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What To Do if Your Engine Stalls

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

The engine is the most important mechanical part of any vehicle. The engine converts gas into motion and helps get the car running. It’s like the heart of the vehicle, making sure everything runs smoothly.

Though, without proper maintenance, your engine can stall and leave you stranded! Some of the reasons why your engine may have stalled could be:

  • An empty gas tank
  • Coolant sensor reading as hot
  • Bad battery
  • A bad fuel pump

It is very important that you keep up routine maintenance on your vehicle to avoid engine stalls and other mechanical failings.

What to Do if Your Engine Stalls

In the case that your engine stalls while you are driving, first you will lose power steering and power brakes. The first thing to do after turning on your hazard lights is to apply the footbrake and steer yourself out of traffic if you are in traffic. Next is try restarting your vehicle. If you cannot restart it on your own, call a friend for jumper cables. If the jumper cables do not work, then you should call a tow truck or roadside assistance for help.

If your vehicle stalls while you are idling, such as if you are at a stoplight, first you should turn on your hazards. Put your vehicle in ‘park’ and try to restart your vehicle. If that does not work, call for roadside assistance to help get your vehicle out of the way. You should not get out and try to push your vehicle out of the way by yourself.


It is always important to assess the situation before making any decisions. Never attempt to move your vehicle by yourself and always call for assistance when needed.

If your vehicle needs service, schedule maintenance online at any of our Payne service locations.

Car Care 101: Ding and Dent Removal Tips

Saturday, October 7th, 2017
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When it comes to your car, dents and dings are bound to happen. It’s all part of life, even more so when you’re a frequent driver always on the go! But these dents and dings don’t have to ruin your day, annoying as they may be. There are a few simple, affordable ways to rid your car’s exterior of these tiny little bummers. Follow these steps for a DIY solution to get rid of those imperfections in no time. Learning these handy little tricks will ensure you don’t let a little ding get in the way of smooth ride.

DIY Dent Removal

Step 1: Evaluate the Damage

Most dings and dents can be fixed easy, with little hassle, but there are those that require more extensive intervention. If paint is missing, or the metal happens to be creased or crumpled, you may have to take your vehicle to the dealerships to let the pros handle the rest.

Step 2: Thoroughly Wash and Dry the Area.

This will help clear off any particles before you begin the suction method. You want to make sure you’re working on a clean, clear surface.

Step 3: Use a Suction Cup

This can be highly effective in snapping dents back into place. A dent puller is great for removing shallow dents. Simply push the suction cup into the middle of the dent, taking care to get good suction. Next, push the handles together to lock the dent puller. Then pull the dent out, using a firm and steady pull.

Step 4: Hammer Time

You can also hammer dents out, another common method. A rubber mallet and an old towel are all you need to do this. Wrap the mallet in the towel, then slowly work to tap the ding into place. Hammer the dent from the inside of the metal.

Having some issues with dent removal? No problem. Payne Auto Group can help! Visit our service department for body work. Or browse our selection of new and used inventory from brands like Ford, GMC and Chevy. Here, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.

Safe Driving: Say No to Hydroplaning

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

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.
Looking for more car care tips? We’ve got ’em, plus so much more! Visit our website to view our latest inventory, or stop by one of our Valleywide Ed Payne auto dealerships for more information on how to lease or purchase a new or used vehicle. We’ve got a wide selection of stunning models from brands like Ford, GMC, Chevrolet, Fiat and more.

5 Awesome Car Care Tips

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
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Cars are complex. Anyone who’s ever heard a funny noise or felt a sudden jerk can attest to this. And even if you’ve been driving for decades, you still may not know all there is to know about car care. And that’s OK! We’re all in this together. While we’ve certainly covered plenty thus far, there are a few basic car care tips that simply must be followed. Keep these handy tips in mind the next time you hit the road. Whether it’s for a long, road trip, or a short trip to the grocery store, these will help you on your way toward a smooth ride.

Car Care Tips


Always check and change your oil. If you don’t, then expect your engine to easily fall apart. Consult your car’s owner’s manual for recommendations. Times are changin’, and the old 3,000 mile rule doesn’t always apply!

