Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Toyota Transformed: Lifting an FJ Cruiser

Has anybody else been battling with this consistent love-hate / why-am-I-wasting-my-time-on-this-trash guilty-pleasure of quizzes on buzzfeed?  Between finding out which Disney Prince you’re destined to marry and what kind of Vampire would drink your blood rather than your celebrity doppelgänger who makes fun of your street to first pet ratio-ed Rapper Name, there are the classics.  Like the personality test.  And go figure – according to the author, who I’m sure is a clinical psychologist with all sorts of legitimate certifications, degrees, doctorates, and a highly impressive Rapper Name street cred, I’m Type A Personality – the organized planner.  Who shows up on time, is reliable, a leader, generally accomplished, focused, ambitious, and has a pretty elaborate idea of what the perfect car is.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

It might be true.  We may all be doomed to hours and hours of weathering the elements in search of the perfect vehicle – yes to those tires, no to that body style, etc.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

We had customer that needed his FJ Cruiser decked out and ready for some off-road action. When we were done with it, it looked so nice, we decided to modify one of our own.  (Photo on left provided by Milton Ruben Photographer Kris Olsen.)

Or we might just shop at Milton Ruben.  And we just might take those tires and put them on this body style.

Ah, the miracles that can occur at the hands of a certified technician!

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Meet Certified Toyota Technician Jimmy Berry, who took on the task of lifting and “shoeing” an FJ Cruiser for our lot.

With great pride in the capabilities of our highly trained team, we present a visual representation of a 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser, transforming to an off-roading beast of a butterfly.

Step One: After removing the manufacturer tires that came on the FJ Cruiser from Toyota, Jimmy disassembles steering components to gain access to the shocks.  Jimmy must remove the shocks, install a lift kit, and replace the shocks.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Service Director Kevin Woodard dropped in to check on Jimmy’s progress. He inspected the installation of the spacers on the lift to ensure that the complicated inner-workings of the FJ’s suspension were secure.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Lifting a vehicle is a multi-phased process, beginning with removing the tires and rims, and then taking off the shocks (it looks like a spring), and placing a spacer between the shocks and the suspension to literally “lift” the body of the vehicle up from the tires.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Here, Jerry disassembles the steering component to gain access to remove the shock.

Step Two: Put on the tires.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Each of these tires, built on a 18″ aluminum rim, weighs roughly 45 pounds. “I’m not going to the gym tonight,” Jimmy said while heaving the tire up onto the wheel.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Jerry places lugnuts that will secure the wheel onto the wheel hub.  If lugnuts are not properly tightened, the wheel could shake as they rotate, damaging the interior of the wheel well.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Using an impact wrench to tighten lugnuts onto wheel hub, Jimmy is careful to tighten to torque specifications.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014. Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Step Three:  Re-calibrate microchips in each of the tires, as well as on the motherboard in the dashboard of the vehicle so they communicate properly.  If this step gets skipped, the computer on the car will always read that the vehicle has improperly inflated tires.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Jimmy uses an Electronic Calibration Tool, to re-calibrate the TPMS – Tire Pressure Monitoring System.  The ECT basically activates the sensors in the tire, which will then send a signal to the ECT with the necessary numbers for the tires.  Jimmy will take that information and transfer it to the TPMS on the vehicle.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Jimmy ensures that the TPMS has properly re-calibrated the motherboard in the dash of the vehicle. This way, the tire pressure monitoring system will only flash a notification on the dash when the tires are no longer properly inflated.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

A dangerous mistake some people may make is to forget the spare.  Jimmy was sure to include the spare in his initial calibration, as well as his double check of each tire’s pressure.

Step Four: Step back and enjoy the view.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

Photo by Heather Cortright. Milton Ruben Toyota. Augusta, GA. September 2014.

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Photos by Heather Cortright, Milton Ruben Social Media Specialist.

Maintenance How-To Videos

#WhatsInTheBay – What do you want to see?

When I was in college, I drove that stereotypical “first car.”  It was a hand-me-down from my sister, who had gotten it after my dad upgraded to a new model.  The headliner was torn so badly it was wrapped in a re-fashioned fabric book sock so the foam wouldn’t rain down into the eyes of the driver at random.  The A/C only worked between 35 and 60 mph, and even then it was 78 degrees or bust.  The radio dial took up residence in a cup holder since no variety of glue could hold it in place anymore.  It took fourteen years of faithful service to my family before it finally died on me in my junior year of college. In the middle of the night.  While I was driving it.  Through the backwoods of West Columbia, SC.  Twenty years old, female, unaccompanied and clueless about cars at the time, I found myself being told by a private shop technician that it would cost nearly a grand to fix my car.  I learned 48 hours later in the parking lot of Walmart trying to coax “Big Red” to start that I had been swindled quite badly.  It was that moment that it dawned on me – I needed to learn more about cars.  Particularly their regular maintenance and mechanics.  After all, $1000 was a lot of Easy Mac.

