Top 10 Car Care Tips (Part 2)

By sarah | Posted in Vehicle Repair on Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Alright, if you checked out our previous post, then you’ll know that we are covering the rest of our Top 10 Car Care Tips! And if you’re looking to catch up, then you can always visit us at http://www.payneautogroup.com/blog to read up on all of our blog posts to get up-to-date or to find any information that can help you with any car problems you may be having. Without furtherado, let’s begin!

TIP 6

The one thing that always catches the eye of anyone who sees your vehicle is the exterior of your car. However, what many of us don’t tend to keep in mind is that like most things in the world, the exterior of our car (specifically, in this instance, the paint) can wear out or rust. The best way to protect this is by applying a coat of quality wax. You’ll normally want to do this around every 6 months.

TIP 7

Lubrication of all things in your car is important. Driveline components (such as u-joints) are the ones that you’ll have to look after particularly.

TIP 8

Keep the interior of your vehicle just as sparkly, and clean as you would the exterior. Protecting interior parts such as the plastic can be done a number of ways like parking in areas where shade is most prevalent as well as using window deflector screens and applying window tint.

TIP 9

Inspect, clean and repack wheel bearings with wheel bearing grease during service intervals. Doing this, ensures any costly replacements remain at bay.

TIP 10

Replace brake fluid and bleed your system once a year to make sure any moisture that can develop in your vehicle is released. The reason for this is that brake fluid is considered hygroscopic which means that it is adept at attracting, or building up moisture which then leads to corrosion, and other components that are failing.

Top 10 Car Care Tips (Part 1)

By sarah | Posted in Vehicle Repair on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 2:42 PM

Hey!

So we’ve covered a lot of things in our blogs, and we thought that, as a refresher, it would be best to go over what are basically the 10 essential tips of maintaining your vehicle. However, we’re going to break this post into two parts and give you the Top 5 today!

TIP 1

Always check and change your oil. If you don’t, then expect your engine to easily fall apart.

TIP 2 

Flush your cooling system, and change your coolant ONCE a YEAR! Doing this will keep your coolant system in good shape, and will ensure the prevention of corrosion and deposits from building up inside your cooling system.

TIP 3

Change out any other kind of oils that are in your car. Here, you’re basically looking at oils such as transmission and others of the like. These do need to be changed out according to service spans.

TIP 4

Keep your car clean! Like the saying goes, “You better baby your baby.” In keeping your vehicle clean, you ensure that your car looks brand-spanking good but that you also rid your vehicle of any kind of harmful dirt, or grime that can seep into the parts that are inside.

TIP 5 

Everything that moves in your vehicle needs to be greased. If not, then how do you expect your vehicle to survive for the next 3-4 years?

 

Be sure to tune in next week for the other 5 tips. And don’t forget to check out our previous posts at http://www.payneautogroup.com/blog for other information that you can use to keep your car in tip-top shape!

There’s a ball in my tire!

By sarah | Posted in Tires, Vehicle Repair on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 4:37 PM

We’re back for the next part of Guess the Image!

The image we posted was that of a tire with a “ball” or “bubble” having swelled up on the sidewall. So what does having a ball in your tire mean? Well, first and foremost, you’ve got a problem on your hand.

The ball, or bubble, often occurs when you drive anywhere, even if it’s a short distance, with a flat. As you drive, the sidewall will move into, or slip under, the edge of the wheel which creates a notable amount of wear. Other ways that this can happen is if you hit bumps, or potholes since the force of hitting some type of hard edge somewhere along the road can pinch the tire against the rim thus inducing this type of damage.

Normally, these bubbles will show up where the rubber of your tire has been worn into a pretty thin state. Now the reason that this is problem is because any attempt to drive your car when faced with this type of damage could lead to your tire blowing out when you’re out on the road.

How can you avoid this type of accident from occurring? Well you really can’t. We know that the answer is kind of a bummer, but hitting potholes or bumping against curbs is something that is bound to happen whenever you’re driving. You can take some precautions such as trying to observe, or remain aware, of any of the before mentioned subjects so that you can have enough time to slow down and go over them gently. Also, there isn’t really any type of home remedy that can be applied should a ball appear on your tire. The best option anyone could really offer is to get it replaced as soon as possible.

Thanks for catching up with us, and be sure to tune in next week for a new post!

Guess the Image!

By sarah | Posted in Vehicle Repair on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 6:38 PM

We’re starting a new activity! With Guess the Image, we are going to post up a photo, and we want you to take your best shot at finding out what exactly is wrong with the item we are showing you. We want to hear your feedback! Next week, we’ll give you the answer in a new blog post, along with some details on how you can avoid the certain situations pictured.

Ready?

Here’s the first image:

Bubble

We’re looking forward to hearing your response on this image. See y’all next week!

What is a 27-Point Inspection?

By sarah | Posted in Vehicle Repair on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at 9:51 PM

A lot of the times when you find yourself at your local mechanics, you’ll often get told that your vehicle has undergone a 27-point inspection check. To the average citizen, we often wonder what exactly this check is, and what it entails, but most of us find ourselves too shy to ask since we may come off as a complete car novice, and none of us want to be known as one of those. So we’re here to help!

