Posts Tagged ‘Vehicles’

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. 

Auto Care: What to Check Before a Road Trip

Friday, June 2nd, 2017
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Auto Care for your Summer Road Trip

Aside from scorching temperatures, the summer season is sure to bring one thing: roadtrips! Whether you’re hitting the open road solo, with a group of friends or with your family in tow, a summer road trip is the ideal way to have a blast while saving money on travel. Before the good times, though, you’ll need to make sure your car can withstand the drive. Check these 7 features before takeoff to ensure your road trip goes as smoothly as planned.


Check your vehicle’s oil, brake fluid, coolant, windscreen wash and power steering fluid (if applicable) before embarking on your road trip to help avoid a breakdown.

Air Pressure

Make sure your tires have not exceeded their max pressure, which is marked on the side of your tire. Be sure not to neglect your spare tire, as well!


Checking your oil before a long road trip is essential. And don’t think you can get away with adding more oil in yourself, either! Adding more oil won’t rid your oil filter of the sludge that’s already built up. When you change your car’s oil, you’ll need to replace the filter as well.

Tire Wear

Your tires may take a beating after long hours on the road. Before takeoff, use a penny or thread to ensure each tire has at least 1/16th” or 1.6mm tread left. If the tire’s tread is less than 1/12″ or 2.5mm, consider replacing it to avoid a blow-out or flat down the road – literally.

Air Filter

Clean air is guaranteed to help your vehicle run more smoothly. Aside from your car’s air filter, you should also check its cabin filter, which can negatively impact the quality of air in your vehicle if not properly maintained.

Lights and Signals

Be sure your headlights, taillights, and dashboard signals are all in working order before you hit the road. You can also enlist the help of a friend or family member as you test turning signals and lights.

Emergency Equipment

Do a quick scan before your trip to make sure you’ve got all the necessities in case of an emergency. A map, cell phone and charger, flashlight, and medical kit are just some of things you may need over your long drive.

Now that you know what to look out for, your summer road trip fun can begin. For more help with inspecting your vehicle, auto care, or if you’d like some assistance with selecting a new one, visit your local Payne Auto dealership.

What are the Benefits of Rear-Wheel Drive Systems?

Thursday, June 1st, 2017
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Why Buy a Car with Rear-Wheel Drive?

Shopping for a new vehicle can be tough process. This is especially true when you’re not quite sure what to look for. At Ed Payne Motors, we’re here to help. Our previous post discussed the different types of driving systems you’ll find throughout our various Rio Grande Valley car dealership locations. Today, we’ll dive a little deeper into what a rear-wheel drive system can do, and whether or not it may be a wise choice for your next vehicle purchase.

In a vehicle with rear-wheel drive, the vehicle is driven by — you guessed it — the rear wheels! This type of drive system is commonly found throughout our extensive range of trucks, as it can accommodate higher engine outputs and higher vehicle weights. With better balance, and thus, better handling, RWD is ideal for drivers who crave power and performance in their vehicles. In fact, the vast majority of luxury sports cars run on a rear wheel drive system. While this type of system may not be ideal for certain weather conditions, such as in heavy snow, the South Texas climate is perfect for exploring what RWD can do.

Some other benefits of RWD include:

  • Increased traction with acceleration
  • Improved cornering response
  • Superior braking performance
  • Rugged durability

To find out if a rear-wheel drive system is right for you, contact 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.