New Years Eve Events around Virginia Beach

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New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to put on a fancy dress or break out your tux and don your dancing shoes as you celebrate the end of one year and the start of a new one. And if you’re looking for an event to enjoy while you celebrate the arrival of a new year, here are some options in the Virginia Beach and Norfolk areas for you to consider.

New Year’s Eve Sneaker Ball

Real Fresh Radio will present its third annual New Year’s Eve Sneaker Ball at the FM Restaurant in Norfolk, with the doors set to open at 9:30 pm. You must come in semi-formal dress topped off with your best pair sneakers—hence the name of the event. Complimentary party favors will be provided for the revelry, and there will be a champagne toast at midnight. DJ Bee will serve up a great playlist to keep the party going. Tickets for the sneaker ball range from $10 to $15.

New Year’s Eve Gala Ball

On New Year’s Eve, stop by the Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach for an elegant dance and buffet to celebrate the end of 2014 and the start of 2015. For this event, which will be held from 8 pm to 2 am, you can enjoy an open bar and a traditional champagne toast at midnight. In addition, the 10-Spot Band will play a combination of Motown, big band, classic party, and modern hits for everyone to enjoy.

The Founders Inn and Spa is offering overnight accommodations in a standard guestroom for two adults and a New Year’s Day champagne brunch. Reservations are required, and tickets cost $350 per couple for an inclusive package. Tickets for only the gala ball cost $150.

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Gatsby II New Year’s Eve Ball 2015

As New Year’s Eve inches closer, it’s time to start thinking about what party and celebration you’d like to attend to ring in the new year. So take a look at the events in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area listed above, and be sure to attend at least one of these unique and lavish celebrations this. We’re sure you won’t regret it!The Marriot Norfolk Waterside in Norfolk will host the Gatsby II New Year’s Eve Ball from 9 pm to 2 am. Channeling the extravagant parties thrown by fictional character Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby, this event will feature distinguished entertainment companies playing music from the area’s biggest DJs. In addition, there will be complimentary party favors for all those who attend, a champagne toast at midnight, and a balloon drop. Since it will be an extravagant party, attendees should dress in couture ballroom attire. Tickets for this event will cost as little as $20 to as much as $1,000.

Cavalier Ford Greenbrier would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday season! If you’re in the market for a new Ford vehicle, stop by today and test drive our 2015 Ford models.

 

Holiday Tree Light Events Around Norfolk, VA

There are plenty of holiday events scheduled around the Virginia Beach and Norfolk areas this year, and we’re sure families are filling up their calendars with them—though it may be hard to choose! So Cavalier Ford Greenbrier is helping you select the perfect events this holiday season with a sampling of what the Norfolk area is offering residents and visitors.

Holiday Events NorfolkGhent Holiday Tree Lighting and Caroling

On December 5 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Ghent’s Holiday Open House Weekend will start with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Blair Middle School. Here, you and your family will be able enjoy great festive music and caroling by school groups from Blair Middle School, St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Norfolk Collegiate, and The Williams School. There will also be hot chocolate and cookies for those looking to warm up. Best of all, Santa Claus will make an appearance when he helps to light the tree. New unwrapped toys for the ForKids organization will be accepted as part of the event.

Dickens’ Christmas Towne

Dickens’ Christmas Towne will be located at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center from November 21 to December 14 and December 17 to December 28. Families who attend will have a chance to celebrate the holidays as they did in Victorian London. Carolers will provide festive music, and actors will dress in period costumes. There will also be tea parties, merchants, and holiday activities that everyone in the family can enjoy.

In addition, there will be a Victorian Father Christmas plus a train display and an outdoor train ride for children to enjoy.

As far as the decorations, there will be wreaths on every door, candles in every window, and boats on the nearby waterfront decorated with lights and wreaths.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Virginia’s family theatre company, The Hurrah Players, will present Hurrah for the Holidays at 7 pm on December 13 at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center. This multi-cultural celebration will offer festive holiday music, from the classics to modern hits. There will also be precision kick-line dancers, a 6-foot dancing snowman, and additional holiday performances and surprises.

