High Altitude Driving

Living in Colorado has its particular challenges on the human body but did you know that high altitude can also have an effect on your car’s performance? High altitude driving can impact your vehicle’s performance. If you have recently purchased a new car? Have moved from a lower altitude state? You might want to prep your vehicle for high altitude driving. The professionals at Southside Auto Repair can help with that!

Let’s Talk Tires

As the temperatures dip at higher altitudes so does your tire pressure. Lower tire pressure leads to decreased handling, uneven tire wear and degraded fuel economy. Check your tire pressure frequently.

Ups and Downs

High altitude driving equates with a lot of inclines and declines in the terrain. As a result, your brake pads get a real workout. The roller-coaster terrain will necessitate checking your brake pads more frequently due to the frequency of steep grades.

Less Oxygen, Less Power

Keeping your air filter clean is a must. Engines need oxygen to function properly. By maintaining a clean air filter you are maximizing airflow for optimal engine function. Insufficient airflow can lead to sluggishness in your car’s performance. Trying to navigate steep mountain inclines requires maximization of air intake. Having a clean air filter will allow for optimal airflow. As a result, your vehicle will be able to climb those mountainous roads efficiently.

Effects of Lower Atmospheric Pressure

Higher altitudes lead to lower atmospheric pressure. Lower atmospheric pressure has an effect on the fuel injection system. Adequate pressure assists with even fuel injection. Keep your fuel injection system clean because it will definitely be beneficial for a smooth running engine in higher altitudes.

For more information about caring for your vehicle in high altitudes, talk to the Colorado car care professionals at Southside Auto Repair.