Summer Maintenance Checklist

Sun Toyota of Holiday, FL



No one knows hot summers, like us Floridians! The grueling summer heat can be draining for both people AND cars. Just like humans, our vehicles get exhausted in the sun, and need time to cool and relax, in order to perform efficiently. If neglected in the proper maintenance department, your vehicle can break down due to debilitation. The last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of the road in feverish summer temperatures. Following Sun Toyota’s summer maintenance checklist will get your vehicle ready for a road trip and out of the service center!


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✔ Give Your Vehicle A Wash


There is nothing better than driving in the sun knowing your vehicle is nice and clean! We recommend a good exterior wash once a week during the hot summer months. Things like dirt, sand, and humidity can build up in the crevices of your brake lines and engine. These factors cause rust to build within your vehicle, reducing the longevity of your Toyota’s life. If you are a part of our Sun Toyota Advantage Club, you receive a complimentary car wash with any service!




✔ Give Your Vehicle A Nice Wax


Along with washing your car, waxing it will benefit the overall look and feel of your vehicle. Wax adds a protective layer to the exterior of your car. This layer defends your vehicle’s paint job against sun damage, bug splatter, pollen, bird droppings, dust, and sun damage. Things us Florida folk know all too well!




✔ Park Your Car Some Shade


Just like humans, cars feel exhausted when left out in the burning sun. If accessible, try to park your vehicle in a shaded area as frequently you can. This will provide protection for your car  when exposed to high temperatures. 



If there is no shaded option when parking your vehicle, dashboard sunshades are a great option! These shades protect your dashboard against the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and keeps it nice and cool. 


✔ Routinely Check The Temperature Gauge 



The temperature gauge is located on the dashboard of your Toyota vehicle. When correctly displayed, the gauge will have a needle pointing toward the center. If your car is overheating, the needle will point toward “Hot”. If this happens, pull your vehicle over and allow the car to cool down.




✔ Examine Coolant Levels 



It is vital to check your vehicle’s coolant levels when the weather gets warmer . To do so, open the hood of your car and check for the coolant reservoir. The coolant level is shown by the indicator lines within the reservoir. If low, add 50% Coolant and 50% water in the coolant cap. Never apply coolant to a hot engine! Always wait for the engine to cool, before applying. If you aren't comfortable doing this, one of our technicians here at Sun Toyota of Holiday, FL will be happy to assist you!




✔ Ensure All Fluids Are At An Appropriate Level



As mentioned above, keeping your fluids relatively new and freshly flushed is a good idea for keeping your vehicle cool. In that same vein, you want to make sure that they are kept at a decent level. That doesn’t just mean coolant, either! That includes motor oil, transmission fluid, and other fluids. This will help keep your vehicle’s moving parts cool while on the road. 




✔ Test Your Car Battery 



The severe Florida heat conditions can exhaust your vehicle’s battery. A simple look and inspection on your car’s battery will help you determine if it is safe to be using or not. If you see any bulging, leaks, and/or cracks this may need it means replaced. As well, if it is 3 years or older we recommend having it tested by one of our Toyota-trained technicians, to avoid getting stuck in the road. 




✔ Replace Your Windshield Wiper



Yes, that’s right, a straightforward wiper replacement can benefit you this summer. Hot summer rains can carry nasty debris and humidity to the windshield of your vehicle. When used, worn wipers will smudge the debris, causing streaks.. This can affect your vision when on the road.



A low-cost, proactive, and effective solution to this issue is a simple replacement of wipers. Directions on how to do this can be found in your vehicle’s owner's manual. However, it can be a bit of a tricky task. During a routine service or maintenance, one of our technicians will be happy to apply new wipers on your vehicle for free, with a purchase from our accessories department!




✔ Keep Tires Inflated


Driving on flattening tires is a quick way to lead them to overheat and eventually blowout. Especially when road temperatures are extremely high. Tires normally lose one pound of pressure each month, due to normal seepage. Therefore, it is vital you make sure to check their pressure, including the spare tires, to ensure sure they’re up to the manufacturer's specifications. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for pressure recommendation and the correct tire information label. If you need tires replaced, we’ll be more than willing to assist you!


✔ Radiator Flush


 It is also known as a “coolant flush”. It is important to do this routinely to make sure that it’s properly recycled and as such keeps your system in the best possible condition.  As mentioned before, checking coolant levels is important. However, even if coolant levels are correct, your Toyota can still benefit from a full radiator flush. Our Toyota certified technicians can help you with this if you’re not certain about how to do it yourself!