Additionally, there will be a performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It tells a heartwarming story that focuses on an unlikely group of children who learn the true meaning of Christmas and the holidays. Plus, this will be the only night that the Happy Hanukkah, My Friend program will be presented to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

Tacky Sweater 5K

You can celebrate the holidays a bit differently this year by participating in the Tacky Sweater 5K on December 13 at Ocean View Beach Park. In addition to the 5K race, there will be a 5K walk and a tacky sweater competition. All of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Edmarc Hospice for Children, which provides hospice services for children and their families in the Hampton Roads area. Pre-registration for the race and walk are required.

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With the holidays fast approaching for the residents of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, be sure to check out the events listed above and add one or all of them to your plans this year.

 

When Do I Replace My Transmission Parts?

As your transmission begins to fail there will be warning signs that you want to pay attention to. Because the transmission is the hardest working component of any vehicle, the likelihood of wear and tear is high due to the heat and friction caused by the moving parts during operation. Having your vehicle checked out at the first sign of trouble could save you a lot of money in the future. It will also make your vehicle much safer to be in. If you experience or are experiencing any of the following problems with your vehicle, it could be that the transmission is sending you signals to get your car looked at. For transmission service in Portsmouth, VA, schedule a service appointment at Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier.

The first sign that there may be something wrong with your transmission is an illuminated ‘check engine light’. However, the light does not automatically mean that the issue is within your transmission. If you are experiencing any of the following problems while the check engine light is on, you’ll want to visit your mechanic or service center for a diagnostic.

The biggest reason for transmission failure is a leak in the system. Without the necessary amount of fluid in the transmission, many issues will occur that will soon lead to a break down. If you notice anything out of the norm during your travels, place cardboard under your engine. Transmission fluid is red in color. If you notice any fluid on the cardboard, get to a mechanic immediately for repairs. For more information about transmission problems, read our blog When To Get Your Transmission Flushed.

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You may also sense a burning smell if your transmission is on the fritz. If you ever sense a burning smell in your vehicle, get into a shop right away. If the smell is coming from your transmission, it could be due to low levels of fluid.

When transmission troubles set in, many drivers will experience problems with shifting. For manual transmissions, drivers may deal with a grinding while changing gears, while automatic transmissions will cause the vehicle to wobble and shake when shifting gears.

Delayed engagement is another reason you may need new transmission parts. When shifting from park to drive (or reverse) your vehicle should respond immediately with movement. Transmission problems will cause a delay (usually 1.5 – 2 seconds) before your vehicle will start to move.

Another problem you may face with transmission troubles is gear shifting. This occurs when you are driving, and it feels as though the gears are changing. Because of a lack of pressure in the transmission, your vehicle is unable to hold the correct gear. At that time, your transmission will work to build the pressure back up, allowing your vehicle to then ‘slip’ back into the correct gear…until it loses pressure again.

You also want to take notice of any harsh sounds or ‘feels’ when shifting. Your vehicle is designed to shift smoothly and effortlessly. A bad transmission may be accompanied with a ‘thud’ or ‘clunk’ sound as you change gears. When experiencing transmission problems, some vehicles refuse to change gears altogether, which also results in difficulty getting up to speed.

If your vehicle is giving you any of these warning signs, see a mechanic as soon as possible. Your transmission is most likely on the decline and the longer you wait, the more problems will accrue and your wallet will pay the price in the end. Schedule a service appointment at Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier today.

How to Handle Thanksgiving Dinner for a Group of People

Whether you’re making Thanksgiving dinner for two or 20, including family from Virginia Beach and Norfolk, the process can be stressful. From calculating the perfect amount of food to cook to figuring out how to deal with the enormous amount of dishes to clean after dinner, it can be difficult to relax and fully enjoy the holiday.

Thanksgiving for a Group of People

To avoid that scenario this year, below are a few simple tips you can follow to make this year’s Thanksgiving a little bit less stressful.

