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The all-new sculpted and aerodynamic exterior of the Jeep® Cherokee make a strong statement. A bold design steeped in Jeep brand heritage. The fluid and modern design is a game-changer. This next generation Cherokee that’s equally at home on the rugged trail or uptown at the theater.

  • Best-in-Class 4×4 Capability
  • Well-equipped at every level.
  •  A refined and sophisticated interior
  •  A fresh take on open-air freedom.
  • Modern and sleek styling.
  • New nine-speed automatic transmission.
  • Three advanced 4×4 systems.
  • Selec-Terrain® all-weather warrior.
  • ParkSense® Parallel /Perpendicular and front /rear Park Assist+

Mike Manley, who introduced the mid-size sport utility vehicle Tuesday at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, said the design team went for a unique design to not only turn heads, but lead the segment in a new direction. Manley, Jeep president and CEO, repeatedly called the new vehicle “the most capable mid-size SUV in the world.”

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When it arrives in dealerships in the third quarter of this year, the Cherokee will be available in four different models, ranging from the luxury Limited edition to the Trailhawk, which is designed for off-roading enthusiasts.

By the way, the Cherokee will be built at Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Plant in Ohio.

The O’Brien Automotive Family of dealerships are one of central Indiana’s best source for new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, and Toyota & Scion brand vehicles along with a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles & Factory Certified Pre-Owned. Our goal is to make as many central Indiana customers as satisfied as possible when it comes to selection and competitive prices. We welcome you to stop by one of our convenient locations, call us at 317-534-2256, chat online (Indianapolis location Chrysler Brands – Greenwood location Chrysler Brands * FIAT Brand  / Toyota & Scion Brands), or submit a request make an appointment to test drive your next vehicle today.

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Information for this blog was gathered from a post by MLiveMichigan and a post by jeep.com

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Have you been looking for a safe and reliable compact SUV that handles like a car? Then look no further than the 2013 Jeep Patriot!

KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Award 2013 Jeep Patriot   The Patriot combines superb handling, great safety scores, and great fuel economy to create a compact SUV anyone would be happy to drive!  With gas prices that continue to climb, you will be glad to know that on the Patriot, the EPA estimates that the 2.0-liter engine will average 23/29-mpg city/highway with the manual transmission, and 23/27 with the automatic. The ratings drop slightly with the 2.4-liter engine to 23/28-mpg city/highway with the manual, and 21/27 with the CVT. Safety concerns? No worries there! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2013 Jeep Patriot a Top Safety Pick after it scored the top score of Good in all four of the crash tests: frontal offset, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength tests. It also comes with quite a few standard safety features, such as all the standard airbags, 4-wheel antilock brake system, 4-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control, front disc/rear drum brakes, traction control, and child safety locks. I have touched base on the most basic reasons to consider the 2013 Jeep Patriot, NOW to the BEST reasons to take into consideration!

  • Best stated by Consumer Guide – the 2013 Patriot has impressive available off-road capability; but as a daily driver ready for the occasional off-road foray, a modestly equipped Patriot makes some sense.
  • Now, KBB has reinforced that the 2013 Patriot should be at the TOP of your list to consider! If you haven’t seen the news, Kelly Blue Book recently awarded the 2013 Jeep Patriot the #4 position out of 24 vehicles that are best buy’s due to their low-cost to own!

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We ALL know that when it is time to purchase a car, we always want the best deal that we can get. But in the “big picture”, you need to consider other variables as well:

  • Fuel Costs
  • Financing Options
  • Insurance Costs
  • Actual Cost of the Vehicle Itself

The moral of this story?  You can save a lot more money by simply choosing the right car than by working a great deal on the wrong car.

Stop into two of central Indiana’s Jeep dealers, Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Greenwood or Indianapolis to learn more about the 2013 Jeep Patriot and other Jeep models we currently have in stock. Our sales team would be happy to help show you around the lot, discuss specifications of the different models, answer any questions you might have, as well as set you up on a test drive!

From our family to yours: be “safe on the road, and happy motoring”!

