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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are some great advantages to living in the greater Orlando area. Unfortunately, your commute time likely isn’t one of them. If you are looking for ways to optimize your commute, your Ford can help you out.
New Ford models are equipped with advanced SYNC®
systems. This technology makes it easy to connect your smartphone through
Bluetooth® and make hands-free calls and access music features using
only your voice. If you have any audiobooks, your commute would be a great time
to stream them through SYNC®.
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
Most Ford vehicles come with both Apple CarPlay®
and Android Auto™ compatibility. With these systems, you can use many of your
favorite smartphone apps directly on the SYNC® touchscreen. This
includes apps for navigation, music, and contacts.
Ford + Alexa
Many new Ford models are available with Ford + Alexa. This
technology lets you use your favorite Amazon voice assistant in your car. It
gives you access to over 30,000 Alexa Skills, Amazon Prime shopping, and even
control over your smart home devices, like lights and security systems.
Ford & Waze
If you frequently run into traffic jams or accidents,
consider using the crowd-sourced navigation app, Waze. This app is available
through SYNC® 3 AppLink® and can give you time-saving detour
information to help save you time.
At Tropical Ford, our vehicles have all the technology you need to get the most out of your commute.
For many of us who love to text, emojis are a great way to say what we want in a fun, easy way. You know the cliche — a picture is worth a thousand words. While there are nearly 3,000 emojis to choose from, Ford thinks there a very important one missing: a pickup truck emoji.
Since last year, Ford has been talking with the Unicode Consortium about adding a pickup truck to the growing list of available icons. And, in an announcement on World Emoji Day, Ford celebrated its success by saying the pickup truck has been added to the list of potential emojis for early 2020.
“When customers started demanding a truck emoji, we knew we
had to help make it happen,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president, automotive.
“Given the popularity of Ford trucks globally, there’s no one better than
Ford to help bring an all-new pickup truck emoji to hard-working texters around
Ford said it worked hard to decide what kind of design the
truck emoji should have. The team spent time sorting through message boards and
social media feeds to understand what customers wanted. Ultimately, this
research resulted in an icon of a blue pickup with a modern design.
Luckily, you don’t have to settle for an emoji. You can drive home in a real pickup truck from Tropical Ford.
Recycling is one of the most important things we can do to help keep our planet thriving for as long as possible. But where do things like bottles go when they’re taken away in the recycling bin? You may not know that materials gathered from plastic bottles are a big part of today’s Ford vehicles. In fact, Ford uses 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles every year for key vehicle components, helping keep our planet cleaner in the process.
According to Ford, it uses an average of 250 plastic bottles
per vehicle to create parts like underbody shields and wheel liners. To get
from point A to point B, plastic bottles are shredded, turned into fiber by
suppliers, and mixed in with other fibers to create a sheet of lightweight yet
“The underbody shield is a large part, and for a part that
big, if we used solid plastic, it would likely weigh three times as much,” said
Thomas Sweder, design engineer, Ford Motor Company. “We look for the most
durable and highest performing materials to work with to make our parts, and in
this case, we are also creating many environmental benefits.”
That’s what you call a win-win.
Ford also uses around 470 plastic bottles for carpeting in
the EcoSport; to achieve this, the fiber is spun into a yarn and woven into the
carpeting. Sweder says it’s all part of Ford’s mission to use more and more
recycled and renewable material in its vehicles.
To learn more about Ford’s efforts to keep the Earth cleaner, including new and upcoming electrified vehicles like the 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid and the Ford F-150 Hybrid, stop into Tropical Ford.
You already know the biggest destinations Orlando has to
offer; our city is home to world-famous attractions like Disney World,
Universal Studios, LEGOLAND®, and the classic thrills of Gatorland. While these
make for great places to hang out with your kids, they can also be pretty
crowded during the summer. If you’re looking for a lower-impact but no-less-fun
outing, check out these lesser-known family fun activities in Orlando.
We know what you’re thinking: what is a Whirly Dome,
exactly? The short answer is that it’s where you play WhirlyBall in your
WhirlyBug, but that probably doesn’t help elucidate the matter. Whirly Dome is
a family entertainment complex that offers laser tag, the Lazer Frenzy maze, an
arcade, food and drink, and yes, WhirlyBall. Think a mixture of basketball,
hockey, and Jai-alai played on bumper cars and you’re on the right track.
Sounds fun, doesn’t it? The best way to find out is to visit the Whirly Dome.
Just say the word chocolate and the kids will start
scrambling. If you tell them that you’re heading to a place where you can learn
about how chocolate is made, taste chocolates from all over the world, and see
25 incredible works of art made entirely from chocolate, they’ll be in the car
and ready to go before you know it. That’s just part of the allure of the
Chocolate Museum & Cafe, the award-winning attraction that’s great for both
learning and snacking. With packages including a wine and chocolate pairing or
your choice of mimosa or champagne, it’s also a great spot to visit with your
There’s so, so much to do in Orlando, so don’t miss out any of it because you’ve got a bum ride. Trade in and trade up by visiting Tropical Ford and we’ll get you behind the wheel of a great car you can rely on.
