. According to the folks at JTS Jeep, this is the Spicer of Dana-Spicer, the company that has been building rugged Jeep components for over 80 years now.

Incredible as it now seems, fifteen hundred of each of the three Jeep prototypes were built and extensively field-tested. The Willys version of the car would become the standardized jeep design, designated the Model MB and was built at their plant in Toledo, Ohio.  The Army chose Ford as the second supplier but they were required to build their Jeeps to the Willys’ design. American Bantam, the creators of the first Jeep, spent the rest of the war building heavy-duty trailers for the Army which suited them just fine.
Incidently, none of the original manufacturers actually used the term “Jeep” to designate their vehicles. Although there is some debate as to the origin of the name, many historians acknowledge that it was a slang that was applied to the vehicle’s military name “GP Vehicle” (General Purpose) during WWII. This seems likely because of the tendency to make non-sensical military acronyms into words is very common. For example, HMMWV(for High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle) has become commonly known as the Humvee. Whatever the origins, the name JEEP is far from being just military slang and is a world wide recognized trademark.

Today, Jeep is a major brand of automobiles that is manufactured by FCA, FIAT Chrysler Automotive. The former Chrysler Corporation acquired the Jeep brand along with its remaining assets in 1987 from American Motors Corporation (AMC). Although it has made trucks in the past, the jeep line of vehicles today consists solely off-road and sport utility vehicles.

Armored cars are not a new invention. They have long been used by those who are seeking to protect themselves against threats and aggression.

In the Renaissance, several engineers and artists attempted to design an armored car.

One of designs belonged to the well renowned visionary Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci drew his sketch of the armored car sometime around 1485 in Milan. The sketch survives today in the Bibliotheca Reale in Torino, Italy.

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“I will make covered vehicles, safe and unassailable, which will penetrate the enemy and their artillery, and there is no host of armed men so great that they would not break through it. And behind these the infantry will be able to follow, quite uninjured and unimpeded.” – Leonardo da Vinci

 

The vehicle was designed to support many lights canons, set up in a 360-degree firing age. For propulsion of the considerable weight, he designed a fancy, geared mechanism with cranks that could be pulled by men or draught animals located inside the carriage. A conical cover made of wood was meant to protect the crew.

 

Though an entrancing vision, Leonardo’s armored car was technically unrealizable and certainly has never been built. The whole device would have been much too heavy to be moved over an uneven battleground. Any draught animal would have been uncontrollable in the narrow and dark interior once the canons started firing, and there’s even a design flaw in the drawing: the arrangement of the gears would have turned the front and rear wheels in different directions.

 

Armored cars have gone a long way but even today, engineers still adopt the basics of the antiquated ideas of the renaissance. They still get inspiration for car enhancements from classical concepts such as Leonardo di Vinci’s armored vehicle.

The Right Tools for the Job

When it comes to doing a job, having the proper tools is what matters most to do the job right. Any mechanic who works around cars and trucks knows that the proper tools that come with quality designs are the perfect alternatives. Brands like Powerbuilt come with great designs meant for any type of mechanic work or other types of machinery repairs.

These tools will also come at prices that will be able to fit your budget.

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Tools That you can Choose From

You are able to browse through a wide selection of tools by categories, which are located on the left hand side of the web page. A couple of the alternatives that can come in handy when you are working can include air compressors and air tools. These tools will help you finish your work much faster. Automotive tools are also available, such as socket sets or combination wrenches. These tools will also come at low prices along with quality designs.

Comparing Your Tool Selections

Lights are also available at bargain prices. The lights are excellent alternatives to help you see your work much better. If you have power tools, you will find a wide selection of power tool accessories. These accessories can complement your power tools just the way that you want. When it comes to deciding on which types of tools would work best for your particular job, you will also have the advantage of comparing these tools with one another. By doing this, you will be able to see which options come with the best quality designs and features.

Having an Account

In order to make the process of ordering much faster, it would be a good idea to create an account. You can receive great benefits that make your visits to these types of websites more convenient. One excellent benefit is that you will be able to make a wish list of the tools you want to order. You can even track any current orders that you have open on your account. Rest assured that you will have your tools in no time.

In addition to outstanding durability, the 2015 Ford Chassis Cab models have a selection of features and options which let them fill any need.

Ford provides three different engines for Chassis Cab models, depending on the performance required for the job.  A 6.2L V8 gas engine provides 385 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque along with the fuel economy you need, and is E85-capable – it can run on unleaded gasoline, E85, or any mixture of the two.

If you need more torque, Ford also provides a 6.4L V10 gas engine, which delivers 362 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque.

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Should you need even more torque than that, there’s the 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel, with 300 horsepower and 660 lb-ft of torque.  In addition to providing excellent fuel economy, this engine is also capable of using B20 biodiesel.

All three engines – 6.2L V8, 6.4L V10, and 6.7L turbo diesel – will be paired with Ford’s TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission.  This transmission is designed for heavy loads, and includes a tow/haul mode and allows progressive range selection and full manual operation.  Additionally, the V8 and V10 gas engines can be fitted with a CNG/LPG prep package to enable the installation of a bi-fuel system, and the Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel is compatible with live-drive power takeoff to enable the operation of multiple accessories.

 

Ford offers a selection of other features as well, intended to improve Chassis Cab performance in business and heavy-duty situations.  These include integrated upfitter switches allow aftermarket accessories to be reliably connected to the vehicle’s dash, an Intelligent Oil Life Monitor assists with maintenance of the Power Stroke turbo diesel, an integrated Trailer Brake Controller to synchronize the vehicle and trailer brakes, and PowerScope trailer tow mirrors which can be adjusted, folded, and telescoped from inside the cabin.

 

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The Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), an organization tasked with protecting the environment while also supporting economic growth, has presented Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant (BAP) with a “Leadership Award.”

