Archive for the ‘Brake Pads’ Category

Brake Fluid: What You Need to Know

Friday, September 1st, 2017
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Your vehicle’s brakes are serious business. Getting behind the wheel with faulty brakes is a major gamble, and can endanger not only you, but everyone on the road. Like many car features, brakes require routine maintenance to work their best. Among this maintenance is the matter of brake fluid.

Brake fluid is responsible for applying pressure on your brakes, as your brake system is equipped with four brake rotors. This is what allows your car to come to a stop in mere seconds.

Insufficient brake fluid is a problem for more reasons than one. You definitely want to solve the problem before it’s too late! This  problem will manifest themselves in a few ways.

Indicators of low brake fluid may include:

Brake Pressure

Have you noticed that coming to a full stop requires you to press on the brake more roughly than usual? Having to press down hard on your brake pedal, or worse, all the way to the floor, can indicate a problem. Granted, there are several issues that can cause braking difficulty. But low fluid may very well be the culprit.

Pump Pressure

Adequately lubricated brakes shouldn’t require several pumps to be effective. If you find yourself pumping more often than usual, you may have a lack of brake fluid on your hands.

Other Indicators:

Your dashboard may be trying to tell you something if you suddenly find that the brake light has lit up like a Christmas tree. One other indicator is a noticeable leak of break fluid underneath your car.

If you’re unsure about how often to replace your brake fluid, consult your owner’s manual. And don’t hesitate to get your fluid checked if you notice something amiss with your brakes.


Need help with your brakes? Our Payne Service Department can help! For brake fluid replacement and other issues, call us to schedule an appointment.

Brake Pads: Why You Need Them

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
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The role brake pads play in your vehicle is obviously important, but there’s so much more to them than meets the eye. For the next couple of posts, we are going to be observing the complex, and integral machinations your brake pads are working with. This will help you properly maintain them throughout

So, what’s the deal with brake pads?

Firstly, when it comes to brake pads, the majority of the population has a hands-off approach. This means we just listen to whatever a mechanic may tell us, rather than get to the crux of the issue. The problem is that we get the diagnosis, ask them to fix it, and then drive off on our merry way. By taking this approach, we’ve learned nothing. It’s about time we become 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 brake pads. For more information about our large stock of new and used vehicles, visit your local Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership! Or for service on your current vehicle, simply call in and schedule an appointment with our Service Department.


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.

Car Care 101: Improving the Life of your Brake Pads

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
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In last week’s post, we discussed the importance of properly maintaining your brake pads. For this post, we will be discussing the Top 5 ways to ensure a long lifespan for your brake pads.

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 its 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 can, in the long run, preserve the life of your brakes.

2.) Keep right!

What does that mean? This means that you should only use your right foot for your brake pedal. Doing so will help you avoid 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? Surprisingly, 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 45 and then hit your brakes, you’ll have actually reduced the amount of brake wear that the pad would’ve taken otherwise.

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.


Not quite sure how to maintain your brake pads? Leave it to the pros! Our Payne Auto Service Department can help you get the most out of your brake pads. Contact us to schedule a service appointment, or simply stop by and view our wide selection of inventory.