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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.

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Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires: Which is Best for You?

Friday, October 6th, 2017
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Many vehicles come outfitted with all-season tires upon purchase. There are lots of reasons for their popularity. Some include their good tread life, sufficient fuel economy and overall smooth, quiet ride. They’re great for everyday performance, and these tires are built to drive under a number of conditions. Light snow and rainy, wet roads, are no match for all season tires.

All season tires are a great option for navigating South Texas, but there are big benefits to winter tires. Winter tires are designed differently to operate smoothly under harsh weather conditions.

Here are some benefits:

Tread Rubber

In winter tires, the tread rubber compounds are designed more flexible. This means they grip the road better than your typical all season tire. During very cold temperatures, the tread rubber on all season tires actually stiffens. It renders them less effective at providing good traction.

Tread Depth

Deeper tread depths on winter tires reduces snow buildup, which offers better traction while driving over snow. What’s more, the tread patterns on winter tires are designed to channel slush and expel water.

Biting Edges

Winter tires have a larger number of high sipe densities and biting edges. This helps them stick to the road during harsh conditions. In fact, they contain thousands of little slits to provide traction on ice.

The better tire will depend largely on your typical driving conditions. All season tires may be just perfect for South Texans. But the power of winter tires during bad weather shouldn’t be ignored.

Need help with your tires? Not to worry, Payne is here to help! Our South Texas new and used car dealerships have everything you need to navigate these streets in style. Stop by and visit us, or contact our Service Department for maintenance. With Payne, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.

Flat Tires: Common Culprits Behind Your Flat

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
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Flat tires = major bummer. Not only can they leave you stranded, but they can put a dent in your pocketbook once you add up the costs of a new tire, roadside assistance, and other factors. But what if you could banish flat tires for good?

Avoiding flat tires for the rest of your life is beyond the realm of realism, but there are certainly a few things you can do to minimize your chances of a flat.

Here are some causes of flat tires:

Road Conditions

The road you drive on is filled with hidden dangers. From pot holes, to debris like nails and glass, there are plenty of things that can wreak havoc on your tires. Safe driving is one of the only things that can help minimize the chances of a flat on the road. Sure, some incidents may be avoidable, but being aware of your surroundings, driving at a reasonable pace, and taking care to avoid pot-hole ridden areas is your best line of defense.


Did you know that flat tires are more common during the summer months? This is because hot weather can do unforeseen damage to your tires. High temperatures may cause your tire’s air to expand, increasing its internal pressure. This can cause a leak, or even a total blowout if you’re particularly unlucky.


Contrary to popular belief, flat tires can be caused by other factors other than an actual hole in the tire. In fact, a leak or malfunction of your valve stem may very well be to blame. This tiny part allows you to fill your tire with air, and it can also make for a major problem if it’s leaking. Be sure to keep this in working order to avoid a flat in the long run.


Experiencing a leaky valve? Our Payne Auto Service can help! Contact us to schedule an appointment with a technician who can get your ride ready to go in no time.


Improve Your Tire Wear with These Easy Steps

Sunday, September 10th, 2017
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Replacing your tires is necessary evil. You just can’t escape the fact that your tires will need replacing time to time, and if you’re constantly on the go, you may notice you’re in need of tire replacement more often than normal. Quite simply, the more you drive, the more your tires will experience wear. But just because you’ve got a busy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to have to accept a life full of tire replacements. There are things you can do to reduce the amount of wear on your tires, regardless of your driving habits. Follow these easy tips to get more bang for your buck in regard to your vehicle’s wheels.

Rotate Tires

You may have underestimated the importance of rotating your tires. This is another one of those things we know we should be doing, but don’t always take the time to follow through with. Consider this a fair warning. If you want to reduce wear and tear, you’ll want to keep things like tire rotation high on your vehicle’s priorities list. Tire rotations help keep the wear on your wheels consistent.

Regular Tire Alignment

Tire alignments keep your tires in good, working order. Your vehicle’s tires require a fine balance for optimal performance. Regular alignments will go a long way in reducing tire wear. What’s more, skipping on alignments can lead to costly repairs in the long run. It simply isn’t worth it! Make regular tire alignments part of your routine car maintenance.