The BAP, located in Brampton, Ontario, assembles the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger.

As part of Chrysler Group’s pursuit of excellence in its manufacturing and assembly facilities, the plant has installed technologies to save money and increase the facility’s efficiency.

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These include an automated lighting system which switches off lights in unoccupied rooms, and an automated heating and ventilation system which functions according to a schedule.  These two technologies alone are estimated to save over $2 million per year in energy costs, as well as reducing the facility’s environmental impact.

 

CIPEC’s Leadership Award recognizes companies that make significant and innovative contributions to energy efficiency.  According to the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, “Our Government is committed to protecting the environment while supporting economic growth. This award demonstrates the company’s commitment to improving productivity and environmental performance in the industrial sector.”

 

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As the weather warms up and summer falls upon us, Mopar – Chrysler Group’s parts and service brand – has a number of suggestions to help perk up your car.

Mopar offers many accessories and gadgets for summer activities.  New door-sill guards, splash guards, and floor mats can refresh a tired interior or help protect your car from summer wear-and-tear.

Mopar’s Overhead Media Player kit lets you install a 10-inch television screen in applicable vehicles, to  keep kids and grown-ups amused during family trips over summer vacation.

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Anyone can benefit from installing Mopar’s wireless charging technology – it keeps iPhones, iPods, Blackberries, and Android devices charged and ready to go, without the hassle of wires.

The Ram 1500 and the Jeep Wrangler are the most-customized Chrysler Group vehicles in North America, and Mopar offers lots of special parts for them.  To add some more style this summer, both have available sport performance hoods, cold-air intake kits, and chrome or black tubular side steps.  Ram 1500 owners might also want to consider a roll-up tonneau cover to protect their cargo, and Wrangler owners who plan to take the top off their vehicle might want to invest in a weather-resistant parking cover to keep the elements out.

 

Outdoor-loving Jeep owners have a number of Mopar accessories they might want to consider – racks and carriers for bicycles, kayaks and camping gear, and even a tent which attaches to the back of the vehicle to provide extra interior space.  Also available are a number of specialized modules for the Cherokee’s Jeep Cargo Management System, including a cargo bin, a collapsible cooler, and a first-aid / emergency kit.

 

Finally, Mopar also offers a selection of decal kits to help your vehicle stand out on the road or on the trail. These decals for sides, hoods, and roofs are offered for most Chrysler Group vehicles.  The Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, and Chrysler 300C can also take advantage of Mopar Custom Graphics –  matte-black vinyls which protect the hood, roof, and/or decklid from nicks and scratches and can be cleanly removed to change the look again.

 

Source: Deery Brothers

The new 2015 Dodge Challenger, due in the third quarter of 2014, looks absolutely amazing.

Not only will its performance and styling be outstanding, but Dodge has given it an array of modern electronic features for performance, safety, and comfort.

The most important part of the new Challenger is the engine.

The base engine for the new Challenger is the 3.6L Pentastar V6, which provides 305 horsepower.

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If that’s not enough, Dodge is offering the 375-horsepower 5.7L HEMI V8.  However, drivers who truly need maximum performance will want the 6.4L HEMI V8, which delivers a staggering 485 horsepower.  All three of these engines can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission, or Dodge’s TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission.

The new Challenger is more than just an excellent drivetrain – the metal wrapped around it looks amazing too.  Styling cues from the original 1979 Challenger – visible in the headlights, grille, taillamps, and available “shaker” hood – mean the new Challenger looks like nothing else on the road.  Refined body styling means the new Challenger seems both sleek and menacing, and looks aggressive without appearing overly bulky.

Dodge hasn’t skimped on technology in the new Challenger either.  An 8.4” touchscreen on the center stack allows access to the Challenger’s Uconnect system, enabling the driver to play media, access 3-D navigation, or even turn the vehicle into a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot.  Most importantly, the touchscreen also gives access to the Challenger’s new Drive Modes system.  This system lets the driver configure the vehicle’s drivetrain and chassis dynamics, or choose from a number of factory presets.  The new Challenger also has over 70 available electronic safety features, including Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning, and Adaptive Cruise control – style and performance don’t have to come at the cost of driver safety.

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When the 2015 Jeep Renegade is released in the fourth quarter of this year, it will be the smallest vehicle in Jeep’s lineup.

Don’t let that fool you, though – it still has all the style and performance you’d expect from a Jeep.

Much like we have all grown to expect from their other Jeep models as seen at Akins of Winder.

The base model for the 2015 Renegade is the Latitude.

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While not “Trail Rated,” the Renegade Latitude is equally at home in the city or on dirt roads.  In addition to Jeep’s Uconnect system and a ParkView back-up camera, the Latitude offers two notable features.  First is the Jeep Active Drive 4×4 system, which automatically distributes torque to the Renegade’s rear wheels for optimal grip, and has four Selec-Terrain modes – Auto, Snow, Sand, and Mud.  The second major option on the Renegade Latitude is the two-panel My Sky open-air roof.  The front panel of the My Sky roof can be opened like a sunroof, or one or both panels can be removed and stowed in the rear cargo area in order to provide the driver and passengers with a panoramic view of the sky.

For drivers who demand more off-road performance, Jeep will also offer the 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.  Jeep considers this vehicle Trail Rated, and has given it a number of tweaks to enhance its off-road performance.  The Renegade Trailhawk comes standard with Jeep Active Drive Low – this system provides the performance of Jeep Active Drive, but also has a 20:1 crawl ratio and an additional Rock mode for Selec-Terrain.  The Renegade Trailhawk also boasts altered front and rear fascia for better approach and departure angles, an offroad suspension for increased ground clearance, and standard skid plates and tow hooks.

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