Archive for September, 2018

The 50th Anniversary Unveiling of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

The year is 1968 and the movie Bullitt has premiered to the masses. Starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, and Jacqueline Bisset, this thriller is about taking down mob bosses, car chases and justice. Thus began an era of coveting the Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in Bullitt and an opportunity to give people that exact opportunity.

Chase scene from 1968 “Bullitt”

Bullitt was the first movie that filmmakers tried to create a realistic car chase scene without projectors and green screens. The stunt driving was all done for real (Steve McQueen actually drove a majority of his scenes) and everything was shot in real time. The cars were on display. Steve McQueen’s character pushed his 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback to its limits, creating the most iconic car chase scene of all time.

The car chase scene in Bullitt also wasn’t scored, leaving the audience with roaring engines and the suspense of the chase scene.

 

 

 

 

Fun Fact: During filming, both cars in the chase scene (the 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT and a 1968 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum) reached up to 110 mph as they raced through San Francisco!

Fast forward to 2018 and Ford is still paying homage to Bullitt with the 50th Anniversary unveiling of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt. Ford premiered the new 2019 Bullitt in Sausalito, California and encouraged journalists covering the event to drive around the same streets the Steve McQueen did in Bullitt.
Like the original 1968 model, the 2019 Bullitt is standard. In fact, all iterations of the Bullitt are standard vehicles only. The Bullitt’s engine is also equipped with a 5.0-liter TI-VCT naturally-aspirated V8, with 480 hp @ 7,000 rpm horsepower and 420 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm torque. The 2019 Bullitt makes itself known when you decide to cruise around.

The 2019 Bullitt also impresses on the inside with some incredible creature comforts. Some of those are:

  • 9-speaker sound system with amplifier
  • B&O™  Premium Sound System with 12 speakers including CD Player, HD Radio™, and subwoofer in the trunk.
  • Voice-Activated Navigation System with pinch-to-zoom capability

Overall, the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is here to impress, and it is an incredible addition to the Ford family. Steve McQueen would be proud!

To test drive the 2019 Bullitt for yourself, check out our website at Payne Weslaco Ford!

What Does Horsepower Actually Mean?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

History of Horsepower

Did you know that “one horsepower” doesn’t actually equal the power of one horse?

Scottish engineer James Watt (yes, the same guy who the energy label “watt” is named after) decided to use the term horsepower to compare the output of steam engines to that of a workhorse. Eventually, the term was expanded to include that of pistons, turbines and other electric gears that are found in vehicles.

But what does “one horsepower” equal? According to Watt, horsepower is meant to equal the “amount of power that a horse can sustain for an extended period of time.”

Although James Watt’s original formula for horsepower can’t quite measure everything a car engine can do today, car manufacturers still use horsepower because it’s a consistent unit of measure. Horsepower today can’t tell us everything we need to know about a vehicle, but it can be useful in comparing models.

How We Use Horsepower Today

What we use horsepower to measure today is a vehicle’s acceleration. High-performance models, like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro, always make sure to let the competition know how much horsepower their models get. Though, as said earlier, there’s more to a car than just horsepower. Torque is also a big factor in high-performance vehicles.

Horsepower is how fast you can go, torque is how far you will go. Essentially, torque is a force and horsepower is the rate at which the engine does work.

When it comes to seeing how fast a vehicle is, different factors matter. You need to look at top speed, acceleration, torque, power, gearing, RPM’s and a whole slew of other factors that work together.

When searching for a high-performance vehicle, horsepower is only one factor you should look at. Think of the vehicle as a puzzle where all the pieces work together to create a bigger picture. Overall, power is what really determines performance.

If you’re looking for a high-performance vehicle, please visit our website: Payne Auto Group

 

 

How to Clean Flood Damage from Your Vehicle Interior

Monday, September 24th, 2018

The Rio Grande Valley has been subject to flooding this year. With flooding comes a terrible loss of property, one of which could be flood damage to your car.