Here at Milton Ruben, our service departments do their best to keep our customers updated and informed, answering any questions you may have about repairs to avoid the above situation from happening.  But it has occurred to us that some questions could be easily answered at any hour of the day with a nice, informative video.  And you guys have always been the best source for what we should focus on – so we turn to you to learn what you want to know about basic maintenance and mechanics of your car.  Maintenance How-To Videos

Who knows – if it’s a good suggestion on how we can teach you to keep up the upkeep of your vehicle, we might even throw out a gift or two.

So, tell us, what question do you have about vehicle maintenance that we could focus on in our upcoming videos?

Feel free to comment, private message, or e-mail socialmedia@miltonruben.com with your feedback!

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This post and graphics were created by Milton Ruben Social Media Specialist Heather Cortright.

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Teeing Off for the Walton Foundation Golf Classic

Being a part of the Augusta community has always been an honor and a privilege – especially when we get opportunities to support great benefits like the Walton Foundation for Independence Phil S. Harison Memorial Golf Classic!

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Held at West Lake Country Club, this prestigious event is a fundraiser to support the Walton Foundation, a charity to “inspire philanthropy to support programs and services that create an inclusive lifestyle for people with disabilities in our community to live, work and play.” Supporting both the young and elderly, the foundation raises awareness for residential opportunities like Harison Heights, a supported living facility that helps provide independence to those with disabilities.  The community also offers a day program to get those with disabilities to participate in Adaptive Recreational Activities, including bowling.

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Milton Ruben Superstore is excited to have the opportunity to sponsor Hole #3 during the tournament on Monday, September 15 – and we invite you to join other CSRA community members in supporting this wonderful organization!  We hear lunch and dinner will also be provided in addition to hours of relaxing tee time!

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From the Walton Foundation for Independence:

“The annual Walton Foundation Golf Classic is an Augusta tradition in the fall of the year. Named after Phil S. Harison, Chairman of the Walton Foundation Board (1998-2007), the annual tournament pairs golfers from all over the community who come together to support the Walton Foundation’s mission. Up to 35 teams enjoy a day of unprecedented golf at beautiful West Lake Country Club, lunch and an Awards Banquet at the end of the day. In addition to fun on the course and a goody bag filled with gifts, every golfer receives a choice of Footjoy products including top of the line golf shoes. Winners receive beautiful gifts of crystal etched with the name of the tournament, date and place. Opportunities abound for sponsorships, in kind donations and ways to help underwrite the cost of the tournament. Hole sponsors are encouraged to set up on their holes for a day of fun, sharing business information and treats with the players.”

To register:

For registration and sponsorship information, contact:

(706) 826-5809
alices@waltonfoundation.net

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This post was written by Milton Ruben Superstore Social Media Specialist Heather Cortright.  Information and photos provided by http://www.waltonfoundation.net and West Lake Country Club. 

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Chrysler Certified: What You’re Buying With That Flag

Back in the day, when it was time to buy a vehicle, you had two choices: Pay the price for security of knowing everything that has happened to your car as its first owner, or save money and take a risk on a vehicle that may or may not “have a history.”

But what if there was an option that gave you the greenest grass on both sides of the automotive fence?

Ladies and gentlemen, the Chrysler Certified vehicle – a pre-owned price for a reliable car without the shady past.

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But what exactly makes a pre-owned vehicle “certified?”

For Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram products, the Certified Program has a pretty high bar.

“We won’t accept a vehicle into the Certified Program unless it’s in the best condition possible,” says Chrysler, Inc. Certified Pre-Owned Sales Manager Scott Turnbull.  “There aren’t any doubts about these cars – we make sure of it.”

And we do that by having our certified technicians inspect every aspect of a recent model vehicle before we put it out on our line. They have to be thorough, and careful, because that vehicle also comes with a warranty.  If there’s anything out of place, the vehicle won’t be approved to wear that “Certified Pre-Owned” flag in its window.

The Chrysler Certified Pre-Owned Program offers you benefits such as:

  • Thorough 125-point vehicle inspection by Chrysler certified or authorized technicians.
  • 7-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and 3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty, measured from original vehicle in-service date
  • 24-Hour Towing and Roadside Assistance

There aren’t many better ways to shop on the pre-owned side of the fence, when you have a manufacturer guarantee.  It certainly beats sketchy meetings in grocery store parking lots with the faceless folks you met on ChadsAutoIndex.com, doesn’t it?

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Photos and post written by Milton Ruben Social Media Specialist Heather Cortright.