With the hot summers we experience in Texas, it’s important to perform summer car care. There are a range of things to keep in mind, such as checking electrical equipment, checking the coolant levels, and maintaining the tires, among other things. Here are some car maintenance tips to make sure your vehicle stays healthy this summer and for many seasons to come.
One of the most important things to do in hot climates is to check the battery and the electrical system. Heat is more harmful to the battery than cold weather, as it can cause the fluid to evaporate and internal corrosion. Check the charge of your battery, make sure it’s securely mounted and clean off any corrosive buildup from the battery terminals and clamps.
Check your coolant levels. Most vehicles have “hot” and “cold” levels, as the fluid change levels depending on whether your engine is warm, and be sure to use a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. If you haven’t flushed the cooling system in the past two years, do so now.
Finally, make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Heat causes air pressure to rise, which can overinflate the tires and cause added wear. The proper tire pressure should be listed on the driver’s side door jamb.
Keep auto care easy when you schedule a service appointment at Sour Lake Ford. We’re here to help ensure that your summer travels are as safe as they are fun.
While many of the brick and mortar store locations in Sour Lake are currently still in the process of being reopened, there are several local stores that are actively delivering goods and supplies. Continuing to order supplies from them will help them maintain a profit during this time, while providing you with the goods you desire.
Tip a Little Extra
Restaurants have been especially affected by COVID-19. While tipping is a practice that restaurant guests should engage in throughout the year, it is especially important to servers and delivery workers right now.
Purchase a Gift Card or Certificate
Many of the local businesses in Sour Lake offer gift cards and gift certificates for their stores. Purchasing one of these is a great way to help produce some revenue for store right now, even if you won’t redeem those gift cards until a future date.
Here at Sour Lake Ford, we are proud to serve a community filled with people that come together to help each other out during even the most trying of times. Remember to contact us for any questions about caring for your Ford this season.
We’ve all seen compact cars and subcompact SUVs, but how about a compact pickup truck? Well, you can soon expect such a thing to head down the line. After the recent redesign of the Ranger a few years back, Ford is re-entering the small truck segment. The upcoming Ford compact pickup truck’s codename is P8758, though it might possibly adopt the moniker of “Courier,” the truck design that the Ranger replaced back in the 80s. Whatever the model’s name, this will be the first time in a long while that Ford has a small pickup in the U.S. market. The “Courier” is slated to be built on a unibody frame.
Ford CEO Jim Farley articulated that the company is “investing in more affordable versions of our truck business.” It plans to produce over 100,000 of these compact pickups priced under the $20,000 mark — that’s about $5K cheaper than the current Ford Ranger. This will give Ford a nice four-truck lineup to offer to drivers.
It’s not the only upcoming Ford development to anticipate, however. You can start getting excited over the expected redesigns for the Ranger and F-150, as well as new hybrid and all-electric F-150 models. Word on the street also has it that Ford might design an off-roader based on the Bronco platform, to further extend the brand’s truck lineup.
Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming compact pickup truck. In the meantime, test-drive our current Ford trucks here at Sour Lake Ford.
Barbecue is a Texas tradition. You won’t find
more tender meats or more delicious sauces anywhere outside of Texas. Houston
is America’s fourth-largest city and it is located just over an hour west of
Sour Lake. Space City is home to some of the country’s best barbecue joints. If
you take your Ford out to Houston for a weekend, be sure to check out some of
these great barbecue restaurants:
Beef ribs, brisket, bone-in pork belly, fried
chicken and more come together in Chef Ronnie Killen’s famous smokehouse. Stop
by Killen’s on a Tuesday for the brisket tacos, on a Sunday for the
sought-after fried chicken, or any day for the dry-aged brisket. For dessert,
grab a slice of cake or pie, or try the banana or bread pudding.