After the rain has subsided and the flood waters have gone done, recovering your car should become one of your main priorities. The earlier you start recovering your car from the flood damage, the better. There are a few things you must do to ensure you clean your car out properly.

Survey the Damage

When the weather permits and the flood water has subsided, survey your vehicle for damage. Open up your vehicle and remove everything that isn’t attached. This means removing papers, trash, car mats and other various items you have in your car.

Next, determine how bad the damage is. Press down on the carpets and seats to see how saturated with water they are. Flood damage can wreak havoc on a car’s interior, causing mold, rust and other problems dangerous to you and your vehicle. Take a wet/dry vac to remove out any standing water and to vacuum the interiors.

If your vehicle is completely saturated with water, you may have to go in and remove all carpet and the seats. This can help you spot detail and help your car dry out faster.

Create Air Flow

Once you have your vehicle stripped down to the basics, it’s now time to really air out your car. Increase the airflow going through your vehicle by setting up a fan on one side of your vehicle. To help things go faster, you can set up multiple fans around your vehicle to get the airflow going.

You should leave the fans going for at least a day in order to ensure proper ventilation and drying. Another thing you should consider is using compressed air to get water out of tight spots. This can help reduce rusting and mold in smaller and tighter spaces that a wet/dry vac can’t get to.

Deodorize Your Vehicle and Spot Treat

Once your vehicle is thoroughly dry, it’s time to deodorize. Ideally, you should go back in and shampoo your carpets and upholstery. Although this may seem counterintuitive to get things wet again, shampooing your upholstery and carpet can kill lingering bacteria that can breed mold.

There are also other deodorizing products that can help, not only with the smell but with keeping away excess moisture. Baking soda is a great product to use when spot treating your vehicle.

Conclusion

Overall, treating a flood-damaged car is hard work. There are many alternatives to treating your vehicle, such as making a claim through your insurance or taking it to a professional to clean out your vehicle.

If you want to get the damage to your vehicle surveyed by professionals, please visit our Collision Center!

How to Make the Most Out of Your Test Drive

Friday, September 21st, 2018

If you’re thinking of purchasing a new vehicle, the test drive is one of the most important things you should do before the big purchase. A lot of people skip the test drive taking what they read on paper or what their salesman has said as the final word.

If you’re comparing two vehicles, they may seem the same on paper, but can drive completely differently. It’s important that you don’t take the test drive as a quality check. A new car is going to be of high quality or come from a very reliable brand. Don’t make the mistake of not test driving a car or test driving the car as a quality check, as that’s not the point of a test drive.

It is also important in a test drive to drive the car how you would normally drive it. That means no extreme accelerating or hard braking, as that can harm a new car that’s not “broken in” yet. When test driving a car, you should drive it like you own it. Meaning you should do everyday tasks, like getting on and off the highway, 3-point-turns, testing the parking features.

Another thing you should test out while on the test drive is driving at night. This can give you a chance to see how the headlights function and other night-mode features the vehicle might have. It’s also important to see how the vehicle drives on long stretches of road, to get a good idea of how the drivability functions. You should also ask to take the car home to test out more features and see how the vehicle fits in your life.

Don’t forget to check out the creature comforts a vehicle has to offer! It’s important to focus on how the car drives, but it’s equally important to test out what the car has to offer on the inside as well. Always test out the entertainment features and cargo space to see if the car you’re interested in is worth it. Try connecting to the Bluetooth, testing the cup holders and install a car seat and load a stroller.

When test driving a new car, compare it to your current vehicle. If you’re looking to upgrade, it’s important that the new vehicle you’re considering is better than your current vehicle. Also, take someone else with you on the test drive to gain a different perspective on the vehicle. Having someone else in your test drive can help you weigh the pros and cons of the vehicle from a passenger perspective.

And finally, before coming to the dealership for your test drive, always make an appointment! It is extremely important if you want to test drive a certain vehicle to secure an appointment for that vehicle. Dealerships see potentially hundreds of people a day, all of whom might be interested in the same vehicle you are. Once you make your appointment, come with a list of specifications. It’s best to show the salesman helping you with exactly what you’re looking for so that they can help you find something that matches your interests.

