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Sanford, FL 32771

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Top 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Car in the Summer Heat

The Florida heat can be unbearable during the summer months, not just for you, but also your car. Keeping your vehicle performing at its best means knowing how to take care of it in any season. No matter if it is the interior of your car or the exterior, the Sun’s blaze has a damaging effect on both. Here are our top 5 tips for how to keep your cool in your car this summer:

 

1.)    Prevent Dry Rot of Tires

Tires dry rot, or degrade, when exposed to harsh conditions, such as the hot sun. These conditions evaporate the essential oils in tires and breaks down their bonds. In order to prevent dry rot and maintain tire elasticity, it is important to lubricate the tires and grease them up every so often. Driving on dry-rotted tires is not safe, as they will tear apart while on the road.  There are a number of tire protectant products on the market that you can rub on your tires to keep them lasting as long as possible.

 

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2.)    Protect Paint and Fading from Sun

Aesthetics holds a lot of importance to some of us when it comes to our cars, and in this heat chipping or fading paint can definitely result. Unless you don’t mind the look of worn down car, make sure to wash and wax your car as often as you can. Built up dirt on the surface of your vehicle prevents the paint from being able to do its real job…protect the car! Scratches and peeling paint is what you can expect if you don’t bathe your vehicle regularly.

 

3.)     Keep It Cool with a Sun Shade.

It’s ok to be a little shady sometimes. That is, when it comes to blocking out the sun from your car’s interior. Not only does a sun shade reduce the heat in the cabin of your car, it also protects the interior leather or vinyl from fading and/or cracking.

 

 

4.)    Replace Cabin Air Filters to Avoid Broken Down A/C Unit

What’s worse than the summer heat? Not being to escape it! Can you imagine being boxed up in a stuffy car, suffocated by the heat? You NEED your air conditioning to work, for both comfort and safety reasons. Make a habit of checking the cabin air filter every 10,000 to 13,000 miles and replace accordingly to keep the cool air flowing in!

 

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5.)    Interior Fade and Deteriorate

As noted in tip #3, the interior of your car will crack and fade from exposure to sun. What you can do to ensure your interior does not age prematurely is invest in some window tinting and/or put up window shades in addition to pampering your seats to some leather conditioning every so often. Interior care and routine leather maintenance will keep your car looking its best. Avoid the wear and tear that comes from harmful UV damage!

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