Category Archives: Car Maintenance

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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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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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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How to Change Your Air Conditioning Coolant

The temperature during the summer can become pretty hot pretty quickly, especially if you are in an enclosed space like your car. That is why it is important to make sure that your air conditioning is functioning properly. Unfortunately, several problems can arise for your vehicle’s air conditioning system. One of the most common is running out of coolant. However, don’t lose your cool! Our service team has assembled step by step instructions on how to change your air conditioning coolant. Step 1: Check to see if your air conditioning unit has any coolant left at all. Step 2: Inspect the air conditioning unit for any leaks. Step 3: Open … Continue reading

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New Car Care Tips

So you’ve finally got around to purchasing that vehicle that you’ve had your eyes on. Congratulations! A new vehicle is certainly something to be proud of. However, that pride can soon start to crumble if you don’t take care of your new vehicle. Improper maintenance and care can quickly add up to a less than desirable vehicle. In order to keep the quality of your new car high, take heed of these new car care tips! Wash Your Car You are probably proud of the way that your car looks. You bought it after all! However, dust and dirt can soon make the exterior of your vehicle look less than … Continue reading

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Get Ready for the Season with New Winter Tire and Wheel Packages

Get Ready for the Season with New Winter Tire and Wheel Packages With winter coming around you might be looking to equip your ride with a set of wheels that can handle the harsher conditions. Mopar is making that easier for all of our customers at Withnell Dodge by offering all-new winter tire and wheel packages including winter tire, steel rim, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The packages will be available for FCA US vehicles including the Dodge Caravan and Dodge Charger (both AWD and RWD). They are delivered mounted and balanced, so all you need to do is order and pop in at the dealership for easy installation. We’ll … Continue reading

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Fluids Your Car Needs

There are several fluids your car needs to run smoothly, and keeping a close eye on them can help extend the life of your car and its parts. Here are some of the most important fluids in your car and what they do: Engine oil. The biggest one is your engine oil. The engine oil might leak a little or start to run low depending on the age of your car and how much you use it, so it’s a good idea to regularly check the levels between complete oil changes at your dealership or mechanic. Transmission fluid. Transmission fluid makes your gears turn smoothly. Transmission oil shouldn’t get low, … Continue reading

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