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

Your 2021 Ford Bronco Can be as Unique as You

The original Bronco was beloved by its dedicated fans for its athletic performance and its open-air philosophy, so many people had high expectations when Ford announced it was resurrecting the iconic nameplate for 2021. Luckily for long-time Bronco lovers, the revived 4×4 is just as adventurous as before – and even more customizable.

You’re probably familiar with the fact that the Ford Bronco has removable doors and roof panels to promote an open-air feel. However, you might not know that truly adventurous souls can basically remove any part of the Bronco’s exterior parts (including mudguards and fenders) to swap them out for something else depending on your mood. You’ll be able to adjust the appearance and functionality of your Bronco nearly as easily as you switch between G.O.A.T. modes™.

On top of allowing you to make your vehicle as unique as you are, the modular nature of the Ford Bronco gives you an affordable way to refresh your vehicle over and over again. Per the chief Bronco designer, Paul Wraith, the Bronco’s mix-and-match design philosophy “gives [owners] the opportunity to create the perfect 4×4 for their unique needs without requiring a lot of mechanical expertise or experience.”

The adventurous 2021 Ford Bronco will be available at Tropical Ford before you know it, so keep an eye on our online inventory.

2021 Ford Bronco in Orlando, FL

Exciting Updates Coming to 2022 Ford Super Duty

As if Ford’s most powerful pickup isn’t impressive enough already, the powers-that-be have decided that the 2022 Ford Super Duty is due for some powerful updates. Keep reading to learn what new features you can look out for on the updated Super Duty.

SYNC®4: The SYNC®4 infotainment system is Ford’s most advanced set-up yet, which makes it unsurprising that the manufacturer saw fit to put it in the most intelligent Super Duty ever. Available for Lariat (and higher) trim levels, the SYNC®4 system brings wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities to the powerful truck. The SYNC®4 system is also compatible with wireless, over-the-air updates, which means you’ll always have the latest version of infotainment software.

Appearance Updates: In addition to gaining some new capabilities, the 2022 Ford Super Duty will also see updates to its appearance. Not only is there a spiffy new Atlas Blue color available to adorn your Super Duty’s body with, but you can now choose a Baja and Light Slate interior on some trims. An exciting Lariat Sport Appearance Package is also available, and it swaps out the chrome accents on your mirror, grille bars, and bumpers for body-colored ones.

For updates on when the 2022 Ford Super Duty will arrive at Tropical Ford, contact us or stop by our dealership in Orlando, FL.

2022 Ford Super Duty (2017 Model Pictured) in Orlando, FL

How to Log Your Business Miles

If you own a small business and regularly put miles on your vehicle for business purposes — or even if you are an employee at someone else’s business and use your vehicle for regular business trips — you should be claiming those miles on your tax returns. But you must be able to prove every mile driven to the IRS, or else you’ll face potential hefty penalties.

Should you take the deduction for business mileage on your taxes, be ready to prove your mileage in the event of an audit. The IRS accepts proof in two forms: a daily log kept by you, as long as it has lots of information, or a mileage app that does the admin work for you.

If you’re creating a log of your business mileage, keep a journal in your car and immediately log each trip after the drive. You will need to include the date, your odometer reading at the start and end of the journey, along with the number of miles you’ve driven, and the business reason for the trip. It is also helpful to include the starting address and the destination address.

If you would rather rely on your smartphone, you can download one of several business apps for such a purpose. Many apps even let you log your personal and business miles separately. At Tropical Ford, you can find a massive selection of fleet vehicles to suit all of your small business needs.

Design Your Own 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 with This Online Configurator

Have you been dreaming of driving your own 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500? The time has come to make that dream more tangible by configuring your ideal model using the new GT500 configurator launched on Ford’s site.

By using the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 configurator online, you’ll be able to play around with different design elements, like color and stripes, as well as tack on different packages. You’ll then get the price for the specific Mustang you’ve designed.

For 2020, the colors include Ford Performance Blue, Grabber Lime, Iconic Silver, Kona Blue, Magnetic, Oxford White, Race Red, Rapid Red, Shadow Black, Twister Orange, and Velocity Blue. Rapid Red and Twister Orange come at additional costs. You can also add a painted black roof and/or tape side stripes in either Ebony, Kona Blue, or Bright White. For an additional fee, you can get racing stripes in either Kona Blue, Oxford White, or Absolute Black.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is available with a few packages: the Carbon Fiber Track Pack adds multiple exposed carbon fiber elements and gets ride of the rear seat; the Handling Pack, which can’t be purchased alongside the Carbon Fiber Track Pack, adds a couple of features, including the Gurney flap rear spoiler. For advanced interior tech, go with the Technology Package.

Want to see the 2020 Mustang in real life? Take it for a test drive at Tropical Ford.

Fun Things to Do in Orlando

Everyone knows about Orlando’s famous theme parks, but the truth is that Orlando has a whole lot more going for it than Disney. Teeming with culture thanks to its proximity to Central America and one of the most populous, tourist-friendly places in the country, Orlando is the perfect place to visit even if you don’t like theme parks.

One of the best attractions of Orlando is International Drive, an 11-mile thoroughfare in Orlando that takes you through the main tourist strip of the city. You can even ride a trolley through the streets to get the authentic Orlando experience!

Then there’s the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful theater where you can catch a musical or a concert. If you’re more of a history and science person, visit SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, where you can see over 500 skeletons.

If you want to do something outdoors to enjoy the beautiful Orlando weather, stop by the Harry P. Leu Gardens, where you can see beautiful rose gardens full of butterflies and other wildlife. Of course, these are just a few of the best tourist attractions in Orlando—visit the Visit Orlando website to find out much more!

The staff at Tropical Ford can’t wait for your visit.

New Ford F-150 Raptor is Reaching a Global Audience

Check out the new Ford F-150 Raptor, a special trim that’s headed around the world thanks to its recent popularity. This model has unparalleled off-road capabilities, offering a thrilling ride and athletic styling. The Raptor was also part of the first-ever official export program, sending the F-150 to places such as China.

According to Ford, the F-150 Raptor is made for off-road trails, with a special exterior design and added performance. This model comes with up to 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. There are also added features like Terrain Management, a widebody design, hood vent, and BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, among other things.

Two 2017 F-150 Raptors parked next to each other in the desert
The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor

“Ford is one of America’s top exporters, and F-150 Raptor’s appeal and unmatched off-road performance has earned the truck a loyal following around the globe,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Export to China enables us to bring a new group of enthusiasts into the Ford family.”

What else is so special about the Ford F-150 Raptor? This special model also comes with Ford’s signature military-grade alloy to help reduce weight and save on gas. Plus, with TORQUE-ON-DEMAND and 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox, you can tackle virtually any terrain. It’s easy to see why Ford has been able to ship this pickup across the globe.