Archive for May, 2017

When Should I Replace my Windshield Wipers?

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
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Were you all able to guess what the sound was? If you thought “messed up windshield wipers”, then you’re right!!!

Just like anything else,  Mother Nature can take a heavy toll on your windshield wipers no matter where you live. Be it snow, rain or sun, the rubber compounds that make up your wipers can crack over time. Thus, you end up with wipers that create low visibility, which puts your life on the line.

Mechanics typically recommend replacing windshield wipers regularly. But when is “regularly?” The rule of thumb is to have it done about twice a year. Ideally, you want to aim for a replacements during the fall, and the other during the spring. According to J&R Auto Repair, the reason for changing your windshield wipers in these two seasons is to give them an efficient and lasting life.

If you need any help in determining when to get your wipers replaced, or any other problems you may be encountering with your vehicle, feel free to contact us at

What’s a Drivetrain?

Friday, May 12th, 2017

So, What’s a Drivetrain?

Something many of us too often ask ourselves when we’re out on the road is, “Can my car handle this type of driving/area?”

Well, that all depends.

Most of the time, we really don’t know the answer to the question, so we assume that it probably can withstand a few bumps here, and there. However, what ends up happening is that we do a lot more damage to our vehicle than intended. When this happens, we ultimately pay the price in terms of no longer having a working part, or having to pull a pretty penny out of our savings account. We believe it’s time we learned how, or what, our car can really handle. A vehicle’s drivetrain is a good indicator of what kind of terrain it can navigate. “What are the different types,” you ask?

First of all, we aren’t going to explain everything in this one post. Instead, we’re going to break this up into separate sections so that we can place more information into each segment. For this post, we’re going to label the types of handling that you can find in all vehicles. However, that’s not to say that each of these are present in each individual car. Rather, there are certain cars that come a specific, or number of handles.

So let’s kick this off by labeling the types of drivetrains you’ll encounter when purchasing a new or used vehicle:

  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Rear-Wheel Drive
  • All-Wheel Drive
  • Four-Wheel Drive

Be sure to check in next week as we go through what exactly these types of drives bring to you, and your vehicle! Until then, check out other auto car tips and tricks on our blog, or schedule a maintenance appointment at your local Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership.

Signs Your Windshield Blades are Headed for Disaster

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
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We don’t have to tell you how important windshield wipers are. These little gadgets are paramount to helping you see during stormy weather, and they can make all the difference in your safety on the road. Your visibility during rain and snow is only as good as your wipers, so it’s best to catch any issues before it’s too late. Here are a few signs that your wiper blades are headed for trouble.

Loud Noises

Your wipers shouldn’t sound like a freight train, and if they do, they more than likely need to be replaced. Loud, noisy wipers is an indicator that something is amiss. Aside from the annoying noise, there’s the possibility that you’re not being as safe as you could be. For this reason, it’s best to get noisy wipers checked out.


No one likes a streaky windshield, especially during a rain storm! If your wipers are leaving behind streaks and other imperfections as they’re working, you may need to start considering replacing them.


Are your blades sticking to your windshield when they’re supposed to be moving back and forth? If so, it’s an issue that needs fixing, and stat! When it comes to your safety, you can never be too cautious.


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