Recommended Fall Maintenance for Your Ram Truck

2019 Ram 1500 | Dixon, IL

Your Ram truck can handle any journey, but it needs help to operate at its top potential. Regular maintenance checks, especially when the seasons change, are key to keeping your truck healthy and functional. Here are some recommended services to perform for fall.

Make sure your battery is strong

Temperatures dip in the fall, and they’ll plummet even more in winter. Now is the time to make sure your battery has a lot of life left in it. If it’s weak, it’s time to install a new one.

Test your lights

Since daylight decreases as fall goes on, you’ll probably be driving more often in darkness. It’s important that your headlights are working properly. While you’re checking your headlights, review all the lights, inside and out, that your Ram truck uses.

Top off truck fluids

Your truck uses several fluids that are continually depleting. Fall is a good time to check that all fluids are at their proper levels. You will want to change the oil and check that the windshield wiper fluid is topped off. Don’t forget to check the coolant, transmission, and brake fluids, too.

Stock up on supplies

As the seasons change, so should the contents of your truck’s emergency kit. Be sure to equip your emergency kit with cold weather-appropriate supplies like gloves, blankets, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, and snow brush or shovel.

For all your maintenance needs, contact the service experts at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon, Illinois.

Why Buy a Plug-In Hybrid Jeep® Wrangler?

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Plug-In |  Dixon, IL

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly, efficient ride that doesn’t compromise on legendary power and capability, you’ll find a lot to love in the Plug-In Hybrid Jeep® Wrangler. Here are a few reasons to consider driving home in your very own Jeep® Wrangler 4xe from Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Impressive power

The Jeep® Wrangler 4xe breaks the stereotype of underpowered, mild-mannered hybrid vehicles. Its powertrain unleashes 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of instant torque, enabling you to rocket from 0-60 mph in just 6 seconds.

Say goodbye to range anxiety

Enjoy groundbreaking efficiency with the Jeep® Wrangler 4xe’s EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 49 MPGe. [1] On a full tank and battery, the Wrangler 4xe offers a total range of 370 miles. [2] And if you’re looking for an emissions-free ride, the plug-in hybrid Wrangler provides up to 21 miles of fully electric driving distance. [3]

Charging made simple

For fast, easy, convenient charging, opt for the available Jeep® Brand Level II PHEV Home Charging Station. It features a weatherproof design along with Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can remotely choose when you’d like your vehicle to charge. Plus, thanks to smart grid optimization, your Jeep® SUV can charge when electricity is cheapest.

Whether you’re looking for a combustion-engine Wrangler or a Jeep® Wrangler 4xe, you can find it right here at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon, Illinois.

[1] EPA estimated miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe). Actual mileage may vary.

[2] Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

[3] Based on EPA estimates with fully charged battery. Actual mileage may vary.

The Best Accessories for Your Ram Truck in Dixon, IL

2021 Ram 1500 | Dixon, IL

Your Ram truck is your faithful companion that helps you work hard every day here in Dixon. To make your truck even more versatile, you can add some great accessories from Mopar®. These are some of our favorite accessories that we think can add a lot of value to your truck.

Bed extender

If you frequently carry large items that extend past the end of your truck bed, a bed extender can help. It comes with strong bars that keep cargo secure and you can even flip it inward to keep cargo from sliding.

Bed liner

A strong bed liner can protect your truck’s bed from scratches and dents, and prolong its life. Some bed liners even offer additional skid resistance to keep your cargo from sliding while you drive.

All-weather floor mats

With a set of all-weather floor mats, you can prevent dirt and other debris from collecting in your truck’s carpeting. These floor mats also make cleaning up easy since you can remove them and hose them down.

Cargo divider

You can keep your cargo contained with a cargo divider in your bed. It fits snugly into the utility rails and is easily adjustable.

Bed toolbox

Keep all your tools on-hand with a lockable, durable toolbox mounted into your truck bed. No more tools sliding around and making loud noises while you drive!

If you’d like to order any of these accessories or want to know more about what you can add to your Ram truck, contact our team at Ken Nelson CDJR.

How to Have Fun This Summer in Dixon with Your Jeep®

2021 Jeep Wrangler | Dixon, IL

The arrival of summer means that people in and around Dixon, Illinois, will be looking to enjoy some quality time outside with friends and family. If you have a Jeep® Wrangler, Cherokee, Gladiator, or any other of the iconic brand’s vehicles, you’re in prime shape to enjoy the great outdoors this summer.

Castle Rock State Park

Hop into your Jeep® and take the family to Castle Rock State Park for a day on the boat, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, or weekend camping. The 68.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and its innovative storage versatility make it easy to load up for a family getaway.

Lowell Park

Located in Dixon along the Rock River, Lowell Park offers gorgeous drives, beautiful hikes, boat access, fishing, and more. Up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity in the 2021 Wrangler, 4,500 pounds in the Gladiator, and 7,200 pounds in the Grand Cherokee make boating a real possibility this summer.

Starved Rock State Park

Located just an hour south of Dixon is Starved Rock State Park, a 2,630-acre area full of awe-inspiring canyons and waterfalls. The 4×4 capabilities of Jeep® vehicles make off-road traversing easier than ever, opening up your possibilities for camping and exploring in getaway locations such as Starved Rock.

Here at Ken Nelson CDJR, we want to ensure that your Jeep® is ready for any adventure. Stop by and see us to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape before heading out on your weekend getaway with the family.

Ram 1500 TRX Wins ‘2021 Pickup Truck of the Year’ Title

2021 Ram 1500 TRX | Dixon, IL

Each year, the editors of FOUR WHEELER, an off-road enthusiast publication, present the “Pickup Truck of the Year” award to the best performing truck. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX recently earned this title after beating its competitors in a grueling competition.

FOUR WHEELER judges tested new or greatly revised trucks on over 1,000 miles of pavement, dirt, sand, snow, mud, gravel, and rocks. Trucks needed to climb uphill on loose dirt, cross water, and drive at night during the testing. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX blew the competition away, thanks to its impressive durability and capabilities.

This truck features the Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V8, which delivers best-in-class 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. It’s the first Ram truck to have Launch Control with Launch Assist, improving the acceleration rate. Plus, it offers eight drive modes and 11.8 inches of ground clearance for off-roading adventures.

“The Ram 1500 TRX is a breathtaking truck that flat out impresses,” said FOUR WHEELER Editor Ken Brubaker. “From its bad-boy muscular stance to its stunning pin-you-to-your-seat power to its incredible suspension that easily tames the worst terrain, the TRX is the total package.”

Want to get your hands on a powerful Ram 1500 model? Schedule a test drive at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.