Plan and prepare: Regardless of whether you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner for just you and your spouse or for your entire family, it’s beneficial to have a game plan. Once you decide on what you’ll be cooking, and whether anyone will be making dishes at their houses and bringing them to the meal, hit the grocery store as early as possible to get the ingredients you need. Then make some sides throughout the week and refrigerate or freeze them until Thanksgiving. And on the big day, get started early on cooking the turkey so you can roast it to pure perfection without eating at 9 pm because you got a late start.

ndoubtedly, everyone will be willing to lend a hand, no matter how big or small.Ask for help: Trying to set up for and cook Thanksgiving dinner by yourself can be overwhelming, so don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for assistance before, during, and after the meal. You can ask each attendee to bring a side dish or dessert for the meal or come early to help set the table. When the meal is over, ask for help packing up the leftovers and clearing the table. U

Have a plan for leftovers: While Thanksgiving may be considered one of the biggest cheat days when it comes to food, ha

ving a large amount of leftovers can leave a sour taste in anyone’s mouth at the thought of seemingly endless turkey sandwiches and reheated mashed potatoes. To avoid being overwhelmed by your leftovers, make doggie bags for your guests as you clean up from Thanksgiving dinner so you can hand them out when they leave.

How to Handle Thanksgiving for a group

Take advantage of your dishwasher: No matter the size of your Thanksgiving get-together, there will be an enormous pile of dishes that need to be cleaned at the end of the night. But if you fill your dishwasher and run it as often as you need to, keeping on top of those dirty dishes will be a breeze.

Relax and have fun: Thanksgiving is the time for family and friends. Your family from places such as Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and all over the country will travel to see each other, so enjoy this time together and the memories you can make during this year’s dinner. Periodically take a break during the preparations to talk to your family and friends. It’s sure to lower your stress, make you relax, and even make you laugh while you’re cooking.

Thanksgiving is a great time each year for family and friends to come together and feast on delicious food. So if you’re cooking this year for your spouse or your entire family, use these tips listed to make this year’s Thanksgiving less stressful and more enjoyable.

Black Friday Shopping Tips

With the day fast approaching, people all over the area, including Virginia Beach and Norfolk, are thinking about Black Friday shopping. As the official start of the holiday shopping season, on Black Friday, there’s no doubt malls and shopping centers will be opening early and will be crowded. So it’s understandable that shopping on Black Friday can be extremely hectic.

If you’re thinking about stopping by the Lynnhaven Mall  for the Black Friday deals, be sure to take note of the tips listed below to lessen the stress of your Black Friday shopping experience.

Map out the stores: The mall will be filled with people scrambling to get the best deals on all of their Christmas gifts, so knowing the layout of the stores where you need to shop will help you get in and out quickly.

Make a list and stick to it: Just like mapping out the stores where you need to shop, creating a list of everything you need to purchase can help you get in and out of stores faster. Also, this can help you stick to buying only what you need and not making any impulse purchases, especially with so many Black Friday sales and specials.

Get some rest: Each year, malls and other stores open earlier and earlier to accommodate the Black Friday shopping crowds. While not every mall has a Black Friday schedule just yet, it’s safe to assume that stores may open as early as 6 pm on Thanksgiving. Regardless of when you plan to head out for the sales, make sure to get plenty of rest so you can stay sharp, focused and, most importantly, safe while you’re shopping.

Get to the stores early: Whatever time malls and stores plan to open around Thanksgiving and Black Friday, some kind of line is going to form outside ahead of time. If you want to get a prime parking spot and be one of the first people inside the stores, then get there as early as possible. Just remember, though, that the earlier you get there, the longer you’ll have to wait outside. Since the temperatures are generally chilly in late November, it would be wise to dress in layers so you can stay warm while you wait.

Be careful: This is the most important tip you should follow. Black Friday horror stories of stampedes, injuries, and even death are all too common. Avoid shoving, fighting, and running for an item you need. Chances are that stores have additional items in the back and will replenish their supplies on the floor throughout the night, so there’s no need to get physical or resort to violence to get what you want. 

Black Friday is almost here, and it’s sure to include not only great prices but tons of shoppers as well. If you’re looking to visit any of the malls and stores in Norfolk or Virginia Beach, be sure to take note and follow these tips for ensure you have a safe and stress-free Black Friday shopping experience.

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

Call (888) 852-7509 or stop by the dealership that truly celebrates and supports the Redskins and all their fans! Cavalier Ford Lincoln is located at 1515 South Military Highway in Chesapeake, Virginia, 23320. Our dealership is open 9-9 Monday through Friday, 9-7 on Saturdays, and 12-5 on Sundays. Stop by and talk football and fabulous Ford vehicles
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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.
Safety Features for Fords

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.