Maintain Tire Pressure

Monitoring your tire pressure regularly is another good way to reduce wear. Keeping tire pressure uniform across the board will help your tires drive smoothly. If you find that one of your tires is loosing pressure, head to your nearest auto shop, or your nearby Payne Auto dealership, to get it looked at ASAP.

Monitor Your Driving

While there may not be much you can do to limit your time on the road, you can certainly monitor the way you drive. Slowing down speed as you take turns, and taking care not to recklessly speed, are just two adjustments you can make to improve tire wear.


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Wheel Alignments: Why You Need One

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
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Car maintenance is never ending! There’s always something to do in regard to keeping your vehicle afloat. Wheel alignments are one of those overlooked maintenance projects that often fall on the back burner. Unfortunately, ignoring routine wheel alignments can wreak havoc on your car’s suspension system. Read on to learn more about wheel alignments and why you shouldn’t ignore them.

What are they?

Wheel alignments serve an important purpose in making sure your tires make contact with the road properly. Your car’s suspension system is filled with springs and other parts, which have to work just so in order to keep your wheels running smoothly. Wheel alignments ensure all four of your tires are working as they should. Your vehicle just won’t run the way you want it to without wheel alignments.

What are some benefits?

More even tread wear, smoother steering, and better gas mileage are a few things you’ll gain from routine wheel alignments. Getting your wheels alignment checked regularly costs less than constantly replacing tires. This type of maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your wheels, and your car’s suspension system in general. Improper alignment can lead to more car issues than one.

How do they impact safety?

Improper alignment is not only bad for your wheels. It’s also a safety hazard. Proper alignment ensures your car handles better. Your car may pull to one side, or in the opposite direction you’d expect when alignment is off. This can mean trouble for you (and your passengers) as you drive.

A good rule of thumb dictates an alignment check about every 10,000 miles. You may need one more often if you frequently drive on rougher roads.

Are you in need of a wheel alignment? Payne Auto Group is here to help! Call to schedule an appointment with our service department. We can handle anything you throw our way. Or take a look at our wide selection of new and used vehicles. We may have just what you’ve been looking for! 

Breaking Down Tire Tread Damage

Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Tire Tread Damage

Your tires are the life force of your vehicle. Unfortunately, because of this, they’re bound to take a beating. In fact, plenty of factors can cause tire tread damage, and they can all wreak havoc on both your tires and your wallet. A simple tire replacement can usually fix the issue of tire tread damage. But how can you avoid it altogether before it adds up to a costly repair?

It’s important to determine whether your tire tread damage is the result of driving, environmental conditions, or simple wear and tear. All this digging is in hopes of avoiding a recurrence in the future. Luckily, there are a few ways to distinguish tire damage so you can minimize the chances of a repeat. Look out for these tell-tale signs of tire tread damage, then ask your mechanic to help you decode yours.

Three Types of Tire Tread Damage

Uneven Tread Wear

This is often caused by improper inflation, misaligned wheels, damaged tires, and/or problems with suspension parts. Uneven tread wear can be the result of going too long between wheel alignments, and avoiding routine tire rotations.

Excessively Worn Tread

Excessive wear and tear typically occurs when the tread is worn down to the tread-wear indicator bars that can be found in your tires.

Tread Break-Up

This is defined as breaks in the casing that are caused by sudden, and sharp deformations in the tires. Normally, the deformations are the results of driving over an angular object at high speed. Unfortunately, this type of damage will worsen due to over inflation and overloading.

Not much can be done for your tread or tires if any of these damages occur. So the only solution would be to replace your tires. But knowing how to identify these types of impairments can help you remain safe out on the road in the future. It’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the type of tires you’re driving. This can make it easier to find a replacement.

For more information about tread damage, check back with our Ed Payne Service Blog. If you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, stop by one of our Ed Payne RGV dealerships to speak to a professional. You can also schedule an appointment with our service department to get your vehicle in tip-top shape, just in time for fall.

