1. Check the coolant. Obviously the level of the coolant is important, but so is the strength of the coolant. Before you check the coolant, make sure that the radiator is cool. Water and antifreeze are both needed in the summer – antifreeze raises the boiling temperature of the coolant and protects against corrosion.
2. Tire Pressure. Tire can create heat and can expand and create air pressure. This can cause tires to become hard and more likely to blow out. Remember to check tire pressure when the tires are cool.
3. Clean Filters. It is important to make sure that the air filter is clean. Also check the filter in the air conditioner and cabin to keep air flowing properly.
4. Belts and Hoses. Keep an eye on belts and hoses on older cars. Check your records to see just how old they are, but also visually inspect them too. Refer to your owner’s manual or contact your mechanic if you are not sure if they should be replaced.
5. Wax your car or truck. Waxing provides a shield for the paint from the ultraviolet rays from the sun, and summer smog in urban areas.