There’s plenty to do around Sour Lake — especially when warmer weather arrives. Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for spring.
1. Spring brings warmer weather to Texas, so make sure your air conditioning is working before higher temperatures hit. It also brings rainy weather, so you’ll want to inspect your windshield wipers to make sure they’re in good shape.
2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. High temperatures can impact tire pressure, which in turn can hamper your vehicle’s performance and fuel economy.
3. Hydration is also important when it comes to prepping your Ford vehicle for spring drives. For instance, you’ll want to check the radiator coolant level in your Ford F-150 before hitting the road.
4. Keep your Ford running smoothly with regular oil changes — and have the brakes on your Ford Super Duty® inspected before spring starts.
5. It is a good idea to test your car’s battery, especially if it is a few years old. This will reduce your chance of getting stranded on the side of the road during your spring commutes and road trips.
6. Make sure your emergency kit is well stocked with items like a first-aid kit, flashlight, and a phone charger.
Whether you drive a Super Duty® or an Escape, one of the easiest ways to prepare your Ford for spring is to take it into Sour Lake Ford for a seasonal service appointment. Call us today to help ensure that your spring travels are as safe as they are fun.
The upcoming Ford F-150 Raptor is expected to be an even more powerful and off-road capable vehicle than the current generation. In fact, rumors suggest that this rugged truck will have a spirited engine that surpasses even the engine of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that delivers best-in-class 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. However, the next generation of the Ford F-150 Raptor may soon take away the Ram truck’s best-in-class titles with its new engine.
The F-150 Raptor might add the supercharged 5.2-liter V8, which could pump out anywhere from 725 horsepower to 750 horsepower, making for a more enjoyable drive than the Ram 1500 TRX offers. This engine currently comes standard on the athletic 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500®.
Other rumors suggest that the F-150 Raptor will have an updated coil spring setup in place of its leaf spring suspension. This would allow the truck to better compete with the Ram 1500 TRX, which has a five-link coil suspension.
The Ford F-150 Raptor may have limited availability in the 2021 model year or arrive in the 2022 model year. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on this truck, or give us a call at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, Texas, if you’d like to get your hands on the current F-150.
Starting with the 2021 model year, you can enjoy the exceptional navigation skills of TomTom in select Ford vehicles. Ford Motor Company and TomTom recently signed a multi-year contract that will allow the former to add the latter’s next-gen navigation in upcoming models.
The first Ford vehicles to showcase the new partnership will be the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and the 2021 F-150. These models will feature the new SYNC® 4, the next generation of infotainment from Ford. By using TomTom through SYNC® 4, drivers will be able to adjust their navigation routes based on traffic to help avoid delays due to congestion.
The next-generation SYNC® 4 is said to offer two times the computing power of previous generations. This new system paired with TomTom navigation will keep up with real-time traffic and construction updates to provide the fastest routes on the fly. Drivers will also be able to use SYNC® 4 for help with parking, as the navigation shows information on parking spots and prices.
TomTom navigation and other SYNC® 4 features can be controlled with natural voice recognition. By using an easy, conversational tone, drivers can pull up directions, find restaurants, or send text messages, all while keeping their hands on the wheel.
For more exciting developments from Ford, contact us at Sour Lake Ford. Or stop by to test drive one of our shiny new Ford models to experience this brand’s latest technologies for yourself.
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.
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.
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.
The end of summer signals the beginning of a new school season. Whether you’re dreading the drive or can’t wait to return, make sure you perform these essential back-to-school car maintenance steps before hitting the road this fall.
Lights and Wipers
Few things are as important to safe driving than
visibility, which is why it’s an absolute must to inspect all vehicle lights
and wipers before heading back to school. Make sure all headlamps, turn
signals, brake lights, and tail lights are working. And test your vehicle’s
windshield wipers to make sure they’re doing their job. If the wipers are
cracked, bent, or damaged, it’s easy and inexpensive to replace them.
Minor brake problems can gradually turn into major ones, so it’s important to address these issues as soon as they arise. If you’ve noticed any squealing or grinding while driving or braking, have your vehicle’s brakes serviced right away.
Healthy tires are key to great fuel economy as well as safe
driving. Make a habit of routinely checking your vehicle’s tires for proper
inflation and tire pressure, as well as tread condition.
We want to welcome you to the very first post on the
official Sour Lake Ford blog. We are excited to share this space with our
customers, friends, and family. Each month, we will give you great content
ranging from dealership announcement, Ford news, model updates, local events,
and even DIY vehicle service tips.
Sour Lake Ford has been serving the Sour Lake community for
years. We love working here and many of us live here, too. We know how
important the community is to our dealership, which is why we promise to treat
everyone who walks through our doors as a member of the Sour Lake Ford family.
We wouldn’t be here without you.
Whether you are looking for a new Ford or a quality used
car, we can help you find what you need without using pushy sales tactics. Our
finance department can also help you by searching for the best financing rates,
saving you hours of work.
Whenever you need service on your Ford, whether you bought
it from us or not, our service department is here to help. Our highly trained
service technicians can quickly diagnose and repair problems. We also offer
competitive pricing backed by a guarantee.