✔  Pack An Emergency Kit


As stated above, it is vital to be proactive when  you are working on the maintenance of your vehicle in preparation for the hot June, July, and August (and beyond) months! We recommend always carrying a well-stocked emergency kit in your car. This can come in handy if you ever find yourself stuck on the side of the road, or broken down somewhere. This kit may include:

  • Flashlight or headlamp 
  • Spare batteries
  • Phone charger or spare phone battery
  • A set of jumper cables
  • A jug of water to keep you hydrated on long car rides
  • Non-perishable food items
  • A proper first-aid kit 
  • Basic tools such as a wrench and screwdriver
  • A spare tire 
  • Duct tape
  • Sunscreen
  • Tire sealant incase tire can not remain inflated 
  • Gloves
  • Spare blankets
  • Spare towels and/or rags



Prime Summer Toyota Service in Florida



One of the most important procedures you can do while you’re working to keep your vehicle summer ready, is to make sure every aspect is working in the best possible condition! Our priority vehicle maintenance will ensure that you and your family have a safe and stress-free summer while driving in the Florida sun. The Toyota family at Sun, suggest a proactive approach to maintenance this season, to prevent possible breakdowns due to extreme heat. A vehicle that reaches severe hot temperatures can not only lead to pricey repairs, but can even threaten the driver, and passenger’s safety.



Don’t feel like servicing your vehicle alone? Need assistance in the summer maintenance process? Vehicle maintenance is a breeze when you bring your car to our Sun Toyota dealership, and have our skilled lineup of technicians assist your vehicle! Safety is and always will be our team’s number one priority. Our Toyota dealership ensures the perfect maintenance, for an easy and safe summer season! We will also ensure that your vehicle is updated with any safety recalls and service campaigns.



Schedule your service at Sun Toyota of Holiday, FL today! We service the Holiday, Tampa Bay, and surrounding Central Florida areas!

Shop Used Cars at Sun Toyota for a Lower Cost & Higher Value

We know how important the factor of cost is when it comes to purchasing a vehicle, that’s why we’re here to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. Buying a new vehicle can have its cons, and one of them is depreciated value once that car leaves the lot. That makes for one great thing when buying used: You won’t have to worry about the loss of value when buying pre-owned! Saving money is usually the motivating force behind buying used over new.


However, there are many more positives of choosing to buy pre-owned vehicles!

Used Cars offer Upgrades & Added Value

Consider the premium features that could come with your used car, another extra cost when purchasing new vehicles. Purchasing a new car means you’ll have to deal with the extra costs for upgrades and different trims, meanwhile this is much more affordable when buying used, considering the add-ons are already installed.


Sometimes you’ll actually save more when buying a pre-owned vehicle that comes with loads of features, rather than a base model of a new car.

Reliability of used cars

While we are aware used cars can have the reputation of burning out after owning them for only a handful of years, we ensure our customers won’t have that same story to tell.  At Sun Toyota, we are dedicated to finding you the perfect used vehicle.  A car that will be dependable for years to come and will have everything you look for when buying a car. We offer our customers the ability to view the full history of the vehicle they’re considering, so they can be sure they’re purchasing a car that has had little issues during its tenure on the road. Sometimes without a vehicle history to view for a new car, you can’t guarantee it will perform up to your standards.


Car experts and certified mechanics would tell you the same. When buying used you know what you’re going to get, which can’t be said when buying new. You know your car is going to be reliable when you’ve seen its history on the road. Purchase used vehicles with Sun Toyota!

Environmentally Friendly

Even when you’re buying a new fuel-efficient vehicle, it takes years of driving to equate to the environmental impact made during the production of your new car. Buying used can help the environment avoid another hit

while producing your vehicle. Choose to buy pre-owned at Sun Toyota in the Holiday, Florida area! Reduce your carbon footprint and do your part in reducing car pollution across the globe.

A Reputable dealership

Purchasing from a private sealer off of the internet is never a guarantee that your used vehicle is going to be top shape. But, when you choose to purchase from a reputable and respectable dealership, like Sun Toyota, you can feel safe, relaxed, and confident. Review the hundreds and hundreds of reviews our customers have left about their experience with our dealership. You’ll see all the great things they had to say about us.


We’re one of the most popular and highly rated dealerships in the Holiday, Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas! Our friendly and helpful staff members will be glad to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about the car buying process.

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Remember, we cite our reputation because we value it. As a dealership, we are dedicated to making sure our customers have a stress-free and enjoyable experience at Sun Toyota. We’ll go the extra mile to ensure you find the perfect match when shopping for a pre-owned vehicle!


View our used car inventory on our website, so you can get a feel for what we have to offer in our lot! Be sure to keep an eye out for our certified pre-owned models, which offer extra warranties and a better car history. View our used vehicle specials to see how you can save big on your next used car purchase!

Where are we located?

Sun Toyota


3001 US Hwy 19

Holiday, FL 34691



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