Florida has a wealth of fun, quirky, and eccentric roadside attractions. Here are four that will brighten up your next road trip through the Sunshine State.
The Mermaids of Weeki
Wachee Springs State Park
The Mermaids of Weeki Wachee in Spring Hills have been a popular
attraction since 1947. These performers are as close as you can get to a real
mermaid — the ladies dazzle guests with underwater acrobatics and choreographed
routines. Photo-ops allow you to take the memories with you.
The Spongeorama Sponge Factory claims to be the Sponge
Capital of the World. It boasts the world’s largest collection of natural sea
sponges. Stop in at Tarpon Springs to learn all about sea sponges and the
industry around them.
Skunk Ape Research
In Ochopee, Dave Shealy has spent the majority of his life
looking for the elusive and mysterious Skunk Ape. Known in the south by names
like swampsquatch, stink ape, and swamp cabbage man, Shealy set up the Skunk
Ape Research Headquarters so visitors could learn more about the mythical Florida
Potter’s Wax Museum
Potter’s Wax Museum, located in St. Augustine, is the oldest
wax museum in the country. Come and walk with presidents and first ladies,
mingle with legends like Michael Jackson, see famous characters like Harry
Potter and Jack Sparrow, and get your picture taken with Einstein or Babe Ruth.
And with all good roadside attractions, don’t forget to
visit the gift shop before you leave to grab a souvenir!
Ready for adventure? Come to Tropical Ford, and we’ll help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs.
Ford has a history of designing creative inventions to aid
with everyday life, many of which have nothing to do with cars. Each of these
quirky designs demonstrates a technology feature the automaker has used to
improve its vehicles.
As Ford sees it, runaway shopping carts and overenthusiastic children can make a trip to the store potentially destructive. Kids can take the cart for a joy ride, or parents can lose control when distracted. To fix this dilemma, the engineers at Ford built a shopping cart with their Pre-Collision Assist technology installed. The sleek cart can sense obstacles ahead and brake before impact.
Max Motors Dream Cot
The old trick of taking a fussy baby for a drive to lull them to sleep comes condensed into a stylish, immobile cot. The Max Motors Dream Cot simulates an evening drive with soft engine noise, gentle movements like turns on the road, and soft orange lights to mimic passing streetlights.
Showcasing the Active Noise Control system used to reduce road noise, Ford developed a dog kennel to block out noises like fireworks to ease pets’ anxieties. The system, wrapped in an ultra-modern design, uses anti-vibration risers, noise-cancelling audio, and acoustic isolation panels to wrap pups in a cocoon of peace.
Recently, car enthusiasts of all varieties have been increasingly excited over the return of the legendary Ford Bronco in the form of the all-new 2020 Ford Bronco. For 30 years, the Bronco was one of the world’s leading 4×4 SUVs, boasting now-classic styling and incredible capability. And now Bronco fans have even more to get revved up about, as a new trademark request filed by Ford might suggest the coming of a new “Baby Bronco” called the Ford Bronco Scout.
Ford recently filed to trademark the “Scout” and “Bronco
Scout” nameplates. And while it’s not unheard of for auto brands to apply for
trademarks simply to have rights to them, it makes a lot of sense to speculate
that a reveal might be close at hand for the Bronco Scout.
With reports that Ford will soon release a smaller crossover styled after the all-new Bronco being dubbed the “Baby Bronco,” it seems likely that the “Bronco Scout” nameplate could be used to designate just such a vehicle. After all, the Scout name is unmistakably reminiscent of the International Harvester Scout, another 4×4 smiler to the original Ford Bronco. For now, though, we’ll have to content ourselves with the coming release of the all-new 2020 Ford Bronco while keeping an ear to the ground for what’s to come next.
Come check out the latest Ford innovations at Tropical
Incredible weather? Check. Amazing destination? Check. Huge variety? Check. The Orlando, Florida area has all of the ingredients needed for the perfect summer road trip. And now that you’ve for a new Ford to match, you’re all set. This summer, check out some of our favorite lakes near Orlando and get ready to fall back in love with the joy of driving.
Whether you’re a yearlong resident or just visiting, Lake
Eola is an Orlando mainstay, and for good reason. Located right in the heart of
downtown Orlando, Lake Eola is surrounded by great restaurants and other fun
activities the whole family will love.
Located in Winter Park, just north of Orlando, Lake
Killarney is the perfect single-day road trip behind the wheel of your new
Ford. Bring the whole family and rent some paddleboat for a day of fun on the
water or relax with a glass of wine and take in the great view.
Lake Toho is one of the largest lakes in all of Florida and
is a famous fishing spot amongst locals and traveling sportsmen alike. Adjacent
to the beautiful Brinson Park, you could easily spend days at Lake Toho taking
in all it has to offer.
Another excellent lake for fishing and boating, Lake
Kissimmee in Osceola County is a great place to fish, float around, or unwind
on the shore. With a public boat ramp, you’re welcome to bring your own boat,
but fishing is also great right from the marina.