With gas and diesel prices spiking, many people are turning to the Internet to find tips for improving gas mileage. If you don’t drive a fuel-efficient vehicle, your gas mileage might be a constant thought in the back of your mind.
In this article, we will talk about how to improve gas mileage so you can stay away from the pump longer!
Properly Inflate Tires
Did you know that properly inflated tires can reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%? Making sure your tires are properly inflated keeps your gas mileage looking great!
It is recommended to check your tires on a weekly to monthly basis. Not only does keeping your tires properly inflated help with fuel consumption, but it also reduces uneven wear and tread.
Lighten the Load
It seems like simple math when you think of how much effort it takes to pull heavier things. An extra 100 pounds increases fuel consumption by 1–2%. This especially comes into play when you’re in stop-and-go traffic.
Lightening the load in a non-hybrid car can come in various forms. You can go as far as removing seats from the vehicle to just cleaning out the vehicle of useless items.
Not only is idling your car bad for the environment, but it’s also bad for your wallet too! Idling your vehicle for two minutes is equivalent of driving a mile. You can waste almost a gallon of gas if you leave your car idling for more than an hour.
Maintain Your Vehicle
This one seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised what a simple oil change or spark plug replacement can do for your car! Some of the things you can do for your vehicle to increase gas mileage are:
- Change your oil
- The rule of thumb of changing your vehicle’s oil is every three months or 3,000 miles. Old oil causes more friction in the engine, which creates more heat. With more heat, your fuel burns at a higher level. This means that more fuel will burn with each stroke of your engine.
- Change your air filter
- You should change your cabin’s air filter every 15,000-25,000 miles or at least once a year. A clean air filter can improve mileage by as much as 10%, and nearly 25% of all cars could use a new air filter. Replacing a dirty air filter can save you 39 cents a gallon or take you 23 miles more on a typical tank of gas.
- Check your sensors and spark plugs
- Getting your vehicle serviced and making sure your sensors and spark plugs can greatly improve your gas mileage. If any of the sensors in the vehicle, such as the Mass Air Flow Sensor or the Oxygen Sensor becomes dirty or damaged the readings become inaccurate. This can throw off the balance of the vehicle’s fuel economy, causing the engine to “work harder” than it really needs to due to the inaccurate air flow readings.
There are many little things you can do to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy. As gas prices go up, keep in mind some of these tips to help improve your mileage!
In the past, automakers equipped vehicles with a full or small spare tire. Nowadays, automakers are opting for a small tire repair kits instead. Though, having a tire repair kit in your vehicle isn’t such a bad idea.
There are many tire repair kits out on the market today and each does different things. In this article, we will outline the various tire repair kits and what each of them does.
Aerosol inflators are used to pump a sealant into a flat tire, plugging small punctures from the inside. Aerosol inflators have grown in popularity due to the easy-to-use nature and readily available nature of the product.
Pressurized-can sealers, such as the ubiquitous Fix-A-Flat, are one-time-use products that have a dispensing tube that screws to a tire’s air-inflation valve. These sealers can both patch a hole and inflate the tire. [X]
Tire-sealant kits combine a portable 12-volt air compressor and a replaceable container of sealant. More and more new cars supply this kind of kit in lieu of a spare tire. [X]
It is important to note that aerosol inflators should only be utilized for very small holes in the tread of the tire. These products should not and cannot be used to fix holes more that 6mm big or for tears on the sidewall of the tire.
Another thing to note is that once you use these products, you must take your vehicle to a professional soon. Typically at 100 miles or so after use, go by what the instructions on the product state. The professional must clean out the residue from the product left behind on the wheel and inside the tire.
Tire Plugs and Patches
The biggest pro of using a tire plug is the cost. Tire plug kits are some of the cheapest on the market today. Tire plugs are made of short strips of leather covered with a gooey, unvulcanized rubber compound. When forced into a nail hole, the plug fills the hole and the rubber goo vulcanizes under the heat of driving to fully seal the repair. [X]
Tire patches, on the other hand, are usually done by professionals as the patch goes on the inside of the tire. This fix is generally the most reliable when it comes to tire repair and the strongest and most effective repair. Though, unless you have the tools to remove the tire from the rim, you cannot patch a tire yourself.
There are a few options out there if you want or need to plug a small hole in your tire. There is always the professional option and Road Side Assistance if you’re in a real pickle.
If you want to get your tires examined, please schedule an appointment online with our Service Center!
So your teen just got their license and is feeling on top of the world! They eagerly ask you if they could take the car out to go to the mall or go visit friends, but, like all parents, you hesitate.
Teen drivers are statistically more at risk than adult drivers due to their inexperience. According to research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 16- to 17-year old drivers are nine times more likely to be involved in a crash than adults and six times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults.
Of course, when parents become involved in teaching their children safe driving, these statistics become less shocking.