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I left the dealership this past Friday, and hadn’t gone a mile until my “low tire” light came on. Don’t know how you would react, but my heart sank. So, I thought I would provide some insight about this feature. I had not given it any thought, but vehicle manufacturers began to phase in TPMS beginning in the 2006 model year and were required to install it in all vehicles manufactured after September 1, 2007.  I talked to one of our Service Advisors and asked for him to explain to me how the feature works: There are two kinds of monitoring systems direct and indirect. To keep it short and sweet, the direct system monitors the actual pressure in the tire while the indirect system uses existing sensors in the ABS system which watches wheel speed to detect smaller tire diameter caused by under-inflation.

So, the culprit that caused my light to come on? When the temperature outside the tire changes, it will affect the pressure inside the tire. In the fall, the colder weather will significantly lower your tire pressure. If your tire pressure has been set during the hot summer months, the first major cold wave will cause the air to contract inside your tire, lowering the pressure, thus setting off your TPMS.



Word of advice: To alleviate that annoying tire light, check your tire pressure monthly, during the morning, when tires are cold. During this time, make sure all tires are at the PSI indicated in your manual. Additionally, you might consider replacing the air in your tires with nitrogen. My Service Advisor explains: by using nitrogen the molecules are larger than oxygen molecules. Seepage is thus reduced through the tire walls and where the tire meets the rim. Any moisture in the tire is also eliminated, which can affect inflation.

Questions about using nitrogen vs air in your tires? Check with one of our Service Advisors at your next Express Lane Service visit – no appointment needed!

Or, Schedule your appointment today…. CJDR Greenwood location / CJDR Indianapolis location / Toyota Scion location.

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So, what does this light mean? The “check engine” light is part of your car’s onboard diagnostics (OBD) system. Since the 1980’s, computers increasingly have controlled and monitored vehicle performance, regulating such variables as engine speed, fuel mixture, and ignition timing. In some cars, the computer also tells the automatic transmission when to shift. When this onboard diagnostics system finds a problem that it can’t correct, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator that is labeled by either “check engine,” “service engine soon,” or “check powertrain.”

Don’t you wish the alert could be a little more specific? Nope, it can’t. Unfortunately, the check engine light comes to life if anything, and I do mean anything isn’t 100% under the hood. This means that you could be staring at a major repair; or, your gas cap could be too loose (no kidding).

The most common problems that trigger the light are emission control malfunctions. The emission control system is what your car uses to try to keep our air a little cleaner. Here are a few of the more commonly occurring issues:

  • Your gas cap isn’t on tight enough. — Obviouosly, if this is what triggered the light, this is an easy enough problem to fix. Tighten the gas cap, and usually after 4 normal “global starts and cool downs”, the light will go off. (In layman’s terms: Drive the car as normal and after it has been driven 4-times, with the car being shut off and the engine gets cold between the starts / equals a “global start”)
  • Your engine got wet where it didn’t like it — Any electrical burp under the hood can cause one of your car’s gazillion sensors to take a funny reading. When it does, you can expect to see the Check Engine light. More common than rain water getting in there is the overzealous owner who sprays his engine down at the high pressure car wash, shooting water into every crevice of the engine, thus lighting the light.
  • Your spark plug wires are bad — As your spark plug wires start to get old, they may develop tiny cracks which can let little bursts of electricity out. This electricity was supposed to be going to a spark plug, and since it didn’t, the engine will misfire slightly, meaning one of the spark plugs didn’t spark enough.

What happens when I ignore the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT or put off the recommended service? There are two kinds of CHECK ENGINE LIGHT alerts. A non-flashing, but lit CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, is usually a less severe problem that shouldn’t cause immediate problems but needs to be checked as soon as possible. There is also a flashing and illuminated CHECK ENGINE LIGHT means your vehicle senses a critical system error (such as a major cylinder misfire ) and you need immediate attention before potentially breaking down and possibly damaging other critical and expensive parts. In this case, continuing to drive can lead to further damage rather quickly or can leave you stranded.

Bottom line; when the “check engine” light comes on, It’s like someone saying “My leg hurts a little,” or “I get out of breath when I climb stairs.” A doctor — or, for your car, a mechanic — still has to figure out what’s really causing the problem.

