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Safety Tips for Off-roading with Your Ram

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 … Continue reading

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Best Camping near Salem, Oregon

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 … Continue reading

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Summer Maintenance Tips For Your Car

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 … Continue reading

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How to Do a DIY Oil Change

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 … Continue reading

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Dashboard Lights and Meanings

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 … Continue reading

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Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned

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, … Continue reading

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How to Change a Tire

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 … Continue reading

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River Rock Concert Series: What We Know So Far

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 … Continue reading

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What is a 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 … Continue reading

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Ram Truck Special Editions

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 … Continue reading

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