Enhanced car performance is on everyone’s wish-list this winter, but you don’t have to wait until the holidays. You can boost your engine’s output now, by making small changes that bring major results.
Winter presents problems for car owners. While the season is great for skiing, it’s not so great for driving, especially if you don’t have four-wheel drive. But you can shore up your engine against the worst winter weather and ensure your car retains its power, even when the temperatures drop below freezing.
What Should You Do?
A Basic Tuneup Goes a Long Way
When you feel like your vehicle doesn’t have as much power as it used to, don’t automatically run to the parts store. Sometimes, all your car needs is a tuneup, especially when cold weather hits.
First things first: Check your coolant levels. It’s important that the proportions are correct, with a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water. If there is too much water in the coolant system, it can freeze, block the flow of cold air to the engine and cause it to overheat. As you may have guessed, this is a dangerous engine problem that a simple check can help you avoid.
You should also get an oil change. When oil is dirty, it can become thick, and the cold weather only makes it more difficult for the oil to flow cleanly through the engine. Any buildup or oil sludge can affect the engine’s power output in the wintertime.
It’s Time for Snow Tires
If your tires just don’t grip the ground in the winter like they did in the summer, you won’t be able to test your engine’s limits — it’s too dangerous. To get the speed (and the confidence) you’re looking for, consider adding snow tires to make it safer and easier to maximize your engine’s power in the colder months.
Beware of an Aging Battery
Finally, before making any aftermarket updates or adding features, check your car’s battery. If it’s older than four years, consider replacing it, especially if you will need more power for a new stereo system. The cold weather can drain old batteries quickly, especially if you’re about to make updates that will increase power demand.
Talk to Our Team
When you’re looking for the best way to optimize your vehicle, Laketown Speed and Sound is your local resource. We love making an engine purr, improving car performance and appearance. Discuss your options with our technicians and we will deliver impressive results. Call Laketown Speed and Sound today to make an appointment.