Car Engine Sounds You Should Pay Attention To

As cars age, they may start making some odd or unusual sounds. While some drivers will simply wave it off as a result of years of driving, those odd sounds may be cause for concern. Audible screeching, growling, and grinding is often the early signs of a major problem. Here are a few car engine sounds you should pay attention to, no matter the age of your car.


A clattering coming from the engine is a bad sign, especially if you have a gas-powered car. Clattering usually means that the fuel is detonating early and is often referred to as pinging or knocking. If left unchecked, the fuel will continue to explode early and could cause major damage to the engine.

High-Pitched Scraping

A high-pitched scraping noise is a sign of a loose accessory drive belt. The problem is often caused by the age of the belt or improper tension. Fortunately, a simple inspection with an eye for cracks can help identify the problem. Replacing the belt is the only solution.


If you hear something that sounds similar to metal grinding on metal, odds are you need new brakes. A brake pad is likely completely worn out and the brakes are scraping against the rotors. Fixing the brakes and whatever damage was caused is the only way to remedy the problem.

If your car is making some odd sounds, stop in to see us here at Plaza Lincoln to have it professionally inspected and repaired.

Five Fun One-Tank Day Trip ideas from The Villages.

The Villages, FL | Plaza Lincoln
The Villages, FL | Plaza Lincoln By Ebyabe  

Road Trip time!

There are not many towns in America with access to the more natural beauty and good old delightful fun than right here in The Villages. Within 100 miles from our neck of the woods, you can travel north past Gainesville, south to Lakeland, east to the Atlantic, or west to the Gulf. The average vehicle can get about 250 miles on a single tank of gas — that means there is a whole lot of adventuring you could be doing with just one fill up! Check out this list of one-tank day trip ideas.

In fact, here are some of our favorite one-tank day trips from The Villages:

  1. Go to Crystal River to swim and snorkel with the Manatees.
  2. Stop by the Speedway at Daytona Beach.
  3. Explore the culture of Gainesville, home of the University of Florida, with plenty of museums, shops, restaurants, and nightlife.
  4. Be awed by the real-life mermaid performers of Weeki Wachee Springs in Spring Hill.
  5. Discover the history of Old Florida in Tavares, the “Seaplane City” of America.

Disclaimer: if you attempt these one-tank road trips in a new Lincoln from Plaza Lincoln, you just might not want to stop driving! Lincoln vehicles are unparalleled in comfort, safety, and driving convenience — the perfect road-trip companion. Stop by to Plaza Lincoln today to see our impressive stock of new Lincoln vehicles and test drive your favorite.

Safe Driving Tips for Families

safe driving tips for families

Hitting the road with your family in tow is an ideal way to create some fun-filled memories that the kids will never forget. Here are some safe driving tips for families from us here at Plaza Lincoln of Leesburg.

Prevent Fatigue

Getting plenty of sleep the night before a trip is crucial to prevent fatigue. Struggling to stay awake behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster. Pull over or switch drivers whenever necessary.

Monitor Cellphone Use

Different states have different laws that pertain to cellphone use behind the wheel. Most officers won’t accept ignorance as an excuse for talking on the phone while driving. Monitor your cellphone use, as well as the use of anyone taking over driving duties for a few hours. The last thing any driver wants is a ticket for something that could have been easily avoided.

Check the Forecast

Knowing what lies ahead isn’t limited to real-time traffic information. Checking the weather forecast prior to leaving will give you an idea of what you might run into on the road. Make sure to check the local forecast as well, as the forecast of any areas you may be driving through. Doing so could save you from getting blindsided by inclement weather.

Fun Florida Boating Destinations

kayakingBoating is a fun summer activity, and it just so happens to be incredibly popular in Florida. Home to more 30,000 lakes and an ocean on three sides, Florida is the premier destination for boating adventures. We here at Plaza Lincoln know a few of the best Florida boating destinations that will make your summer one to remember.


Jacksonville is a city known for its spot on the water. Seven bridges stretch across the Intracoastal Waterway and St. John’s River. Boaters can dock at the Metropolitan Park Marina downtown. Visitors can then walk around downtown at their leisure.

Sailboat owners looking for more adventure will enjoy their time on the St. John’s River. The current flows north and is home to plenty of exotic animals, including alligators and osprey.


Despite being known for amusement parks, Orlando is a top destination for boating. Disney sits right on Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon. Visitors are free to head out on the water and fish as they please.

Florida Keys

The Florida Keys offers plenty of fishing and boating opportunities to last a lifetime. Boating enthusiasts will love the 2,900-square miles of open waters. Divers can get a closer look at any of the 6,000 reefs while those who prefer to stay above the water can explore over 800 islands!

Keep Your Family Safe in the New Lincoln MKX

2017 Lincoln MKXSomething that should always be on your mind whenever you go shopping for a new car is ways to keep your family safe. The new 2017 Lincoln MKX is packed with safety features that prove it’s one of the best vehicles on the road when it comes to family-friendly safety.

Top Safety Ratings

When shopping for a family-safe vehicle, you have to do your research and look for vehicles that score top marks in crash tests. The 2017 MKX got a 5-star rating from the NHTSA, as well as the title of Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.

Innovative Prevention

Lincoln has engineered the drivetrain of the new MKX so that it helps keep the vehicle stable and safe at all times. Standard safety features like Electronic Stability Control, an Antilock Braking System, a Rollover Protection System, and Traction Control are all put in place using cutting-edge tech to keep the Lincoln MKX steady no matter the road conditions.