What’s a Tire Rotation? And Why Do You Need One?

Friday, August 11th, 2017
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Purchasing a new car is exciting, but keeping up with the maintenance? Eh, not so much! There are plenty of parts to keep track of when you own a vehicle, with each bearing their own expense. And these can add up! As a car owner, you’d do well to familiarize yourself with must-have maintenance so you can be sure your car is always ready to ride. This brings us to the topic of tires.

It’s time to learn about tire rotation! And don’t worry, this is actually one of the quick and pretty straight-to-the-point posts!

So, what’s a tire rotation? And do you need one?

The answer to the second question is a resounding “yes”. Simply put, a tire rotation is the process of switching tires from one side of the vehicle to the other. This can be done from front to back, side to side, or a combination of them. By doing this consistently, you’re preventing uneven tire wear, which is a really good thing since having rugged tires can lead to poor performance and diminished gas mileage.

While you know you need a tire rotation, knowing when to get one is a lot less clear. You’ll normally want to have the rotation done when you take your vehicle in for an oil change, but the rule of thumb, in case you forget to ask, is to have it done every 3,000 – 6,000 miles. Make sure to keep up with regular tire rotations, as uneven tires can impact your front end, where you’ll risk costly repairs in the long run. As with most car maintenance, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Neglecting this crucial part of your car care will do you no favors in the long run.

For more information about tire rotation and other car maintenance tips, visit our Service blog, or call us to schedule an appointment. Or if you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, stop on by! Our auto dealerships are conveniently located throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Whether you’re looking for Ford, Chevy, GMC or Dodge, our Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealerships have specialists that will be glad to help. 

Help! My Brakes Are Squeaking!

Friday, July 21st, 2017
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Squeaky wheels rank high on the list of the world’s most annoying sounds. Sadly, you’ve probably encountered this wretched noise at least a couple times by now. Squeaky wheels are more than an annoyance – they’re a clear indicator something with your car isn’t quite right. Here are a few things your car may be trying to tell you with squeaky wheels:

Underinflated Tires

This is a common cause of squeaky tires. If underinflated tires are indeed the issue, you’ll likely hear a squeal during sharp turns or corners. Underinflated tires are unfavorable for several reasons. Not only do they perform poorly in inclement weather, but they can also reduce your tires’ traction. Fill your tires with air if you believe this is the issue, and invest in a tire gauge to help you determine the proper amount. Doing this will help you avoid quite the headache later on.

Uneven Tread Wear

It’s normal for tire tread to deteriorate over time. If you hear squeaking and squeeling, it may be your tread wear that’s to blame. In addition to odd noises, you may also notice braking and turning has become more difficult. Treading keeps your tires firmly on the road, so it’s important to monitor this to keep safe.

Loose Wheels

If your hearing odd noises coming from your wheels, loose wheel covers or lugs may be to blame. This cause is less common than the others, but it is a possibility. It’s a simple fix, but you’re better off having a mechanic tighten the lugs and wheels, and examine your car for structural damage.


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Car Care 101: How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
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It’s important to check your tire pressure regularly to minimize the risk of flats and –even worse – blowouts. Experts suggest checking tire pressure once a month. Not sure how? Not to worry – it only takes a few minutes. Follow these simple steps, or bring your car to one of your local Ed Payne McAllen, Mission or Brownsville car lots to speak to our service departments.

How to Check Your Tire Pressure:

  1. Remove the end caps from your tires, taking care not to misplace them.
  2. Take your tire pressure gauge and insert it into the valve stem, pressing down quickly.
  3. Check your tire pressure reading, and compare it to your vehicle’s recommended PSI. You may need to try several readings to find the accurate one.
  4. If your PSI reading is above what is recommended for your vehicle, push in the valve to let some air out. If it is below recommendation, fill your tire until you reach the proper level.

Checking your tire pressure is a simple way to maintain the health of your vehicle. Visit your local Ed Payne Mission, McAllen, Weslaco or Brownsville car lots to view our wide selection of models from great brands like Chevrolet, Ford, GMC and so much more!



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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