You love your Chevrolet SUV and all that it does for you and your family. Show your appreciation by staying on top of its maintenance. One of the most important maintenance tasks that you do not want to skip is replacing the brake pads. Here are five signs that your car needs new ones.
Squealing noise. This is the most tell-tale sign you need new brake pads. Most brake pads are designed with a “wear indicator” that makes a high-pitched squealing noise when the brake pads are getting too thin.
Long stop time. If you notice it is taking longer to come to a complete stop than it used to, it could be your brake pads. This problem is known as brake fade.
Pulling to one side when braking. If your Chevy is pulling towards one side of the road when you apply the brakes, you should have your vehicle checked as soon as possible. This could be a sign of uneven wear on your brake pads.
Vibrating brake pedal. If stepping on the brake pedal sends shockwaves up through your leg, your brakes may have a “glazing” issue. This is when the resin adhesive is not uniformly distributed across the brake pad.
Clicking sound. Sometimes your brake pads get become loose. When that happens, you might hear a clicking noise when you press or release the brake pedal.
While other parts of the country may be more famous for their fall foliage, you can still see beautiful autumn colors right here in Texas. If you have some free time this fall, take a road trip to catch the spectacular colors across the state.
Travel to the state capital in your Chevrolet Equinox, about four hours away, and catch some spectacular views. Austin has a great collection of trails and parks that explode in oranges, reds, and yellows. The best spots to visit include the Zilker Botanical Gardens, McKinney Falls State Park, St. Edward’s Park, and Redbud Isle.
Tyler State Park
Tyler State Park, located in the city of Tyler, is about three and a half hours north of Sour Lake. This park features a stately forest with 100-foot tall trees and a large 64-acre lake. This combination creates a fantastic view of the fall foliage reflected in the water. Plan your visit to your Chevrolet Silverado from now through early December to see the best colors.
The area around Fort Worth usually gets some bold autumn colors. For a unique fall experience, visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, which hosts a Japanese Fall Festival every year. And if you bring your family along in a Chevrolet Suburban, you’ll have plenty of room for everyone — and your cargo, too.
A relaxing family road trip is the best type of vacation because it brings everyone together to share new experiences. These family-friendly products can help improve your next adventure in your Chevy Equinox or Chevy Silverado.
You can never predict when a child will need to use the bathroom, but a travel potty is a great way to keep you prepared at all times. Don’t worry if you’re nowhere near a rest stop or gas station; the travel potty from MCGMITT is foldable and comes with its own travel bag.
Kids Lap Desk
A lap desk for kids is a great way for them to stay organized and clean during long road trips. It provides a space for entertainment devices, snacks, drinks, and art supplies, giving you a break from staying on top of all your kids’ stuff.
Motion sickness can make any trip one you’d rather forget. Acupressure bands are natural items that apply gentle pressure inside your wrist for a non-intrusive prevention measure for road-sickness.
Window shades will help your children stay asleep while keeping everyone cool when the sun is beating down.
Cozy indoor blankets help ensure no one gets cold, while outdoor blankets give you an excuse for a spontaneous picnic at a scenic overlook.
Of all the different film genres out there, none are nearer or dearer to our hearts here at Sour Lake Chevrolet than the road trip movie. If you’re gearing up for your next adventure, we recommend watching some of these great road trip movies in order to get in the mood.
The Muppet Movie
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the zany antics of Kermit and the gang in 1979’s “The Muppet Movie.” It focuses on America’s favorite frog as he sets out for Hollywood with dreams of a life among the stars. Naturally, things don’t go exactly as planned, but like any good road trip movie, the experience is all the better for it.
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
When Pee Wee Herman’s (Paul Reubens) beloved bike is stolen, he sets off on the titular “Big Adventure,” traveling all the way to The Alamo Mission in Texas (which is only four hours from Sour lake!), and encounters more than a few memorable characters. This film also introduced the world to Tim Burton, who went on to direct movies like “Batman” and “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
While none of the main characters in “Homeward Bound” drive a car, there’s no denying that the story is an adventure for the ages. After fearing that their owner has left them forever (they didn’t), a Golden Retriever, an American Bulldog, and a Himalayan cat embark on a trip through the Sierra Nevada in attempt to reunite with their beloved family, with only porcupines, mountain lions, and hundreds of miles standing in their way. Exceptional voice acting by Michael J. Fox and Sally Field round out the package.
If your Silverado 1500 or other Chevy model needs a bit of attention before you set out to write your own road trip story, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the service department at Sour Lake Chevrolet.
Sour Lake Chevrolet is proud to call Sour Lake home. The city is special because of its diverse residents, its proud history, and the delicious food available at a wide range of restaurants. If you and your family are looking for some tasty takeout food, we recommend you check out these Sour Lake staples:
Goodfella’s Restaurant and Pizzeria
Goodfella’s has what many Sour Lake residents would call the best pizza in town. They don’t limit themselves to traditional pies; we’re fond of the Hot Stuff Pizza, Burrito Pizza, and cherry streusel-topped dessert pizza on a butter crust. If pizza isn’t your thing, try the New Orleans-style muffaletta sandwiches.
Goodie’s Cafe and Catering
Goodie’s has been supplying Southeast Texas with its delicious combination of lunch, dinner, desserts, and catering for a decade. Build your own burger, get a lunch special for under $10, or try the famous smothered pork chops. You can never go wrong with the peach bundt cake, the blueberry cheesecake cups, or the sweet potato pie.
