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Durability Features of the Ram 3500 Pickup Truck


If you are still shopping around for the best deal on a dependable heavy-duty pick-up truck, now is the time you should be taking a closer look at the durability features in the Ram 3500 that have truck enthusiasts raving.

Whether you are towing your camper across the country or moving tons of stones at the job site, you'll have little trouble when driving the Ram 3500. The construction of your truck is comprised of 50,000 psi steel that incorporates a unique cross-member design that helps to add strength to the support system.

Protection of a truck investment…
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Safety Comes First with the Dodge Charger

The 2018 Dodge Charger is a popular performance sedan with many of the most-desired features. It’s loaded with power and capabilities, and provides an extremely comfortable ride. Stop at Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships and see for yourself why the Charger is so popular.

Dodge describes their brakes as “braking at its best”, and they’re not kidding. If your brakes detect from the gas pedal that you need to stop, they help you to stop. They’ll also activate if they sense inadequate braking when the collision warning activates. The Rain...

 
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Why Mixing Motor Oil Types is Not a No-No

You've use synthetic motor oil but you accidentally bought conventional. Well, you can't use the conventional oil because switching between the two types is wrong, isn't it? Read on to find out why that is a motor oil myth.

Synthetic oil certainly has superior qualities, but that doesn't mean your vehicle won't work properly if you switch to conventional oil. In fact, there's nothing harmful about it at all. Feel free to switch oil as long as you follow the manufacturer's motor oil viscosity recommendations listed in your owner's manual.

 

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What Items You Should Have Available to Change a Tire

Flat tires never happen where it is convenient. Nor do tires go flat at a convenient time. There always seems to be mitigating circumstances when a tire goes flat: You are on the freeway; you are on a country gravel road; you are outside an office on a busy street; it is raining; it is freezing, or the sun is beating down.

No matter the circumstances you find yourself in when a tire goes flat, you should be prepared with a group of items. First, you need an inflated spare tire or donut. You need a jack, a lug wrench…

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Stay Away From Hydroplaning Hassles


Driving in wet conditions is always a big chore. Rainy weather can affect your visibility. It can lead to dangers such as hydroplaning, too. Hydroplaning can be extremely alarming.

Don't assume that there's absolutely nothing you can do to protect your vehicle and self from the undesirable circumstances, though. Evaluate tire tread. This can help you determine whether your road traction is up to par. Stay far away from your cruise control option any time it's raining out. Go above and beyond to drive safely. Speeding and safety on the road don't mix well together at…
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How to Prepare for a Potential Roadside Emergency


Preparation is the key when it comes to surviving any roadside emergency. Here are a few things to consider today while you are home safe.
  • Be sure to keep an empty gas can in the trunk. Rather than walk to a service station, someone offering help can assist.
  • Keep a gallon of water in the trunk just in case the engine overheats. This will allow you to drive to a service station and get off the highway.
  • A roll of duct table in the toolbox can be handy for patching a hole in your radiator hose so you can drive…
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Brakes Squealing? Time To Replace the Pads

if you hear a squealing or grinding noise when you put on your brakes, it is already too late and you need to have your pads replaced. Replacing brake pads is a regular maintenance item due to regular friction and wear.

Brake pads protect the caliper from friction when the brake pedal is depressed. The caliper squeezes the rotors to stop the car. This creates an incredible amount of friction, which eventually causes the brake pads to wear out. Failure to replace your brake pads means that the friction will eventually come in contact with the calipers, causing them to…

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What is an Alternator?

Every car needs electricity to start and run even though it creates energy by burning fuel. The engine uses electricity to run, and your car's lights and cabin electronics need electric power, too. The car battery and the alternator work together to keep your car powered with electricity.

The alternator is an engine's electric generator, which runs when the engine is running. When the engine is not running, it's the car battery that provides electricity. How does the battery stay charged? That's the other job of the alternator: It recharges the battery while you drive....

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Inspect Cooling System Before Vacation Trip

Is there a vacation road trip in your future? At Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships, we recommend that owners schedule an inspection of their engine's radiator and cooling system. This is one of the easiest ways to give you peace of mind while driving on your vacation. Our experienced service department technicians in Lima, OH can catch small problems early before they develop into major headaches from overheated engines that can ruin your trip.

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AWD or 4WD? That is the Question


Here at Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships, we like to make sure our customers are informed. One of the many questions asked is what is the difference between AWD and 4WD. Then the essential choice to make comes into play as well.

When asked to explain what 4WD is the term four by four is often heard. In a 4WD vehicle, the power for the engine goes to all four wheels so that they turn simultaneously at the same speed. This can be great except in circumstances where a vehicle needs to turn a certain way, and the front wheels…
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