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.

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!