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Differences Between an Automatic and Manual Transmission

While manual and automatic transmissions are both available in modern vehicles, they are very different. From the driving experience to smaller details, both transmission types have their pros and cons. Check out the differences between an automatic and manual transmission, then come see us here at Withnell Dodge to test drive a new car! Manual Transmission A manual transmission, while it may seem outdated at first glance, has quite a few benefits to it. Cars with manual transmissions are less likely to be stolen due to the simple fact that many people can’t operate one. Opting for a vehicle with a manual transmission will also be cheaper than upgrading to … Continue reading

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Benefits of Four-Wheel-Drive in Your Car

There are many benefits of four-wheel drive systems in your car including the extra control over your vehicle on the road, which can provide you with added peace of mind. Awesome Traction 4WD, also called 4×4, began as a way for off-road vehicles to handle the obstacles and unpredictable terrain that came with driving off the beaten path, according to the experts at DigitalTrends.com. As a result, 4WD vehicles are well-equipped to handle tough surfaces and provide stronger grip. Power Goes to All Wheels In RWD or FWD, power is only transferred to two of the wheels, while the other two simply spin because of momentum. This can be rough … Continue reading

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Best Hiking Spots in Salem, Oregon

Fall is the perfect time of the year to get outside. The leaves are changing and the mornings have a delightful crisp in the air perfect for a morning hike. Thanks to its off-roading capability and cargo space, your RAM truck is the perfect vehicle for venturing off the beaten path. Pack up your Ram with all of your favorite gear and snacks and head out to one of these hiking spots in Salem, Oregon for a break from the routine. Croisan Creek Trail This pleasant hiking trail is less than 10 minutes away from Withnell Dodge. The trail winds tightly past local residents, so its location provides convenient access … Continue reading

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What to Expect from the 2018 Ram Model Year

It’s an exciting time in the automotive industry. With the new model year on its way in, we can look forward to new trim levels, updated favorites, and enhanced designs and engineering. So far, the 2018 RAM model year is looking pretty thrilling. Here’s what we know about what to expect on the lot at Withnell Dodge as the 2018 RAM lineup unfolds. 2018 Ram 1500 The light-duty pickup—whose performance feels like anything but light-duty—is a constant favorite among buyers. The 2018 version of this truck gets its fair share of updates, including revised trim levels. The RAM 1500 and 2500 Sport gets body color bumpers and a new, bold … Continue reading

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Common Truck Terminology

If you’re looking to buy a pickup for the first time, you’re probably seeing some common truck terminology that you may not recognize. Here Withnell Dodge presents a guide to the most popular truck-related lingo to help you get your bearings in the hunt for the perfect pickup. Light-Duty Light-duty pickups, like the RAM 1500, will have a payload capacity of 1,500-2,000 pounds and a maximum towing capacity near 10,000 pounds. These are the most common trucks and used for personal needs like towing ATVs and boats. Heavy-Duty Trucks like the RAM 2500 and 3500 are more powerful and are designed to tow 20,000 pounds or more. These pickups are … Continue reading

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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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