You already know how important it is to protect your skin from the summer sun, but did you know that it’s just as important to protect your vehicle? There’s nothing better than that warm summer sun in Michigan, but UV rays and high temperatures can be damaging to your vehicle inside and out. At Graff Bay City, we have a dedicated team of service experts that will help you with all items regarding car sun protection. In the handy guide below, we’ve outlined several ways you can perform exterior and interior protection in order to keep your vehicle in tip top shape all summer long!
When your vehicle is running, the components under your hood get super-hot due to all the friction being created by its moving parts. In the hot summer months, the temperature under your hood increases even more, which is why car sun protection is so crucial.
The extreme heat can affect many different vehicle fluids like your coolant, oil, brake fluid, and even gasoline. Here are a few reasons you should check your fluids regularly during the summer:
Along with checking your vehicle’s fluids, your hoses and belts should also be inspected since the sun can increase the wear and tear on your vehicle’s parts. A leaky hose can cause your fluid levels to drop at a rapid rate, while a snapped belt could cause engine failure. Ignoring damaged belts and hoses could become a costly repair, so checking on them periodically through the summer may save you from the hassle of an expensive repair bill.
The final component you should pay attention to during the summer months are your tires. When the temperatures heat up, so does the pavement, causing an increase in friction on your tires which can lead to faster wear and tear and result in a potential blow out. Be sure to check your treads as well as your air pressure before heading out on the road.
The sun’s UV rays and hot summer temperatures can have a damaging effect on your vehicle’s exterior components when left out in direct light for a long period of time. This is why the service experts at Graff Bay City have put together a few car exterior protection tips for you to utilize this summer:
Wash and Wax Regularly - Washing your vehicle often is recommended during every season, but the summer season is the perfect time to get into this habit if you haven’t yet. Washing your vehicle will remove all the dust and grime, which helps avoid small scratches and paint damage. After washing your vehicle, we highly recommend using a wax as well, as it helps to reduce the risk of scratches and prevent your paint from fading.
Cover your Vehicle - To completely protect your vehicle from damaging UV rays, you can invest in a full cover for your vehicle. This will not only help with sun protection, but with all damaging weather conditions. If you plan to leave your vehicle parked outside for an extended period of time, we highly recommend looking into this option. Overall, it’s always best to park in the shade – in a garage, carport, or under a tree – during the summer months.
Find Some Shade - Overall, your best bet to truly protect your car’s exterior from the sun is to try and park in shade whenever possible. In fact, parking in the shade can reduce your vehicle’s temperature up to 20 degrees compared to parking in direct sunlight!
Your vehicle’s interior is just as susceptible to damage due to prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays – which is certainly a bummer especially if you invested a ton of money into a custom interior! Not only that, but when’s the last time you enjoyed plopping down on a hot leather seat in shorts? Our service experts have outlined a couple helpful hacks regarding car interior protection that both keep your upholstery looking sharp, and your comfort level at the maximum:
Purchase a Sunshade - Sunshades are the removable metallic sun blockers that go inside your front and rear windshield. If you leave your vehicle parked in the sun light for an extended period of time, your upholstery can become bleached or can cause your leather seats to crack. With sunshades though, the sun is reflected away from the interior of your vehicle to protect your upholstery. Sunshades also help keep your vehicle cool during the hot summer months so that you and your passengers can always have a comfortable ride.
Clean the Interior of Your Car - It’s important to regularly dust and wipe the interior of your vehicle during the summer months. If dust builds up, it can scratch the finish of your vehicle or leave a sticky residue after being in the sun for too long. A weekly dusting helps avoid any damage to the leather and upholstery in your vehicle. We also recommend cleaning your carpet and floor mats, as spills or water tracked in from spring rain can result in awful smells when your car’s interior heats up.
Treat Your Seats – If your vehicle’s seats have leather accents or are entirely leather, then you know the torture of sitting on them when they’ve been baking in the sun for a while, especially if you’re wearing shorts! Not only that, UV rays can be incredibly damaging to the material in the long run, causing it to crack and split. Invest in some good leather cleaner and conditioner, as it will help to keep your seats supple and soft no matter how hot it gets. Grab some seat covers too, your bare legs will thank you!
Summer is a busy season filled with fun and adventure out on the open road, so it’s incredibly important that you take the steps to make sure that your vehicle is in optimal shape. If you have any questions about sun protection or other auto service items, feel free to give us a call at (989) 684-4411. Ready to head in to our shop? Schedule an appointment with Graff Bay City online or over the phone!