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Car Care 101: Decoding Your Transmission Fluid

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
transmission fluid

If you’re driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission, the topic of transmission fluid is bound to arise. ATF, or Automatic Tranmission Fluid, does a number of things for your transmission. It’s vital that you properly maintain proper ATF levels, as its duties include cooling, clutch application and lubrication. It even serves as the connecting factor between your engine and transmission, per a torque converter. Additionally, ATF offers more friction and holding capacity while driving, acting as a sort of “glue”.

There was once a time where only two types of fluid existed: Type A and Type F. Today, there are four key types of fluid available, with dozens of styles and different brands to select from.

Check your owner’s manual to determine whether you are using the right type of ATF. You might also find the proper recommendation printed on your dipstick.

Follow these Steps to Determine your ATF Levels

Pull out the dipstick

With your gear in park or neutral and the parking brake engaged, pull out your dipstick while the engine is still warm.

Inspect the fluid

Use the tip of your finger to touch the fluid on the dipstick and rub it between your finger and thumb. It should be almost clear, with a pinkish hue. Inspect it for smell and to see if it contains any particles. If it does, it may be time to drain and change the fluid.

Wipe your dipstick, then reinsert and pull out again. If your ATF is clear but the levels aren’t quite up to snuff, use a funnel to top it off, taking care not to overfill.

Need help with your ATF? We’ve got you covered! Stop by one of our Payne used car lots to check out our latest inventory. Or to schedule an appointment with our Service Department, give us a call!

Car Care 101: Your Guide to Oil Grades

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
oil grades

Changing your car’s oil can present quite the task for a beginner. This is why so many people enlist professional help to get the job done. Over time, you may have heard your mechanic talk about oil grades. You may be wondering what oil grades are, and which is best for your vehicle. Here’s a little information about oil grades to help you navigate your next oil change in stride.

What are oil grades?

The first thing we all should know is that there are a variety of oil grades. Oil grades help identify oil by its viscosity at different temperatures. Oil operating temperatures can range from a cold start in the winter to normal conditions in the summer. These days, engine oils are created to be “multi-grade.” This means they contain preservatives and additives, giving oil a certain viscosity when it’s cold, and another when it’s hot out.

Which oil grade is best for me?

To single out the best grade for your vehicle, you’ll need to know what the letter and numbers mean. Let’s begin with the letter. All grades will have the letter “W” in it, which stands for Winter. The numbers will tell you the low and high temperatures at which the oil in the bottle can protect your vehicle’s engine. We’ll take the grade 10W-30 for example. The 10 in front of the W is the cold temperature grade. The 30 is the high temperature grade so to read it in total would be to say that the oil has an average low above 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Still kind of fuzzy on the whole idea? It’s okay. Here is another example. If your vehicle requires motor oil with a 5W-30 marking that means that the oil is best used for an average low of below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

I hope this cleared the air so that you can have a better understanding of what the oil grade tells you as well as knowing what it provides to your vehicle’s engine. If you have any questions feel free to leave us a comment, and we’ll have it answered as soon as possible!

If you’re in need of an oil change, or even a new vehicle, we can help! Your local Ed Payne auto dealerships are located throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Our extensive range of vehicles is among the biggest in South Texas. Stop by one of our dealerships to test drive a new or used model today.

Everything You Need to Know About Synthetic Blend

Monday, July 31st, 2017
synthetic blend

As a car owner, you’ve likely dealt with your fair share of oil changes throughout the years. This is par for the course! Oil changes will pop up every few months, and there’s really no getting around them. You can, however, make good choices for your vehicle by keeping a sufficient knowledge of oil in your mind. So you’ve come looking for knowledge on Synthetic Blend oil changes, huh? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Our Ed Payne dealerships are home to a skilled team of sales professionals who are highly knowledgeable in all things automobile. So let’s break it down for you:

What is Synthetic Blend?

Let’s get you started with a bit of information on this type of oil change. Synthetic Blend is a type of engine oil that fuses non-conventional, high performance fluid supplements with conventional oil. This mixture creates a chemical blend which supports added resistance to oxidation. Oxidation normally causes the oil to thicken, form acids and lose lubrication value. These results ultimately endanger the life of not just your engine, but other vehicle parts as well.

Other advantages of using a synthetic blend oil for your vehicle include protection against long engine running times. It can also help with conservation in unstable or severe temperatures.

This sounds like a pretty great oil change, right?

It is.

Debunking the Myths

But there are some myths that have been floating around regarding this type of oil change. First, the most common untruth we hear in regard to getting a Synthetic Blend oil change is that when you switch to using this type of oil, you can never switch back. Not many people are sure where, and when this myth started. We can assure you that this is 100% not true!

Although it is recommended, and seen as good practice, to keep to one type of oil when getting your engine serviced, you would want to make sure that the oil your putting in your car is one that will benefit you and your model in the best way possible. Just for added measure, Synthetic Blend oil changes are more often done in vehicles that regularly carry heavy cargo and/or are consistently run at high RPMs.

Myth #2

The next biggest myth is that synthetic blend oil can’t or shouldn’t be used in older vehicles. That’s like saying that my grandma can’t learn to use an iPhone (She can, and she just opened her own Facebook account.) The main reason behind this fable was that since synthetic oil is seen as smooth, or “slipperier,” it would not work well with the vehicle’s seals thus causing leaks. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The only thing this oil change will do is strengthen the engine protection.