A 27-point inspection, also known as a vehicle report card, is a multi-point inspection of your vehicle that is highly recommended by the company (Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, etc.). The inspection is divided into seven categories. These categories are then divided into several sections. An example is:

SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE ITEMS

  • Oil Change & Filter
  • Tire Rotation
  • Multi-Point Inspection

Each of these topics have boxes next to them which are checked off by your mechanic. Some of these boxes are colored in green, yellow, and red. In these instances the colors represent:

Green – Checked and OK at this time

Yellow – May require future attention

Red – Requires immediate attention

Be sure to visit our other posts for topics that we’ve covered in depth that can help you out!

Improving the Life of your Brake Pads

By sarah | Posted in Brake Pads, Vehicle Repair on Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 6:33 PM

Welcome to Part II of our coverage on improving the life of your brake pads! Previously, we went over the top 5 of 10 methods, or tips, that could be used to advance the age of the brake pads in your vehicle. We’ll finish up the other five today! So without any more hesitation:

6.) Focus is key! One of the best ways to help reduce the wear and tear on your pads is by remaining focused, and always looking up, and ahead. The reason for this is that if you’re looking far up ahead, you can better time stoplights, or quickly create a plan should you see traffic backing up. When these acts aren’t performed, you’re normally caught by surprise at the last second, and you have to STOMP on the brake pad. You’ve nearly endangered your life, and have caused more damage to the pad than it should actually take. So stay focused!

7.) Don’t be a follower! Let’s say the guy in front of you decided to simply press on his brake when it wasn’t even necessary. Normally, many of us, including myself, would follow suit because we want to avoid an accident, but we shouldn’t always assume the guy/girl ahead of us is practicing common, and careful driving. Though it may take a bit of practice, the best option in this scenario is to shift into coasting when someone decides to break inappropriately.

8.) Give it a flush! As we all should know, break fluid needs to be changed regularly. For this tip, you’ll simply want to renew the fluid in periodic intervals so that the insides of last longer, and the brake works better. After all, what’s the point of taking care of your breaks on the outside if you’re going to let the innards sit, and rot.

9.) A specialized upgrade! You get what you spend. How does this apply to our lesson? Simple. Bargain break pads are more than likely going to wear out a lot faster than you hoped for. So don’t complain when the cheap way out turns on you. Instead, take this as a learning opportunity to find the best pads that are specifically designed to work well with you, and your vehicle. Don’t forget that these parts aren’t simple pieces that your car uses. They are actually complex necessities!

10.) Frugality saves you from being a fool! Continually looking for ways to extend the life of your brake parts could end up taking quite the toll on your wallet. Basically, there is a point when you’re going to have to consider replacing the pads, and you shouldn’t be worried in doing so. Sometimes it’s just the only, or better option. If you’d like to know what best route to take in making this decision, ask your trustworthy mechanic the next time you’re getting your tires rotated.

Improving the Life of your Brake Pads

By sarah | Posted in Brake Pads, Vehicle Repair on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at 3:06 PM

In last week’s post, we discussed the importance your brake pads played for your vehicle. For this post we will be discussing the Top 10 (the top 5 in this one, and the others in next week’s post) ways to ensure the lifespan of your brake pads. So without furtherado, let’s count them:

1.) Speed. The mortal enemy of all brake pads, speeding and coming to a quick stop at a red light, or sign, can hurt your pads more than you believe. Why? Let’s say you’re hitting 65 mph, and come to an immediate halt. Having done this, you’ve allowed your brakes to use a third, or more, of it’s energy than you would’ve going 10 miles less, or more, than you were travelling. A little less speed means a lot less energy used which, ultimately, saves the lives of your brakes.

2.) Keep right! What does that mean? This means that you should only use your right foot for your brake pedal. This reason is kind of obvious since you’ll be avoiding pushing on both pads, and it’ll be a lot easier to combat the urge to make unnecessary brake taps.

3.) Coasting along. Doing this kind of ties in with our first tip. How? Surprsingly, coasting proves to be an easy way to get rid of a lot of brake-killing speed. Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re driving at 65 mph out on the road, and you see a freeway off-ramp that you’ll have to stop at. If you coast from that 65 to, let’s say, 45 and then hit your brakes, you’ll have actually reduced the amount of brake wear that the pad would’ve taken if you had not just performed this.

4.) Memorization is key. If you can take into account the areas of your route where other drivers are likely to improperly slow down, then you can learn to either anticipate their rough driving habits, or you can avoid it all together by switching to a different lane, or route. Ultimately, this just saves you, and your brakes in the long run.

5.) Keep the weight off! This isn’t a slam against you. Basically, you’ll want to keep any kind of unnecessary cargo out of your vehicle if you’re travelling anywhere. The weight of whatever stuff you may have aboard your vehicle can add some pounds to your car which will put a lot more pressure on your brakes, tires, etc. than they really need.

Be sure to stop by next week, and catch up on the other 5 tips!