TIP 2 

Flush your cooling system, and change your coolant ONCE per YEAR! Doing this will keep your coolant system in good shape, and will ensure the prevention of corrosion and deposits from building up inside your cooling system.


Change out any other kind of oils that are in your car. Here, you’re basically looking at oils such as transmission and others of the like. These do need to be changed out according to service spans.


Keep your car clean! Like the saying goes, “You better baby your baby.” It can be tempting sometimes to treat your car like an on-the-go trash can. But in keeping your vehicle clean, you ensure that your car looks brand-spanking good but that you also rid your vehicle of any kind of harmful dirt, or grime that can seep into the parts that are inside.

TIP 5 

Everything that moves in your vehicle needs to be greased. If not, then how do you expect your vehicle to survive for the next 3-4 years? Schedule regular maintenance appointments to ensure your car is in tip top shape for years to come.


Stay tuned for more tips, or if you’re in need of maintenance, give us a call! If you’re looking into purchasing a new or used vehicle, stop by your local Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership and speak to a trained sales representative who can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. 


Buying a New Vehicle? Here’s What to Do!

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
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Purchasing a New Vehicle? Here’s What to Do!

Buying a new vehicle is a big step! You’ve done the research. You know exactly what you want. But heading to the car dealerships to negotiate is a different story entirely.

The process of buying a new vehicle can be tricky if you don’t quite know what to expect. Here’s what you’ll need to do – start to finish – to drive away in your dream vehicle unscathed.

Step 1: Research!

First of all, these are cars we’re talking about. There are endless options to choose from. So, you’ve definitely got your work cut out for you! Truly think about what kind of features you’re looking for. Furthermore, explore cars within your budget and those just slightly outside your budget. You may be able to work out a great deal!

Step 2: Get pre-approved

Applying for a pre-approved car loan is a great step in the car buying process. You’ll get input into what you can afford, and what kind of interest rate you’ll be looking at. Furthermore, all this can help you decide on a model. And have things like your salary information and other debts at hand to make the process run more smoothly.

Step 3: Consider your trade-in

Determine your trade-in value before you hit the dealership. Consequently, this will offer a clear picture of what your car is worth. Additionally, you can also use this to negotiate. Be honest about your car’s condition. Because some trade-in sites will vary, overall, it’s a smart move to estimate what you’re working with before you really begin shopping.

Step 4: Locate and test-drive the car

You’ve selected a few great models you’re interested in. Finally it’s time to test drive! Hit the dealership where your car is in stock, and get an up-close look at the interior and exterior. And make sure it aligns with what you’re looking for in a new vehicle.

Step 5: Negotiate

Talk to your salesperson about the best deal possible. As a result, you may be able to negotiate based on the value of your trade-in. Also, inquire about rebates and any other offers car dealerships may have available.

Step 6: Review your deal

You’re almost done! Because you’ve selected the new vehicle you love, now you should speak to the finance department to see if you can score a better interest rate from what you’ve already gathered. They can’t offer you a better option than your previous inquiry? No biggie! Fortunately, you’ve already been pre-approved!

Step 7: Inspect your vehicle

Finally, it’s important to do one last inspection. Make sure the vehicle is equipped with everything it should be, and that there are no dents or scratches. Your car should be in fabulous shape when you purchase it. Anything less just won’t do!


Are you ready to get started? Your local Ed Payne car dealerships have a wide selection of awesome models to choose from. Visit one of our Valleywide dealerships today with help buying a new vehicle, or contact our maintenance department for vehicle service.

Truck Accessories to Spice Up Your New Ride

Saturday, August 26th, 2017
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So, you’ve just purchased a new truck.


Nothing says power like a heavy-duty truck, and while your new ride is certainly capable of plenty, a few add-ons can’t hurt. You want your truck to reflect your personality, and whether it’s an extra hint of function or luxury you’ve got your eye on, there’s something available just for you.

Luckily, there are plenty of Chevrolet truck accessories that can improve both the look and feel of your shiny new ride. Whether it’s more storage, or a protectant against the elements that you’re hunting for, don’t settle for anything less than the best. Here are a few awesome Chevrolet truck accessories you may want to consider once you get comfortable in your new ride.

