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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 Manual Transmission A manual transmission, while it may seem outdated at first glance, has quite a few benefits to it.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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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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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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Where to Drive Your New Dodge in Salem, Oregon

Oregon is one of the most scenic areas in the entire United States, and there’s really no better place to take your Dodge for a relaxing road trip. Here are some of the best drives that you can take in Salem.   Pacific Coast Scenic Byway One of the most famous routes in the country, this road stretches all along the coast of Oregon, providing some of the most stunning views found in America.   Over the River and Through the Woods Scenic Byway The name says it all here. This route takes you through some of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers, mountains, and forests.   Quartzville Road Back Country Byway … Continue reading

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When Should You Buy A New Car?

Buying a new car is one of the most exciting purchases that you can make, but it is also a serious investment that can affect your life for many years. That’s why it’s important to think all of your options through before making the purchase. Here’s how to decide when it’s the right time to buy a new car.   Money Is your car a gas guzzler? Are you thinking about buying a hybrid? If you calculate the amount of money that you spend on gas currently and compare it with how much you would save with a new car, it can tell you a lot about whether or not … Continue reading

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Best Ram and Dodge Models for Families

As the school year is starting back up again, you may be considering getting a new family hauler. If your current car just doesn’t have enough space, flexibility, or technology, check out these excellent Ram and Dodge models for families. 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan In reality, no crossover, sedan, or SUV can match the minivan when it comes to ideal family transportation, especially if you have younger children still in car seats. The Dodge Grand Caravan is an excellent option in the minivan segment. It gives buyers a wide range of models and options to fit their budget and needs. You’ll love the versatile seating, cargo configurations, and easy sliding … Continue reading

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Used Car Care Tips

We all know that buying a used car is a great financial decision. But, used cars do come with a little bit of risk—you don’t necessarily know the vehicle’s entire history. However, cars are more reliable than ever before, and even if you buy a car more than five years old, it should last you for many years to come. Here are a few used car care tips, to help you get there. Change the oil. Follow the oil change schedule laid out in the owner’s manual. This simple step will ensure the engine stays lubricated and running smoothly. Clean it. Built-up dirt and grime can slowly wear down a … 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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