Archive for December, 2016

Full Synthetic Oil

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

As we mentioned, there are four types of oil changes that can be done to your vehicle. For this post, we are focusing on the first: Full Synthetic.

What is it for?

Full Synthetic oil is best used for what many mechanics consider “high-tech engines.” What does that mean, you ask? You’ll normally find these engines in sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette or in Mercedes-Benz models. Do you own a vehicle like this? If so, you’ll most likely need Full Synthetic when you go in for a change.

How does it work?

Full Synthetic Oil has to undergo special, rigorous tests in order to be labeled as such. This proves that it can provide a long-lasting, and superior performance in all crucial areas. These areas range from an engine’s viscosity index, to the amount of protection it provides against deposits. Ultimately, the full synthetic oil will flow better in low temperatures. This makes it easy for vehicle start-ups on cold mornings, and will prolong the peak lubricity at high temperatures. Furthermore, this oil also proves potent in lowering friction. Because of this, it provides better fuel economy and ensures lower volatility.

Due to all its perks, this type of oil change can run you a bit extra. However, it’s a price worth paying since your need for oil changes will decrease and you could possibly save money in the long-run.

 

 

Car Care 101: Starting your engine when it’s cold! Part III

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We’ve now 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. For more information, stay tuned to our Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car blog, or visit your local Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley dealership to view our newest models.

Method #3

If you’ve experienced your engine turning over slowly, we’ve got a pretty good 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! The best way to warm your vehicle is to pull out those handy jump cables. Then, you’ll need to enlist the help of another vehicle to give you some juice.

You may notice some ice or corrosion on the battery cables or clamps when attempting to jumpstart. In this event, you’ll need to use some tools to ensure these smudges are removed before you begin the jump. This type of scrap can ultimately interfere, and impede the flow of electricity circulating between the parts of your car.

We suggest using a wire brush to help wipe off most of the corrosion that has built up around the battery. If you’re dealing with an icy situation, placing the battery in a warm area to thaw could be your best solution. When pursuing this route, keep some towels close by to remove any water that melts off.

You may not be comfortable with attempting any of these procedures yourself, and that’s OK. In this case, we highly recommended you get yourself and your vehicle to a mechanic that can help fix the situation. For service, contact your local Ed Payne Weslaco car dealership or any number of Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley dealership locations.

Starting your engine when it’s cold! Part II

Friday, December 9th, 2016

In last week‘s post, we explained what cold weather could do to hurt, or stall your vehicle. Today, we’re going to go over some of the steps you can take to make sure your car always starts when it gets chilly. There are three methods most people implement. We’ll cover two of those today. For more information about new or used vehicles, contact your Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership.

Method #1

First, you’ll want to make sure your car stays warm. How can you do this? One tip we can offer is to keep your car inside a garage, or shelter it under a carport. If you don’t have any access to these, then parking under a tree or by a building could make a pretty good substitute. Also, we recommend that you go out and buy a battery or block heater in case you find shelter from the cold, wintery 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. If you’re not quite sure of the best type of oil for your vehicle, your nearest Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership may be able to help.

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.

Method #2 

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.

For more information about how to maintain your new or used vehicle, take a look at our Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car care blog or visit your local Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership.