Best Ford Vehicles for Tailgating Redskins Games

Ford for TailgatesAs a Redskins fan who loves tailgating, you know that there’s nothing like a good, friendly, and fun tailgating party! Family and friends come together to eat food, sip tasty beverages, and talk football. Adding to the excitement of a Redskins tailgating party are the cool vehicles! Whether it’s a slicked up truck or a shiny new convertible, Cavalier Ford Lincoln offers the best to all Washington Redskins fans. Check out the top three Ford Vehicles for tailgating this season. 

2014 Ford F-150

The first thing you notice about the F-150 is that it just looks cool. It has clean, strong lines and a steady presence that is offset by a sense of something outrageously fun and powerful. Looking to cruise into the parking lot in a new F-150? The F-150 is also the bestselling truck on the market so far this year.

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With up to eight feet of bed space, you’ll have plenty of room for the coolers, the grill, snacks, blankets, and anything else you can think of! The supercab and supercrew options will give your family and friends huge amounts of space and legroom, and the twin turbocharged Ecoboost V6 sounds just as good as it runs. For fans who like to rev their engines, it has more than enough power to get the job done. In addition to all this, The F-150 has tons of customizable options like different wheels, trim, navigational systems, and more! For a tailgating vehicle with power, good looks, and tons of functional value, pick the F-150.

2014 Ford Flex

Honestly, the 2014 Ford Flex is one of the coolest looking vehicles on the market today. It has an eclectic look to it but a wonderfully modern and artistic feel. Balance those looks with the Flex’s awesome performance and amazingly innovative options, and you have the recipe for a tailgating party ride that will always be parked near good times! Sweet options for the Flex include DVD headrests and a voice activated navigation system.

Best Vehicles for Redskins GamesThe game changing features of the Flex are the rear console refrigerator, which is exactly what it sounds like: a fridge between the rear bucket seats, and the Ecoboost V6, which has twin turbochargers and 365 horsepower. Last but not least, tired kids can watch the post-game fireworks through the Flex’s three panel windows in the ceiling! If you are the person who doesn’t bring the grill, but who brings the hot dogs, and the salad, and the chips and salsa, go for the Ford Flex. It won’t lead you astray!

2014 Ford E-150

Ready to bring the WHOLE family to the game? Grab the new E-Series Ford wagon. It has enough room for your family and all the party gear you want! Who ever said no wagons allowed? The E-Series has enough serious cargo space to pack a tent, some instruments, even a couple field goal posts or a volleyball net! Dream big, and take the party to the next level! The E-Series takes up to eleven passengers. Or take out the seats! Whether you have a big family, lots of tailgating gear, or just a bunch of pals along for the ride, the E-Series Van is the best way to get to a Redskins game and enjoy a tailgating party. 

Best Vehicles for Redskins Tailgates

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Best New Auto Technologies for Safety

Ford vehicles provide some of the best new auto technologies that you will find for taking that extra safety measure. Currently, Ford has revamped some of their new models to include updated safety technology while continuing with some of the old that seems to work just fine that include tire pressure indicators, fog lamps, and side and front air bags. 

The latest type of safety feature added to the Focus, Mustang, and Explorer is the driver knee airbag. This is a cool feature that helps protect the driver from lower body injury in case of an accident.  Other safety features include a height adjustable seat-belt and stability control. Being able to adjust your seatbelt will allow you to sit in any position whether it is straight up or lower down while driving and the seatbelt easily fits accordingly. It also fits well to short and tall drivers alike. This safety feature is included in many Ford model vehicles including the Explorer and Escape. The 2015 Ford Explorer has adjustable height for the pedals as well.
Best Safety Features for FordsStability control is ideal for those who drive for a living or drive for long hours as their is a sensor that automatically determines if the handling of the vehicle has been exceeded and will slow the vehicle down by applying some pressure to the brakes to help prevent losing control. This feature is included in such models as the Mustang and Focus.

When you buy a Ford, you can count on a safe drive. With all of their safety features included in all types of models, you can practically ensure that you will make it home safely. Some other safety features to recognize in the Ford models is the adjustable head rests and traction control. Both of these features offer you a comfortable drive while getting you where you have to go safely. The traction control will prevent slippage especially during rainy weather and head rest adjustment can be made to help prevent whiplash injuries in case of an accident.

In 2015, Ford vehicles will deliver ideal protection with various types of airbags located at the front, side, and bottom. In some models such as the Fusion, it will provide backseat passengers to have airbags available. This allows for the driver, and in some Ford models, the passenger, to have no worries or concerns about how safe they will be in case of an accident. Some other features include a cross traffic and lane keep system that both alert you when changing lanes. The cross traffic safety features lets you know when someone is in your blind spot when you want to change lanes and the lane keeping system lets you know when you are drifting into another lane. As the Ford continues to try to improve their safety features, they become among the top choices of vehicles to purchase.
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For Chesapeake, Virginia residents, you will be able to find some of the top models at your local Ford dealership, Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier. Contact us today to purchase your new Ford model vehicle where you can trust in the best safety features in the business.

Top Halloween Attractions in VA

A variety of Halloween activities are available for you to enjoy throughout the Chesapeake area. Some of the most popular ways you can enjoy the season include fall festivals, hay rides, haunted houses, and Halloween parties. Visiting us here at Cavalier Ford Greenbrier in Chesapeake or browsing online inventory of Fords might help families find the new vehicle they need to get around.

One of the most common ways to celebrate Halloween is by going to a haunted house. Since there are themes related to ghosts and other spooky creatures, the opportunity for your family to enjoy a scary event at a converted facility has great appeal. The Chesapeake area has several unique resources that are well-suited for conversion to haunted houses.

Haunted Houses

A good example of this is available at Nauticus in Norfolk at One Waterside Drive. This is the fifth year in a row that they will have a themed haunted house on the Battleship Wisconsin. Adults interested in exploring a retired battleship should check it out, but it is not recommended for children. It is open on Thursday through Saturday, October 16th to 18th and 23rd to 25th. Tours start at 6:30 PM and the cost is $15 for non-members, but Nauticus members can get in for $10.

The Ghost Train at Northwest River Park in Chesapeake operates on the same days, but they open at 7 PM and close at 10 PM. There is no train here; instead, they use hay carts with benches to take your family through the Northwest River Park, which has been transformed into haunted woods. Tickets are $9 on Thursdays and $10 for Friday and Saturdays rides. This is a family friendly event, but some young kids might not be ready for the scary surprises in the dark.

Trick or Treat

Hampton is hosting its Annual Halloween Bash at the Virginia Air and Space Museum at 600 Settlers Landing Road on October 25th. The event starts at 4 PM and includes costume contests for all age groups. Afterwards, downtown businesses will be offering safe trick or treating until 7 PM. Tickets cost $7 on the day of the event, but you can save $2 by purchasing them early.

Downtown Portsmouth traditionally holds its Annual Olde Town Trick or Treat event on the last Saturday before Halloween. Kids up to 12 years old can trick or treat safely among the businesses in the historic area with oversight by the Portsmouth Police and Auxiliary Fire Department. They buy, and oversee, 4000 pounds of candy with donations from local merchants. Business welcome families from 6 PM until 8 PM while various street performers are on hand.

The Town Center of Virginia Beach is the site of the Halloween Town and Treat festival, which is also on the 25th. This free event starts earlier than most at 12 PM and runs until 4 PM. Various activities, like pumpkin decorating and face painting, will be fun for your family. At 1:30 PM, they have a special costume show just for pets.

Month Long Festivals

Top Halloween Attractions in VAThe Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach offers a variety of events and activities for families. It is open from 7 to 11 PM on Friday and Saturday the 10th and 11th, and daily from Wednesday to Sunday, starting on the 15th, until November 1st. The farm is located at 2388 London Bridge Road and admission costs $25. The entry fee gets everyone a wristband so they can enjoy all the activities as many times as they wish. These include a haunted hayride and a corn field full of zombies.

We hope you enjoy the Halloween season and festivities as much as we enjoy telling you about them!

 

Why is My Car Drifting and Pulling?

Many drivers experience their vehicle drifting or pulling from side to side, but do not realize the risks to safety it poses. Within the vehicle, drifting or pulling could be a sign of something worse to come. For the driver, not having complete control of their vehicle could mean disaster in traffic. If you are experiencing auto problems and would like to talk to an auto service technician, contact the service department at Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier of Chesapeake, VA today. Turn to Cavalier Ford Greenbrier for Ford service in Chesapeake, VA today.

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The following is a list of reasons why your vehicle may be forcing itself side to side during your commute. If you are experiencing any drifting or pulling as you travel, schedule an appointment or visit your mechanic as soon as possible to fix the issue before you are paying huge repair bills or you find yourself in an accident.

A simple issue to fix if your car drifts or pulls is tire pressure. You should frequently check your tires to ensure they are at the recommended pressure levels. If one side is low in tire pressure, your vehicle will pull to that side. Though a simple fix, if you let the issue persist, your tires will begin to wear down which will lead to suspension problems and high repair bills. If your tires start to wear, this is going to change the weight shift in the vehicle, causing your car to pull. Not only do you want to keep up with tire pressure maintenance, you want to prevent your tires from wearing down.

An improper wheel alignment is another reason your vehicle will drift. Routine maintenance will prevent any alignment issues from occurring.

The engineering of the road can also cause your vehicle to ride off to the side on its own. Roads are constructed with an angle for water runoff purposes. Due to the angle of the road, your vehicle may drift.

A defective tire will also lead to drifting. Tire conicity is caused when the belts under the treads are not aligned properly. There is more belting to one side which causes a cone shape in the tire. This can be detected by feeling more of a pull the faster you go. Mechanics will switch the two front tires and see if the car drifts in the other direction to test this issue.

Getting a new tire may also cause problems when trying to keep the car between the lines. All tires should be the same and be made with the same tread marks. When putting a new tire into the mix, pulling and drifting will happen. It is recommended that when replacing tires, do two at a time and place them in the back.

You may also experience tire separation, which is very dangerous because the tire may blow out while in operation. This occurs when the belts under the treads separate from the tire. Tire separation can be detected by a shimmy or shake at low speeds. For tire services in VA, view Cavalier Ford Lincoln’s tire service page today. We also handle oil changes in Norfolk, Chesapeake and surround areas. Don’t forget to check out our parts specials in Chesapeake page for discounts and coupons.

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Have you ever noticed your car drift in the same direction as a turn you just took? This is called Memory Steer and is caused by bad strut bearings, defective tie rods or binding ball joints.

The last reason your vehicle may be drifting on you is due to brake problems. Brake systems can encounter many problems that will cause brakes to stick and not release properly. Problems may be a sticking wheel cylinder, sticky caliper, hydraulic malfunctions and weathered suspension components. Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier offers brake services and repairs in our service department. Schedule an appointment online now.

A vehicle that drifts is a hazard on the roadway and to the driver. If you experience or are experiencing a pull from side to side, make an appointment or contact Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier today.

 

 

When To Get Your Transmission Flushed

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Making sure your transmission runs properly should be one of the most important points of vehicle maintenance. For one, the transmission’s job is to take power from the engine to make the wheels turn. Without wheels that turn, you’re certain to not make it far. Also, a failed transmission is going to mean a big hole in your pocket. Costs can be huge when dealing with transmission repair or replacement. For transmission services in Portsmouth, VA, contact your local Ford dealer Cavalier Ford Greenbrier. View their service menu or schedule an appointment online with the service department. Don’t forget to check out our service specials in Chesapeake page and our parts specials in Chesapeake page for coupons and deals. Depend on us to give you great Ford service in Chesapeake, VA.

Just like anything else that you expect to get the most out of, upkeep and maintenance are essential in ensuring your transmission lasts for years. Though it’s encouraged you consult your owner’s manual for transmission maintenance specifications, the industry recommends a transmission flush every two years or 24,000 miles. If you experience any of the following, you will want to visit your mechanic or dealership for a transmission flush:

Color/Consistency

Check your transmission fluid. Your transmission fluid should be a red or pink color with a thin consistency. You will want to consider a transmission flush if the fluid has gone dark, has a burnt smell or shows residue and deposit. Another factor you want to look for is oxidization. Drop some of the fluid onto a paper towel. If the liquid spreads on the paper, the transmission fluid is good. If it stays in one place without spreading, oxidization has set in and a flush will be needed to prevent damage to your transmission.

Grinding/Noise

If you notice grinding or new noises while you drive, get your vehicle to your mechanic for a checkup. This could be due to transmission issues that will need to be repaired soon, before you break down.

Gears are slipping

When on the roadway, gears should shift effortlessly and stay in gear. If you change gears and feel them slip, it is a sure sign of transmission problems. When dirt mixes with transmission fluid, necessary pressure is lost causing gears to slip.

Delay in vehicle movement

This happens when you experience your vehicle stall for one to two seconds before moving after putting your vehicle in gear (drive or reverse).

Problems shifting gears

Having too much dirt and sludge in your transmission will result in a slow response time. If you drive a manual, you may find it very difficult to switch from gear to gear.

Surging of your vehicle

If your transmission is in need of a flush, you may feel your vehicle surge while applying the gas or brake pedal. This is due to an inconsistent flow of clean transmission fluid, causing a ‘kick’ feeling to you behind the wheel.

When you get a transmission flush, all of the current fluid is removed and replaced with new fluid. The process also allows for dirt and sludge to be removed, creating a new and clean environment for your transmission to work correctly.

Due to the machinery and experience required for a successful transmission flush, always consult with and have an experienced professional mechanic perform the flush. A transmission flush done the wrong way could cause harm and permanent damage to your transmission, creating those large repair bills that you don’t want to be confronted with.

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For more information about your transmission or difficulties you may be experiencing, contact Cavalier Ford Greenbrier of Chesapeake, VA today.

Must-Have Items to Pack for the Beach in Your New Ford

2005 Ford Mustang ConvertibleThere is nothing more classic than a great trip to the beach in a car full of friends packed with everything you need to have a perfect day in the waves. This year, check out some of the gorgeous nearby beaches, and get ready to have a relaxing and fun-filled trip. For those seeking a quieter beach getaway look no further than the beaches in Chesapeake Bay. Pack up your Ford with these beach essentials and hit the sand at any one of the beautiful Virginia beaches this season.

Beach Refreshments

When getting ready for the beach, have no worries that your new Ford will have enough room to take any snacks and drinks you need to get the most out of your beach trip. Remember to pack plenty of water, as well as sandwiches, chips, fruits, and a surprise treat like cookies. Even though your cooler is jam-packed, you’ll still have plenty of space in your efficient and roomy Ford, especially if it’s an Escape. Pop open the back and lay down some blankets for a quick beach picnic, and enjoy the Virginia beaches like never before.

Beach Entertainment

As one of the most relaxing beaches on the East coast, the Chesapeake Bay area beaches are one of the best places to enjoy quiet activities. Packing a bag of books and magazines can make sure you get in some good reading time in between ocean swims and sun naps. Some might even enjoy bringing along a small radio for a little light music to accompany the gentle sounds of waves and seagulls. For those with less to pack, the 2015 Ford Fiesta is just the perfect mix of functionality and economy to make every trip effortless.

Beach Toys

For those with children, there is no end to the amount of toys to be carried to the beach. From sand buckets and shovels, to goggles and swim shoes, boogie boards, Frisbees, volleyballs, and more, families must have a way to get everything to the beach in one trip. With enough room for all the fun plus all the family, Ford offers several SUVs with the space to take on a perfect beach trip. So relax knowing everyone gets to take their own toys to play with; no more fighting over who gets to take what.

Beach Necessities

There are some things that are just impossible to leave home without. When packing up for a beach trip, always remember to pack beach chairs, suntan lotion, sunglasses, umbrellas, towels, and floaties for the kids. Fit everything you need and more inside your Ford, parked right next to you on the sand. While you’re sitting back with everything you need to enjoy an ideal day at the beach, take some time to read your new owner’s manual for your brand new Ford.

Even after packing up all the food, toys, and entertainment you could possibly need for your day at the beach, relax knowing there’s still room for the entire family, including the dog, in your new 2015 Ford. For the biggest selection of beautiful brand new and certified pre-owned Fords in the Virginia Beach area, stop in to Cavalier Ford Lincoln – you’ll find the best fit for you and the family. With an experienced sales team supported by an excellent service team, the entire staff at Cavalier Ford Lincoln is dedicated to offering you the best possible car shopping experience. When headed for the beach this year, remember the most essential part of your trip: how you’ll get there. Choose a quality Ford that has plenty of room for everything you love!

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When is it Time to Change Your Transmission Parts?

Introduction

The transmission is one of the most complex systems on modern vehicles and determines how power is transferred from the engine to the wheels. A modern automatic transmission has over a thousand parts, meaning that constant maintenance to ensure that each part works correctly in the system is essential. Replacing an entire transmission system that has failed is one of the most expensive repair jobs that you’ll ever encounter, so it’s wise to keep up with the maintenance of the system to help prolong the life of the system. Schedule a service at Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier today!

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Signs of a Failing Transmission

Since the transmission is such a complex system, there are plenty of warning signs when things go wrong. Since each symptom can be indicative of a number of different parts failing, it’s a good idea to visit your local dealer and have them perform a systematic check to determine what the problem is. The most common signs of a failing transmission include:

  • If you have a manual transmission, rough shifting is a good indicator of a failing transmission. This can include finding that your car refuses to shift gears or that the gear shifts aren’t very smooth. You may even hear a distinct noise when the gear engages and you may notice that the car doesn’t get up to speed as it used to.
  • If you have an automatic transmission, the most common indicator of a failing transmission would be slippage, where you’re driving in a certain gear which then slips for no reason. You may feel that the car feels underpowered or that it’s not accelerating like it used to. Again, unusual noises such as whining or random changes in pitch should be a good indicator of trouble.
  • Delayed engagement is a symptom where you engage the car from the parking gear into drive and instead of immediately being able to drive you find that even if you rev the car it doesn’t move forward.
  • Transmission fluid is usually a shade of red or brown and is easy to distinguish from water and oil. If you find spots of liquid on your driveway or garage, place some cardboard under the car and check the color of the leak. If your transmission fluid is leaking, contact your auto service shop immediately.

Transmission Maintenance

Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to transmissions. There are plenty of things that you can do as an owner to extend the lifespan of your transmission and prevent major problems from arising.

  • Check your transmission fluid regularly, especially after you’ve run your car in adverse conditions such as stop and start traffic, towing or hilly terrain, all of which can cause transmission fluid to heat up, which decreases the performance of the fluid.
  • Service your vehicle regularly at your local dealer. One of the things that a yearly service addresses is a transmission fluid check and replacement, ensuring that your transmission is working as it should. A service will also check safety features such as brakes, lights and steering and can drastically prolong the engine life of your vehicle.
  • Investigate any malfunctions immediately. Many people tend to delay going to the service center even when there is a problem with a car, which makes the issue larger the longer it goes on.

Conclusion

Keeping your transmission in working order is a good way to ensure that your drive in your Ford is pleasant and hassle-free. Identifying any issues early will help you avoid costly replacements and repairs, and regular maintenance at your local Cavalier Ford dealer will prolong the life of your transmission.