There is no better time to be a Jeep owner than summer. Warm temperatures give you the chance to take the top off and soak in the sun while testing your Jeep’s limits on many of the trails in the Shenandoah National Park and surrounding areas, packing up for a night of camping or just cruising around town.
Aside from your annual service check
, there’s a lot you can do to get your vehicle revved up for summer. Before you get begin caking your Jeep with mud from all your travels, here are some tips that will give you a clean start to the summer of 2016.
Wash and Wax the Exterior
Constant adverse weather conditions really put your Jeep’s exterior finish through the ringer. Throughout the winter, your Jeep may have accumulated leaves, dirt and other debris along and behind the trim pieces and moving parts, like the gas door, trunk lid, hood, and doors. While washing your Jeep, make sure to open up these areas and scrub in the nooks and crannies to remove all signs of debris. Apply a thin layer of wax to the cleaned and dried surface to protect your paint throughout the rest of the year.
Clear Out Water Channels
As the debris its way into your Jeep’s moving parts, small fragments may become lodged in the water channels running behind your interior trim. The water channels direct accumulated moisture to the outside of the Jeep to prevent interior leaks. By the spring months, you must blow out these channels and lines with an air compressor to keep future rainfall from flooding into the cabin area. You may need to remove your Jeep’s headliner, door trim, and other interior components to access the water channel openings.
Replace Your Air Filters
High humidity levels throughout the winter months wreak havoc on the paper elements in your Jeep’s air filters. You can restore the filters’ functionality by replacing the element with a brand new product. Most vehicles have air filters not only in the engine bay but also within the heating system and cabin space. If you want to take paper filters out of the equation altogether, invest in a semi-permanent element constructed out of cotton fibers instead.
Obtain a Tire and Alignment Check
Whether you run all-season tires or switch between summer and winter sets, you can improve your Jeep’s safety and performance by having a preventive tire check performed during your springtime preparations. Technicians will check your air pressure, measure your tire wear and assess the suitability of your tires to verify that your Jeep is ready for the road. You should consider having the suspension alignment checked, and adjusted as needed, to improve drivability and comfort. Regular alignments also protect your tires from premature, excessive wear to save you money on maintenance costs in the future.
Apply New Undercoating
If you live in an area with frequent freezing temperatures or snowfall in the winter, the under-body of your Jeep is likely caked in road salt. The salty deposits accelerate the development of rust on metal surfaces. Without prompt removal of the salt and neutralization of the corrosion, the rust could eat a hole through the floorboards of your car. You can fully renew the undercarriage surface by having the area pressure washed and a new layer of undercoating applied.
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