The Importance of Brake Pads

By sarah | Posted in Brake Pads on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 at 2:55 PM

The role your brake pads play in your vehicle is obviously important. However, there is more to them than what meets the eye. For the next couple of posts, we are going to be observing the complex, and integral machinations the pads have!

Firstly, when it comes to getting information, and determining if there is a problem with your brake pads, the majority of the population have a hands-off approach. What does that mean? Well, most of the time we believe the best way to find out if there is a problem, in regards to the subject, is just to listen to whatever a mechanic may tell us. And that really isn’t the problem in this situation. The problem is that we get the diagnosis, and just tell them to fix it. Having done this, we’ve learned nothing. So we believe it’s about time that we get a little more proactive in learning about our cars. After all, they do most of the work for us.

So let’s kick this off with the only rule of thumb when it comes to your lengthening the life of your brake pads: there are no rules. Cliché. We know it is, but the truth of the matter is that there can be multiple factors that will give you an estimate of how often you’ll need to change/replace the pads. Some of these include the weight of your vehicle, the way you drive, and the quality of the break pads you currently have. That’s just to name a few.

Knowing what you now do, be sure to visit our next week’s post for more in-depth knowledge of what you can do to improve the life of your break pads!

 

Starting your engine when it’s cold! Part III

By sarah | Posted in Vehicle Repair on Monday, December 19th, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Hey! If you’re tuning into this post, then you know that we have just reached the last method you could use to start your car/engine when it’s cold outside. (Click here for previous entries on this subject.) And seeing as how the winter wind really kicked in this weekend, most of you are probably looking forward to the last few tips we have. Without further ado we bring you the Third and Final Method!

THE THIRD METHOD

If you’ve experienced your engine turning over slowly (the most common symptom being a lower than normal engine cranking sound) then we’ve got a pretty good, and tried-and-true fix. The answer to this is warming the battery of your vehicle. How exactly are you supposed to do this? By jump starting it. Yup, the best way to warm your vehicle is to pull out those jump cables, that you should always keep handy, and get a vehicle that will provide some juice to your car.

However, if you find that there is some ice, or corrosion, on the battery cables or clamps, then you are going to have to pull some tools out and make sure that these types of smidges are removed before you can begin the process of juicing up the engine of your vehicle. Why? Well having this type of scrap can ultimately interfere, and impede the flow of electricity that will circulate in between the parts of your car.

Now that you know why, we’d suggest using a wire brush to help wipe off most of the corrosion that has built up around the battery. Or, if you are dealing with an icy situation, then placing the battery in a warm area for the ice to thaw could be your best solution. However, if pursuing this route, then keep some towels close by to remove any water that will come from the melting of the frozen crusts.

If you’re not comfortable with attempting any of these procedures yourself then it would be highly recommended that you get yourself and your vehicle over to a mechanic that can help fix the situation, and offer any suggestions that could help improve the overall life of your car!

Starting your engine when it’s cold! Part II

By sarah | Posted in Vehicle Repair on Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 9:28 PM

Alright, so last week we explained what cold weather could do to hurt, or stall your vehicle. For this post, we are going to go over some of the steps that you can take to make sure that your car starts when it gets chilly. There are about three methods most people go by, but today we are going to cover the first two.

THE FIRST METHOD

First, you’ll want to make sure your car stays warm. How can you do this? Well, one tip that we can offer is to keep your car inside a garage, or shelter it under some type of carport. If you don’t have any access to these, then parking under a tree or by some building could make a pretty good substitute. Also, we would recommend that you go out and buy some type of battery, or block heater in case you find yourself in a situation where your vehicle can’t be shaded from the wintry air.

Next, you should make sure you are always using the right type of oil for your car! The best way to find out what type of oil your vehicle should be ingesting is by reading through the owner’s manual. With the right type of oil, especially the modern kind, you will ensure that the liquid remains in a state of constant flow, therefore removing any chances of a possible freeze-up.

Lastly, avoid any type of fuel issues. What does this mean? Well, in most cases, your local auto part store, or gas station, will have a couple items in stock that will help fight against fuel-line freezing, and gelling (only in vehicles that have diesel additives.) For gasoline cars, you’ll want to look for a bottle of dry-gas, and fuel conditioner for those that have diesel.

THE SECOND METHOD

Okay. From here, you’re going to attempt to get the vehicle to turn on.

The first thing you’re going to want to try is to turn off all electrical accessories. This means that the headlights, heater and other types of electronic equipment should be completely shut down. Why? You’re battery is going to have to have all of it’s juices focused on powering your vehicle.

At this point, you are going to turn the key in the ignition and let the engine crank for a bit. If you’re lucky, then the car will come to life, but if it doesn’t immediately happen don’t get discouraged. Crank it for a few more seconds, and then stop. Follow this by waiting for a few minutes. More than likely, in this time, things in your vehicle will begin to loosen up! Once those few minutes pass by then give it a try.

For those of you that have an old vehicle, or a carbureted car, you’ll probably want to give a bit of a dosage of starter fluid. It’s not exactly the best thing to depend on, but, in most situations it’ll get things going in a snap.