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How to Summer-Proof a Car

Protect yourself and your car from the damaging effects of the summer sun.


  • Step 1: Wash and wax Wash your car on a regular basis to get rid of harmful grit and to protect your paint job from the elements. Wax at least once before summer begins.
  • TIP: For your car wax to be most effective, use a polishing compound to remove old wax and grime before rubbing on a new layer of wax.
  • Step 2: Apply exterior trim protectant Apply exterior trim protectant to all rubber trim to keep the sun from drying and cracking your trim and window seals.
  • Step 3: Apply interior trim and seat protectant Apply interior trim and seat protectant.
  • TIP: Read labels before using protectants. Some chemicals may not be compatible with your car's interior.
  • Step 4: Replace and replenish fluids Replace and replenish fluids. Pay close attention to the coolant and oil.
  • Step 5: Check tire pressure Check the tire pressure using a pressure gauge.
  • TIP: Continue to check pressure as temperatures rise. For every 10 degree Fahrenheit increase, tire pressure increases 1 pound per square inch.
  • Step 6: Use a sun shade Place a sun shade behind the windshield when you get out of the car, particularly when leaving it outside during your workday.
  • Step 7: Use covers Use car, car seat, and steering wheel covers; follow maintenance tips; and your car should keep you safe all summer.
  • FACT: The Packard Motor Car Company was the first car company to install air conditioning in a car. The unit was so large it was placed in the trunk instead of the engine compartment like today’s cars.

You Will Need

  • Car washes and waxes
  • Exterior trim protectant
  • Interior trim and seat protectant
  • Replacement fluids
  • A tire pressure gauge
  • A sun shade
  • A car cover
  • Seat covers
  • Steering wheel cover
  • Polishing compound (optional)

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