LA’s Best Pool Parties for Summer 2015

Los Angeles experiences an almost infinite summer, but when the season officially kicks off, LA days and nights are filled with lavish pool parties. Hotels, lounges, clubs, and private properties host numerous parties. Music and cool water, cocktails and entertainment, and the opportunity to mingle with friends and make new acquaintances have never been more readily available. Here are a few of the best pool parties in LA for summer 2015. 

Drai’s 

If you’re looking for a taste of Las Vegas in Los Angeles, Drai’s is the pool party to be at on the weekends. Drai’s originated in Las Vegas as an afterhours nightclub and branched out to Cali to share a piece of Spin City with Los Angeles. It came as no surprise when Drai’s was a big hit.

You’ll find Drai’s on top of the W Hotel in Hollywood with breathtaking views of Downtown LA. Accompanied by a DJ and two bars, Drai’s is the place to be in the prime summer season.

If you’d like bottle service, cabanas are available. Check their website for details.

While visiting, you may even get lucky and witness a celebrity appearance or surprise performance, so be sure to keep a look out!

Drai’s is located at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Skybar at Modrian

At the Skybar, West Hollywood expect to see spectacular views of West LA. The Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel is located on the Sunset Strip of the city, where you’ll get a real taste of Los Angeles glamour.

There are two ways to get into the exclusive pool party: You must be a hotel guest or get on the guest list by calling the Skybar office. For more information on special events and bottle service prices, check their website.

8440 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

Mr. C Yacht Club

Every Sunday during the summer, Mr. C Yacht Club is the place to be from noon to 5 pm. Enjoy many places to lounge and relax while listening to DJ Bobby French spin in the DJ booth.

Mr. C Yacht Club can be found in the Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills and can be accessed by being a guest at the hotel or on the guest list. For more details on cabana prices and bottle service, visit their website.

1224 Beverwill Drive, Los Angeles

Luxe Sunset Boulevard in Bel Air

If you’re looking for more an old Hollywood feel, Luxe Sunset Boulevard in Bel Air is the place to visit. Unlike other pool parties in LA, you don’t have to be a hotel guest to get into the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Pool Party. Non-guests also have the privilege of renting a cabana or have access to the hotel spa.

The pool is surrounded by cabanas and helpful waitstaff who will take your order. To get the best recommendations about what to order, ask the experts. Visit the website to check out cabana price and admission fees.

11461 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

Norm Reeves Ford wishes you a happy and safe summer while you’re enjoying the LA pool parties listed above. If buying or leasing a new car is on your list of things to do this summer, along with attending these eventful pool parties, visit us today or schedule a test drive online!

 

Top 5 Hacks for Your Ford Stereo System

The new Ford stereo system provides an exceptional audio experience, but you can make it even better with a few easy hacks. In this guide, we’ll discuss some different methods for improving the stereo system in your Ford so you can get the most from your vehicle as you travel the streets of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey.

Before we get started, it’s important to understand that any alteration to the stereo system, involving the removal, replacement, or manipulation of factory parts or system coding, can result in damage and void the vehicle warranty. For more information, contact our service team at the Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos.

1.     Improve Sound Quality with a System Upgrade

Replacing the stereo system in your Ford can be a difficult and expensive process. With this stereo hack, you can enhance the sound quality in your vehicle by using a stereo add-on, such as the ones provided by Kicker.

Systems such as this use a processor/amp module that plugs into the stereo’s receiver and speakers. Once connected, a sophisticated computer program works to optimize the audio performance from the vehicle’s speakers. It also helps correct factory limitations and adds power for better sound throughout the vehicle.

2.     Make the SYNC System Apple-Friendly

Although the new Ford SYNC system supports virtually all Apple products, there was a time when that was only a dream. If you happen to drive one of those older Ford models, there’s an easy stereo system hack that allows you to connect your Apple iPad to the SYNC system.