Greg Gatlin’s restaurant is known for its
ribs, and they promise not to leave you disappointed; only wanting to come back
for more. Dishes range from St. Louis-style spare ribs and wings to pulled pork
and burgers. Sides include cucumber salad, creamed corn, baked beans, and
The fried mac and cheese and the dirty rice
side options alone are enough reason to chow down at Jackson Street BBQ. Try
the smoked brisket, German-style sausage, or barbecue chop salad paired with
jalapeno cheddar biscuits or cole slaw. Conclude it on a sweet note with a
slice of pie or a chocolate chip cookie.
For more local dining suggestions, contact us
at Sour Lake Ford. We’ll be happy to recommend more of our favorite dining
venues near Sour Lake.
At a loss for Valentine’s Day gifts? These five suggestions aren’t your typical choices — they can all be made at home. Opt for handmade Valentine’s Day gifts this year.
Custom Candy Box
Tired of store-bought boxes of chocolate? If your loved one has a sweet tooth, surprise them with a homemade mix of all their favorite candies. You can even create the box and decorate it yourself if you want to.
Date Night Jar
Brainstorm lots of different, unique date
ideas for you and your partner. Once you have a list, write all those ideas on Popsicle
sticks and put them in a jar. Decorate how you see fit, and now, you and your
partner have a gift that can be used all year long.
Did you know it’s easy to make bath products at home? Make things like homemade bath bombs or sugar scrub for your loved one’s skin. They’ll feel refreshed knowing you made them their own custom goods.
Pop Up Card
3D cards will never get old. Try your hand at
making a Valentine’s Day card with pieces that will pop up when your partner
Have a knack for knitting? Try hand-making a
custom coffee sleeve for your significant other’s travel mug. They can get
their morning coffee fix knowing you helped protect their hands from getting
Need a brand new vehicle to impress your beloved with this holiday? Stop by Sour Lake Ford to fall in love with one of our shiny 2020 models.
If you are looking for a place to spend your day boating or paddling on a different watercraft, consider visiting one of the many scenic areas near Sour Lake, Texas. The area offers a number of spots, where you can enjoy the view with your loved ones.
Village Creek State
Located in Lumberton, the Village Creek State Park sits within the Big Thicket National Preserve. As such, you can expect to see cypress swamps, yaupon trees, and river birch trees. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may also catch sight of white-tailed deer, snapping turtles, herons, and egrets. You can make the most of your experience here cruising down the 21-mile Village Creek Paddling Trail and stopping at popular swimming or picnicking spots.
Anahuac National Wildlife
The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is a great place in
Anahuac to go fishing, whether you want to wade in the water or relax on your
boat. You could catch southern flounder or speckled trout and potentially spot
an alligator or bobcat.
Stretching from the Sabine Causeway to the Neches River,
Pleasure Island has lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. You
can go sailing or fishing off the island. When you’re not on the water, you can
also play basketball, hike or pitch a tent.
We at Sour Lake Ford hope you have an incredible time boating or paddling around Sour Lake, Texas. Be sure to head into our service department for any necessary maintenance before driving to these fun locations.
For Ford, customer satisfaction has always been a top
priority. It’s not totally surprising then that 88 percent of customers rated
the brand’s service as good or excellent.
Ford recently revealed Roadside Assistance Program updates to further boost client satisfaction. For starters, it’s made its call service even more efficient, cutting the time drivers spend on hold by half, while streamlining the process. Ford is also offering a Spanish language option for Latino customers, to save them time and make it easier for them to get answers to their auto-care questions.
Ford’s Roadside Assistance program covers the first five
years of ownership, or up to 60,000 miles traveled — whichever one comes first.
The program provides services such as lock-out assistance, tire changes, jump
starts, and fuel/fluid delivery. It also offers towing service to a nearby Ford
dealership within a 35-mile radius.
“Roadside assistance is one of the most meaningful
touchpoints we have with our customers, aside from selling them a vehicle,”
said Sterling Black, manager of Ford and Lincoln Roadside Operations. He says
it’s important that staff creates an experience that fosters a sense of trust
with the customer.
