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.