Posts Tagged ‘Jeep’

Checking Your Automatic Transmission Fluid

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Transmission fluid is one of the most important fluids you need for your vehicle to run smoothly.

If your vehicle hesitates when your automatic transmission shifts gears, check the transmission fluid level before you let any mechanic start talking about servicing or adjusting your transmission or selling you a new one. To check your automatic transmission fluid, look for a dipstick handle sticking out of your transmission. This is located toward the rear of an in-line engine on vehicles with rear-wheel drive as shown here:

There are several types of fluid for the transmission. Each is made for a specific type of automatic transmission. Newer transmissions from the major automakers require different fluid than older ones. Because so many different kinds of transmissions are around these days, check your owner’s manual or dealership to find out which type of fluid your vehicle requires.

A faulty transmission and one that’s just low on fluid share many of the same symptoms! If your vehicle hesitates when your automatic transmission shifts gears, check the transmission fluid level before you let any mechanic start talking about servicing or adjusting your transmission or selling you a new one. Obviously, adding transmission fluid is a lot cheaper than replacing the whole transmission system! For more info on regular maintenance, check out this monthly checklist for your vehicle.

If your vehicle is in need of service, schedule an appointment online at any of our Service Centers.

What is Adaptive Cruise Control?

Monday, November 5th, 2018
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Summertime is the ideal time to schedule a road trip. But driving for long stretches of road can be exhausting! There’s nothing fun about a frozen leg after 12 straight hours of manning the wheel. Aside from a strong cup of coffee, and maybe some good music, there isn’t much you can do to lessen the blow of constant driving. Cruise control is a major plus when you’ve got miles of road ahead of you. And you don’t need to be a frequent cross-country driver to realize the benefit of cruise control, either! There are cool, new features to learn with each new vehicle. We want to get you geared up for summer. We’re going to dive into Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). We’ll learn what it is, and how it can help you next time you hit the road for a long drive this season.

Are you ready to roll? Read on!

What is ACC?

You may be surprised to find that Adaptive Cruise Control goes by many names. Some of these include active cruise control, intelligent cruise control, autonomous cruise control, or radar cruise control. This type of smart cruise is quickly gaining traction among the automobile crowd for a variety of reasons. It slows and speeds up automatically, and keeps in pace with the car directly in front of you. It also allows the driver to set a maximum speed, and radar sensors monitor traffic ahead. The system then instructs the driver to stay 2-4 seconds behind. It’s perfect for long trips with stop-and-go-traffic, and those rush hour roads that seems to never end. Adaptive Cruise Control is in line with self-driving cars of the future. It’s intended to help you better evaluate the road in a way that’s easier and safer than ever before.

Are you in the market for a new or used vehicle? Payne Auto Group‘s got you covered! We’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for! We’ve got a wide selection of new models to keep you happy! 

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

As the summer weather ebbs away and the air becomes crisp, you realize that winter is coming. 

Just as you prepare your home for the winter, you should prepare your vehicle as well! In this article, we will outline tips on how to properly winterize your vehicle.

Replace Fluids

It is very important to refill or replace the liquids in your vehicle.

  • Coolant – Making sure the right mixture of antifreeze and water will prevent freezing in your vehicle’s radiator.
  • Oil – As the temperatures drop, the oil in your car can expand and become thick. Some mechanics will recommend switching to a thinner oil if your area’s temperatures drop below freezing.
  • Wiper fluid – Make sure you replace your wiper fluid with freeze-resistant fluid

Check Tires

There are four kinds of tires you can choose from when it comes to seasonal tires:

  • All Season Tires – These are the most common and are perfect for areas that have mild winters.
  • All Weather Tires – These tires maintain good handling in both cold and heat and can be left on all year around.
  • Studded Winter Tires – These tires are only allowed from October 1 through April 30. The metal studs in the tires are used to help gain traction through icy areas.
  • Winter Tires – These tires are best used in moderate winter areas as they are made to trek through packed snow and rough ice. They are made from a compound that stays soft in cold conditions to help reduce tire problems due to the cold temperatures.

