We all know how hard the summer heat can be on us, and on our bodies. But when was the last time you thought about what the summer heat can do to your 2014 Toyota Tundra, and what you can do to help your truck keep that like-new look and feel despite the harmful effects of the sun’s radiation? This article will lay out just a few of the things the sun can do to your truck, and how you can help keep those things from happening.
The most obvious harm you might notice is to the interior of your car. The plastic parts of your dashboard can be cracked or discolored, and the seating can fade or get damaged. That beautiful touch screen can crack, the same way your smartphone’s screen can be damaged by the heat and sun.
Beyond the interior damage, you can also face damage to your car’s working parts. Your tires can become damaged by dry rot, or become over-inflated. Your batter can lose power, as the water in the battery evaporates. And of course, increased temperatures outside your car also lead to quicker high temperatures inside your truck’s engine, brakes, suspension, and wiring.
So, what can you do about it? First, you should try to make sure you park in the shade whenever possible. This will make your truck more comfortable when you get in, and will help prevent the harmful rays of the sun from damaging your car’s interior. The good news, too, is that the Toyota Tundra comes standard with High Solar Energy-Absorbing glass, which dramatically reduces the amount of UV rays (the really harmful stuff) that gets through the glass.
You should also make sure to keep up with all of the preventative maintenance on your truck. Get your oil and transmission fluids checked on time, and take care of that radiator flush when the owner’s manual tells you to. If your engine is dirty from mud running, clean it! A clean engine runs cooler. You should also check your tire pressure regularly, to make sure you aren’t suffering from over-inflated tires.
For more tips on how to help your truck beat the heat, or to test-drive a new truck, come on by Limbaugh Toyota in Birmingham, AL. We can’t wait to see you and get you into a new Toyota truck!