In conclusion:

  • Make an appointment for your test drive
  • Show up with a list of specifications you’re looking for
  • Drive the car like you would normally drive your vehicle
  • Test out the entertainment features
  • Take someone with you on your test drive

Get the most out of your test drive today! Visit Payne Auto Group and check out our inventory and schedule a test drive today!

Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

As the season’s change, so should your car! Preparing your car to work in winter weather is essential to your safety. As the rain, sleet, and snow start coming, it’s important to keep your tires in tip-top shape. Winter tires and all-season tires are both viable options when preparing your vehicle for the colder weather. But what’s the difference between the two? In this article, we’ll outline both winter and all-season tires and which would be better for you.

Winter Tires

Winter tires are specially formulated to work in harsh winter conditions. This means that winter tires excel at navigating through snow, sleet, and other freezing temperatures. As the temperature drops, the weather affects the tread on rubber tires, making them less pliable and more susceptible to skidding. Around 45°F (7°C), the rubber on regular tires becomes less effective. Winter tires are made of a more flexible rubber that doesn’t get affected by the cold temperatures, making them perfect for traveling through snow. Winter tires also have a deeper tread depth and biting edges, making it easier to avoid snow buildup and easier to drive on ice.

All-Season Tires

Most vehicles are outfitted with all-season tires when they leave the factory. All-season tires are formatted to work in a variety of weather elements, such as rain, heat, and snow. Although this is a blanket remedy, meaning that all-season tires do not excel in harsher elements. This means that all-season tires work best in mild-weather conditions, such as rain and light snow. All-season tires offer a moderate tread depth, a longer tread life, and performs well in wet and dry conditions.

So, Which is Best?

It really depends on what weather you encounter the most of! If you live in an area that sees extreme winters that carry a lot of snow, winter tires are best for you. If you live in an area that has mild winter conditions, then all-season tires would work best for you.

If you’d like to schedule a service appointment to get new tires for your vehicle, please visit our website!

Fluid Color: What Means What?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Vehicles take many fluids for them to function in tip-top shape. From brake fluid to transmission fluid, each has a distinct color you should watch out for if you ever see a puddle of fluid underneath your car. In this article, we will discuss the three major fluids you should look out for if you see them underneath your car, and what color they are so you can identify it.

Green

Green fluid leaking almost always means antifreeze. Antifreeze leaks are one of the most common leaks when it comes to vehicles. Usually, the leak has come from a hose or clamp not attached properly. Antifreeze, or coolant, regulates the temperature in the engine, keeping it from overheating. If you see green liquid beneath your car, take your car to a mechanic to check for an antifreeze leak.

Red

Red fluid leaking from your car means you have transmission problems. The transmission fluid is typically a red color, light red when new and dark red to dark brown when older. Transmission fluid helps to lubricate the gears that the transmission is switching automatically when you drive an automatic vehicle.

Dark Brown

Dark brown fluid can be one of the most troubling things you can find leaking from your vehicle. Seeing a pool of dark brown liquid beneath your vehicle can be diagnosed as leaking motor oil. When motor oil is aged, it can become a thick, dark brown or black liquid. Diagnosing a motor oil leak can come from a variety of places such as an overworn gasket, a corroded oil coolant line or a few other places a mechanic can quickly discover. If you noticed an overabundance of this fluid seeping out of your vehicle, get it to a mechanic immediately. An unchecked motor oil leak can cause catastrophic damage to your vehicle’s engine!

Keep an Eye Out!

It’s important to keep an eye out and always glance under your car for any pooled liquids. If you notice your car is leaking one of these important liquids, schedule an appointment with our service techs online at any of our locations.

Please visit our website and hover over our Service and Parts tab for a list of locations where you can get your car serviced today!

 

5 Vehicle Repairs You Should Never Do at Home

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Maintaining your vehicle can be as easy as keeping the interior clean too as difficult as transmission repairs. Though there are some maintenance repairs you can do yourself, like changing the oil, there are some repairs you should never do yourself. In this article, we will outline five vehicle repairs you should never do at home.

