Safety Tips for Off-roading with Your Ram

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Summer is the ideal time to head off the beaten path. If you drive an off-road capable Ram truck, it is time to get in touch with your adventurous side. Here are a few safety tips when off-roading with your Ram.

Know your truck

Just because your truck is equipped with 4WD, that doesn’t mean you can go crawling over rocks or tackling deep, muddy trenches. Make sure your truck is properly equipped for the type of terrain you will encounter.

Drive slowly

You have likely seen commercials with trucks tearing across rugged terrain at a pretty fast clip. You will need to drive slower than that. Allow plenty of time to judge the terrain so you can react.

Keep your thumbs safe

Drive with your thumbs on the outside of the steering wheel. A sudden bump can jerk the steering wheel and if your thumbs are on the inside of the wheel, you could get injured.

Pack appropriately

Bring tools and supplies to get you through a few pitfalls, like a flat tire. Make sure your gear is secure so it doesn’t bounce around.

If you need a new off-road capable truck, come check out the Ram lineup available now at Withnell Dodge.

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Best Camping near Salem, Oregon

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Silver Falls State Park. Photo by Ian Sane.

Summer is the perfect time of year for camping. And, nothing can quite beat the experience of sleeping outdoors, cooking your food over an open fire, and hiking through the woods. If you are planning to go camping near Salem, Oregon, here are some of the best sites.

Breitenbush Campground.

Located along the Breitenbush River, this campground has easy access to fishing and other water activities.

Silver Falls State Park.

This fantastic state park is often called the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system. It offers spectacular views of waterfalls, over 25 miles of trails, and lots of daytime activities like horseshoes, playgrounds, and picnic areas.

Champoeg State Heritage Area.

Located in Saint Paul, this beautiful area offers campsites for both tent camping and campers. During your stay, play a round of disc golf, bring your bike for a trail ride, visit the historical sites, and more.

Cleator Bend Campground.

If you are planning a camping adventure for a large group, try Cleator Bend. It offers nine individual sites and the campground has to be reserved in its entirety.

What is your favorite camping spot near Salem? If you need a new adventure vehicle for your family, come visit us at Withnell Dodge.

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Summer Maintenance Tips For Your Car

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Whether you’re staying at home or going on a big road trip this summer, keeping up with servicing your vehicle is crucial to the health of your vehicle. Here’s some summer maintenance tips for what you should be paying attention to.

Tires

While the colder months can do a number on your tires due to hazardous weather conditions and low temperatures, summer’s heat can also affect them. Hot pavement pops tires easier and the warm weather can cause them to overheat, so keep an eye on your tires’ health.

Coolant

The engine needs to keep cool in the summertime, so make sure there’s plenty of engine coolant and that other parts of the system, such as hoses, are in proper working order.

Air-Conditioning

If the engine needs to keep cool, so do you. It’s a good time of year to have your HVAC system checked out (that’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) to prevent getting overheated and dehydrated on the open road.

Essential Fluids

Make sure all your fluids besides coolant are topped off, too. Oil, brake fluid, and even wiper fluid could all be in need of a routine change, a refill, or a checkup.

Wipers

Summer may mean hot sun at the beach, but it also means big thunderstorms. Stay prepared for downpours by investing in a pair of brand-new windshield wipers.

If you need any extra help besides these summer maintenance tips, don’t hesitate to call us here at Withnell Dodge.

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How to Do a DIY Oil Change

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Need an oil change? You can save yourself a few bucks and do it yourself! You don’t have to be an expert on cars to perform your own DIY oil change.

Run your car engine for a few minutes to warm up the oil. This helps the oil flow faster. Also, before you remove the drain plug, unscrew the oil cap from under the hood of your car in order to prevent a vacuum from forming.

To prepare, use a jack to raise your vehicle enough to work underneath it and slide a drain pan underneath the oil plug. Make sure you’re wearing gloves to protect your hands and prevent a mess, then remove the plug with a socket wrench and allow the oil to drain.

You can then change the oil filter while you’re waiting for the oil to drain.

Once the oil has been drained, all you have to do is replace the drain plug before refilling it. Make sure you have the proper type of oil and amount as per your owner’s manual, and pour it into the oil cap before replacing it.

That’s all you have to do to perform a DIY oil change. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at Withnell Dodge.

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Dashboard Lights and Meanings

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If you notice a light come on your dashboard while you’re driving, it’s important to know which ones mean something dangerous so you can react quickly. Here are some of the most urgent dashboard indicator lights.

One dashboard indicator light to look out for is the coolant temperature warning, which means that your engine is overheating. If you see this, pull over as soon as you can and immediately turn on the heat to full blast so you can let some of the heat out of the engine.

It isn’t as urgent, but if you see the check engine light come on, you should get to an auto parts store and ask them to diagnose it for you as soon as possible. The check engine light often means something minor, but it could be a serious engine problem, and if you wait to get it checked out, you might wish you hadn’t.

The oil pressure warning is another light to keep an eye out for. It means your oil pressure is low, which can be hard on your engine, so pull over when you can and check the oil pressure. If it’s dangerously low, you don’t want to drive on it.

These are just a few dashboard indicator lights you should know. Give us a call at Withnell Dodge today to find out more about dashboard lights.

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Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned

Certified vs. Used

If you’ve ever wondered the difference between a used car and a car that’s certified pre-owned, you’re in luck! Just read our easy explanation on used cars vs. certified pre-owned cars. The easiest way to understand is to know that all certified cars are used, but not all used cars are certified.