Celebrate Ford’s emphasis on customer contentment when you stop by Sour Lake Ford to test-drive a shiny new 2020 model.
for some seasonal pastimes to do with the family? These holiday events near Sour
Lake are sure to help you get in a festive mood.
Light Up Vidor – Dec. 1
Nothing kicks off the Holiday season like attending a gorgeous tree lighting ceremony. Families and individuals are invited to attend Eastgate Church’s fourth annual Light Up Vidor. After watching the lighting of the 28-foot Christmas tree, grab something to eat from one of many food trucks, get some Holiday shopping done at one of over 40 vendors, and enjoy a performance by the Vidor ISD Wind Ensemble.
Kingwood Christmas Market – Dec. 1
Whether you’re looking for unique gifts or the perfect outfit for your office’s Holiday party, you’ll find it at the Kingwood Christmas Market at Kingwood Town Center Park. This free market showcases local and small businesses, featuring creative and thoughtful options that are sure to get you in the spirit of gift giving.
Summerwood Winter Festival 2019 –
Even though you live in Texas, you can still get into the winter spirit at the annual Winter Festival at Summerwood. For this dynamic event, Summerwood morphs into a winter wonderland with fun family activities like bounce houses, crafts, a petting zoo, plus a special guest all the way from the North Pole.
Call us here at Sour Lake Ford if you need to schedule your vehicle’s winter service appointment. Or stop by, to browse our inventory of shiny new 2020 Ford models, if you’re in need of a new ride.
Whether you’re a Texas native or just passing through the
state this fall, one thing is for sure: there is no shortage of awesome autumnal
events in Southeast Texas to enjoy. From Terrifying haunted houses to
family-friendly festivals, here are some of our favorite events you shouldn’t
miss this season.
If you’re looking for a hearty scare this fall, be sure to
visit Vidor’s Texas Maze of Terror. Considered one of the spookiest haunted
attractions in the area, the Maze of Terror is not recommended for young children.
Open every Friday and Saturday in October as well as Halloween night.
On Oct. 12 and 13, the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival is
a great small-town fall festival that the entire family will love. Featuring
more than 250 exhibitors, local vendors and food, and much more, this charming
festival should be on every Texan’s calendar.
For adults 21 years of age and older, the Art Museum of
Southeastern Texas will host the 4th annual Boos and Brews Monster Mash. This costume-friendly
event will feature live music, seasonal beers, and festive fall foods.
We here at Sour Lake Ford hope to see you at one or more of these fun events. And remember to give us a call if you need to schedule a fall service appointment for your vehicle.
Football has returned and there’s no better way to celebrate
than by going tailgating. Ford vehicles make great tailgating companions. Here
are just two models that make hosting your next party more convenient.
The Ford F-150 boasts many tailgating-friendly features. The
bed comes in different configurations — 5.5-, 6.5-, and 8-foot lengths — to
accommodate different tailgating setups, whether you’re hosting a party with
just few friends or your extended family.
It also has available LED lighting in the bed and on the
side mirrors to illuminate late-night games. Still not enough? The F-150 has
best-in-class towing so you can bring a grill station or a huge camper to
maximize the party. You can also set up a projector to watch the big game
outside thanks to the available 120-volt in-bed outlet.
For those who prefer an SUV profile, the Expedition offers plenty of space for people and things, while delivering the latest tech perks. Pack in the whole crew with up to eight seats. Or, load all the gear you need in the capacious trunk area that expands to 104.6 cubic feet of space when you collapse both back rows.
Wi-Fi hotspot capability provides a strong signal for 50
feet and enables you and your friends to connect up to 10 devices so you can stay
up-to-date on team scores. Or watch the game inside of the Expedition if the
weather gets chilly, via the display screens of the Dual-Headrest Rear Seat
Contact us at Sour Lake Ford if you’re in need of a new Ford
to help make this tailgating season the best one yet.