Windshield Replacement

Driving with a damaged windshield can pose many problems. Not only is it dangerous to you, but also to your passengers, as the glass is now fragile and more prone to shattering. Replacing your vehicle’s windshield on your own is a bad idea for multiple reasons. You may order the wrong size glass, or be taking a gamble on a windshield that may not be totally safe. It takes professional tools to install a windshield correctly, tools a layperson may not have access to or know how to use. Lastly, the supplies you will need to replace your own windshield can cost the same or more as getting it professionally done.

Fuel Pump

There are several signs you may need to get your fuel pump replaced. Some of these signs consist of your engine sputtering, the temperature of your car rising, or your engine refusing to start. The fuel pump transfers fuel from the tank to the engine. Replacing the fuel pump on your own can be risky if you don’t attach the hoses correctly. Not attaching the hoses correctly can cause catastrophic damage to the engine which can require being outfitted with a new engine altogether.

Transmission

The transmission is one of the most important functioning parts of your vehicle. The transmission diverts power to the driveshaft and rear wheels. Symptoms your transmission has failed are whining and clunking noises, lack of response, a burning smell, or leaking fluid. The transmission contains many, many complex parts. Without the transmission, your car wouldn’t be able to move forward or reverse. You should never attempt to repair your transmission yourself. This complicated procedure should only be done by professionals, or risk completely ruining your car.

Air Conditioner Repairs

Although some air conditioner repairs are relatively easy to DIY, if you are not car-repair-savvy, you’re better off taking your vehicle to a professional. Refrigerant needed for your AC is toxic when inhaled or ingested, so if you are not familiar with handling this liquid, you should let a professional take over. Adding refrigerant may not be the end-all fix. Your AC may have a more serious problem that requires some time and effort to fix. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s best to leave it to a professional.

Drivability Problems and Error Codes

When it comes to drivability problems and error codes, it could be anything from an actual drivability error or an error with the program. Either way, when you have these error codes it’s best to have a mechanic look over your vehicle to diagnose the problems.

Conclusion

Maintaining your vehicle is a daily task. Preventative care will help keep you from having to deal with massive fixes in the future. While there is a lot of car maintenance that doesn’t require a mechanic, major parts of your vehicle, like the transmission, need a professional to look at it.

If your car needs maintenance, Payne Auto Group has service centers across our dealerships. Please visit our website for more info and locations of our service centers!

The Perfect Tailgating Kit for Your Car

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

It’s that time of year again where the weather becomes crisper and football Friday’s get everyone excited! One good thing about football games is the tailgating parties fans have before them!

Being the life of the tailgate party isn’t something that ends with college! In this article, we’ll outline the perfect tailgating kit for your car!

Coolers

Yes, you read that right, coolers as in multiple coolers! One for food and one for drinks! If you’re thinking of grilling as you tailgate, you need a safe and cool place to hold your meat! You also can use the “food cooler” as a transport for leftovers (assuming there are any!)

Portable Grill

You have your drinks and your food prepared, so what’s next? Time to fire up the grill and throw on some delicious BBQ! If you want something low maintenance, consider using a small gas or charcoal grill. If you decide to bring a charcoal grill, don’t forget to make sure you bring extra charcoal, lighter fluid, and a fire extinguisher just in case things get out of hand!

Kitchenware & Utensils

This may be self-explanatory, but don’t forget disposable plates and utensils, napkins, and trash bags to clean up everything. If you plan on grilling, don’t forget BBQ utensils such as tongs, grill brush, and a spatula. Also bring aluminum foil, as to help keep pesky flies off your food and to help keep your food warm.

Folding Chairs, Tables & Tents

Stay out of the sun and elements with a tent large enough to house you, your friends! If you’re planning on eating, you should bring a foldable table to place the food on and eat off of. Don’t forget the foldable chairs too!

