Archive for March, 2017

Care Care 101: Improving the Life of your Brake Pads – Part II

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Welcome to Part II of our coverage on improving the life of your brake pads! In our previous post, we reviewed the top 5 of 10 tips for extending the life of your vehicle’s brake pads. Your local Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership is committed to helping you make the most out of your vehicle purchase. Check our blog frequently for care care tips and more.

And now, here are the rest of our tips for preserving your brake pads:

6.) Focus is key

One of the best ways to help reduce the wear and tear on your pads? Remain focused, and always look up, and ahead. When you’re looking far up ahead, you can better time stoplights, or quickly create a plan should you see traffic backing up. When you don’t do these, you’ll be caught by surprise at the last second, causing you 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!

Say the guy in front of you decided to lightly press on his brake when it wasn’t necessary. Typically we’d all 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!

Break fluid needs to be changed regularly. 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 pay for. How does this apply to our lesson? Simple: bargain brake pads are more than likely going to wear out a lot faster than you hoped for. Don’t be surprised if the cheaper route fails you. Instead, take this as a learning opportunity to find the best pads 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.

Your Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership can walk you through the process of purchasing a new vehicle. If you’re looking for some assistance with your current vehicle, or would like information about a trade-in, visit your local Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership.

Help! There’s a Ball in My Tire!

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
2017 Chevy Silverado Redline Edition

“There’s a Ball in My Tire!”

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” on its sidewall. So when you exclaim “There’s a ball in my tire!”, what exactly does it mean for your car? Well, first and foremost, you’ve got a problem on your hands.

What is it?

The ball, or bubble, often occurs when you drive anywhere with a flat, even if it’s a short distance. The sidewall will move into, or slip under, the edge of the wheel, creating a notable amount of wear . This can happen if you hit bumps or potholes, since the force of hitting some type of hard edge 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. This is a problem because any attempt to drive your car with this type of damage could lead to a blowout while you’re on the road, which is something you should avoid at all costs.

How to prevent it

How can you avoid a ball in your tire 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 bound to happen whenever you’re driving. You can take some precautions by remaining hyper aware of your surroundings. While 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. Our services department can help get your tires back in tip-top shape again, so the next time “There’s a ball in my tire!” enters your vocabulary, you won’t need to panic. Just call us to set up an appointment, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Thanks for catching up with us, and be sure to stay tuned for more car tips and tricks from your friends at Ed Payne Motors.

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