Schedule your appointment today…. CJDR Greenwood location / CJDR Indianapolis location / Toyota Scion location.
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It’s a hassle, but you really do have to maintain your car properly if you want it to run well. So where to go? Below I’ve outlined some of the pros and cons of the dealers versus the corner garage. Bear in mind that when I say “corner garage”, I mean smaller, independent repair shops; not the chains like Midas, Jiffy Lube, Meineke or Pep Boys. Those chains, which often specialize in one “area” of the car, fall in a middle ground between the dealerships and the mom-and-pop repair shops.

Why consider the dealership?

  • Technicians at the dealer level are specialists; they are manufacturer-trained and typically work only on your make of vehicle. Also, dealers have an ongoing training program for the service staff.
  • Dealer service departments most generally provide a shuttle back to your office or home, provided it’s no farther than five miles or so.
  • What about warranties? There, the advantage definitely goes to the dealer. First, a dealer will perform repairs for free if your car is still under warranty. Even if you have to pay for repairs outside the warranty period, dealers back up their repairs with a warranty that is good nationwide. Thus, if the repair doesn’t hold, it can be fixed free of charge at any other dealer.
  • The dealer also offers manufacturer-backed extended warranties for both new and used vehicle purchases. The manufacturer-backed extended warranties makes service easier because there is a large network of dealers; this is especially important if you plan on moving or do a lot of traveling in your vehicle.
  • Because the dealership represents the manufacturer, service departments are required to measure up to corporate standards of customer satisfaction.
  • Dealer service departments have a distinct advantage when it comes to manufacturer recalls and technical service bulletins.
  • Manufacturers and their dealers offer only OE (Original Equipment) parts, which represent a standard of quality and engineering that only the manufacturer can authorize. A 12-month/12,000-mile warranty on parts and labor for repairs and/or service is not uncommon at the dealer level.
  • Dealer facilities are often cleaner, more organized and better maintained than smaller shops. At a dealer facility, you will usually find a waiting room, clean bathrooms, a place to buy car accessories, even the availability of drinks, snacks and television.
  • Online appointment scheduling; making the service department available 24 / 7!!

Why the independent shop?

  • Many technicians at independent shops are both manufacturer- and A.S.E.-certified, don’t be afraid to ask about their certifications.  Although A.S.E. training is less “make” specific than the manufacturer’s training, the technicians at these facilities can be just as expert in their knowledge, depending on their experience.
  • If the repair or service that you need isn’t major, it may be more convenient to drive a short way to your neighborhood repair shop than it is to go to the dealer, especially if you need to leave your car for servicing.
  • Small shops can offer warranties on service or repairs, but may not offer the same length of coverage or may cover only the parts or the labor, but not both. If you travel with your vehicle, your warranty may be worthless wherever it is your car decides to give you trouble.
  • Local repair shops report to no one but you.
  • Automotive service software such as Alldata and Mitchell OnDemand5 allows independent garages to get manufacturer information on recalls and TSBs, updated on a monthly basis. But keep in mind that these are paid memberships and not every corner garage has the software at their disposal.
  • The advantage of aftermarket parts is that, like generic prescription drugs, they are supposed to perform the same function for a lot less money. There are times, though, when aftermarket parts are inferior to OE parts.
  • So how can small repair shops compete with dealers on facilities? The short answer is: They can’t. .

With all this said … what is my opinion? Obviously, from my perspective, I prefer and have always used the services at a dealership that represents the brand of auto that I drive. That is my comfort zone — and at 60+ years of age, I still have my “Dad in my ear” with his advice —  “Why would you want to put your second most expensive lifetime purchase in the hands of just anyone?”. However, the decision has to be one that you are comfortable with. Bottom line, find a facility (either a dealership service department or an independent) that you are comfortable with and one that suites your individual needs. Make sure they are highly qualified to do the work. Develop an ongoing relationship with them (don’t hop from shop to shop looking for the next “deal”).

This topic ALWAYS generates differing opinions, we would love to hear yours! Feedback always welcome:)

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Yesterday was “one of those days” and Tuesday slipped right by me! This is the type of day I had….

….does this scene look familiar to you? But today is another day!

The topic I had intended to talk about yesterday is just as important today …. nitrogen in your tires, or not?

One big proponent of switching to nitrogen in your tires is Jay Leno. Yes, that Jay Leno…check out this video , he gives LOTS of reasons why it is a smart move!

(click on the picture to view the video)

So….If you are one of the 85% of Americans who don’t regularly check tire pressure, you need nitrogen. Proper tire pressure is a big deal! Maintain it with nitrogen, and you’ll see these three primary benefits:

Increased Fuel Efficiency – Correct tire pressure keeps the manufacturer’s recommended “contact patch” on the road. This lessens the rolling resistance and maximizes fuel efficiency. With gas prices going up each day, every little bit helps! In fact, properly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage by about 3.3 percent.

Longer Tire Life – When it comes in contact with other materials, oxygen causes oxidation. Oxidation can make rubber brittle and cause it to lose tensile strength. In addition, at high temperatures and pressures, oxygen reacts and damages inner tire liners and belt packages; nitrogen does not.

Increased Safety – Under-inflated tires cause 90% of blowouts. Nitrogen provides more reliable pressure for reduced blowout potential. If you’re not constantly watching your tire pressure, escaping oxygen leads to under-inflated tires. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 41,730 people were killed and 3,031,000 were injured on the nation’s public roads and highways in the year 2001. NHTSA estimates that proper tire inflation could help save 50 to 80 lives and prevent 6,600 to 10,600 injuries each year.

Additionally, you might also find yourself coming in to the service department less frequently due to tire pressure readings:

Improved TPMS Performance – If you have a new car, you likely are plagued by a flashing light telling you your tire pressure is low. For example, one of our customer’s had their tire pressure light going off every four to five weeks. After inflating with nitrogen, her light didn’t reappear for 53 weeks!

Race teams use nitrogen in their tires for better handling, longer tread life, and improved fuel economy. Now you can too! Right now, at any of our service centers. For “pennies a day”……..you can improve your miles per gallon….Only…….$29.95

Benefits of Using Nitrogen

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On my drive into work today, I noticed more “road gators” (my father’s nickname for blown tire treads on the roadway) on the road than normal and wondered why? My search results found that tires can fail during periods of excessive heat – and we have certainly had plenty of that lately! Due to increased friction, high-speed driving, excessive cornering and frequent braking during periods of very high temperatures tires tend to heat up beyond their design ratings. Once this happens, a blowout can occur.

Additionally, improper tire inflation can cause a blow-out. So, I ask you, when is the last time you checked the air pressure in all four of your car tires? If it’s been more than one month, auto technicians in the area say you’re past due and the heat could be putting your tires at risk for a blowout; triple digit temperatures beating down on the hot pavement are taking a toll on your tires.

In my research on the subject, I found out that not all tires are created equal. Tires have separate ratings for climate temperature, tread wear, load capability and speed. Under-inflated tires will run hotter than tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendation. In addition, under-inflated tires will result in poor gas mileage. You can reduce the risk of blowouts by slowing down on the highway and taking curves or corners more gently. Excessive heat can cause badly worn or old tires to fail even in careful driving.

In case of a blowout…what should you do? Here is a great video that gives you tips on what to do should you have a blow out! During any roadside emergency, it is always a good idea to have the appropriate supplies such as jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, flashlight, hazard signs, water and a charged cell phone.

AAA recommends the following tips to keep tires running smooth during the hot summer months:

* Check air pressure regularly especially before long trips. A survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association in 2010 found that over half of all vehicles have at least one tire that is under inflated. Make sure to. Remember, use the correct inflation pressure that is found on a label on the driver’s door or check the owner’s manual.

* Examine all four tires. When checking tread take a penny, insert upside down into tread groove. If you see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

* Misaligned wheels can cause premature tire wear. Have alignment checked periodically or if you notice your vehicle “pulling” to the left or right. Hitting a pothole or curb could affect your wheel alignment.

* Inspect valve caps. Metal caps in scorching heat can be hard to remove. Consider a cap made out of heat tolerant material. While you are checking this out make sure it is screwed on tightly.

If you are unsure of the status of the tires on your vehicle, take it to a professional for inspection. Our ASE Certified Technicians are available on a non-appointment basis for basic services. (Greenwood location / Indianapolis location) Questions about tires? Give us a call today! (contact information for our Service Centers)

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