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Archive for January, 2014


You may think that antifreeze isn’t important to your car’s engine when you drive in Arizona. But, you’d be wrong. Contrary to its name, antifreeze is not designed just for cold weather driving. It is the fluid that keeps your radiator from overheating and causing a mechanical failure. At Chapman Payson Service Center, we make sure your vehicle has plenty of engine coolant to keep your drive smooth and uninterrupted!

What is anti-freeze?
Most anti-freeze (also known as engine coolant) is a mix of water and glycol. Additional additives in coolant keep your engine from cording or rusting. Because the mixture takes on heavy metal properties as it is used, it must be disposed of properly. Payson Service Center ensures your used coolant is kept safe after service.

How does it work?
The glycol in an engine coolant mix has two important and different roles: it keeps the water within the coolant from freezing in frigid temperatures and also keeps it from boiling in extreme heat. Pure water actually helps cool your engine better (and that’s why you’ll see some high-end race cars using just water as a coolant), but that’s simply not practical for real life driving conditions.

Your car’s engine heats up as it runs – the coolant works to remove heat from the cylinder, cylinder heads and exhaust system. It works by carrying heat away from the engine to the radiator, where it is cooled and then sent back to the engine to remove more heat.

Why is it important?
Without enough coolant or antifreeze in your vehicle, your engine may overheat. This can cause a catastrophic breakdown because the engine simply gets too hot to work properly. Checking your coolant levels is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can do. If you suspect your vehicle is leaking coolant, call Chapman Payson to schedule service.

2014 Ram truck vs 2014 Silverado vs F-150

While electric vehicles and fuel-efficient compacts attract the attention of plenty of drivers, half-ton trucks quietly remain very popular in the U.S. auto market.  The popularity of trucks is bolstered by the fact that horsepower, hauling capacity, and creature comforts increase year after year. Three of the best to choose from in 2014 are the RAM truck, Chevy Silverado and the Ford F150, all of which are available at Chapman Payson.

2014 RAM

Reviewers say the 2014 Ram 1500 is a class leader with its exclusive diesel engine option, good fuel economy and car-like ride. The base Ram 1500 comes with a V6 engine that reviewers say makes reasonable power. New for 2014 is an optional turbodiesel V6, which reviewers say delivers smooth, refined power. A V8 engine is also optional, and test drivers say it is a great engine for anyone who plans to do lots of towing and hauling. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available with all engines, and reviewers say it shifts quickly and helps maximize fuel economy. With the V6 engine, the Ram 1500 earns up to an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

With plenty of high-end materials, solid construction and overall quietness, the 2014 Ram 1500 has one of the best cabins in the class. A six-speaker stereo and a USB port are standard. Major options include Ram’s voice-activated Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth and an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation and a seven- or 10-speaker stereo system. Reviewers say that the available voice-activated Uconnect infotainment system, which offers smartphone app integration, is one of the best in the business, with legible touch-screen buttons and redundant buttons and knobs for the stereo and climate systems.

2014 F150

Although its key rivals have been redesigned more recently, reviewers say that powerful engines and many trim level choices make the 2014 Ford F-150 a compelling full-size truck. The Ford F-150 comes standard with a V6 engine that reviewers write makes adequate power. For anyone planning on doing substantial towing or hauling, it is recommended to step up to one of the two optional V8s or the optional turbocharged EcoBoost V6. An automatic transmission is standard, with fuel economy at an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway with two-wheel drive and the base V6, 16/22 mpg with the EcoBoost V6 and 13/18 mpg with the largest V8.

Inside, the F-150’s cabin has a somewhat industrial look and seats up to six. The base trim comes with a stereo and air conditioning and few other notable standard features, which is normal for the class. Features available on upper trims or as options besides MyFord Touch include dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, a 10-speaker Sony stereo system, satellite radio, rear parking sensors and Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system.

2014 Silverado

Reviewers applaud the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for its comfortable ride, well-designed interior and range of refined and powerful engine choices. The Silverado comes standard with a V6 engine that reviewers say provides ample power for towing light trailers and day-to-day driving. For those with greater towing and hauling demands, it is recommended to step up to one of the optional V8s, which improve the Silverado’s acceleration and make it better-suited to hauling and towing heavier loads The Silverado achieves up to an EPA-estimated 18/24 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

The Silverado’s interior is highly functional, with an abundance of storage cubbies and multiple USB ports for charging electronics. Reviewers note that Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system is easy to use, with straightforward menus and redundant switchgear for climate and audio adjustments. The base trim comes standard with a four-speaker stereo and dual USB ports. Major options include MyLink with Bluetooth and an 8-inch touch screen, a backup camera, a Bose stereo system, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning.

For more information on the 2014 RAM, F150 or Silverado, visit Chapman’s Payson Auto Center.