On the vehicle’s head unit, go to Bluetooth devices and add device. Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your iPad. Click Sync and enter the code. Now you can enjoy streaming audio and more from your connected iPad through the Ford stereo system. If you need help, watch this video tutorial.

3.     Become a SYNC System Expert

One of the best hacks for your Ford stereo system is even really a hack at all. It’s a matter of fully understanding the SYNC system along with all its capabilities and customization options. Read the user’s guide and visit online Ford forums to learn more about the stereo system and how to use it.

If you don’t learn anything else, you’ll at least be able to use the stereo system faster and more effectively, making you a certified SYNC professional. Learn more about SYNC services by visiting the Ford website.

4.     Upgrade the Wiring System

The standard wiring system in your Ford is adequate for the proper operation of the vehicle. However, you can improve the electrical system and performance by upgrading three wires. Those wires include the ground wire from the battery, the ground wire from the engine, and the power wire from the alternator to the battery.

By installing larger gauge wires, you’ll help improve the performance of the Ford stereo system and other electrical systems in your vehicle. For more info, check out this post from JL Audio.

(Important: If you don’t have experience working with automotive electrical systems, this hack may not be right for you. Contact an authorized Ford dealer for help.)

5.     Develop an App

Techies of the world rejoiced when Ford announced that it was opening the Ford SYNC system to app developers. Previously only available to a selected few, now anyone with the interest and the time and develop and app and upload it to the SYNC system.

To get started, you’ll want to visit the Ford Developer Program website. There you’ll find the tools and the recourses you’ll need to make an awesome hack for your Ford stereo system. You could even earn some extra cash by entering into a developer challenge.

If you’d like more information about these Ford stereo system hacks or if you have any questions about the Ford manufacturer warranty, contact us at the Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos, serving the Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey area.

Best Tire Sizes for Ford Models

At Norm Reeves Ford, we understand that not everything about your vehicle is simple. Here you’ll find the best tire size for every for model in the 2016 Ford lineup. Now drivers from across Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey can be confident when they’re picking out a new set of tires.

Some specifications within trim levels won’t be listed unless they require a different tire size. For example, the Ford Expedition King Ranch comes in 2WD, 4WD, EL 2WD, and EL 4WD subsets that all use the same size tire. So the subsets are combined under the King Ranch heading.

However, in the case of the Expedition XL, there’s a difference in tire size for the 2WD Fleet and the 4WD Fleet, so both subsets are listed separately. Only vehicles that were available at the time of posting are included in our list.  

E-350 Tire Sizes

The E-Series combines work and recreation to create the ultimate truck. In this category with have three major trim levels to consider:

  • Stripped Chassis: LT225/75R16
  • Super Duty Cutaway DRW: LT225/75R16
  • Super Duty Cutaway SRW: LT245/75R16

E-450 Tire Sizes

The extension of the E-Series brings new features and new capabilities, including several optional prep packages. Here, we have just two trims to look at:

  • Stripped Chassis: LT225/75R16
  • Super Duty Cutaway: LT225/75R1

Escape Tire Sizes

As a small SUV, the Ford Escape packs a lot of power in a small package. At the Titanium trim level, you have two tire sizes to choose from:

  • Titanium: 235/50R18 or 235/45R19

Expedition Tire Sizes

The Expedition is one of Ford’s most popular models, which is why you’ll find a large number of trims available. Here are the tire sizes you’ll need for each trim level:

  • King Ranch: 285/45R22 or 275/55R20
  • Limited: 285/45R22 or 275/55R20
  • Platinum: 285/45R22 or 275/55R20
  • XL 2WD Fleet: 265/70R17
  • XL 4WD Fleet: 265/70R17 or 275/55R20
  • XL EL: 265/70R17
  • XLT: 275/65R18 or 275/55R20

Explorer Tire Sizes

This full-size SUV has three trims that we’ll be considering, one of which you might not own since it’s reserved for police vehicles.

  • Base: P245/60R18
  • Utility Police Interceptor: 245/55R18
  • XLT: P245/60R18

Fusion Tire Sizes

Drivers of the Ford Fusion enjoy its superior style and exceptional elegance. However, that style and elegance means several different trim options which different tire size requirements.