Grille Guards

Grille guards protect your truck’s front end while keeping scratches in check, giving it a heavy-duty look ideal for driving in South Texas. They also provide low-speed pushing power to your truck’s front end.

Storage Boxes

Trucks are great for storage, but we can’t possibly blame you if you’re looking for something extra. Consider a tool or storage box to keep your equipment secure as you drive. Today’s waterproof designs ensure they’re safe and sound, wherever you go.

Ladders, Racks and Ramps

A lot of people choose trucks for their towing capabilities. Make this easier on your truck with a ladder or ramp.

Tonneau Covers

Perfect for harsh weather, tonneau covers can help keep rain, snow and other debris out of your truck bed as you drive.

Step Bars

You may be able to get in and out of your Chevrolet truck easily, but can your passengers? Consider a step bar to give your guests a little boost.

We hope you love your new Chevrolet truck. Heck, we know you do!

If you haven’t yet purchased one, stop by one our Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley dealerships to check out our wide selection. We’ve got brand new models from brands like Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge and so much more. Stop by and visit us today!

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.

Car Care 101: How to Replace Headlights

Friday, August 25th, 2017
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We don’t have to tell you that headlights are an important part of your vehicle. Headlights burn out from time to time, and you’ll need to get these replaced quickly in order to keep driving safely. While you can certainly employ the help of a mechanic to change our your headlights, the process is fairly straight forward. You can even do it yourself, if you have just a few minutes and your car’s owner’s manual in tow. Here’s how to replace headlights, from start to finish:


Firstly, you should look to your vehicle’s owner’s manual before tackling this headlight job. It should give you a basic set of directions for how to get started.

Get the Right Bulb

It’s vital that you use the correct bulb when changing out your headlights. Not all bulbs are created equal, and you’ll need to use the one that’s designed for your vehicle.

Be Careful

Headlights are delicate. Take extra caution when detaching them, as broken wires can bring on a new set of problems you’ll need to fix.

Use Grease

Using a small amount of dielectric grease at the bulb’s base will help it get proper electrical contact. So this will help you get the most bang for your buck out of your bulb.

Take Aim

Headlights are only effective if they’re aimed properly! A number of factors can cause headlights to lose their balance and accuracy. Once you replace your headlights, park them in a garage and test the lights to ensure they’re working as they should.

Now that you’re well versed in how to replace headlights, you can get to work! And if you’re hoping to purchase a new or used vehicle, we can help! Our local dealerships have a wide selection of high-quality vehicles to choose from. Whether you’re looking for Ford, Chevy, Dodge or GMC, our local dealerships are bound to have exactly what you’re looking for. 

Car Care 101: Your Guide to Oil Grades

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
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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.

Auto Financing 101: Learn About These Leasing Benefits

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
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Auto Financing 101: Learn About These Leasing Benefits 

A car purchase is one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make. It’s a decision not to be taken lightly! This decision is so important, in fact, that many people instead choose to lease a vehicle. A lower level of commitment proves beneficial to different people for different reasons, largely dependent on how much they earn and how often they drive, among other things. You may be wondering if leasing a vehicle is right for you. Here are a few leasing benefits a vehicle in lieu of purchasing one:

No Down Payment

While some promotional lease deals may require a down payment, for the most part, you can cruise by on a lease without one. Instead of a down payment and monthly payment thereafter, you’ll only need pay the first month’s payment and tag/registration fees. This is a major perk for drivers on a budget!

Lower Payments

You’ll almost certainly be facing lower payments than with buying. This is because a lease requires that you only make payments on the portion of the car that you use. This is one of several leasing benefits, and one that many people find to be the biggest reason for doing so.

Less Maintenance

Since you’ll be leasing your vehicle for a much shorter time period than when you buy one, you’ll ultimately be faced with less maintenance. Sounds good, doesn’t it?! Even so, many people lease their vehicle for the same amount of time as the manufacturer’s warranty. This ensures repairs are taken care of by the company, and not the leaser.


Interested in leasing a new vehicle? Ed Payne’s Brownsville, Weslaco, McAllen and Mission car dealerships have a wide variety of new and used vehicles to choose from. Speak to one of our sales representatives about the benefits of leasing or used vehicle from our Ford, Chevy, GMC or Dodge car lots today.