Teaching your teens what to look out for and how to be safe on the road not only protects your child but also their passengers and others around them.
Here are three tips for protecting your teen driver.
Minimizing distractions is the number one thing that can help teen drivers stay safe. Some of these distractions include using cell phones, having rowdy friends in the car, or even eating while driving.
Minimizing distractions can greatly reduce the chances of getting in a car accident. While your teen may have the ability to drive alone now, parents should instill rules for using the vehicle.
It’s important to reinforce driving defensively. This means keeping a safe distance away from the car in front, obeying all traffic signs and traffic rules, and generally just being aware of the surroundings.
With time and practice comes wisdom, and teen drivers need to keep up what they learned in defensive driving in “real world” situations.
Driving is a privilege, and your teen should treat the vehicle as such. This means teaching your teen the basics of car maintenance.
Teaching your teens routine maintenance can really help them out in case they encounter an emergency. Some tips you can teach your teen about are:
- How to change your vehicle’s oil
- How to check fluid levels
- How to change a flat tire
- How to use a tire repair kit
These tips can really help your teen navigate any kind of problem they can encounter.
In conclusion, while your teen may have their license, they aren’t equipped with the knowledge and wisdom of navigating the road.
It is the job of parents to help prepare their teen driver for the wide open road!
Technology is key! In this day and age, it takes more than what’s under the hood to get consumer’s attention! When people go out to buy a new vehicle they want it to be an extension of their technology. Smartphones have become quite the game changer in our world. People want to stay connected when they travel, so they’re looking for a vehicle that can branch that connection.
But with all this new technology coming out, what is more than just “bells and whistles?” In this article, we will be outlining what technology to keep an eye out for when buying a new or used vehicle!
Connecting your phone to your car can be extremely helpful when it comes to receiving alerts, listening to music, or using voice navigation. One vehicle in particular that excels in connectivity is the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic.
In fact, the 2018 and 2019 Chevrolet Sonic feature the same technology specs that really hit home with the modern buyer. The Chevy Sonic comes with:
- 7-inch touchscreen display that features apps such as OnStar, NAV, Audio, Weather, Sirius XM, and factory apps such as text and voice calling.
- 4G LTE data connection
- Android Auto and Apple Carplay
- myChevrolet MyLink which is an app that turns your compatible mobile device into a command center. Start or stop your engine† and lock or unlock your doors† with the tap of a finger. You can even send destinations to your vehicle’s available navigation system, view diagnostic information and set parking reminders from almost anywhere!
- Collision warning, lane departure, rear parking sensors and a slew of other safety features.
Connectivity is a huge factor when it comes to vehicles being produced in this day and age. Our technology is an extension of ourselves and to be able to always be connected is a real deal maker for a lot of people. The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic is a great vehicle when it comes to connectivity. With everything the 2019 Chevy Sonic offers, it’s no wonder people love it!
Technology isn’t just limited to connectivity! A great sound system is also something that vehicle buyers are interested in. When it comes to a booming sound system, the 2018 Chrysler 300 does not disappoint.
Since 2011, Beats by Dre has been outfitting the Chrysler 300 with this sound system. The sound system includes 10 premium speakers, a trunk-mounted dual-voice coil subwoofer and a 12-channel 552-watt amplifier.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander also is a stand out for audiophiles. The Outlander is equipped with Premium Rockford Fosgate Audio. This system “pumps up to 710 watts through nine speakers including a 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control to deliver deep, rich bass and crystal-clear highs. It also encompasses the latest audio technology such as Digital Signal Processing, DTS Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE Surround and Dolby Volume.” [X]
Audiophiles can expect quality from these two cars.
Safety tech is also really high on the list of things people want in a new vehicle. When toting around town, you want to keep you and your family safe.
The 2018 Ford Expedition is excellent when it comes to safety features. Some of these features include:
- Automatic emergency breaking
- Adaptive cruise control
- Active park assist
- 360-degree camera
- Lane keeping assist
- Trailer back up assist
The 2018 Expedition also comes equipped with front, side and overhead impact airbags. Which ensures you and your family are safe from any impact.
These safety features for the 2018 Expedition are some of the best in its class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently gave the 2018 Expedition a five-star Overall Vehicle Score. This is the highest NHTSA rating that a vehicle can achieve, and the Expedition is the only SUV in its segment to earn this honor.
Overall, technology within cars has been steadily improving throughout the years. Every year safety features, sound systems and connectivity features get more and more integrated within newer cars.
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.
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!
The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is fundamentally a Ford Mustang GT Premium equipped with the Performance Package. It also comes standard with an active exhaust system through which the modified 5.0-liter V-8 thunders to life, accompanied by a head-on image of the Bullitt Mustang on the standard 12-inch digital instrument panel display, in place of the regular pony logo.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
- 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
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 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.
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!
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 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 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 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!