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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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Everything You Need to Know About Car Tire Maintenance

Car tire maintenance is important to maintaining a comfortable ride and also the safety of you and your passengers. Here are some pointers. Tires Last Five to Ten Years: Five years is a good rule of thumb for when you should start checking your tires for wear, but if you drive well and keep good care of your vehicle’s tires, they can last up to ten years without needing to be changed. Rotate Every 5,000 to 8,000 Miles: Every tire on your vehicle carries a different amount of weight, which causes them to wear differently. In order to maintain a balanced drive and help your tires last longer you should have them … Continue reading

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What to Do When You Have a Dead Car Battery

Uh-oh—you’ve got a dead car battery. Wondering what to do now? You have a lot of options whether you’re prepared with a charger or jumper cables or simply need to call for help. Jump Your Battery: Jumping your battery will require enlisting the help of someone else – a neighbor, friend, co-worker, anyone with a car you can use to revive your own vehicle’s dead battery. Park the vehicle nose to nose and connect the jump cables to the battery terminals, and allow the rescue car to run for five or so minutes – however long it takes to get your car running again. Use an AC Charger: You can … Continue reading

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The Latest 2017 Dodge Challenger Features Make It the Best Challenger Yet

The new 2017 Dodge Challenger is poised to be one of the most powerful, sleek, and popular vehicles on the road, and it’s arriving just in time for the holidays. So what is it that makes the 2017 Dodge Challenger so great? Here are just a few of the Dodge Challenger’s choice features and highlights:   Its old school style embraces the legacy of the Dodge Challenger while offering a modern appeal. Depending on trim level, the Dodge Challenger has the ability to get more than 700 horsepower. Meanwhile, the Dodge Challenger is also quite fuel-efficient, getting up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway. It comes with a … Continue reading

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