Check the Battery

Your battery can also be negatively affected due to cold winter temperatures. Be sure to look over your battery, battery cables, and battery fluid for any cracks or leaks. If your battery fluid is low, you can refill it with distilled water. If you notice you’re having a hard time turning your vehicle on, you may need to replace your battery.

Prepare an Emergency Winter Kit

It is always important to store an emergency kit in your car just in case. In this kit you should keep:

  • A flashlight
  • A blanket
  • Gloves and a hat
  • Batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Ice scraper
  • Road flares
  • Jumper cables

Of course, you can always add to your winter kit with essentials tailor made for your family.

Conclusion

If your vehicle needs service, create an appointment online for any of our Service centers!

Keeping your vehicle winter ready is keeping your family safe, Regardless!

 

Safe Driving Tips for Halloween

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Safe driving is imperative! Especially on Halloween! Navigating the streets as children trick or treat is something that every safe driver should be extra vigilant about.

If you’re taking your little ones out for a night of trick or treating, be sure to follow these safety tips!

Motorists

If you’re planning on hitting the roads on Halloween night follow these safe driving tips:

  • Drive 5 below the speed limit in residential neighborhoods
  • Watch out for children as they walk on the street, medians or other walkways close to the road
  • Keep an eye out for trick or treaters in dark costumes, as you may not see them on the road
  • Always yield to pedestrians
  • Eliminate distractions like your cell phone or loud music in the vehicle
  • Always use a designated driver if you plan to drink

Conclusion

Halloween should be a fun and exciting time for everyone who plans to participate. But with fun comes safety and it is important to stay vigilant while on the road.

Review these safe driving tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday!

Happy Halloween from the Payne Auto Group!

 

Sound Systems: Which Vehicles Hold the Best One?

Monday, October 15th, 2018

For all those audiophiles out there, making sure your vehicle can match your sound preferences without having to upgrade to an aftermarket system, is a big deal! Buying a new car is an investment, an investment you want to work for you!

In this article, we’ll outline some vehicles that come equipped with the best factory sound systems!

Chrysler 300

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. Limited and 300C trims offer an optional 19-speaker Harman/Kardon setup.

Mitsubishi Outlander

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]

Volkswagen

Fender has proudly been featured in select Volkswagen models like the Passat, Beetle, Tiguan, Atlas, and Golf.

The Beetle and the Atlas boast a 12-speaker Fender Premium Audio system, featuring a center channel speaker and third row speakers, gives all passengers a full, complete listening experience.

The Golf, Passat and the Tiguan‘s 9-speaker system deliver uncompromising clarity regardless of volume, distinct mid-range tones and powerful bass response, all without distortion.

It’s easy to see how Fender and Volkswagen want to bring the best sound quality they can for potential buyers.

Conclusion

As vehicles become upgraded, so do their sound systems. Newer models come better equipped for entertainment purposes. If you’re looking to upgrade check out our inventory!

 

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

 

 

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!

Safe Driving: Say No to Hydroplaning

Sunday, October 1st, 2017
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If you’ve ever been caught driving in the middle of a rainstorm, you may know the sudden terror that comes with hydroplaning. With the South Texas weather as unpredictable as it is, you can never be too cautious when it comes to safe driving, especially during heavy rain. And while you may think you’re taking every step possible to drive safely, accidents still happen. You can minimize the chances of hydroplaning, however. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your car’s tires remain firmly on the ground next time those thunder clouds roll in:

Slow and steady…

Driving too fast can be dangerous – rain or not. You don’t even need to be driving more than 40 miles per hour to put yourself at risk. Anything above 35 miles per hour on a wet road is part of a recipe for disaster. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to wet or even damp roads. Take your time when it’s driving. Other drivers on the road will thank you, so they can do the same.

Wiggle room

You’ll need to be extra careful when the rain is pouring, meaning that three or four-second gap goes straight out the window. Leave some additional room between you and the car in front of you, allowing more time to stop in case you hit a puddle, or the road gets particularly slippery. You should also try to drive on the tracks set by the car in front of you. This cuts down on some of the slippery sludge found on roadways, making it easier for your tires to remain firmly on the road.

