Be Prepared for Anything in the 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel 4×4

A 4×4 truck isn’t always practical. Big, bulky, and gas-guzzling, these trucks are usually ideal for country driving or owners who are going to head off-road with frequency. The 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel 4×4 looks to change this stereotype by combining the versatility of four-wheel drive with the convenience of a commuter car. Perfect for Dallas streets and Texas back roads, the 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel is a truck that’s authentically Texan.

Engine Options

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The 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel comes with two engine options, allowing you to choose between more power and better efficiency. If you need to squeeze a few extra miles out of the Rebel, opt for the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. With this engine, the Rebel gets 23 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city, yet it still gets 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.

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5 Emergency Items to Keep in Your Truck

Being prepared is one of the best principles you can apply to your everyday life. However, it doesn’t just end at home or the office. It’s something that you should keep in mind when you’re behind the wheel of your truck. Emergencies may occur with such infrequency that you rarely think about them, but when one happens, you’ll be glad you had the items to get you through the situation. Before you set off on your next trip, throw some of these emergency items in your truck in case disaster strikes.

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The VelociRaptor: You Can’t Outrun This Beast

When you need a predator that is stronger, faster, tougher, and sharper than an ordinary Ford F-150 Raptor, talk to Hennessy Performance about a 6x6VelociRaptor. They can set you up with a limited edition off-road beast that snacks on ordinary pickups.

At the 2017 SEMA auto show in Las Vegas, John Hennessy unveiled “pure aggression on wheels — all six of them.” The company took a 2018 Ford Raptor and infused it with a serious dose of ridiculous and awesome.

The Truck

The Mercedes-Benz G636x6 isn’t the only three-axle luxury-performance behemoth on the market anymore. The Hennessy Performance team took the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, which was already good for 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, and took it even further. They added bigger turbos, bigger intercoolers, a new exhaust, and a reprogrammed ECU to push the output to over 600 horsepower. (more…)

Get One of these 3 New Cars for Under $45K

You’re a Texan, and you know how to go big or go home. You’re looking for a vehicle that handles the streets of Dallas well yet can get any job done in complete comfort and luxury. Here are three ways to do it all — without completely breaking the bank.

Jaguar F-Pace

We know what you’re thinking — a Jaguar? Give it a shot. With all of the performance and luxury you’d expect from the iconic brand, this first-of-its-kind SUV from Jaguar is sized for the big state of Texas. The interior of the F-Pace boasts 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space, making it the perfect choice for wrangling up the kids and getting them to soccer practice.

With an 8-inch touch-and-swipe screen, a fully-sliding panoramic roof, and a powered tailgate, you just might start to enjoy those trips to the grocery store. The F-Pace’s standard all-wheel drive ensures accurate and safe handling despite any weather conditions.

Speaking of weather, how about a heated steering wheel for those chilly mornings? Yes, please. Starting at $42,000, the F-Pace might just be the perfect family car.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon

For those of us with off-roading in our blood, the Rubicon Recon makes adventurous hearts skip a beat. There’s just nothing like the trademark grille of a Jeep. The Rubicon Recon’s 285 horsepower V6 engine takes Sunday drives in the country to a whole new level. The addition of (more…)

Engine Breaking Isn’t All That Bad on Your Car After All

The great engine breaking debate. If you read any car forums, chances are you’ve seen questions about engine breaking . Does it work? Will it hurt my engine or transmission? Lots of questions and just as many answers. We’ll explain what engine breaking is and debunk some of the myths surrounding it.

What Is Engine Breaking?

Engine breaking is the practice of taking your foot off the throttle and downshifting, or not upshifting at your normal RPM level and allowing the engine to slow your car. The engine breaking we’re talking about is not the “thwap, thwap, thwap” of an exhaust or jake brake in a big rig. This is simply taking your foot off the gas and not upshifting, or even downshifting a gear to slow the car down. All three create the same scenario in your engine.

How Does It Work?

Engine breaking works by closing the throttle valve in your engine. This creates a vacuum in your (more…)

Fall Fun Awaits in Addison

Addison’s is best known for its biggest event, Kaboom Town, one of the top fireworks shows in the country. If you missed it in July, don’t worry, there’s always next year. In the meantime, fall arrives in Addison with several events marked on its calendar. Make the most of your time in Addison by stopping by these fun fall events.

Wheels and Warbirds

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Car, airplane, and history enthusiasts should not miss Wheels and Warbirds at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. This event takes place September 23-24 and combines cool cars and hot planes. View the museum’s incredible collection of vintage aircraft and military vehicles. Take a ride in a wartime plane and watch the Sherman military tank demonstrate its capabilities. Auto shows include the Pontiac Southern Nationals Car Show on Saturday and American Pride Car Show on Sunday. (more…)

Clean Your Filthy Engine

You probably clean your car’s exterior every so often, and even if you don’t a decent amount of rain can keep it from getting too bad. You might clean your interior now and then, but even if you don’t all you’ll see is some dust on the dashboard and dirt on the floors. But have you ever bothered to clean your engine? If not, it can get downright filthy.

Fortunately, a filthy engine doesn’t make it less efficient or wear down the parts, at least as long as you keep up with your service visits and replace your engine oil on time. But a dirty engine does make it harder to work under the hood, plus it won’t impress anyone if you feel like showing off or a potential buyer wants to look under the hood. Fortunately, there are ways to make your engine bay look good as new.

Degreaser

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The number one reason engines gather such a thick layer of dust is because the dust gets stuck on a thin layer of grease thanks to vaporizing engine oil. That means (more…)

Can Summer Heat Damage My Tires?

The short answer is yes, but it does depend on a number of factors. You can expect accelerated wear on your tires during times of excessive heat. The summer heat bundled with bad road conditions, low tire pressure, reckless driving, and poor maintenance of tires can create additional and more substantial damage to your tires than seasons with cooler temperatures.

Did you know that your tire pressure increases by 1 PSI for every 10 degrees the temperature increases? Your tire pressure can rise dramatically within just a few minutes of driving on a hot day. This is due to friction between the road and your tires, and it is exacerbated with excessive heat.

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Conversely to high pressure causing damage, underinflated tires not only decrease your gas mileage, they can also cause your tires to get even hotter due to added friction. This then speeds up the wear (more…)

Why Your Car Thermometer Sucks in the Dallas Heat

Have you ever been confused about the readout on your car thermometer? Many people see their dashboard readout record super high temperatures, especially during the summer here in Dallas, Texas, and then get surprised when the local news stations report a figure several degrees lower.

Surely that can’t be right? Well, sorry to say, but your car thermometer is not accurate. Whether it’s ultra-hot or freezing cold, it’s likely that the figure on your dashboard doesn’t match up with the real temperature outside. But why is that?

Your Car Thermometer Is Not Actually a Thermometer

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