    • Energi: 225/50R17
    • S FWD: 215/60R16
    • S FWD with Appearance Package: P235/45ZR18
    • S Hybrid: 225/50R17
    • SE AWD: P235/45ZR18
    • SE FWD: 235/45R18 or 235/50R17
    • SE FWD with Appearance/Terracotta Package: P235/45ZR18
    • SE Hybrid: 225/50R17
    • SE Luxury: 225/50R17
    • Titanium AWD/FWD: 235/40R19 or 235/45R18
    • Titanium with Terracotta Package: P235/45ZR18
    • Titanium Hybrid: 225/50R17

Fiesta Tire Sizes

  • With anywhere from 120 to 197 available horsepower, depending which engine is equipped, the Ford Fiesta requires special tires for just about every trim level.
    • S: 185/60R15
    • SE Hatch: 185/60R15
    • SE Hatch/Sedan with Black/Appearance Package: 195/50R16
    • SE Sedan: 185/60R15 or 195/50R16
    • ST: 205/40R17XL
    • Titanium: 195/50R16

Need Additional Help?

If you still need help finding the right size tires for your Ford, give us a call at Norm Reeves Ford. Our trained automotive technicians can help you find the right tires from among your favorite brands.

Norm Reeves Ford proudly serves the Long Beach, Downey, and Los Angeles area with premium automotive services. For more information about the best tire sizes for every Ford model, call us at 877-499-9952 or schedule your service appointment online today.

 

Why is My Car Drifting and Pulling?

When your car pulls or drifts to one side, it can be both annoying and downright dangerous. But why did this start happening? Your car didn’t always steer to the left, so why is it doing it now?

The truth is, there are dozens of reasons your car could be pulling to the side. It may even be as simple as driving on poorly engineered roads – which isn’t completely unheard of in the Downey, Long Beach, and Los Angeles area.

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the other machine-related issues that can cause your car to start drifting or pulling.

First, we need to decide what kind of pull it is. Is it a steady pull, memory steer, steering wander, or bump steer?

Steady Pull

When your car suffers from pulling, you most likely experience a steady pull to one side despite steering the vehicle straight. To go straight, you probably have to apply a steady amount of pressure on the steering wheel to compensate for the pull.

This type of pull is by far the most common and has a variety of causes. For example, it could be due to a problem with your braking system. A sticking caliper or too much fluid in the master cylinder would cause the caliper to push against the wheel and cause drag. Or it could be caused by unevenly worn tires, low air pressure, unbalanced power assist, or a multitude of other complications.

Memory Steer

When you loosen your grip on a properly working steering wheel, it should gravitate to the center position. Memory steer, however, is when the wheel returns to a position other than center. This could be a sign of an alignment problem or some other issue involving the tie rod.

The tie rod – in case you were curious – is an integral part of your car’s steering system. It ties the steering rack to the steering arm, which is attached to the wheel. They play a key role in moving the wheels when steering and turning.

Steering Wander

Similar to a steady pull, steering wander is when your vehicle strays to the side, but instead of just one side, it seems to wander back and forth. This may be a result of extremely low tire pressure, loose or poorly adjusted wheel bearings, or loose and worn steering components.

Again, the tie rod could be to blame and should be properly inspected by a professional.

Bump Steer

This type of pull refers to when you experience a sudden jerk or pull after going over a bump. This condition isn’t nearly as common as, say, a steady pull, but it does still happen.

Common causes of bump steer are bent steering arms, an unleveled steering rack, and structural damage such as a twisted frame or engine cradle.

If you’re experiencing any of these problems, it’s important to schedule a service appointment and have your car properly inspected by an automotive technician so an accurate diagnosis can be made.

At Norm Reeves Ford, we serve the entire Los Angeles, Downey, and Long Beach area with reliable automotive services. Visit our Ford service department page now to learn more about our service technicians and service details.