Take care of your tires

Worn tires plus rain can equal a deadly accident! You never want to take a chance when it comes to your tires. Checking your tires more frequently during rainy months will ensure a good line of defense against hydroplaning, especially during that rainy South Texas weather. Make sure they are properly inflated and rotated, and the tread depth is enough to keep you safe. This will all help to curb instances of an accident as the rain pours down, and with fall finally here, it may be a rainy season indeed.
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Get Geared Up for the Season with These Easy Fall Car Care Tips

Friday, September 29th, 2017
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Fall is finally here! Are you prepared? And more importantly, is your car prepared?

Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that could use a makeover this fall. Your vehicle, whether new or used, could definitely benefit from a bit of a prepping as the autumn season rolls in. Hot summer weather can impact your ride in unforeseen ways, and you want me to be sure your ride is ready to go for the coming months. For this reason and several others, show your car a little extra love before the leaves begin to fall.

Luckily, there is plenty you can do to ensure a smooth ride this September! Follow these easy fall car care tips to get your vehicle in tip-top shape.

Wiper Care

Random storms throughout summer time can put a strain on your wipers, and you want them to be in excellent shape in the event of a busy storm season. You should typically replace your wiper blades every six months, and the end of summer is a great time to do it. Insufficient wipers are one thing you definitely don’t want to gamble on. This is one of the best fall car care tips there is.

Battery Fluid

Scorching temperatures can impact your car battery by causing its fluid to evaporate. Car batteries typically last up to 4 years, but with our South Texas heat as hot as ever, your battery may drain sooner than expected. Have your battery checked to ensure it’s ready to take on those fall drives.

Light Check

Do a thorough inspection of your headlights, taillights and brake lights. Replace those that have burnt out, and feel free to give them a polish so that they look and work their best.

Oil Change

Oil changes are important for several reasons. You should change your oil a minimum of 3 times a year to be safe, and the start of fall will suffice. It’s definitely a job you can do yourself, or leave it to the professionals if you wish. You won’t regret it!

In the market for a new or used vehicle, or need a bit of service for your current vehicle? Your Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car lots have everything you need to drive away in your dream car today. Whether you’re looking for a used or new vehicle, a car, truck or SUV, our Rio Grande Valley car lots are filled with a friendly team to answer all your questions. Visit us or give us a call today! 

Make Your Vehicle Last: Tire Balancing and Other Auto Care Tips for a Longer Car Life

Friday, September 29th, 2017
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Make Your Vehicle Last: Auto Care Tips for a Longer Car Life

Eating healthy, not smoking, hitting the gym a few times a week — these are the cornerstones of a healthy life. But when it comes to your car, are you really doing everything you can to make it last? Being a good car owner means more than filling it up with gas as needed. There are plenty of other steps you can take to show your car a little extra love. From regular washes, to routine oil changes and alignments, don’t overestimate your vehicle’s ability to run itself.

A few auto care tips you can utilize this season include:

Regular Maintenance

Just like in healthcare, preventative care is important for your vehicle. Taking measures to properly care for your car before a major incident happens is key. In fact, something as simple as washing it regularly can have lasting effects on the health of your car. From punctual oil changes, to transmission flushes every now and then, all these culminate into a happy, healthy vehicle for you and your family.

Tire Balancing

You may often overlook a good tire balance as an extra, rather than a necessity. The truth is that tire balancing serves the greater purpose of keeping your wheels flowing smoothly, thus preserving the inner workings of your vehicle. Consider a tire balancing if you feel heavy vibrations when driving your vehicle. You’ll want to get this fixed before it turns into a major problem later down the road. Literally!

Brake Replacements

If you’ve recently stepped on your brakes and been met with an annoying screeching sound, a brake pad replacement may be in order. Aside from the danger associated with faulty brakes, you could be doing harm to your vehicle by not replacing them. Speak to your mechanic if you suspect something is amiss. Better safe than sorry!

Your local Payne dealership can get your car ready to hit the road. Visit our blog for more auto care tips, or call to book an appointment with our service department. You can also stop by one of our valley car dealerships for a close look at our new and used vehicles.