Now to sum everything up: a Synthetic Blend oil change is basically a combination of non-conventional and high performance fluid additives that are mixed with conventional oil to create better protection for heavier engine loads and temperatures.

Looking for more information about a new or used vehicle? Stop on by one of our Ed Payne Auto Group dealerships throughout South Texas. We carry a wide selection of stunning models to choose from, including brands like Ford, GMC, Chevrolet, Fiat and more! 

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.



Oil Changes

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Changing your oil has to be one of the most important duties in keeping your vehicle running. What many people don’t consider, though, is what type of oil their vehicle requires. This often brings about confused looks, and a vast amount of questions. Your local Payne Chevy dealership has the answers, plus more! We’re here to break down what kinds of oil exist, what they mean, and which is best for your vehicle. Read on!

Types of Oil

Firstly, there are four main types of engine oil changes to keep in mind when your taking your vehicle to the mechanics. These are:

-Full Synthetic Oil

-Synthetic Blend

-High Mileage


The difference between these oil types is how they perform in certain kinds of vehicles, along with what they’re made of. For example, a Full Synthetic Oil Change is created through man-made, and precisely controlled materials. The Conventional Oil Change, however, is made from crude oil taken from the ground and prepared at a refinery.

Along with knowing the types of engine oil, you should also be aware of oil grades. These identify the thickness, or viscosity, the oil maintains at different temperatures. Being able to identify the correct oil change and grade for your vehicle will ensure that you are able to spend more time on the road, and less time stressing.

Contact your local Payne Chevy Dealership

For service, or to view our latest new and used models, visit your local Payne Chevy dealership, or stop by one of valleywide locations. Here you’ll find a vast selection of new and used vehicles from trusted brands like Ford, Chevrolet and GMC. Our trained staff are ready to answer any questions you may have about driving off in a brand new vehicle today. Stop on by for a test drive! We can’t wait to see you here.


Car Care 101: Conventional Oil

Saturday, June 25th, 2016
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Oil changes are a necessary evil for the modern day car owner. Inconvenient as they may be, oil changes are vital for keeping your vehicle healthy and running smoothly. There are different types of oil you’ll encounter when speaking to your mechanic about an oil change. Conventional oil is a term you’re likely to hear often, so we’re here to break it down for you. What is conventional oil? And is it right for your vehicle?

What is Conventional Oil?

Conventional oil is made up of unrefined and simple oil that is gathered from the ground and filtered at a processing plant. What results is a substance that’s mixed with some additives to enhance some performance in certain areas. These are increased engine protection properties, viscosity, and heat breakdown capabilities.

A conventional oil change would normally be recommended for drivers who work within routine driving habits. This includes using your vehicle for light commutes, or various errands. Conventional oil has other abilities, too. Some include providing lubrication at high temperatures while maintaining stability over long spaces of time.

Regular oil changes will help you stay at peace while you’re getting all your stuff done. Most would opt for this type of oil change since it fills the down-right basic needs of a vehicle. It also comes at a cheaper price than the other three options. However, it would be best kept in mind to ask a professional what type of oil change is beneficial for your vehicle. The majority of models are now being transitioned to take in synthetic-type oils, so it’s best to be sure. Choosing the wrong oil can do your vehicle more harm than good.

Are you in need of an oil change? No worries. We can help! Our Ed Payne auto dealerships are available throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Stop by and visit us today for a service appointment, or to check out our wide selection of vehicles. We carry brands like Ford, GMC, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and others, so with us, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. 

Car Care 101: High Mileage

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

We love our cars; they take us where we need to be. We want to make sure they’re in tip-top condition, so we put work into them when needed. From replacing the tires, to getting them inspected, and fixing the break pads . We even wash them routinely so that they look as new as the day you bought it. Believe it or not, a lot of vehicles out on the road are actually pretty high in mileage. So to cater to the needs of these troopers, High Mileage oil for cars was invented.

You may not be totally familiar with what High Mileage oil is. And we don’t blame you! Not to worry, though. Here’s a little information about what High Mileage oil is, what it does, and whether or not it’s a good option for your vehicle.

What is High Mileage Oil?

High Mileage was created with a special chemical blend of oils and preservatives that were made to make sure that there is an added extension of life to your vehicle. This powerful creation helps in protecting your vehicle from oil burn-offs, and damage created by engine deposit build-up, sludge and friction.

“But what makes a high mileage oil change different from any other oil change?” you ask. Well, the main distinction in this oil change is that it contains a seal conditioner. The seal conditioner basically protects the breakdown of your car due to leakage.

“What kind of damage are we looking at here?” you wonder. Well, according to an interview conducted by Auto Guide, rubber bits and pieces inside a vehicle’s power plant can become very fragile over time. This often leads to the formation of cracks. Once this transpires, seepage and leaks will begin to occur. This problem could be pretty taxing on your pockets. If your vehicle is already exhibiting these behaviors, you’ll more than likely see the disappearance of any leakage with a minimum of two oil changes.

It’s typically recommended that high mileage oil be used on vehicles with more than 75,000 miles on the odometer. Although this price may be a bit more than that of conventional (coming to our dealership, you’re looking at $39.95 plus tax which applies up to 5 quarts), the benefits this oil change provides will be well worth more than the expense.

Need a little work done on your vehicle? Ed Payne Auto Group can help! Our auto dealerships are conveniently located throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Whether you’re looking for Chevy, Ford, GMC, Fiat or even a sleek Alfa Romeo, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for at our Rio Grande Valley car lots.