Driver Assist and Alert Systems

Beyond the prevention features listed above, the 2017 Lincoln MKX makes use of systems like a Blind Spot Monitor and Lane Departure Warning. These features use sensors and cameras to detect potential issues before they ever become a problem, then alert the driver so that they can avoid the hazard.


Use the advanced systems in the Lincoln MKX to keep your family safe on your next family outing. It has everything you need, and it can be found at Plaza Lincoln.

How to Plan the Perfect Summer Party

Plan the Perfect Summer Party

Summer is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to start planning the ideal party. There are three key parts to throwing the greatest party of the season. Here are a few tips from us here at Plaza Lincoln to help you plan the perfect summer party.


A perfect summer party calls for festive, seasonal ingredients that make the mouth water. Visit a local farmer’s market for some of the freshest ingredient the area. Try to pick foods that can be prepared ahead of time so you don’t spend the entire party cooking.


Letting people know just how amazing the party will be starts with the invitations. Use themed invitations to set the tone for the gathering and give people a small taste of what to expect. Bright colors, festive designs, and hand-written (but legible) details are a good start. Make sure to include all pertinent information, such as time and location.


Setting the theme is one of the most important parts of any party. Making sure you have plenty of decorations for the entire party area is just as important as a themed invitation or delicious food. It isn’t a real party if there isn’t any décor, after all!

Car Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

Preparing for a road trip with your whole family? Here’s a quick car maintenance checklist to help you figure out what you need to do ahead of time.


This is crucial to the life of your engine and to keep the mechanical parts lubricated. Have your oil and oil filter changed before a long trip.

Other fluids

Brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and wiper fluid should be checked, replaced, or topped off ahead of time.

Hoses and belts

Make sure there are no cracks, holes, or tears in the hoses and belts of your engine; a broken belt could ruin a road trip halfway through the journey.

Tire pressure and tread

An improperly inflated tire can reduce your fuel economy and be more prone to popping on the road. Make sure your tires have plenty of traction as well.


It’s not safe to drive to the beach and back without properly functioning brakes.


You don’t want to end up on the side of the road because your car battery died, so have its battery life checked ahead of time.

If you need any help servicing your vehicle ahead of a road trip, then bring your car to Plaza Lincoln. We can go over the car maintenance checklist with you and help inspect whatever it is that you need inspected.

Spring Driving Tips

Spring is right around the corner, which means an entirely new set of weather conditions that will affect your driving. It’s always good to be prepared for whatever the change of seasons might bring, which is one reason we’ve put together a list of spring driving tips to help you stay safe on the road.

According to AARP, spring showers bring slippery driving surfaces. Be sure to slow down when it’s raining, especially the first ten minutes after a downpour begins. Many roads are coated with a thin layer of oil, so the rain can lead to some seriously slippery roads. By slowing down, you significantly decrease the likelihood of a crash.

Warm weather means that there will be more vehicles on the road, and not just cars either. Always be on the lookout for motorcyclists and bicyclists along the road. Remember that in most places bikes must ride on the road, so try to have patience. Motorcyclists often appear further away than they actually are due to their size, one reason you should give them added room.

Finally, avoid taking allergy medications and driving. If you absolutely need such medications, be sure to talk to your doctor about driving. Some of the drugs for seasonal allergies can make you drowsy, impair your judgment, and slow down your reaction time. Keep these tips in mind and you’re bound to stay safer on the road this spring.

Travel Tips for Winter

Hitting the road for a winter vacation somewhere warm can be a satisfying adventure, but the roads could have other plans. Winter roads are often the cause of skidding, accidents, and breakdowns. Fortunately, you can avoid many of the road hazards that winter weather brings. Here are a few helpful travel tips for winter provided by us here at Plaza Lincoln.

  • Slow Down – Driving over the speed limit on roads known for being slick is incredibly dangerous and could lead to loss of control or an accident. Make sure to leave plenty of space, and avoid using cruise control. Hitting the brakes can cause a loss of control, so while cruise control is great for dry roads, do your best to come to a slow stop during winter weather.
  • Emergency Kit – You never know when disaster will strike, which is why an emergency kit is always handy. Keeping a box of medical supplies, like bandages, food, water, and extra clothes can go a long way when waiting for help to arrive. While roadside assistance is just a phone call away, it could take hours for help to arrive depending on the weather.
  • Four-Wheel Drive – Modern four-wheel drive systems are designed to get the vehicle moving. While you may be able to gain traction and speed quickly, keep in mind that you have to come to a stop eventually.

Best Beaches in Florida

Winter has many folks up north dreaming of the sunny beaches in Florida. If you’re a resident of the state, don’t take that sunshine for granted! Explore some of the best beaches in your state and enjoy the vitamin D.

Key West

Way down low at the bottom of the Florida Keys, you’ll find a quirky little piece of paradise. The moment you lay eyes on Key West’s gorgeous coast, you’ll understand why it was cherished by creative talents from Ernest Hemingway to Judy Blume to Jimmy Buffet. It’s great for people watching, snorkeling, biking and more.

South Beach

Miami’s South Beach offers beautiful waters and plenty of sunshine. When you’re done sunbathing you can head into the city where you’ll find stunning architecture, amazing food and Miami’s famous nightlife.

Sanibel Beach

If you like your beaches with a little less party and a little more tranquility, you need to pay a visit to Sanibel Beach south of Fort Myers. The quiet, peaceful shores of this beach are great for picnics or relaxing with a book. Sanibel Beach is also one of the best places for shelling. Thanks to its unique orientation, you’ll be able to find flawless shells of all types and sizes.