Used cars are cars that have been owned or leased by another driver and now they’re being sold at a lower price. Used cars are a great choice for drivers on a budget because they open up more options to you than new cars, they’ve skipped the big depreciation period so you get more return on your investment, and they have lower associated costs like insurance.

Certified pre-owned cars are cars that meet certain criteria and go through an inspection so that they can be guaranteed to be like new. If a vehicle is certified pre-owned, it must have under a certain mileage and not be older than five model years. CPO cars are inspected by dealership technicians and have old or damaged parts replaced with new factory original parts.

Certified pre-owned cars are slightly more expensive than used cars but come with a lot of benefits like warranties and roadside assistance programs. If you have the money to spring for a CPO, check it out! Ask about our collection of used and certified pre-owned vehicles at Withnell Dodge today.

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How to Change a Tire

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Now that winter is over, you might find that your tread is wearing low or your tires are damaged and you need to replace them. Or you learned it the hard way and you’re stranded on the side of the road right now. Either way, here’s a helpful guide on how to change a tire.

Steps to Change a Tire

Changing a tire is a simple process if you have the right tools. You’ll need wheel wedges to keep the car from moving, a jack, and a lug wrench. First, you need to push the wheel wedges up against the wheels so they don’t move. Then take off the hubcap or wheel cover if the nuts are covered up.

After that, take your lug wrench and start loosening the nuts around your wheel, but don’t take them off all the way. Next, you want to use the jack to raise your car up so that the wheels are six inches off the ground. If you aren’t sure where to put the jack or how to use it, check your car’s owner’s manual.

Once the car is up, unscrew the nuts the rest of the way and take them off. Now you should be able to jimmy your tire off. Put the new tire in its place, and reverse the process from there—screw nuts on until they’re hand-tight, then lower the jack until the wheel just touches the ground. Use the lug wrench to screw the nuts as tight as you can.

Finally, lower the jack all way to the ground and make sure the nuts are as tight as they can get. It’s a good idea to check the new tire’s pressure when you do this. If you need any more help with changing a tire, let us know at Withnell Dodge!

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River Rock Concert Series: What We Know So Far

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The annual River Rock concert series will start back up this July 13 after a rousing success last year. Withnell Dodge is proud to have been involved with the series and loved the chance we got to engage with the community, and we can’t wait to see what River Rock serves this year.

Last year’s River Rock series featured artists Uncle Kracker, The Junebugs, and St. Lucia. This year’s lineup will be announced sometime this month, so keep an eye out! Last year prices ranged from $10 to $25, with a bundle for all three shows at $39, and children under 10 were admitted for free. No prices have been released for the 2017 shows yet, though.

The concerts are held at the amphitheater in Riverfront Park in downtown Salem, and tickets can be purchased online or locally at several banks in the area and right here at Withnell Dodge when they become available! Last year doors opened at 5:30pm with first come, first serve festival seating, so get there early! Feel free to bring a picnic, chairs, and anything else you need to be comfortable (besides your pets). The concerts will go on rain or shine, so grab an umbrella and a poncho and head out to Riverfront Park!

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What is a Ram Power Wagon?

Ram Power Wagon

2017 Ram Power Wagon

There’s little down the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 are capable in their own right, but they aren’t optimized for true off-road adventures. While they’ll perform well when tackling dirt, mud, and snow, they tend to struggle heading up rocks and traversing hefty snowbanks. Fortunately, the Ram Power Wagon is ready to fill the gap for those in search of an all-encompassing, all-terrain truck.

What’s the difference?

The Ram Power Wagon is designed to go beyond where the road ends. Standard features include a massive 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, a disconnecting sway bar, and front and rear lockers. Coil springs offer a comfortable ride and the off-road suspension ensures no unexpected jolts, even on harsh terrain.

Rock crawling, open desert, and snowbanks are no match for it. Where other trucks falter, the Ram Power Wagon prevails.

Why would I want it?

The new Ram Power Wagon mainly appeals to drivers who want the full capability of a truck off-road. There are few limits factors that the Power Wagon can’t push through, making it a great truck for a weekend getaway. That’s not to mention the thrilling roar of the engine and peace of mind knowing that nothing will damage this tough truck’s durable exterior.

Check out the Ram Power Wagon at Withnell Dodge! You won’t be disappointed.

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Ram Truck Special Editions

Ram Truck Special Editions

Ram 3500 Night special edition

The standard Ram truck models are incredible, to say the least. Incredible capability meets classic, muscular style to create an unmistakable truck. Still, some drivers design a little more customization in their truck. Well, the Ram truck designs have heard their pleas. There are plenty of Ram truck special editions to choose from for the 2017 model year.

2017 Ram Night

The Ram 1500 Night special edition brings flat black badging, an available sport performance hood, and a Mopar Performance Cat-Back Exhaust System.

The 2017 Ram 2500 Night special edition boasts bold 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels. Available black badging and a black leather-trimmed sport bench offer a design no competitor can match.

The biggest of the bunch, the Ram 3500 Night special edition brings a black-slotted grille and flat black badging. Drivers can add an all-black interior to complete the look as well.

2017 Ram 1500 Sport

Stand out in the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport Copper special edition. The exclusive Copperhead Pearl Coat paintjob and black hood stripes are sure to attraction attention near and far.

Limited to just 2,000 units, the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport Ignition Orange special edition brings a sport performance hood, racing stripes, and black badging. As one would guess, the truck comes in an exclusive orange paintjob.

Contact us here at Withnell Dodge at (877) 303-1959 to inquire any of the wonderful Ram truck special editions!

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