View Full Version : How to prepare for the snow/hills?

09-14-2009, 07:24 PM
Alrighty I'm at TX guy who just moved to Golden, CO outside of Denver and the cold season is sneaking up on me and I wanted to know what I should do about my T/A. Right now, I have 0w30 German CS, Peak antifreeze mixed to go to like -30something degrees, 2.73s, 9"wide Nitto NT555s, and about 334RWHP. I rarely drive, but if I had to go somewhere, would I be OK? Will my car survive just sitting under a car cover? (No covered parking) Also there are alot of steep hills, can I come to a stop without sliding on those tires?

Sorry for my total ignorance, this is so new (and nice! Loving the cold) to me!


09-14-2009, 07:45 PM
Get out of there!!!!!.Come to Southern Ca.......oh maybe not too many people allready......GL

09-14-2009, 07:54 PM
Haha I'd be back in nice, low-altitude, warm TX if I could. But I gotta work with what I got! :)

09-14-2009, 08:10 PM
Almost 110 views and no input? Lol, bump for a desperate college student!!

09-14-2009, 10:20 PM
Almost 110 views and no input? Lol, bump for a desperate college student!!

find a beater for the winters!
0-30 is good for that weather
..sounds like its auto, you'll probably survive with good tires a light foot and traction control.

we have good traction up front all you have to worry about is giving too much gas on turns and sliding the ass out. happens a few time to me in wet weather
09-14-2009, 10:55 PM
I drove my old firebird everyday through an upstate NY winter and survived... somehow. The trick is snowtires, patience, and prayer. Sorry, but those rear tires are going to be terrible. I'd get some skinnier snow tires for the rear if you can. Put some sandbags in your trunk for traction. Snow decreases friction, so when you drive try to work with your momentum and don't turn quickly, brake hard, floor it, etc. Also, play around with your car in an empty parking lot full of snow if you can and try to get an idea of how it will handle before you do some serious driving. Don't forget to wash underneath your car to prevent rust!

09-14-2009, 11:53 PM
Find a beater. Trust me you will be sad when you find out what kind of damage 1 winter of driving will cause. I drove through snowy conditions for 4 days and it caused more damage to the underbody and paint than 5 years of California daily driving.

Driving an F-body in packed snow is scary as hell, unless you have snow tires - then it's just a lot of wear and tear on the paint, and then you need to powerwash the underbody thoroughly (including wheel well lips!) and almost daily to remove all the salt and gravel they use to clear the roads.

Simply put, you will be miserable if you drive your baby in the winter.

09-14-2009, 11:58 PM
try to find a set of tires and some chains. if you do drive it in the snow, clean all the salt off asap.

09-15-2009, 12:25 AM
I think what my plan is (since I can't afford tires) is I'm going to just leave under its cover in the lot and every weekend go out and start it and pop it through gears without going anywhere. How's that sound?

09-15-2009, 02:21 AM
You can run it once every 2 weekends... but yeah it is a good idea not to actually drive it on the roads when there is snow/salt/gravel present. It's rough. Also with an A4 and your current tires, you will have ZERO traction on packed snow - since the LS1 automatics always start in first gear. 1% throttle will result in wheel spin, and braking will almost always result in the ABS kicking in.

09-15-2009, 03:24 PM
After a certain year (99 I think) the autos could start in 2nd. Mine is a 2000 and I have for sure started it in second before. But I'm still convinced not to drive. Haha

09-15-2009, 10:05 PM
get rear snow tires. Some areas are using these little red clumps instead of salt....I forget what its called but it wont eat your paint.Hopefully they use it in your area