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Capps cops seventh win, retakes lead

Ron Capps snapped Dodge’s six-event Wally drought this afternoon with a big win over Courtney Force at the inaugural NHRA Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.

The win is not only Capp’s seventh in the 2017 Mello Yello drag racing season, tying him with Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence for the most wins in pro class competition, it’s his first at Maple Grove Raceway.

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Recall reveals when Cherokee moved

Around 22,000 2017-18 Jeep Cherokees are being recalled because the tire information stickers were missing tire and rim sizes; customers may install the wrong replacement wheels or tires as a result. The recall, which will consist of providing corrected labels, will start on October 20, and has internal reference code T53.

The problem only applies to Cherokees made in Belvidere and sold in the United States,

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Smoothing engines with torque reserves

Normally, the term “torque reserve” brings up visions of the Dodge Demon’s 808-horsepower, drag-race-focused powertrain and its various tricks. But torque reserve can also be used to make ordinary cars, using two-stage valve lift (normal and high performance), smoother.

The reason for having a low-valve-lift mode is to increase efficiency, by reducing pumping losses.  The high-lift mode increases the valves’ ability to move a lot of air quickly,

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Toluca survived

Mexico City has been hit with a magnitude 7.1 earthquake — a severe quake which has killed at least 200 people, and would have been far more devastating if Mexico had not imposed strict regulations on new buildings (unfortunately, ignored by many builders) after the last major event.

FCA’s nearby plant in Toluca, Mexico, has apparently survived the quake with little damage; a spokesman told Allpar that the factory is running today,

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Durango, Pacifica recalls

2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans

FCA US is recalling a very small number of 2017 Dodge Durangos because the rear axle half-shafts are too short; the fix is to replace both half-shafts, to avoid losing power unexpectedly.  The issue is a single pallet of parts built incorrectly at the supplier.

The recall seems to cover just eight rear-wheel-drive Durangos, four of which have been caught already; all were made between May 25 and June 2.

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Dodge Demon

2018 Wrangler JL

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