Ford Introduces New Standard Refresh95 Air Filter

Ford will be adding the all-new Ford ReFresh95 cabin air filter to its lineup. Almost every Ford model will come standard with this advanced filter by the end of 2023. Take a look at how this new component can improve the air quality in your car.

Reduced allergens and particles

The Ford ReFresh95 cabin air filter can prevent as much as 99 percent of certain allergens, like dust particles and common pollens, from reaching the interior. It can also keep out some airborne concentrations of particles the size of bacteria.

Filtered out particulates

In an area with lots of rush-hour traffic — like Orlando, Florida — it can filter out the particulate matter in soot and smog. The Ford ReFresh95 can even stop air particles that are 30 times smaller than one human hair. These include a minimum of 95 percent of 2.5-micron size traffic exhaust, metals, organic material, and road dust particles.

Tested thoroughly

The Ford ReFresh95 went through plenty of testing at a third-party lab, so you can trust its effectiveness. For instance, the filter excelled in pressure drop testing, showing it can last during your recommended service interval. Select models will offer the filter later this year. If you want to get your hands on a reliable and safe Ford vehicle, check out our inventory at Tropical Ford

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3 Signs Your Car Needs Service

Your car is a sophisticated machine, but sometimes, when something is going wrong, it won’t activate the “check engine” or other dashboard warning lights. If your car sends you any of the following signs, it is time to make a car maintenance appointment at the service department at Tropical Ford.

Weird noises

Your vehicle produces a bevy of sounds. You know what noises are normal and what are not. If you hear strange, unfamiliar sounds such as banging, rattling, grinding, squealing or anything that does not fall into the “normal” spectrum of your car, including clicking, it’s time to head to the service bay at Tropical Ford where our technicians can discover the source of these troubling noises.

Unpleasant aromas

If you notice an unpleasant stench wafting from your vehicle, and you can’t blame it on the forgotten fast food sack in the back, something is wrong with your car. Your air conditioning system may be failing if you smell mildew. The catalytic converter is in serious decline if you smell rotten eggs, and your health and safety are at risk if your cabin smells like exhaust.

Troubled shifting

Your transmission needs attention if your car is lacking its regular get-up-and-go quality when you are shifting gears or if it is outright stalling.

For all your car maintenance needs, contact the service department at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

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What to Do If Your Car Overheats in Hot Weather

Overheating is rare in new vehicles, but it’s not entirely impossible with skyrocketing summer temperatures in Orlando, Florida. If you’re out for a summer drive and notice that your vehicle is overheating, don’t panic. Knowing what to do if your car overheats will help you stay in control of the situation and get the issue taken care of quickly.

Turn on the heat. If you have the AC on, turn it off immediately. Roll the windows down, turn on the heat, and set the blower high. Depending on your situation, this might be enough to return engine temperature to normal and allow you to complete your drive.

Pull over in a safe place. Should the temperature continue to rise, you’ll want to pull the car over in the safest spot possible. Sit there for 15 minutes or more, giving things time to cool off. If you’re near Tropical Ford and you want to play it safe, you can get a quick tow to our service bay to get the issue addressed quickly.

Check for signs. Once the vehicle’s had at least 15 minutes to cool off (or maybe even more depending on the temperature outside), you can look for signs of what might be causing the issue. If you see coolant underneath the vehicle or smell something like maple syrup under the hood, you might have a leak.

Add coolant and water if you have it. If you have extra coolant and water handy, you can manually refill your radiator enough to get home safely. It’s imperative that you’re careful when doing this — if the vehicle is still warm, opening the radiator cap can cause burns. You may want to avoid trying this unless you have gloves or a towel that you can use to open the radiator cap enough to release pressure.

If your car overheats and you’re not sure what to do, turn to the experts at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida. We can help get your vehicle to us safely so that we can fix the issue and get you back on the road quickly.

What to do if your car overheats in Orlando, FL

Strange Car Smells and What They Mean

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You loved the smell of your car when you first bought it. Many people fall in love with that “new car” smell. However, later in its life, your car might not have that same fresh scent. There are many strange car smells that don’t originate from dust and debris gathering in the cabin. Some could even mean that your car is having serious problems.

Gasoline

You are guaranteed to smell this after filling up the gas tank, but if you’re smell gas when you’re between visits to the pump, it could mean that your vehicle has a gas leak. It’s a good idea to have the fuel system inspected by a professional.

Rotten Eggs

This unmistakable smell indicates that your car’s engine is running poorly and due to problems with your catalytic converter. If you don’t get the problem resolved, it could ruin your catalytic converter and lead to costly repairs.

Burning Carpet

If you get a whiff of something burning when you press on the brakes, it could mean that your vehicle is having brake problems. Get them inspected as soon as possible.

Musty Basement

If turning on the heater or air conditioning yields a musty smell, you probably have mildew growing inside the HVAC system. A simple remedy is to swap the air conditioning for the fan, turned on high. This will help dry out any condensation. If you have persistent issues, your vehicle may need a new air filter.

Need a little extra help maintaining your vehicle? Bring it to our service department at Tropical Ford.

Differences Between Types of Oils

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Your engine oil is one of the most important fluids in your car. That is why it’s critical to get regular oil changes as part of a routine maintenance program. One thing you need to remember is that there are three different kinds of oils for different kinds of engines in addition to different weights for each type. Here are a few differences between the types of oils.

Conventional

This is the least expensive type of oil as well as the most commonly used. It is a byproduct of the crude oil refining process. It deteriorates quickly and gives off more pollutants than the other types of oils.

Synthetic

As its name implies, synthetic oil is a man-made product from chemical compounds. It is more expensive than conventional oil; however, it lasts a lot longer and is a lot cleaner.

Synthetic Blend

This type of oil is a combination of both conventional and synthetic. It gives you many of the benefits of fully synthetic oil, but it keeps the costs closer to that of conventional oil. It is made from conventional oil, but it has additives that give it a cleaner burn and help it last longer under high temperatures.

Want to learn more about what kind of oil is best for your vehicle? Give us a call or stop by our service center at Tropical Ford.

Signs You Need New Brakes

Of all the complicated systems in your car, the braking system may be the most important of all. Responsible for ensuring that you can stop the car from any speed, the braking system has quite a few components and there’s no clear mileage as to when you need new brakes. While you may not look at them often, the brakes are incredibly important to your wellbeing. Here are several signs you need new brakes.

  • Pulling – If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking, it’s a sign that there’s something wrong with the braking system. Whether the linings are wearing unevenly or there’s something in the brake fluid, it’s worth a trip to the dealership’s service department for an inspection. Better safe than sorry, after all.
  • Vibrating – A vibrating brake pedal isn’t normal and can signify two things: a vehicle out of alignment or warped rotors. If your brake pedal vibrates when the anti-lock brakes aren’t engaged, odds are your rotors are warped. Take your car in for service right away.
  • Screeching – A loud, high-pitched screech, squeal, grinding, or growling is an indication that the brake pads need to be replaced. If you wait too long, the scratching of metal on metal could cause damage to the rotors, requiring repair or replacement altogether.