Preparing Your Car for Cold Weather

Preparing Your Car for Cold Weather

The summers can get so hot here in Texas, we sometimes forget that temperatures under 90 degrees even exist. Now that the summer is coming to a close, though, it is time to start considering how colder days and nights might affect your vehicle. With a history of cold snaps – the record low for Houston is a frigid five degrees Fahrenheit – and unpredictable snowfall in the region, the last thing you want is to be caught unawares and unprepared.

Helpful Hints for When Things Cool Off

  1. Battery life: As cold weather can kill off your battery, it makes one wonder why some people keep AA’s in the fridge. Have your battery replaced if it is old and see about optimizing the charging system to avoid a wheezing engine in the early morning hours this autumn and winter.
  2. Antifreeze supply: Consider putting in an entirely fresh supply of antifreeze into the cooling system. Even though this should be done about every two years, you might want to take initiative and having it done once a winter.
  3. Heaters and defrosters: Not many things are more dangerous than driving blind. Ensure your car can defrost its windshield and windows quickly and effectively now before thick frost starts piling up there in the a.m.
  4. Tire pressure: Just as how the heat can alter your tire pressure, so can the cold. If the tire pressure light goes off when you’re driving down an icy road, you could be in serious trouble. Get them checked and adjusted as needed.
  5. Brakes: Now would be a great time to check or replace your brakes. The last thing you want is to hit an ice patch and find out that your brakes are in dire need of maintenance.

Other than regular check-ups on your automobile as the temperatures drop, there are other ways to prepare for the winter. Modifications to the vehicle can significantly improve handling and performance, which can make a huge difference in safety when the roads get slicker. There are also ways to enhance the engine, helping it start up even when the entire system is iced over.

At HP Motorsports in Katy, Texas, we specialize in high performance tunings for automobiles of all makes and models. If you would like to know how we can improve your car and ensure it is ready for the winter, call 281.231.9950 today to request a free estimate with one of our friendly professionals.

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