Games & Entertainment

Pregaming before the game is crucial! Whether it be with easy carnival games like bean bag toss or ring toss, you should definitely be prepared to entertain your guests!

Stay Safe and Have Fun!

 

Safe Driving: How to Navigate the Road in the Rain

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

As summer turns into fall, we can expect to see a lot of weather changes. Throughout these weather changes, we can look forward to rain and shorter days.

If you have ever experienced driving in the rain, you know how scary it can get when visibility is low and you happen to be on the expressway! In this article, we will outline a few tips on what to do the next time you’re stuck in inclement weather!

Light to Moderate Rain

This is the kind of rain that some drivers don’t take seriously! It can be a light and quick sun shower to a consistent stream of rain. Here are tips on how to navigate this kind of weather:

  • Use your windshield wipers. Don’t feel embarrassed to turn on your wipers in a light shower or even have your wipers going fast. Having your visibility as high as you can get it is crucial in all weather, especially rain.
  • Wear sunglasses. The glare of the road after a daytime sun shower can impair your visibility. Pop on some sunglasses to cancel out the glare!
  • Avoid using cruise control. This feature is great in dry conditions, but the chances of you losing control of your car are higher in inclement weather.

Heavy Rain

  • Turn on your headlights and/or your hazard lights (only if needed). In heavy rain, visibility is usually very poor. Turning on your lights and perhaps you hazard lights lets other cars around you know you’re there.
  • Keep a firm grip on your steering wheel. In doing this action, you are braced for heavy winds and other hazards that may come with the heavy rain.
  • Slow down! Nobody wants to be caught in the rain, but that’s no reason to be rushing to your destination! SLOW DOWN and leave adequate room between you and the car in front of you.

Emergency Situations

There are some situations that come inevitably when driving in the rain. Here are some tips for various situations that may happen to you while driving in rain.

What To Do if You’re Stuck on the Side of the Road

  • If your call happens to stall during a storm, or you notice your car not functioning properly, pull over to the side of the road. Call an emergency number or a professional to retrieve you and your car. It is best to wait for a professional to arrive before attempting to open the hood of your car, as the car’s electrical system may get compromised due to the rain.

Stuck in Mud

  • Avoid wheel spin. If you notice you’re stuck in the mud, excess tire spin can potentially dig you deeper.
  • Try to create traction. You can try to create traction under you wheel by using your floor mat. Place the tip of the mat(s) in front of or behind (depending on the direction you want to go) the tire(s) that are the most stuck. Then use them as traction to try and get out of the mud.
  • Call for help. If all else fails, call a buddy or a tow truck to help pull your vehicle out of the mud.

Flood Water & Standing Water

  • In Texas there is a campaign called Turn Around, Don’t Drown. This forbids people to drive through flood water as it is a huge safety risk. Driving through flood water can not only ruin your engine, but the potential to be swept away is very high. DO NOT drive through flood water!
  • Standing water also poses risks. Before passing through standing water, make sure it is safe from debris and isn’t deep enough to ruin your car. Drive through the water slowly as to not hydroplane. Once you exited the area of standing water, continue to drive slow as now your tires are wet and still pose a risk for hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning & Skidding

  • The most important thing to do when you hydroplane is to not panic. DO NOT accelerate or press the brakes at all, instead ease your foot off the gas and let your car naturally slow down if you are driving. If you are braking ease your foot off the break and let the car go until the skid is over.
  • Steer in the direction you want to do. As we said in the previous point, ease off the brake or gas when hydroplaning. After doing this, veer your car in a direction you want to do, whether it be the shoulder or middle turning lane where you are safe from other cars. Do not make any sharp turns.
  • Finally, wait until the skid is over to press the brakes. Hydroplaning usually doesn’t last long if you do not panic, your tires will gain traction again if you follow these steps.

Stay Safe!

Always keep a packed emergency bag in your car for situations that may call for it. Please read our blog on Hurricane Preparedness: How to Stay Safe in the Event of a Storm for information on how to get you and your car ready for a hurricane. And as always, stay safe out on the road!