Vautrot’s Cajun Cuisine
If you’re partial to the strong flavors of Cajun food, order takeout from Vautrot’s. The boudin balls alone are reason to come, but the fried chicken toes and Martha’s award-winning crawfish etouffee will turn Vautrot’s into one of your regular takeout joints.
Want to explore Sour Lake while you’re stuck at home? It’s easier than you’d think.
Research Regional History
Who needs a museum when you can learn all about Sour Lake’s history online? Sure, being able to view and interact with exhibits is cool, but ultimately everything that happened in the past also happened right where you are now. Sour Lake’s official historical association is a good place to start doing your research.
Virtual Tours & Videos
If you do like the experience of going to a museum, you don’t have to give that up either. Many local educational activities like going to the zoo or the museum offer either virtual tours on their websites or videos on their social media pages. For example, the Bertha Terry Cornwell Museum has an entire photo album of the exhibits, and the nearby Beaumont Children’s Museum has been posting pictures and live videos on their Facebook page.
Getting takeout? Sample the local fare by ordering from a local small business in your community rather than a chain. For example, did you know Vautrot’s Cajun Cuisine is making special batches of food for delivery and curbside pickup? Do your research and you’ll be sure to find local restaurants to support and enjoy.
Stay safe and healthy while keeping busy in Sour Lake, Texas. And remember to call us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet for any automotive needs you have this summer.
Are you considering a brand-new truck or SUV that can handle road trips and off-road adventures? These beginner hiking tips are key to staying more active this year, especially as spring approaches.
Tell people where you’re going
A lot of places with hiking trails will have their trails rated by difficulty, such as beginner, intermediate, or expert. Pick one close to your comfort level. Keep in mind that even short trails can have a lot of uphill climbing or obstacles. Always remember to let someone know where you’re going for safety.
As a beginner hiker on beginner trails, you won’t need to bring along really heavy-duty equipment. However, a weatherproof backpack loaded with water and healthy snacks and a solid pair of shoes are necessary. Bring along both a map of the trails and an offline digital map.
Take your time
Plan out what time of day and year to go for when you want your experience. Warm, sunny days in the middle of the day are popular times if you want to be around people. Otherwise, try to shoot for a morning hike or schedule your trip for a chillier time of year.
Contact us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you need an outdoorsy vehicle to transport you to and from local hiking destinations. Or, if you need hiking spot recommendations in the Sour Lake area.
Every year, Buckner Children & Family Services aims to deliver toys to children in foster care or who were recently adopted through the Buckner Toy Run. Located in Beaumont, as well as several other Texas locations, Buckner needs volunteers and donations both for the toy run itself as well as for wrapping gifts.
Drive to Houston to spend the day feeding and helping those in need. With events on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve, guests in need are given hot food as well as clothing, shoes, coats, blankets, and flu shots.
Sour Lake Chevrolet wishes you and your families a fantastic holiday season. And remember to call us for any vehicular needs or to set up a winter service appointment for your vehicle.
Sour Lake is the oldest town in Hardin County and colloquially called “The Gateway to the Big Thicket.” Sour Lake is surrounded by the fascinating land, wildlife, and cities of southeast Texas. These family road trips near Sour Lake are sure to delight everyone.
McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
This picturesque stretch of marshes and woods boasts a wide variety of fish and wildlife and is just 70 miles south of Sour Lake. McFaddin has one of the most concentrated population of alligators in Texas. Red drum, alligator gar, and blue catfish frequent the waters here, if you’re into angling. Waterfowl hunting is also allowed.
Big Thicket National Preserve
If you want to explore a sprawling natural environment, Big Thicket National Preserve is worth a visit. The Beaumont Unit is only 17 miles east of Sour Lake. Whether you want to hike a selection of 40 trails ranging from 0.3 miles to 18 miles roundtrip, fish in Village Creek, camp in the backcountry, or hunt deer, squirrels, rabbits, or hogs, the beautiful grounds of the preserve make the perfect road trip destination.
Houston is just over an hour’s drive from Sour Lake. Check out the Space Center to find out more about science and space exploration. Per the website, this venue boasts the largest collections of Moon rocks and spacesuits on public display on the globe. Make sure to grab some tasty food at the famous Pinkerton’s BBQ while you’re in town.
Contact us here at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new Chevy to transport you and your family to and from these engaging Texas destinations.
Who says trick or treating is just for kids? This year, come to the Sour Lake Trunk or Treat at the Sour Lake Heritage Festival on Oct. 28 and join us for a wonderful evening the entire family will love. Featuring trunk or treating, music, food, games, hayrides, a car show, and more, this year’s event is bigger and more fun than ever before.
While trick-or-treating around the neighborhood can be a logistical nightmare for parents and kids alike, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival is a simpler way to celebrate the holiday. Located right in downtown historic Sour Lake, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival is free for attendees of all ages.
Kids will love the opportunity to trunk-or-treat at the festival after enjoying games, prizes, haunted hayrides, and a costume contest. Parents along for the evening won’t be left out, though. The Heritage Festival features live music, plenty of great local vendors, and a car show.
This year, the Sour Lake Heritage Festival will run from 6-9 p.m., with hayrides starting at dusk. So bring the whole family and show up early to enjoy this dynamic event right here in Sour Lake.