How to Change a Tire

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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 or wheel cover if the nuts are covered up.

After that, take your lug wrench and start loosening the nuts around your wheel, but don’t take them off all the way. Next, you want to use the jack to raise your car up so that the wheels are six inches off the ground. If you aren’t sure where to put the jack or how to use it, check your car’s owner’s manual.

Once the car is up, unscrew the nuts the rest of the way and take them off. Now you should be able to jimmy your tire off. Put the new tire in its place, and reverse the process from there—screw nuts on until they’re hand-tight, then lower the jack until the wheel just touches the ground. Use the lug wrench to screw the nuts as tight as you can.

Finally, lower the jack all way to the ground and make sure the nuts are as tight as they can get. It’s a good idea to check the new tire’s pressure when you do this. If you need any more help with changing a tire, let us know at Withnell Dodge!

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River Rock Concert Series: What We Know So Far

River Rock concert series | Uncle Kracker | Withnell Dodge

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 released for the 2017 shows yet, though.

The concerts are held at the amphitheater in Riverfront Park in downtown Salem, and tickets can be purchased online or locally at several banks in the area and right here at Withnell Dodge when they become available! Last year doors opened at 5:30pm with first come, first serve festival seating, so get there early! Feel free to bring a picnic, chairs, and anything else you need to be comfortable (besides your pets). The concerts will go on rain or shine, so grab an umbrella and a poncho and head out to Riverfront Park!

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What is a Ram Power Wagon?

Ram Power Wagon

2017 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 a comfortable ride and the off-road suspension ensures no unexpected jolts, even on harsh terrain.

Rock crawling, open desert, and snowbanks are no match for it. Where other trucks falter, the Ram Power Wagon prevails.

Why would I want it?

The new Ram Power Wagon mainly appeals to drivers who want the full capability of a truck off-road. There are few limits factors that the Power Wagon can’t push through, making it a great truck for a weekend getaway. That’s not to mention the thrilling roar of the engine and peace of mind knowing that nothing will damage this tough truck’s durable exterior.

Check out the Ram Power Wagon at Withnell Dodge! You won’t be disappointed.

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Ram Truck Special Editions

Ram Truck Special Editions

Ram 3500 Night special edition

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 can match.

The biggest of the bunch, the Ram 3500 Night special edition brings a black-slotted grille and flat black badging. Drivers can add an all-black interior to complete the look as well.

2017 Ram 1500 Sport

Stand out in the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport Copper special edition. The exclusive Copperhead Pearl Coat paintjob and black hood stripes are sure to attraction attention near and far.

Limited to just 2,000 units, the 2017 Ram 1500 Sport Ignition Orange special edition brings a sport performance hood, racing stripes, and black badging. As one would guess, the truck comes in an exclusive orange paintjob.

Contact us here at Withnell Dodge at (877) 303-1959 to inquire any of the wonderful Ram truck special editions!

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Everything You Need to Know About Car Tire Maintenance

Car Tire MaintenanceCar 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 rotated about twice a year.

Practice Good Driving Habits and Proper Maintenance: Proper maintenance includes rotating regularly and keeping tire pressure at the recommended amount; meanwhile, driving habits like sudden braking and speeding will wear your tires more quickly, so be aware of your driving it you want to extend the life of your tires.

Inspect Your Tread Depth: How do you tell if your tires need to be changed? You can check the tread depth of your tires with a tread depth gauge or with a penny. To do so with a penny, just put Abraham Lincoln upside-down in between the treads of your tires; if they’ve worn down enough that you can see the tip of his head, you need a change.

As we head into winter, car tire maintenance is more important than ever on slick roads, so be careful! Get more car maintenance tips here!

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What to Do When You Have a Dead Car Battery

Dead Car BatteryUh-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 find chargers at auto parts shops for around $40 or so, and they’re handy to keep around in case of emergency. You can use a charger to charge a dead or weak car battery in a pinch.

Call a Towing Shop or Roadside Services: If all else fails, a towing service might be able to help, but they’ll need to tow your vehicle back to the shop before they can do anything. If your vehicle’s manufacturer offers free roadside assistance, you might want to take advantage of that, too.

A dead car battery is more common in the winter because of the freezing cold temperatures, so make sure you keep these helpful tips in mind.

If you need to make a service appointment, schedule one here or call Withnell Dodge Service Department at (888) 716-2258.

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

Dodge Challenger Features

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 variety of engine options, so you can choose a Dodge Challenger model that is right for you.
  • The EPA has confirmed that the Dodge Challenger is available with all-wheel drive, making it perfect for those snowy trips to grandmother’s house this holiday season.
  • Lastly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the new Dodge Challenger a 5-Star Safety Rating – the best rating possible.


Want to learn even more information about the 2017 Dodge Challenger or explore one of these models in person? Contact us or simply visit us anytime, here at Withnell Dodge, for more information.

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Easy Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter Before It’s Too Late

Prepare Your Car for Winter

November is upon us, and you know what that means: Snow is on the way. The following months are sure to bring snow and ice with them, making the roads more hazardous than any other time of year.


Here’s what you can do to prepare your car for winter, before the snow accumulates:


  • Start off by placing a quality shovel and ice scraper in your vehicle, which you will find repeatedly useful, especially in the mornings.
  • Consider adding a heavy blanket, a spare coat, and some extra gloves to your stock of winter car goods, in case you or your passengers get cold.
  • Decide whether or not you want to replace your all-season tires with winter tires, which are designed with different rubber and tread for ultimate traction.
  • If your vehicle has an all-wheel or rear-wheel drive mode, get out your owner’s manual to brush up on your knowledge of how to activate it.
  • Lastly, be sure to have a first-aid kit on hand, in case of emergencies, and whenever possible, avoid driving in snowy, dangerous conditions.


For more winter driving tips or to check out a vehicle that’s ready for winter weather, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Withnell Dodge.

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Where to Drive Your New Dodge in Salem, Oregon

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

To get away from it all, simply follow Quartzville Road into the depths of the Green Peter Reservoir and the Quartzville Creek National Wild and Scenic River.


Silver Falls Tour Route

If waterfalls are more your thing, this one is perfect for you. Winding through gorgeous mountains and lush green fields, the Silver Falls Tour Route is an incredible experience.


West Cascades Scenic Byway

This alternative route between Portland and Eugene is filled with amazing views of forests, lakes, streams, and valleys. If you have a little bit of extra time for an alternative route, there is no better option than the West Cascades Scenic Byway.

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When Should You Buy A New Car?

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.



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 it’s time to buy a new car.


Cost to Repair

If you’re having trouble with your current car, determine how much it’s going to cost to fix everything. It may be worth it to just sell it for what you can and buy a new car that won’t require as much maintenance.



Some older cars really shouldn’t be on the road. Determine what kind of car you are going to purchase, and determine how much safer it is going to be than your current car.


Take all of these factors into consideration before purchasing your new car. It can be tempting to just go out and buy it, but do your homework first.

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